A History of the Loch Ard Shipwreck

The Loch Ard is arguably Victoria’s best known shipwreck and remains a source of fascination for many travellers who take a Great Ocean Road tour. This ship, which sailed between 1873 and 1878, has an interesting history and, today, many people love to relive and learn about the final voyage of the Loch Ard.

What is known about the final voyage of the Loch Ard?

On March 2, 1878, the Loch Ard departed England destined for Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne. The ship was under the command of 29-year-old Captain Gibbs and was full to its capacity of 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.

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How to See the Best of Victoria

Victoria is a state of incredible beauty and plenty of activity. In Victoria, modern architecture and innovation is juxtaposed with its classic and historic counterparts and diversity is celebrated in so many ways. Of course, Melbourne is a vibrant and dynamic city and is a must see on the itinerary of any visitor to Victoria, but there are many other fabulous parts of the state which are well worth a visit.

It is quite likely that you will have a limited amount of time when you visit Victoria. In spite of this, it is almost certain that you will want to make the most of your time and see the very best that Victoria has to offer. How can this be achieved?

Join tours:

Organised tours are the very best way to see different parts of Victoria and really engage with what you are seeing and experiencing. It is only on an organised tour that you can be guaranteed to see the absolute highlights and be provided with interesting and credible information that enables you to better appreciate the amazing sights that confront you.

So, what are some of the best day tours that will give you a taste of the best of the state of Victoria?

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How to Enjoy the Highlights of Victoria

If you are travelling to Victoria, you may be conscious of wanting to make the most of your time and taking every opportunity possible to see the best of what the garden state has to offer. The good news is that there is no shortage of beautiful and interesting sights in Victoria and many great ways to spend your time.

If you really want to make the most of your time and enjoy the highlights of Victoria, we recommend the following:

Be guided by the experts:

When visiting a new place, a lot of energy is channelled into finding out about an area, your options for travelling to and from the area and the costs that will be incurred. The majority of this research and planning is eliminated when you decide to see the sights through organised tour companies.

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5 of Victoria’s Great Cities and Towns

Of course, Victoria is most famous for its capital city, Melbourne – a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that is a truly incredible place to visit. As well as Melbourne, Victoria is home to the great city of Geelong and many fabulous towns that warmly welcome visitors.

1:  Melbourne

The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne is so often recognised as the most artistic and cultured of all the cities. In Melbourne, history and modernity are effectively juxtaposed – you can see classic and historical architecture matched with modern buildings and artwork.

By taking a Melbourne tour you will gain firsthand insight into the beauty, variation and diversity of this amazing city. Expect to see sights as famous and significant as the Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanical Gardens, Federation Square, Fitzroy Gardens and the Yarra River on which the city is situated. Not only will you have the opportunity to take many wonderful photographs, you will also gather many fond memories of your time in the city of Melbourne.

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6 of the Best Ways to Spend Time in Victoria

Victoria is a wonderful place to visit and a state that is characterised by diversity and dynamism. There is so much to see and do in Victoria that it can feel as though you should spend all of your time sightseeing. While there are some fabulous sights to see, it can also be a lot of fun to spend time relaxing in some of Victoria’s most beautiful locations.

What are some of the best ways to spend your time in Victoria?

1:  Day tours

Opting to join day tours is one of the best decisions that you can make. By taking a Melbourne tour, a Great Ocean Road tour, a Penguin Parade tour or any of the many other tours that are possible, you are able to not only see and experience a supremely gorgeous place and marvel at the stunning scenery, you will also learn plenty of interesting and relevant information about the area.

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