Loch Ard Gorge Precinct

Popular Loch Ard Gorge is a few kilometres past the famous twelve apostles on the Great Ocean Road.

It is named after the famous Loch Ard Shipwreck, which saw the loss of 52 lives on one fateful night in June 1878. Only two people survived, and swam to the safety of the small beach inside the now named Loch Ard Gorge.

The Loch Ard precinct is where you will also find a number of other well known locations, such as the Razorback, the Island Arch (which fell in 2009), Muttonbird Island, Loch Ard Cemetery, the Blowhole and the Thunder Cave.

The Island Arch

The island Arch was popular amongst landscape photographers until its collapse in June 2009. The two unconnected rock stacks that remain have since become known as Tom and Eva, named after the only two survivors of the Loch Ard tragedy.

Muttonbird Island

Muttonbird Island is the site of the Loch Ard Wreck, which slammed into the southern side of this small rocky island and sank. The wreck remains at its base still today.

Interestingly, Muttonbird has an archway not unlike the one which recently collapsed on the Island Arch, but is at an earlier stage of erosion. It will likely remain intact for a few hundred years, based on the current erosion rate of about 15cm per year.

As its name suggests, Muttonbird Island is a breeding ground for its namesake.

Mike's Tip! This is not a quick 'stop, look, move on' spot. There's lots to see here, so set aside a good three hours to take it all in.

The Walks:

Geology Walk:
Start/Finish: Eastern Loch Ard Carpark
Distance: 1km Return
Duration: 1/2hr
Difficulty: Easy

Loch Ard Wreck Walk:
Start/Finish: Eastern Loch Ard Carpark
Distance: 1.5km Return
Duration: 1hr
Difficulty: Easy

Living on the Edge Walk:
Start/Finish: Western Loch Ard Carpark
Distance: 3km Return
Duration: 1.5hrs
Difficulty: Easy

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