"Loch Ard Gorge, where history meets the sea" Port Campbell Things to Do Tip by Waxbag

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  Loch Ard Gorge Arch
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  • Loch Ard Gorge Arch - Port Campbell
      Loch Ard Gorge Arch
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  • Loch Ard Gorge - Port Campbell
      Loch Ard Gorge
    by Waxbag

Included as a part of the Twelve Apostles Marine Park and the Port Cambell National Park, this extraordinary gorge is named after the unfortunate three-masted square-rigged iron-hulled clipper Loch Ard which foundered off Mutton Bird Island in 1978. Captain Gibb was trying to enter the western entrance of Bass Strait during heavy fog which was known as “threading the eye of a needle”. Two members of the 55 person crew survived by clinging on to parts of the floating wreckage that fortuitously washed up into a protective gorge that now bears the ill-fated clipper’s name. There are some spectacular arches along this section of coast along with a blowhole, several caves, and of course a gorge. There are four walking trails that range from 900m to 3.2kms.

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Directions: Loch Ard Gorge is easily accessible from the Great Ocean Road where one can find plenty of accommodation and restaurants in Port Cambell just 10kms away.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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