The 12 Apostles are a well known attraction within an attraction, a key feature of the Great Ocean Road scenic drive along the southwest coast of Victoria, Australia. These so-called apostles are in fact large chunks of limestone that rise out of the ocean just offshore, and they attract a couple of million visitors per year with camera clutched firmly in hand.
Now, look closely at the picture above. Do you notice anything … well … missing? Like, say for example, most of the apostles?
Well, here’s the secret. Four of the apostles have headed off on a permanent holiday. There were only ever nine of them, believe it or not, and in 2005 another one crumbled into the sea. They are continuing to erode, and eventually I’m sure there’ll be no apostles hanging out there at all.
If you’d like to see them, I’d probably be thinking about booking a ticket sometime soon. Just saying.