The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most prominent natural wonders. Unfolding for more than 243 kilometres along the coastline of Victoria, it is a haven of ancient monoliths, wild beach scenery, and a fascinating history. To one side, rainforest sprawls out as far as the eye can see, while quaint beachside towns pepper the sandy shores.
Along the designated road, there are plenty of world-famous landmarks you can stop off at and enjoy, many of which boast spectacular views out over the ocean and beyond.
London Bridge is one of these landmarks. Tucked away in the pretty confines of the Campbell National Park, it is one of the most popular attractions in the area, simply because of its sheer beauty, but also because of its interesting natural history.
Before 1990, London Bridge was a simple natural bridge that connected a slice of land to the mainland. Named after its namesake in England, it was in 1990 that tragedy struck and the main part of the bridge collapsed into the ocean. Now, the chunk of land that was once connected to the mainland remains castaway at sea, but there’s more to the story than that.
When the bridge collapsed, there were actually two tourists on the islet who were cut off from the mainland and had to wait for hours before a helicopter came to rescue them.
Tips for Visiting London Bridge
Make Sure You Have Time
Lots of visitors think they can cover everything the Great Ocean Road has to offer in a short space of time. But, instead of trying to fit everything into one day, we recommend taking your time to explore the landmarks and scenery.
At London Bridge, which is located near the famous 12 Apostles structure, there are two viewing platforms each at different elevations. They’re both close to the carpark, but it’s worth taking the time to check out both to experience the different views they offer.
Like most popular places, the crowds start pouring in around lunchtime and in the afternoon. To experience the beauty of London Bridge when it’s least crowded, we recommend visiting in the early morning for the sunrise, or in the evening when the sun begins to set. Both times of day promise incredible views out to sea, made even better by the whimsical lighting of the sun.