The blowhole is one of five spots of interest in the Loch Ard Gorge precinct. It is the result of constant erosion of the sea against the limestone cliffs, along with the seepage of surface rain water cutting through the limestone cliffs which have caused it to cave in over the tunnel that the ocean has been carving. Blowholes are not uncommon and are in several places around the world. The one here is particularly loud, as one can here the waves churn through the chamber of the blowhole and resonate against its limestone walls.
Best times to visit
The location is open all year round. The weather in the area constantly changes. Hence, while the best time to shoot here may be at sunset or sunrise, the reality is that one will probably make the best of the conditions that present themselves at this location. There are a very limited number of ways to photograph this location, and it perhaps offers more of an experience of being there rather than a photographic subject itself.
With the weather in this area being as changeable as it is, check the forecast, and allow yourself some extra time in case you get caught in a passing shower (most of which last about 15 to 30 minutes).
The effect of sea spray in this location is far less than some of the other more exposed areas. Nonetheless, I recommend that you carry a towel and some microfiber cloth to keep your lenses clean. Tripods are not essential unless you are planning on doing a long exposure shot in fading light. The winds in the area get very rough. If you do use a tripod, carry a sturdy one with a hook to which you can weigh down with your bag. Your choice of lens would typically be of focal lengths under 40mm.
If you’re planning an early morning or late evening shoot, be sure to carry a flashlight with you.
Always dress in layers. The weather and temperature here constantly changes, and its very easy to suffer from exposure to the elements. In the summer, it is imperative that you have sunscreen on you.
Your choice of footwear is important. I recommend comfortable walking shoes (not runners). Open-toed shoes are not recommended.
Vehicular Access: Sealed highway access to the parking lot.
Pedestrian Access: Firm gravel pathway.
Fitness levels required: Suitable for any reasonably fit individual. Suitable for some individuals with mobility restrictions.
Walk Difficulty: Easy
Amount of time required at the site: About 20 minutes.
Price of Admission: Free
Access hours: 24 hours a day
Notes of caution: The area is heavily vegetated during the summer and may be home to snakes. Proceed with caution. While the path is wheelchair accessible, it is somewhat uneven with gentle gradients. The cliffs in the area are unstable. It is highly recommended that one stays on the marked paths only.
Recommendations: The volume of tourists in this area peaks around 3p.m. when the tour buses from Melbourne arrive.