Located just a very short distance from the 12 Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road has a fascinating history. It is accessible to travelers via stairs that lead down to the beach as well as a path that takes you to the east of the gorge.
This is a beautiful area and a very popular place to visit for those heading out on a Great Ocean Road day tour.
The Fascinating History of Loch Ard Gorge
The story of Loch Ard Gorge’s name stems from a shipwreck dating back to June 1878. The unfortunate vessel was the Loch Ard, which became grounded with 54 passengers and crew on board. Only two people survived – a man and a woman both aged nineteen. The legend of the shipwreck goes that the man, Tom Pearce, was washed ashore. He then heard the woman, Eva Carmichael, crying out for help and rescued her.
There is no doubt that the gorge is a place with a dark and poignant history as a result of what occurred there. With so many lives lost in such a beautiful spot, travelers find the gorge to be a great place for reflection. Many other travelers are drawn by its beauty, visiting the gorge to take in the beautiful natural surroundings.
Today, much of the history of Loch Ard Gorge can be explored when you visit. There are many informative plaques located around the site, enabling you to learn all about its history. You can also explore the on-site museum to further delve into the history of the gorge. In addition, there is a cemetery on the site, which is the final resting place for many of those who perished.
Visit Loch Ard Gorge & The Great Ocean Road with Luxury Day Tours
The best way to make the most of your visit to the Great Ocean Road and Loch Ard Gorge is on a guided Luxury Day Tour. You can enjoy exploring the site and learning more about its past as part of a small group or even privately with your expert guide.
The gorge is one of the highlights of the Great Ocean Road and is the perfect place to visit when the weather is warm. Many people come here in the summer to enjoy a little swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing as well as to explore the history of the area. This is a place where you can combine relaxation and natural beauty with exploration and taking time to learn more about the past of the gorge.
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