The Twelve Apostles is one of the more famous landmarks along the Great Ocean Road, and is well known throughout Australia. These iconic rock stacks are composed of limestone which is a sedimentary rock that is easily eroded. This property means that the harsh conditions of a coast line will slowly wear away at the rock, which is what has happened at the Twelve Apostles site.
The popular site has become more commercialised and now features a visitor centre and a paved walkway to viewing platforms. It isn’t too far to walk, a couple hundred metres, but the views are spectacular.
These stacks measure up to 45 metres, and as I mentioned were formed via erosion. To cut a long story short, the ocean would have eroded caves into the cliff face. Over time these caves would have formed an arch (See: London Bridge), which would eventually fall to create a stack.
Although named the Twelve Apostles, there are no longer twelve rock stacks remaining. In fact, despite the name there were never a distinct twelve apostles to begin with. That just means someone wanted to be a major pain and give it the most misleading name possible, right? However, time and erosion has taken its course and when I was there, we counted eight remaining formations. So my proposal to you, is to go and see this place before the weather removes it from the earth.
Besides, look at the colour of the sea here, so much better than the cold, murky water here in England, don’t you just feel the need to go for a swim?
To cut it short, if you have been to the Twelve Apostles, leave a comment and once again, if you plan to go, you should do it sooner rather than later!