Our first glimpse of the Twelve Apostles

@JudyEv (134702)
Bunbury, Australia
July 2, 2018 5:54am CST
We’ve spent two days on the Great Ocean Road which winds along the coast east of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. This area is also known as Shipwreck Coast. There is nothing between this coast and Antarctica so it experiences some incredible storms. The shoreline is constantly battered by wave and wind erosion. Probably the most well-known of the many tourist attractions along the coast is the Twelve Apostles. There are now eight of these limestone rock stacks as one collapsed in July 2005. Interestingly, until 1922 the stacks were known as the ‘sow and piglets’. Muttonbird Island was the ‘sow’ and the other stacks the ‘piglets’. For tourism purposes the name was changed to the ‘Twelve Apostles’. There has only ever been nine stacks in the group, all of which are in close proximity to each other. The apostles have been formed by erosion. The soft limestone erodes to form caves in the cliffs. These become arches which eventually collapse leaving stacks up to 50 metres high. Erosion continues to eat away at the base of the stacks at the rate of about 2cm a year. In time all the stacks will collapse into the sea but by then it’s possible new ones will have formed from the cliff-face.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
2 Jul
That is pretty funny that they called 9 stacks the "12" apostles but of course, tourism is an important consideration.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
I guess it is all to do with raking the tourists in.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
2 Jul
So it's not only Judas who is missing. I see no famous things that came in nine to give a name to the stacks, but calling them the "Twelve Apostles" is misleading.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
It is misleading but I guess the tourism industry is full of misleading information.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
3 Jul
@JudyEv I fully agree with you, never trust tourist information.
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@responsiveme (16816)
• India
2 Jul
Lovely view out there.A name is a must for a site to be a tourist attraction.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
A catchy name is very important if you are trying to attract people.
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• India
3 Jul
@JudyEv yes, coincidentally we friends were talking about this the other day
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@TRBRocks420 (82488)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Jul
Beautiful view I could stare at it all day.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
The sea can be quite mesmerising at times.
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@rebelann (42786)
• El Paso, Texas
2 Jul
Wow, so will you be staying overnight near this road?
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
We free-camped two nights at Port Campbell about 20 kms from this place. We visited in the morning then went back to get more photos at sunset.
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@rebelann (42786)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Jul
I'll bet you two got a lot of photos of the seashore @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
@rebelann Vince had dozens of the sunset ones but mine aren't that crash hot.
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@allknowing (69306)
• India
3 Jul
I missed experiencing this.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
Oh, that's a shame. It is very popular now and there were dozens and dozens of tourists there.
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@allknowing (69306)
• India
3 Jul
@JudyEv I would not have enjoyed that trip as we were all dog tired the previous day having returned from Philips Island pretty late.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
@allknowing Sometimes tours try to fit too much into their itineraries. We've seen some tired-looking people in some of the tour groups too.
@just4him (127043)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jul
That's great information on them. I've seen pictures of them and always thought they were beautiful. I didn't know they were the last shore line before Antarctica.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
They have some incredible storms along that coast and the swell can get up to 30 metres so it's little wonder so many of the older style boats came to grief.
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@just4him (127043)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jul
@JudyEv With those kinds of storms it is no wonder there were shipwrecks.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
@just4him Particularly when they were trying to operate just with sail.
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@JustBhem (42846)
• Davao, Philippines
2 Jul
Woah, what a nice view. Did you take the photo?
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
Yes, it's taken from one of the lookouts.
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@JustBhem (42846)
• Davao, Philippines
3 Jul
@JudyEv Wow. Such a nice place and you perfectly caught it.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
@JustBhem Thanks
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@YrNemo (14703)
2 Jul
The poor Church! (with few Apostles left ). How was the weather on the day you were there?
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
We were lucky enough to have a sunny day. It was the first one they'd had for a while.
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@YrNemo (14703)
3 Jul
@JudyEv Not too windy and cold like anything? I was there only once, but I remember the cold... (even though it was in summer or something similar at the time)
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
@YrNemo It was still very chilly but at least it wasn't raining.
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• Preston, England
2 Jul
interesting choice of name when there are not 12 of them
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
A reasonable slice of poetic licence isn't it? But I guess it lures the tourists in.
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• Preston, England
3 Jul
@JudyEv yes it certainly works
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@UncleJoe (10861)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
3 Jul
I recognize John, Luke, and Peter but the others are too eroded to identify.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jul
Haha. You did well to recognise those three.
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@Corbin5 (115753)
• United States
2 Jul
I do hope new ones forms if the others collapse over time. Such an amazing sight to see.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
They say new ones are forming all the time but it seems it's really difficult to pinpoint when one will break away from the cliff.
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@Icydoll (24600)
• India
2 Jul
Wow awesome ! Judy
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
Thanks. I'm glad you're impressed.
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@wolfgirl569 (10041)
• Marion, Ohio
2 Jul
I like sow and piglets better for a name. Lovely view and picture
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
I guess they thought it wouldn't attract the tourists as well as Twelve Apostles.
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@MALUSE (43467)
• Uzbekistan
2 Jul
So that's where the apostles finished their wanderings. I thought they only came as far as what is now Turkey and Greece. :-)
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
Yes, it seems they even managed to make it to southern Australia.
@JohnRoberts (62881)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Jul
Someday they will completely erode away and no more tourist spot!
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
I think they are hoping that by the time the last one goes there will be new ones which have broken off the cliff face.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
2 Jul
Awesome! I wonder why they are named The twelve Apostles.
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@JudyEv (134702)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
I guess it was a catchy phrase and designed to entice tourists to the area.