Loch Ard Gorge

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, at 15 years of age, a ship’s apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman immigrating with her family, at 17 years of age.

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, 3.5 km northwest of The Twelve Apostles. Stairs allow visitors access to the beach which is otherwise undeveloped. There are numerous plaques and a small museum detailing the site’s history, as well as a rest area, and cemetery housing many of the people that died.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ard_Gorge

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Address: Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia

How to Get There: By car

Website: http://www.greatoceanroad.com/things-to-do/502-loch-ard-gorge

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