Easily one of the world’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road follows the stunning coastline of Victoria’s south-west. Stretching 243 kilometres from Torquay, just south of Geelong, to Allansford, just east of Warrnambool, the road winds along cliff tops, up to breathtaking headlands, down onto the edge of beaches, across river estuaries and through lush rainforests offering panoramic views of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean at every turn. Work on the Great Ocean Road commenced in 1919, after about 3000 returning World War One soldiers used a variety of picks, crowbars and shovels to carve out the road from solid rock, a memorial to those lost in the war.
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Full of exquisite surroundings, one of the main attractions of the Great Ocean Road arrives on the scene just before Port Campbell on Victoria's south coast. Rising out of the sea in a most dramatic fashion, the Twelve Apostles are star attractions to be observed at both the break of dawn and in the evening, amidst a setting sun. The rich rainforest of the Great Otway National Park is also worth a day's wandering, with more than 100 kilometres of tracks within the park to choose from. The enchantment of Apollo Bay can be felt with a variety of watersports and mountain biking and the picturesque views in Lorne should not go unappreciated. A trip to be savoured rather than sprinted, The Great Ocean Road is best enjoyed when time is taken to explore the landscapes, communities and wildlife along the way.