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Along Australia’s Great Ocean Road lies many awe-inspiring coastal sights, the highlight being the Twelve Apostles. The limestone pillars rise up to 165 feet from the ocean.
By Tim Murphy | FREELANCER
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Photo essay: The view from Down Under
By Tim Murphy

Freelance photographer Tim Murphy takes us all the way to Australia this month for a photo essay from his two-week trip Down Under earlier this year. His adventure took him from Sydney to the nation's capital, Canberra, to Melbourne and back again for the long flight home.

"I really couldn't put the camera down from the moment I got off the plane to the cab ride back to the airport," Tim says. 

His dream vacation included taking in Australia's well-known icons such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sightings of the country's unique wildlife: kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats and even a platypus. He said his trip highlight was seeing the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road at sunset. The rock formations along the Great Ocean Road in Port Campbell National Park are one of many natural coastal sights along the Southern Ocean. The Twelve Apostles are a succession of towering limestone pillars. (Only eight pillars remain as time and the rough seas slowly reshape the coast.)

"It took awhile getting used to being on the other side of the road in Australia, but driving and seeing the countryside was so worth it, especially the Great Ocean Road," Tim says. "It was one amazing view after another before the final stop at the Twelve Apostles."

We hope you enjoy the trip Down Under - without the 14-hour flight. More photos are on pages 68-71.


Story published Friday, September 2, 2011 ( Volume 6, Number 5 )

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