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Lock Ard Gorge. Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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The Loch Ard Gorge is part of Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, about 10 minutes drive west of The Twelve Apostles. It is a visible example of the process of erosion in action.

The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1 June 1878 approaching the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne. Of the fifty-four passengers and crew, only two survived: Tom Pearce, a ship’s apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman immigrating with her family, both of whom were 18 years of age. According to memorials at the site, Pearce was washed ashore, and rescued Carmichael from the water after hearing her cries for help. Pearce then proceeded to climb out of the gorge to raise the alarm to local pastoralists who immediately set into plan a rescue attempt.

The arch of the nearby Island Archway collapsed in June 2009. The feature now appears as two unconnected rock pillars. They have since been officially named Tom and Eva after the two teenage survivors of the Loch Ard shipwreck.

The gorge is accessed via the Great Ocean Road, several kilometres past The Twelve Apostles. Stairs allow visitors access to the beach which is otherwise undeveloped. There are numerous plaques and a small museum detailing the sites history, as well as a rest area, and cemetery housing many of the people that died.

This was the location for a number of scenes of the 1982 film The Pirate Movie and also the 1999 TV series Journey to the Center of the Earth with Treat Williams. The uncommon Rufous Bristlebird is often observed around the Gorge.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful picture, Ralph!

  • Thanks very much David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • dher5
    dher5over 2 years ago


  • Thanks a lot.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks Darlene for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 2 years ago

    Great shot,, I took many here,,,,quite the history too,,, I spent an entire day in the area!!

  • Thanks so much Linda for your comment. I was looking for your Lock Ard Gorge shots but couldn’t find them. I hope you got better weather than us. I shot this when it sort of cleared for a few minutes.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 2 years ago

    they are way back in my gallery, I have tried to add them to my Aus folder, but its not working, I took my shot from the beach.

  • I’ll try to find them sometime tomorrow, Linda. It is always nice to see a shot taken by someone else.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • ShootingStars8
    ShootingStars8over 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture of this gorgeous place. Good info. Congrats on your feature.

  • Thanks very much Judy for your nice comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

    DIZZYHEIGHTSover 2 years ago

    Patience has paid off. Great result. Liz

  • Many thanks Liz.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 2 years ago

    Nicely done Ralph.

  • Thanks a lot Steve.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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