The Razorback

The Razorback is yet another rock formation that one can view when visiting the Loch Ard Gorge precinct. It lies along the same path that takes one from the parking lot to Tom and Eva, and lies a further 5 minutes walk up the path.

The name is given to a limestone stack that stands in a cove that is constantly subjected to the forces of wind and water erosion of the Southern Ocean. The path to the vantage point of the Razorback forks into a loop. While approaching, the left fork will take one directly to the most direct vantage point to view the limestone stack. If you spend a few minutes watching the waves crash against the coastline, you will notice another cave forming in the cliff face, which is likely to one day form into a blow hole, or into another arch.

The right hand fork loops around the cliff top, and offers one a side view of  Tom and Eva, and a view of Muttonbird Island.

Best times to visit

The location is open all year round. The weather in the area constantly changes. The best times to shoot here are from sunrise to the middle of the morning. Realistically, there are two alternative vantage points to shoot this feature from. Both will require you to have a very wide angle lens.


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).

Gear Required

The effect of sea spray in this location is very pronounced, and further exacerbated by strong winds that are prevalent in the area. It is recommend that one carry a towel and some microfiber cloth to keep one’s lenses clean. Tripods are recommended, especially if you are planning to do a long exposure shot. 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 of under 24mm, or fisheye.

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. If there are showers in the area, consider wearing a weatherproof jacket, and have a rain-shield or plastic cover handy for to protect your camera.

Your choice of footwear is important. Comfortable walking shoes (not runners) are recommended.

While in the area, be sure to check out the Blowhole, Tom and Eva, and Loch Ard Gorge.

Vehicular Access: Sealed highway access to the parking lot.
Pedestrian Access: Firm partially paved pathway.
Fitness levels required: Suitable for any reasonably fit individual. Suitable for most individuals with mobility restrictions.
Walk Difficulty:
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 subject to strong winds and constantly changing weather. 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.