How to Make the Most of Your Visit to London Bridge

Set along the picturesque expanse of the Great Ocean Road, London Bridge is one of the more popular sights for visitors in the area. Now, the natural structure is known as London Arch, after the middle collapsed in 1990 and left it looking more like an archway than a bridge.

You can find London Arch in the Port Campbell National Park, where there are plenty of natural structures and wildlife to discover.

How London Arch Was Formed

London Arch is a stack that has been worn down by steady erosion over hundreds of years. Up until 1990, it was a double-span natural bridge. On January 15th of 1990, the section of the bridge closest to the shoreline collapsed while two tourists were exploring the outer part. It left them stranded, but they were rescued by helicopter before the situation escalated.

The structure was originally known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake.

How to Explore London Arch

London Arch forms one of the many stops on the expansive stretch of the Great Ocean Road. As well as discovering the natural formation itself, you can soak up the exceptional views of the surrounding landscape.

For the best views, go to the upper western or lower eastern viewing platforms, where you can marvel at the panoramic views of the great Southern Ocean.

Before the collapse of the bridge, visitors could walk across it from the mainland, getting to see the region from a different perspective. Now, however, viewing is limited to the designated platforms, which still provide excellent views of the ocean and the coastline.

To avoid the thicker crowds, head to the viewing platforms in the morning or in the evening. Not only will you have a quieter viewing experience, but if you make it in time for sunrise or sunset, you’ll be party to a spectacular show of colours across the ocean and cliffs.

It’s well worth taking your time when visiting London Arch. Though it is one of many natural structures on the Great Ocean Road, it’s worth spending some time casting your eyes across the magnificent views, and learning more about the tragic fate of the structure back in 1990.

Set close to the Twelve Apostles, perhaps the most famous landmark on the Great Ocean Road, London Arch is well-placed and a definite must-visit if you’re exploring this part of Australia.

Explore London Bridge on our Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Tour.

Language »