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| Awesome Walkabout Exploring Australian Coastal Lines – Part 2
“Only two of 54 people on board the LOCH ARD survived. 18-year-old Eva Carmicheal, one of a family of eight Irish immigrants, and a ship’s apprentice Tom Pearce. After the ship went down Tom drifted for hours under an upturned lifeboat. When the tide turned at dawn, he was swept,bruised and battered, into this gorge. Shortly after reaching the beach he heard cries from the water, and saw Eva clinging to a spar. Tom quickly swam out and struggled for an hour to bring her to the beach, He sheltered her in the cave and revived her with some brandy, which had washed ashore. Then, exhausted, they both slept…”
A short narration on the information board at Port Campbell National Park describing bitter-sweet of such a luck,survival and heroism of two survivors defending their life right after a shipwreck at June 1878. The Wreck of The Loch Ard has been named as one of the most viral yet woefully tragedy over thousands of hazardous shipwrecks in vast southern part of Australian coastal during the episode of early massive migration from Europe to Australia since 1600s.
There after, the place has been well-known as Loch Ard Gorge. The gorge where the disaster unfolded, the stack of rock nearby Muttonbird Island that the Loch Ard first touched to bring upon it’s catastrophe. Located less than 5 km away after The Twelve Apostles, you’d be amazed by a masterpiece. Amazing formation of rocks were shaped and carved by wind and water. Once you arrived on it’s parking lot, you’d find steep staircase leading to the lowland of sandy beach area. There you’d be able to witness the Loch Ard Gorge historical walk, where Tom and Eva struggled ashore, and the cave in which Tom laid exhausting Eva while he went for help.
There are many great spots where you won’t be stop impressed by natural affluence such as stalactites of a cave, elongated stacks of rocks and cliffs, and the angry of bashing turquoise ocean. All I could do on that time was gazing as my eyes were dazzled and my subconscious part was under the spell of spectacular attractions of a landscape. So, have a great day and see ya on my next post 🙂 …….