Drive along the Great Ocean Road and count the towering monoliths of Australia's Twelve Apostles and wonder if your eyes might be deceiving you. The Twelve Apostles are huge limestone rock formations separated from the cliff shore by the action of wind and waves, with some reaching nearly 50 meters (~ 164 ft) in height. The fact of the matter is that there are, in reality, only 8 limestone stacks; the others having been lost over the centuries to the pounding surf of the mighty Southern Ocean. This represents one of Australia's most popular tourist attractions as nearly 2 million PlanetHoppers! make the 3 hour journey from Melbourne each year to see this iconic natural wonder. Sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views as the Twelve Apostles change color from dark and foreboding, to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun. While the remaining Apostles stand tall and proud, they are susceptible to constant erosion. Witness their silent vigil while you still can.
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- Location: Twelve Apostles, Australia