Monday, April 25, 2011

The Grotto - Great Ocean Road Australia Attractions

The Grotto - Great Ocean Road, Australia
The Grotto is sinkhole geological formation located along the Great Ocean Road. To further explain what a sinkhole is, let me quote this excerpt from the US Geological Survey site,
Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by ground water circulating through them. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a while until the underground spaces just get too big. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces then a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur.

This is the actual view seen from the top of the Grotto. The Grotto is also part of the Port Campbell National Park.

The steps going down to the Grotto
This view somewhat reminds me of the movie, '127 hours'.

This signage isn't exempted from the natural process called erosion.
The Grotto
Out of the 4 awe-inspiring natural formations I've seen, I must say that the Twelve Apostles is the most amazing of them all. Like this sinkhole, the rest are also impressive in their own ranks. This was our last stop as will be going back to Melbourne after our 'Great Ocean Road' road trip before it gets dark.

I'll make sure that I visit the rest of the Great Ocean Road attractions the next time I have the opportunity to do a road trip in Australia again.

Great sunset @ Great Ocean Road on the way home

After our Melbourne tour tomorrow, we will be heading to Cairns, home to the famous Great Barrier Reef! I will be posting photos and videos, so sea lovers and fellow travelers out there, better subscribe to my blog (place your email on the upper left side corner and click subscribe)

Interested in other Great Ocean Road Attractions? Check out these posts below:
Split Point Lighthouse
Town of Lorne
Lorne Food Trip
Apollo Bay
Gibson Steps
Twelve Apostles
London Arch
Loch Ard Gorge
The Grotto



coffs harbour accommodation said...

Some of the most beautiful scenery, I have ever seen. Along the way, there are interesting places to visit. Thanks.