A Little Bit Of History
Loch Ard, the ship under the command of Captain Gibbs, departed England for Melbourne in 1878 with 17 passengers, 37 crew and cargo when it collided with a rocky reef close to Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Tragically, only two of the people on board survived the accident: one of the ship’s apprentices named Tom Pearce and a young female passenger named Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy.
The couple was the subject of intense public interest and romantic speculation. Tom received a hero’s welcome in Melbourne and, after six weeks, Eva returned to Ireland. They never saw each other again.
The Loch Ard Gorge is about 270 kilometres from Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road, just after Twelve Apostles and before Port Campbell. This is part of the Port Campbell National Park and is arguably Victoria’s best known shipwreck. The Loch Ard Gorge remains a fascination for many travellers and is certainly one of my favorite highlights of my Great Ocean Road Tour (as evidenced by the three “almost” identical pictures!).
While Australia’s goldfields enticed people from all over the world, many lost their lives on the treacherous “Shipwreck Coast”.
After all the pictures I’ve seen, nothing compared to actually standing there and watching this beautiful view. It was like a dream that unfolded right before your eyes.
Some people say that this road is nothing interesting because of the rough waves and Australia has more beautiful things to offer. But for me, it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips and you won’t be disappointed.
For more detailed history of Loch Ard Gorge, you may refer to this link.