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PhoebeNJ
Australia4,889 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
We whiled away an afternoon at this magnificent beach. Every time we looked up the view captivated us.
We drove up to the car park and walked the short distance to the steps which led down to the beach.
The water was clean and an amazing greenish blue. There’s lots of places to find shade from the hot sun should you need it, but it is more fun to take a dip in the water.

Definitely recommend stopping here during your GOR trip.
Written 25 April 2022
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Stumpie8
Echuca, Australia842 contributions
Mar. 2022
Plenty of easy walks around the Loch Ard Gorge to view these amazing rock formations.
It can be busy now with plenty of visitors to the area, so need to be patient.
Written 28 March 2022
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Simon B
City of Greater Geelong, Australia2,372 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Family
Can easily spend a couple of hours at Loch Ard Gorge area.
Varied walks, vantage positions, rock features and nature/fauna information abound.
Seasons outside of summer usually offer spectacular crashing waves to the views.
The Loch Ard ship history is a sad one (terrifying imagining the seafarer’s experience).
Written 22 January 2022
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julienxxkeller
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland14 contributions
Dec. 2021
Whilst I thought the 12 apostles was good……this was much better. And there were multiple attractions all in the one spot. Parking was easy. There was a severe
Ack of bins though.
Written 27 December 2021
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Sharlsandco
Melbourne, Australia124 contributions
Nov. 2021
love it here, always been a favourite place. I enjoy the history of how it came to be, and how the survivors managed to survive. Love that I can view the gorge and where the ship sank from above on the cliffs, as well as walk down the steps to the beach area. When looking out to the ocean from the beach area, it gives a sense of the struggle the survivors would have by swimming to the beach, then by having to climb the cliffs to seek out help. Awesome place.
Written 29 November 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia25,895 contributions
Nov. 2021
Despite the tragedy that occurred near here on June 1, 1878 when the clipper Lock Ard was wrecked with the loss of 54 lives the gorge and beach provides spectacular scenery that rivals any around. Definitely better that the Apostles to the east. Wal around the top of the gorge for different views.
Written 13 November 2021
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Sharne P
Melbourne, Australia220 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Family
This was our favorite stop by far. Amazing views. Kids loved running in and out of the water…. Climbing the rocks. Postcard pics. Definitely stop here
Written 3 October 2021
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gregs3071
melbourne6,147 contributions
Jun. 2021
Loch Ard Gorge is easy to find. If you are travelling West along The Great Ocean Road it is just past the 12 Apostles. If you are travelling East it's about 10 minutes past Port Campbell. It is well sign posted, you can't miss it.

Loch Ard Gorge is the gateway to a number of different sites and sights: The Razorback; Tom and Eva's Lookout; Island Arch Lookout; Loch Ard Gorge Beach; Loch Ard Cemetery; Mutton Bird Island Lookout; and, The Thundercave (which I think has been renamed since I was last there over 30 years ago). There are two car parks, the main one close to Loch Ard Gorge itself, and another, smaller one nearer the Cemetery and the Thundercave. All of the lookouts and car parks are connected by walking tracks.

There is a big signboard in the main carpark which indicates the directions and distances of the various points of interest. There are also a number of informative plaques which tell not only of the local geology, flora, and fauna, but also of the tragic shipwreck from whence the gorge got its name.

I'm posting separate reviews for the other attractions here. This one will just focus on Loch Ard Gorge.

A timber staircase with metal handrails leads from the top of the cliff to the beach below. It was deep into day 3 of my Great Ocean Road tour when I visited and my lower back was aching a lot, my reconstructed right knee groaning under the strain, and my feet were sore. The descent was not overly strenuous but it did hurt. But it was worth every moment.

It was close to low tide which made it easy to cross from one side of the beach to the other. There is promontory cliff that divides the deep beaches like an elongated B. The water was tranquil when I was there, and the huge cliffs rounding to the narrow entry felt protective but I know that at other times they must have been menacing.

The beach on the other side of the promotory cliff is slightly wider and deeper with a large, stalactite filled cave at the rear. The cave is not safe and is roped off to discourage the intrepid and the foolish. There are a couple of large, tide-smoothed rocks to clamber over and on that side people have etched their names into the sandstone cliff. The oldest date I could find with the names was 1920.

I wasn't sure if I'd been to Loch Ard Gorge before. I thought I had, but even looking at it it was hard to tell, I've seen the pictures so many times before. When I saw the stalactite cave, and the names etched in the cliff I knew I had been there before.

Tom and Eva had sheltered in the cave after the shipwreck. I didn't linger too long down there, the day was getting on, there were still other sights to see, and I wanted to get to Port Campbell before dark. It was only a couple of days after the Winter Solstice and the night comes early. As I was about to climb the stairs back to the top of the cliff I paused. The cliffs are steep, rough, and unstable. Tom had climbed these cliffs to seek help after the shipwreck. I don't think I would have made it up in my current state. When I was Tom's age I suppose I would have given it a shot, though.

I had a bit of a broken but extended chat with a lady I'd spoken to briefly back at the 12 Apostles when we crossed paths various times around Loch Ard Gorge. She was guiding a group of about a half a dozen teenagers around and had trouble getting them out of the van here. They looked like they were having fun once they did, though.

Tip: allow plenty of time to visit Loch Ard Gorge.
Written 11 August 2021
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Chris K
Ocean Grove, Australia195 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Solo
What a terrific place and such a rough place to try to survive and I say that because it is hard not to think about those two young survivors of the wreck of the Loch Ard as you walk on the beach in the gorge.
Also walk around the three possible tracks to viewing sites as the Razorback is a fantastic site. Well worth a visit !!
Written 26 May 2021
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pat b
Emerald, Australia45 contributions
May 2021
Such amazing scenery and history. Just hard to imagine that anyone could survive the ship wreck that happened here. Make sure you take your time and properly explore all areas.
Written 4 May 2021
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