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Travel – London Arc – Australia

London Arch is an arch that has formed naturally in the Port Campbell National Park in Australia.

Overview of London Arch

• The arch is seen along the Great Ocean Road and is a tourist destination.
• It lies near Port Campbell in Victoria.
• This is a stack naturally formed by a gradual process of erosion.
• Until 1990, this erosion led to formation of a double-span natural bridge.
• The arch that was closest to the shoreline is known to have collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990.
• The collapse left two tourists stranded on the outer part.
• They were later rescued by a helicopter.
• Before this collapse, this arch was known as London Bridge.
• It was named so because of its similarity to the original London Bridge of London.

Other Attractions

1. Port Campbell National Park
• This park is near Port Campbell.
• One can also see 12 Apostles, London Bridge and Razorback rock formation.

2. The Great Ocean Road
The fantastic Great Ocean Road is usually an Australian National Heritage.
• It is a listed 243-kilometre stretch of road down the south-eastern coast of Australia.
• It involves the cities of Torquay and Warrnambool of Victoria.
• The path was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932.
• It is considered the world’s largest war memorial.
• It is dedicated and focused on casualties of the First World War.
• It is considered an important tourist attraction in the area.
• It winds through varying terrain alongside the coast.
• It provides access to several prominent landmarks.
• The prominent one is the nationally significant Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations.
• The truly great Ocean Road starts at Torquay.
• It extends to about 243 kilometers westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool.
• It’s the largest city on the road.

3. Apollo Bay
• Apollo Bay is a coastal town located in southwestern Victoria in Australia.
• It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway.
• It lies along the edge of the Barham River.
• It falls along the Great Ocean Road.
• It is situated in the Colac Otway Shire.
• It is at present a tourist destination.
• It can be smaller and quieter than other nearby places including Lorne.
• This bay also holds Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival every year.

4. Cape Otway Lighthouse
• It is in operation since 1848.
• It is the oldest light station on mainland Australia.
• It saved the lives of sailors in this treacherous section of the Southern ocean and Bass Strait.
• One can climb to the top and find a view of spectacular Ocean.
• One can view passing whales and ships.
• Numerous lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway.
• A first submarine cable link was constructed in between Cape Otway and Launceston.
• It was built in 1859.
• The Telegraph Station has been meticulously restored.

5. Otway National Park
• There is a 30 minute loop walk at Mait’s Rest which passes through lovely rain forest.
• Glow worms can be obtained from gullies on night walks.
• This National Park also incorporates a volume of beautiful waterfalls. These include:
– Hopetoun Falls
– Triplet Falls
– Beauchamp Falls

Other places to see along the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Walk
• In 2004, the Great Ocean Walk opened.
• It connects 104 km of walking trails.
• This includes the coastline on the Great Ocean Road, stretching from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

Twelve Apostles
• The Twelve Apostles are somewhat misnamed.
• Tourism officials renamed this rock formation the 12 Apostles from its former name “Sow and Piglets”.
• Since the coastline changed over time as a result of strong waves coming off of the Southern Ocean, the apostles did not remain 12.
• At the moment seven are visible from any point.
• Following a collapse of one in 2005, now there are only eight left.
• If in case you include two which are in the east you are able to still scrounge up to 10.

Cape Otway
• Cape Otway is a cape as well as a bounded locality in the Colac Otway Shire in southern Victoria in Australia on the Great Ocean Road.

Some other attractions along Great Ocean Road
• Gibsons Steps
• Loch Ard Gorge
• Bay of Islands
• London Bridge
• Split Point Lighthouse
• A waterfall in Otway National Park
• Bells Beach Surfing mecca
• Point Addis
• Split Point, Aireys Inlet
• Angahook-Lorne State Park
• Teddy’s Lookout
• Marriner’s Lookout
• Otway National Park
• Hopetoun Falls
• Triplet Falls
• Beauchamp Falls
• Melba Gully State Park

Best time to visit/climate

• Victoria has a moderate oceanic climate.
• It has 4 seasons.
• Its elevation is at 435 meters above sea level.
• This causes its mean monthly temperatures to tend on average 3 – 4 degrees Celsius.
• Maximum temperatures over the summer period frequently exceed 30.0 °C and often reach above 40.0 °C.
• The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25.0 °C.
• The mean minimum is 10.8 °C.
• In July, the mean maximum is 10.0 °C.
• Average July minimum is 3.2 °C.

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How to get there?

• Most visitors begin from Melbourne.
• This is about 95 kms away from Torquay.
• One can also fly into Avalon Airport which is located near Geelong instead of Melbourne’s main airport.
• This is nearer to the road.
• There is car hire available here.
• Jetstar and Tiger Airways offer regular flight services from here.
• There are V/Line buses that are operated from Geelong along the Great Ocean Road.
• They go up to Apollo Bay 3 times in a day from Monday to Friday and 2 times on Saturday to Sunday.
• There is a bus from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool every Friday.
• There are also V/Line trains to Warrnambool regularly.
• They travel inland.

Some Travel Books on Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia In a Sunburned Country Frommer’s Australia (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at hotels.com
Hotels at tourismvictoria.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs/Sites about London Arc – Australia

blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs at visitmelbourne.com
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

Images and photos about London Arc – Australia

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