home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.


You might be forgiven for mistaking this image for a beach in Cornwall. It certainly looks like the Bedruthan steps. But it isn’t. These two stacks are part of the “Twelve Apostles” along the Great Ocean Road in southern Victoria, Australia. Sadly there are only 8 of these left now, the  ninth having collapsed dramatically in July 2005. I was there in March 2000. To get an idea of the epic scale of this place from the wide beach below follow the Gibson Steps 70 metres down the cliff face to the sand, where you’ll be literally dwarfed by a gigantic rock stack. 

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

22 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”

  1. It could equally well be a scene in the Algarve, Jude, but not today. It’s a grey one. We were painting up on the terrace and a compulsory coffee break has arisen while the shower passes over 😃😃

  2. Beautiful image, Jude. Sadly I didn’t see the 12 Apostles when I visited Australia in 2004. I’m even sadder now knowing that one collapsed a year later.

    1. It was a lovely trip from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians and back to Melbourne. Those steps were quite something though! Luckily I was a lot fitter then!

    1. Seeing how high the waves get around here in the winter months I am not at all surprised, the cliffs on the north coast of Cornwall are continually being eroded.

      The winds along the Great Ocean Road come straight from the Antarctic and must whip that ocean up. Water erosion just wears away anything in its path.

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