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Great Ocean Road

Along Victoria's Great Ocean Road, frequent traffic signs remind sightseeing motorists to "drive on the left in Australia". The Twelve Apostles, those (once were) twelve rocky pillars off a rugged coast, lure international visitors in numbers once unimaginable. The village of Port Campbell is now the hub of a national park bearing that name. State and local authorities are struggling to cope with the demand for visitor amenities.

Like many locals, we have driven the Great Ocean Road, the coast road from Geelong to Warrnambool, many times over the years. From time to time, coastal formations like London Bridge and the Island Archway erode to the point of collapse. The weather down there can be unpredictable, and the coach tour crowds frustrating, but in the right conditions, the vistas are sublime. Historic lighthouses, shipwreck sites and surf beaches offer additional reasons to visit.

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Happy family on the beach at Torquay where the beaches begin
Happy family on the beach at Torquay where the beaches begin
Jan Juc Beach at Torquay
Jan Juc Beach at Torquay
Bells Beach outside Torquay, a mecca for serious surfers
Bells Beach outside Torquay, a mecca for serious surfers
Looking east from Urquharts Bluff
Looking east from Urquharts Bluff
Beaches, beaches...
Beaches, beaches...
Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet
Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet
Point Roadknight at Anglesea, a favourite beach destination
Point Roadknight at Anglesea, a favourite beach destination
Surf shop at Anglesea
Surf shop at Anglesea
Lifesavers' lookout above the cliffs at Anglesea
Lifesavers' lookout above the cliffs at Anglesea
Eagle Rock at Aireys Inlet
Eagle Rock at Aireys Inlet
Split Point, Aireys Inlet
Split Point, Aireys Inlet
Surf fishing at Eastern View
Surf fishing at Eastern View
Summer holiday crowds on the main beach at Lorne
Summer holiday crowds on the main beach at Lorne
Louttit Bay, Lorne
Louttit Bay, Lorne
Cape Defiance
Cape Defiance
St George River, just south of Lorne
St George River, just south of Lorne
Fishing vessels at Apollo Bay
Fishing vessels at Apollo Bay
All calm at Apollo Bay
All calm at Apollo Bay
A walk along the beach, Skenes Creek
A walk along the beach, Skenes Creek
Fungi on a tree trunk, Maits Rest, Cape Otway
Fungi on a tree trunk, Maits Rest, Cape Otway
Gibson Steps, Port Campbell NP
Gibson Steps, Port Campbell NP
The Twelve Apostles, morning
The Twelve Apostles, morning
Twelve Apostles, early morning
Twelve Apostles, early morning
Early morning, Twelve Apostles
Early morning, Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge at dusk
Loch Ard Gorge at dusk
Loch Ard Gorge & the Island Archway (2006)
Loch Ard Gorge & the Island Archway (2006)
Island Archway, before the 2009 collapse
Island Archway, before the 2009 collapse
Island Archway, after the collapse (2017)
Island Archway, after the collapse (2017)
Crosscurrents in Loch Ard Gorge
Crosscurrents in Loch Ard Gorge
The Razorback
The Razorback
The Twelve Apostles at dusk
The Twelve Apostles at dusk
Bay of Martyrs, near Peterborough
Bay of Martyrs, near Peterborough
The Crags, west of Port Fairy
The Crags, west of Port Fairy
Sulphur-crested cockatoo
Sulphur-crested cockatoo
Gang-gang cockatoo browsing at Aireys Inlet
Gang-gang cockatoo browsing at Aireys Inlet