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Named After Two Survivors

Another beautiful part of the Port Campbell coastline and part of the Lock Ard disaster story.From... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2021
Oldjack
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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The view from Tom and Eva's Lookout is one of those iconic images associated with The Great Ocean... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2021
gregs3071
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melbourne
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Reviewed 6 December 2021

Another beautiful part of the Port Campbell coastline and part of the Lock Ard disaster story.From limited reading I assumed that all from Lock Ard were lost but not so, Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael survived hence the name of the lookout. Beautiful spot.

Date of experience: November 2021
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Reviewed 10 August 2021

The view from Tom and Eva's Lookout is one of those iconic images associated with The Great Ocean Road.

Tom and Eva's Lookout is easy to get to from the Loch Ard Gorge car parks. It is a short walk from the big signboard in the main car park along the path that leads to The Razorback.

Of course I took my own photo of this famous view. A week and a half later, when I visited an old friend to celebrate a birthday, they had the exact same picture blown up and mounted on their wall.

Date of experience: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 August 2020

Before you consider that these may be named after a romantic couple... this is not why they are named. When the Loch Ard sank off Muttonbird Island only two people survived. Tom Pearce- an 18 year old- clung to a piece of the shipwreck and was washed ashore. Eva Carmichael- also 18- was thrown from the deck into the sea... she was washed into the same gorge as Tom. Tom heard her cries and he swam out to drag her to shore. The gorge that they washed into was later named Loch Ard Gorge.

Tom being resilient found some brandy that has washed ashore with the wreckage and drank some to overcome the cold, before sharing it with Eva. The following morning Tom climbed the gorge and went to find assistance.

Tom received a hero’s welcome in Melbourne. And the story of Tom and Eva spread throughout Australia and England. They were so famous that people wished them to get married. Despite people’s wishes, Eva returned to Europe three months later and married an aristocrat. Tom was just a sailor. She lived until she was 74.

Tom continued to work as a sailor and returned to England where he died in Southampton. He was 49.

So while there was no romance... it's certainly a beautiful tale. And now, we have this lookout to remind us of these two survivors... we cast aside that fifty-two people lost their lives and we focus on our survivors.

Date of experience: July 2020
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Reviewed 4 July 2020 via mobile

Located to the left of Loch Ard gorge and a quick 5 minute walk from the carpark. The lookout is located halfway to the Razorback lookout.

TIP: no stairs involved and one of the few lookouts (along with Razorback) that is great for the people with limited mobility

Date of experience: July 2020
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