The Arch

Great Ocean Road

Offshore from Point Hesse, and well worth stopping for, the Arch is an intact bridge-like rock formation. It's believed that it will, one day – imminently – break into two separate rock stacks. There are some good photo ops from the various viewing points looking down on it.

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