London Bridge on the Great Ocean Road
A bridge without a middle on the Great Ocean Road? How is that even possible? Well, it is true. But of course, you couldn’t walk on it. Also, London Bridge is not along the road but a limestone stack off the shore of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria.
Formed by the gradual erosion of the shoreline’s soft limestone due to the extreme weather conditions of the Southern Ocean, the collapse of the impressive rock formation was also a natural process. Today, London Arch has become a popular tourist attraction. When it fell down in 1990, two tourists were stranded on the outer span of the bridge until police helicopter came to a rescue. Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident.
What remained of London Bridge after it caved in was an arch. Before its collapse, people could cross the naturally carved bridge connecting the eastern bridge and the mainland. London Arch of which it’s now named is one of the rock formations collectively called the 12 Apostles.
Over thousands of years, the landscape of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road has been continually reshaped. Nature has it constantly changing. And London Bridge is a proof of such process. One of the nine limestone stacks also dramatically collapsed in 2005.
What you have today of the 12 Apostles are the eight remaining apostles standing until nature brings them down. But don’t worry because there will be some more formations to rise in the future. Nature has its own creative ways of carving a beautiful landscape and seascape for us to behold and appreciate.
London Bridge might have fallen down, but it left a beautiful, eye-catching arch. You can’t resist the allure of cliff and the stunning coastal views with the arch dotting as the highlight. The landscape is simply picture perfect!
So when in Melbourne for a vacation, it would be a pity if you missed traveling to the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. As soon as you get to the limestone shore you surely can’t miss the London Arch.
Take your camera out and snap that selfie of the picturesque arch. Or just enjoy the spectacular views if you’re able to hold yourself from taking some amazing shots of the colorful sunset. Enjoy your excursion to the 12 Apostles. The experience is guaranteed to be one of its kind.