The Great Ocean road is spectacular for many reasons. The coastal views, natural beauty, wildlife, and famous landmarks all make their debut in this 243 kilometres drive. But the best part of the road trip is in the Port Campbell National Park. All of the best features of the Great Ocean Road lie in the parameters of the park. The national park was formed in the 1960’s to protect the limestone on the rigid coastlines surrounding that area. It grew much bigger in the 1970’s due to its decreased population of local flora and fauna. If you have been to the Great Ocean Road then you have witnessed the beauty of the national park. If you are planning on going, you are going to be amazed at the sheer natural beauty of the area.
The most visited, most photographed, and most talked about feature of the Port Campbell National Park is the Twelve Apostles. These limestone stacks line the coast of the Great Ocean Road and provide one of the best photo opportunities in all of Australia. The crashing waves, the dramatic cliffs, and white sand make it a must-see on your trip.
Another stop is the Loch Ard Gorge only a few kilometres away from the Twelve Apostles. The gorge is named after a shipwreck that killed everyone on board except for two young teenagers. Stairs descend down to the beach where you can take incredible photos of the waves crashing on the walls of the gorge. If taking photos isn’t your thing, just listen. The waves make a big crashing sound when they hit the cliffs.
Another highlight in Port Campbell is the London Arch. Erosion got the best of this part of the coast and what was once the London Bridge, collapsed into the sea and hence became the London Arch. During the collapse, it left two people stranded on one of the pieces of sandstone. Luckily they were rescued with no harm done.
There are many local inhabitants in the park that are special to the area. Penguins, peregrine falcons, pelicans, black swans and ducks all make their home in the national park with dozens of other species of birds and animals. There’s many types of flora in the region as well. If you’re planning on going out to the park keep a look out for the beautiful sun orchid.
The Great Ocean Road gives you a great introduction to the Port Campbell National Park and hopefully you will be able to experience the area and its inhabitants when you visit!
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