Lock Ard Gorge. Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia. (2) 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

    Wonderful picture, Ralph!

  • Thanks a lot David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 07/03/2012

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  • Thank very much Deb for the feature and fave. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    Wow stunning capture Ralph, amazing work

  • Thanks very much Andrea for your lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • miroslava
    miroslavaover 2 years ago

    beautifull work !!!

  • Thanks a lot Miki.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 2 years ago

    Outstanding work, Ralph! Love all that beautiful blue! An instant Favourite!

  • Thank so much Kathryn for the great comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowover 2 years ago

    Very cool. Looks like a secret place :-)

  • Thank you kindly for your nice comment and fave. It is a very popular spot in summer, luckily I went there in the winter and it was very quiet.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    my dream bech, with calm water

  • Thanks Fred for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature, greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsover 2 years ago

    Stunning work…congratulations!

  • Thank you kindly for the lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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