Photo of the Week

This weeks Photo of the Week was taken Sunday
(September 20, 2015)

Since leaving Torquay on Friday, Dean and I have been sightseeing along The Great Ocean Road and, as a result, we have taken hundreds of photos.  This is great for keeping memories of our time here, but it also made selecting this week’s Photo of the Week a very difficult task.

After a lot of deliberation, I’ve selected the following photo I took of London Bridge.

London Bridge

London Bridge

Sometimes referred to as London Arch, this is a natural formation in the Port Campbell National Park and a significant tourist attraction along The Great Ocean Road.

The limestone stacks in this part of Australia are formed by (gradual) erosion, and until 1990, this one formed a complete double-span natural bridge and became known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake.

Quite unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, the span closest to the shoreline collapsed leaving two tourists stranded on the outer span. Thankfully no one was injured and the stranded tourists were then rescued by helicopter.


Here’s a link to the lovely flowers that Adrienne shared with me last week. Enjoy.

4 Comments

  1. What a great story, Clare, not to mention a little scary. I would love to have an idea of size. How many tourists could one put on the ‘stranded’ part of the bridge? And I wonder how long the folks had to wait to find rescue.
    Mostly, it’s a stunning picture, as is what I say of all your work. What a lovely site to see.
    And the flowers are lovely. 🙂

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    1. Hey Shelley,

      I don’t know how long the visitors waited to be rescued, but I do know the helicopter had to come from Melbourne (at least an hours flight away I’m guessing). The rock stacks along The Great Ocean Road are up to 50 metres in height (164feet). I’ll post photo of scale if we can get close enough to one.

      Clare

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