[Travel] Discovers Sydney & Melbourne, Australia in September 2018 (Day 7)

by - Thursday, November 22, 2018

On the previous post, I was updating the stories about discovers Sydney City and also Melbourne City on 13th September 2018 (Thursday) until 18th September 2018 (Tuesday); which is Day 1 until Day 6. So I would like to continue my stories on Day 7, 19th September 2018 (Wednesday). On this day, we're going the outside parts of Melbourne City again like on Day 5 and Day 6 but it's another outside part in Melbourne, Australia. 

Actually, on our itinerary, this day is the day of free and easy activity but some of the members in this group decide to join the optional tour by arranging of our tour leader or a.k.a our tour guide too. On this optional tour, we have to pay extra AUD $120 (RM 378.60) per person; just for transport only but including the driver. 

As you know, we have to check out the hotel room on 19th September 2018 (Wednesday) since this day is our last day at Melbourne City. So we have to check-out early because out tour starts at 07:30 am, after breakfast. We just ask the hotel's staff to keep our luggage at the lobby hotel until evening. 

The first place we visit is the Brighton Colourful House. This is one of the famous landmarks in Melbourne, Australia. The Colourful House is located at the Brighton Beach. The Brighton is an affluent coastal suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Bayside. Brighton is named after Brighton in England. 

Brighton houses some of the wealthiest citizens in Melbourne with grand homes and the development of large residential blocks of land. Brighton is also well known for its Dendy Street Beach with its 82 colorful beach boxes, a row of uniformly proportioned wooden structures lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach. 

I just know from our tour guide, each of this colorful beach boxes art design is represented by the person who built it. Most of it, owned by the rich family and they will use it during the summer season. It is just a nice and unique spot location to take the photos.

TIP 15 – during the time I go there, the temperature is cold and also windy so be prepared for the long jacket when you go there in the spring, fall, or winter season. If you go there in the summer season, it is normally full of people on the beach. 

The next location we're visited is the Great Ocean Road. Along of this Great Ocean Road, it has the famous landmarks of Melbourne, Australia; which is the Twelve Apostles. The journey from the Brighton Colourful House to the Great Ocean Road is taken around 3 hours and 30 minutes by ride a van. Yes, it's a long journey of this tour. Even it is a long journey; I still can enjoy the beautiful scenes outside from the van. 

The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 km (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.

The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay and travels 244 km westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road. The road is two lane (one in each direction) and is covered by a speed limit changing between 50 km per hour and 100 km per hour. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, the latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations including Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Arch (formerly London Bridge) and The Twelve Apostles.

The first stop along the Great Ocean Road is the London Bridge. The London Arch (formerly London Bridge) is an offshore natural arch formation in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch is a significant tourist attraction along the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell in Victoria. The stack formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge.

The span closer to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15th January 1990, leaving two tourists (Kelli Harrison and David Darrington) stranded on the outer span before being rescued by a police 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. Nowadays, it known as the London Bridge has fallen down. We just walk and snap some photos around this place in 30 minutes. 

TIP 16 – the windy of this place is strong rather than the Brighton Beach. Meanwhile, the season at that time is early spring, so the temperature is quite cold. I recommend preparing well. I just can stand there around 20 minutes, after that I can't feel my hands even I wear the gloves. 

Since it's in the afternoon so it is time for lunch. In this optional tour is not include the lunch but the driver took the place for us to lunch by ourselves. He brings us to the Port Campbell town. The Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The town is on the Great Ocean Road, west of the Twelve Apostles, in the Shire of Corangamite. It is a small town so not much we can choose for our lunch expect the fish and chip restaurant.

Next, we're have been visited the Loch Ard Gorge. The Loch Ard Gorge is accessed via the Great Ocean Road, 3.5 km northwest of the Twelve Apostles and about 3 minutes' drive west of the Twelve Apostles. Stairs allow visitors access to the beach and a pathway allows access to the eastern side of the gorge.

The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Arch, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1st 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 19 years of age, a ship's apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwomen emigrating with her family, at 19 years of age.

According to memorials at the sire, Pearce has 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 the plan a rescue attempt. After three months in Australia, Carmichael returned to Europe. Four of her family members drowned that night. Pearce was hailed as a hero and continued his life living until age 49. He is buried in Southampton, England.

The last stop along the Great Ocean Road is the Twelve Apostles – one of the landmarks in Melbourne, Australia. The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. There are eight Apostles left, the ninth having collapsed dramatically in July 2005. The name remains significant and spectacular, especially in the Australian tourism industry. 

The apostles were formed by erosion. The harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 50 meters high. Because of this erosion, there are eight remaining.

The site was known as the Sow and Pigs (Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, was the ‘Sow', and the smaller rock stacks were the "Piglets", the Pinnacles or the Twelve Apostles. The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks. 

In 2002, the Port Campbell Professional Fishermen's Association unsuccessfully attempted to block the creation of a proposed marine national park at the Twelve Apostles location but was satisfied with the later Victorian Government decision not to allow seismic exploration at the same site by Benares Energy, believing it would harm marine life.

The stacks are susceptible to further erosion from the waves. On 3rd July 2015, a 50-meter-tall (160 ft) stack collapsed, leaving eight standing. On 25th September 20019, it was thought that another of the stacks had fallen, but this was actually one of the smaller stacks of the Three Sisters formation. The rate of erosion at the base of the limestone pillars is approximately 2 cm per year. Due to wave action eroding the cliff face existing headlands are expected to become new limestone stacks in the future. 

TIP 17 – the windy at this place is not funny. Sometimes I face a hard time just to find the right position and style to snap the photos. Mostly all the time, this place is full of people and tourist so try to be patient about it. 

After that, we're going back to Melbourne City by drive a van with the 3 hours journey. It's a long journey but I've learned many things on this day. I also enjoy my day in Melbourne City.

That is all my stories on day 7 of this trip. Just for your information, I have been writing the extra note tip about discovers Sydney and Melbourne, Australia based on my experience during this trip. Feel free to read it. 

Here, the link to the continued stories about the Discovers Sydney & Melbourne, Australia in September 2018 – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, and Day 8.

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