The Friday Photo #48 – Ever Decreasing Apostles

Ever Decreasing Apostles

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.

Resisting the changes
New Zealand's South Island - Open to View


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    Linda van Leuken

    March 18, 2011

    Hi Dave,

    Nice photo, I've been there too.
    I have to correct you on one thing though ;)
    There are always new apostles at the making. That limestone coast is still eroding, and new apostles will appear in time.
    Good news eh? :)

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    March 18, 2011

    Yeah, you're right - perhaps I should have said 'none of these apostles hanging out there at all' ;-)

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    It breaks my heart that they are eroding! They are sooo gorgeous!!!

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    March 20, 2011

    So sad, but Australia is way too expensive for me to see them right now, which is even sadder.

    Poor me...

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    March 20, 2011

    This is a beautiful stretch of coast and even once all the apostles are eroded will still be a must do drive in Australia. Was down there a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Walk down to the the beach/water line at Gibson Steps nearby to see the power up close of the Southern Ocean (you'll see why the Apostles are being eroded away!)

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    March 21, 2011

    That coastline is fabulous for seeing how the landscape changes over time. I remember as a child travelling along the coast with a few more apostles, and also being able to walk across the formation known as London Bridge which has since fallen down. See it while you can - but remember it's also a testament to the changing earth, which perhaps is just as impressive.

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