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London Bridge. Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia.

Ralph de Zilva

Cedar Creek, Australia

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
Gitzo tripod
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London Arch is a natural arch in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch is one of the tourist attractions along the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell in Victoria. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge.
The arch closest to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer part until they were rescued by a helicopter. No one was injured in the event. Prior to the collapse, the arch was known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake.
Personal Account – I was one of the last to cross over the bridge, while on a 5 month tour of Australia. My girlfriend and I had just come back from the bridge and were writing postcards in the back of our station wagon, in the dirt parking lot about a 100 ft. from the bridge. Suddenly there was a sound resembling a clap of thunder, followed by a spray of water on our car. The blue sky ruled out rain; I got out to see the missing bridge, and the couple stranded on the remainder of the millions-of-years-old formation. A tourist took a picture at the moment of the collapse, and shortly afterwards, from across the bay; he sent me copies later. Nickinga.

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