Australia’s Great Ocean Road is now a world famous destination for any visitor to the southern part of Australia, featuring incredible views along the road, with many vantage points for incredible photographs. The most famous of course is the 12 Apostles, and the best vantage points for viewing them are usually filled with tourists, making a little difficult to get that great shot, but patience can reward to keen photographer.
The sad thing is, most people are simply parking the car (or bus) getting out for a quick look, take a few selfies and then head back to the car or bus, then off to the next vantage point. This is hardly ‘experiencing’ the Great Ocean Road now is it? But their loss is our (photographers) gain as there are some places along this magnificent stretch of road that very few truly venture down into, and that is Loch Ard Gorge.
Loch Ard Gorge offers some spectacular opportunities for photographers, and for anyone looking to truly experience the wild oceans of Australia’s southern regions. Situated in the Port Campbell National Park just three minutes away from the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge is one of the best kept secrets of this tourist location. It is also in my view the best place to experience the wild oceans, and the magnificence of the Great Ocean Road.
Most tourists stand at the top near the car parking area, and take a few quick snaps, some will venture down the staircase to the beach below, and take a few more happy snaps before making their way back up the staircase and onto the next vantage point, totally missing the opportunity to enjoy this great location. For myself and my family, we stop at the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory to grab some great cheese and bread, which makes for a great lunch while sitting on the beach under the over hanging rocks. Our kids would spend hours swimming in what can at times be a wild beach, or exploring the rocks around the edges of the inlet.