So why is it your lucky day you may ask??
Tis because today I am going to invite you to drive then hike and explore some of the most amazing rock formations anywhere and all of this at absolutely no charge to you!!!!
The Great Ocean Road is world renown but the main attraction has to be the 12 Apostles...this below is taken from the Internet!!
The Twelve Apostles (Victoria)
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|Location||Near Port Campbell, Victoria|
The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Roadin Victoria, Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are eight apostles left, the ninth one of the stacks collapsed dramatically in July 2005. The name remains significant and spectacular especially in the Australian tourism industry.
Formation and history
The apostles were formed by erosion: the harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 50 metres high. Now because of this erosion there are fewer than ten remaining. The site was known as the Sow and Piglets until 1922 (Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, was the Sow, and the smaller rock stacks were the Piglets); after which it was renamed to The Apostles for tourism purposes. The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks.
In 2002, the Port Campbell Professional Fishermens Association unsuccessfully attempted to block the creation of a proposed marine national park at the Twelve Apostles location, but were satisfied with the later Victorian Government decision not to allow seismic exploration at the same site by Benaris Energy; believing it would harm marine life.
The stacks are susceptible to further erosion from the waves. On 3 July 2005, a 50-metre-tall stack collapsed, leaving eight remaining(compare the two pictures from 2002 and 2012). On 25 September 2009, it was thought that another of the stacks had fallen, but this was actually one of the smaller stacks of the Three Sisters formation. The rate of erosion at the base of the limestone pillars is approximately 2 cm per year. Due to wave action eroding the cliff face existing headlands are expected to become new limestone stacks in the future
I had a great sleep and the sun was shining on the hills from the deck and the cows were here to greet me!!
I had my lunch packed and was out of the apartment by 10am for the 20 minute drive to the parking lot of the 12 Apostles...unfortunately you cannot get down to the beach but there is a wonderful walkway which was already flooded with many tourists.....enjoy these shots!!!
Truly a wonderful sight.
The shot below was taken looking the other way and there is a way to get down to the beach which I found!!
You go down these steps known as Jacob's ladder
and then take of your shoes and socks and walk in the cooling ocean towards rock stacks!!!
So like everyone else as you approach this monster you are just amazed and thinking what could be better and then as you continue walking along the beach you find out what could be better!!!
Can you believe the scenery???
This was just a wonderful walk these rocks, my toes in the ocean, the sun shining!!!
I then drove a few miles down the road and did 3 short hikes so come and join me here as well!!!
So what do you think?? Not a bad day!!!
i was home and by 5pm and as I walked in the door it started to rain and has rained quite hard all night!!
Had supper a long hot shower watched a movie and now after posting this ready for bed!!!!
Sometimes I marvel and wonder at these creations be they formed by natural means of by someone's hands..they are amazing!!!