Port Campbell Fly

After a night in “Sounds of the Sea” B&B, I’m ready to make them my primary form of accomodation. What’s not to like about lazily rising at 10 to find a full breakfast magically appearing as soon you step out the door?

Table set with yogurt, cereal, assortment of fruit and jams, and fresh flowers

After dining, I set off once again. As I was about to pass yet another brown sign, I remembered someone saying that not all of the Twelve Apostles could be seen from “terra firma.” I decided to pull in.

That sign read SCENIC HELICOPTER RIDES 300m.

Helicopter just after takeoff, hovering above a green field

Strapped in, helmet on, mic positioned, I was ready to talk to my fellow passengers — and the pilot, who first took us for a different perspective on London Bridge:

London Bridge rock formation, aerial view

…and then told us that when the “bridge” portion collapsed in 1990, it stranded a couple on the new island. Hours later, a park service helicopter rescued the pair but not — the pilot claims — before TV helicopters broadcast their faces to a viewing audience that included their respective spouses. Whoops.

Then we moved on down the coast:

coastline, Port Campbell National Park

coastline, Port Campbell National Park

coastline, Port Campbell National Park

In that last one in particular, you can see a grey stripe jogging roughly parallel to the ocean’s edge. That, folks, is the Great Ocean Road — which after landing, I rejoined in the Falcon to see some of these sights from ground level:

coastline, Port Campbell National Park

coastline, Port Campbell National Park

This included, of course, the Twelve Apostles group itself, which is the second-most photographed attraction in Australia. (You can guess the first.) There are actually 16 formations, making the name a bit of a misnomer. However, it was probably chosen not for its accuracy, but for its comparative dignity when compared to the original “Sow and Her Pigs.”

Twelve Apostles, as seen looking east on viewing platform

Twelve Apostles, as seen looking west on viewing platform

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