The Great Ocean Road

  • 21 Oct - 27 Oct, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Panorama

The Great Ocean Road, spanning 243 kilometres along the stunning coastline of Victoria's south-west, is one of Australia’s most famous road-touring routes. It was built by returning soldiers from WW1 between the years of 1919 to 1932 and is the world’s biggest War Memorial. 3000 conquered difficult terrain and extreme weather to build this remarkable road.

It follows, in part, the coastline known as The Shipwreck Coast which stretches 130 kilometres from Cape Otway to Port Fairy. From Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay and finishes at Allansford. Torquay is approximately 100 kilometres from Melbourne via Geelong along the M1 then join the B100 to Torquay. The Great Ocean road follows the B100 for 243 kilometres through to Allansford which is just 10 minutes from Warrnambool. The B100, replaces the old State road 100, which was the original Great Ocean road designation. You can then return on 256 kilometres to Melbourne via the A1 and M1.

The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is considered by many to be the most picturesque section of the road. The highway is carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean, offering commanding views of the waves from Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean swelling and crashing onto the rocks and beaches below.

Outside Apollo Bay the road winds through the centre of the Great Otway National Park with its beautiful untouched rainforests, before returning to hug the coast for the entire length of the Port Campbell National Park. This is the most famous section of the road featuring an amazing collection of rock formations known as the 12 Apostles which have been carved out of the headland by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean.