This is the Twelve Apostles, a rock formation located on the southern coast of Australia, and probably one of the country’s most recognisable tourist icons.
I only visited the Apostles twice when I lived in Australia – even though we also lived on the coast, we were to the east of Melbourne, whereas these are to the west, several hours drive along the Great Ocean Road.
The Apostles are usually shown from the cliffs above, an ideal vantage point from which to see their arrangement against the blue ocean and sky. However, if you do get the chance to visit, head down to the beach for a different perspective . We did, the first time I went there, the boys surfing between golden pillars of stone as we lay on the sand and paddled in the azure waves. However, don’t get too close. The pillars have been known to collapse without warning – in fact, one if not two of the pillars in my first photo are now gone, the ocean that created them taking them back.
Thanks for joining me on another Wednesday Wander – see you next time!
Never knew the names of those formations. Shame that they’re crumbling. They look very unique.
They are quite wonderful to see in person, especially with the sea constantly in motion around them. However, as I remarked upthread, while the old ones crumble, the sea is carving new pillars from the cliffs as well – it may not happen in our lifetime, but the Apostles will continue on, in one form or another. 🙂
Interesting. Does that main the mainland is getting eaten away at a gradual rate? Like in the distant future, Australia will be a collection of small islands instead of a giant landmass?
Well, I think geologically Australia is quite solid – it’s only certain sections of the coast, like the southern bit where I used to live, where the rock is a mix of soft and hard, so you get these amazing formations. Where we lived there was one that looked like the Sphinx, plus another called London Bridge, which was a series of arches going out into the ocean, until it collapsed. Still, that’s an interesting thought, isn’t it? Perhaps an idea for a story… 🙂
How lovely. It is a shame they’re crumbling, but it’s nature- the passing of time…
Thank you. It is a shame, but the cool thing is that the sea is carving new pillars from the cliffs as well – there are only certain parts that are safe to walk on. So I think it’s a rock formation that will crumble and change and reappear, which is also part of nature 🙂
Like a living work of art!
Yes, exactly – I love that sort of thing!
How interesting. Another super Wednesday Wander 🙂
Thanks, Esther – glad you enjoyed it 🙂
So 12 became 10. Wow, how quickly nature evolves. That backdrop of sky and sea is an incredible mix of blues… you must miss it.
I do miss it, sometimes. I miss living near the water, definitely – even in Canada we were on the shores of Lake Ontario, so I was used to vast expanses of blue nearby. However, I love living here as well – I suppose I’m lucky to have experienced both ways of living 🙂
wow, look at that blue sea. Beautiful 🙂 ❤
Thanks, Sacha – it is a gorgeous place (despite the fact a fly flew down my throat there :-D)
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