Loch Ard Gorge - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from a viewpoint at the far end of Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road. This picture shows the view back down the gorge to the beach as well as along the cliffs.
Loch Ard Gorge - FURTHER INFORMATION
Loch Ard Gorge - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Loch Ard Gorge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.
Loch Ard Gorge is one of the most dramatic coastal formations on the Great Ocean Roadin Australia, and one of the more popular tourist attractions in Port Campbell National Park. The gorge is named after the Loch Ard sea clipper which ran aground here 1 June 1878 as she neared the end of a 3 month voyage from England to Melbourne. Only 2 of the 54 passengers and crew survived, washing up within the gorge. Tom Pearce was the ships apprentice and Eva Carmichael an Irish immigrant whom he pulled from the water. Both were only 18. Tom then climbed the gorge and set of to find help. The clipper was named after Loch Ard in Scotland.
It is possible to descend to the beach of Loch Ard Gorge and see the sheer cliffs Tom climbed, relax on the sand or go swimming in the water. Walkways around the top of Loch Ard Gorge take visitors to two other formations, the Island Arch, a sea arch, and the Razorback, a dramatic long sea stack.
The great ocean road is most famous for the Twelve Apostles. Other popular stopping points on the trail in the park include Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, The Grotto, Gibson Steps and Gibson Steps Beach.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Loch Ard Gorge lies on the Great Ocean Road about 9km east of Port Campbell, between the Bay of Martyrs and The Twelve Apostles.