Remember the song, “London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady”? Of course, the London Bridge in London didn’t really fall down, but the London Bridge in Great Ocean Road actually collapsed! It happened circa 1990 and after the collapse, it has been renamed to London Arch instead. If you drive along the Great Ocean Road, you would see it after the Twelve Apostles. This was the new that welcomed us near the London Arch.
View from London Arch
London Bridge before it collapsed
According to the information board, there were actually tourists trapped on the London Arch when it collapsed! They had to be rescued with a helicopter! So fortunate that they were actually on the surviving portion of the bridge eh?
London Arch #1
London Arch #2
Just look at the powerful waves. It’s no wonder the bridge even collapsed. Such is the power of water. Never underestimate it.
London Arch #3
London Arch #4
Just further up from the London Arch, there’s another attraction called the Grotto, which we stopped by to take a look as well. The Grotto is a sinkhole formed by erosion from the coast.
Shaping a Grotto
The view from the top of the Grotto was breathtaking! It was too bad that we were running out of time or we would have taken the stairs and gone down for a better view.
View of Grotto from the top
And that was the last stop we had before reaching the end of the Great Ocean Road and returning to Melbourne via the freeway. It was without a doubt one of the best drive ever. If you ever go to Melbourne for holiday, do spend at least 2 days to drive along the Great Ocean Road for an unforgettable experience.
The Great Ocean
Strong waves pounding on the cliffs
The London Arch
Pounding waves at London Arch, Great Ocean Road