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Great Ocean Road

Source: Chris Ford

About: The Great Ocean Road,   an Australian National Heritage listed 244 km / 151 mi long road,  was constructed between 1919 and 1932 by returned soldiers and is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War – I. The Great Ocean Road begins at Torquay and travels westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool.

Tourism: The road attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year which winds through varying terrain along the coast and provides access to many prominent landmarks. The Great Ocean Road showcases rainforests, rivers, old volcanoes and coastlines and is the world’s largest war memorial which includes the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations. The road is also one of the most prominent tourist attractions which includes the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway.

Other Attractions: The Great Ocean Road travels through Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, the latter is well known for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations  including Loch Ard Gorge, London Arch (formerly London Bridge), The Grotto  and The Twelve Apostles.

Prehistoric Destinations: The stories of aborigines from the landscapes of the Great Ocean Road to Wathaurong country in Geelong to the Gunditjmara region of the west can be heard. The Brambuk centre in Halls Gap is known for fascinating displays of art and artefacts and the other interesting destinations are rock art sites dating back 22,000 years in the Grampians National Park.

Wildlife: The Great Ocean Road is home to a variety of native wildlife which include whales, seals, dolphins,  koalas,  the kangaroos and other wild animals. 

Landmarks of the Great Ocean Road: 

The Twelve Apostles

Gibson Steps

London Arch

Loch Ard Gorge

The Grotto

Bay of Islands

The Arch

Walks in Port Campbell National Park

Triplet Falls

Kennett River


Teddy’s Lookout

The Lorne to Appollo Bay Drive

Appollo Bay Hostel

Mariners Lookout

Bells Beach

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