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?
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.
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:
…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:
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:
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.”