London Arch, an offshore natural arch formation in the Port Campbell National Park.

Great Ocean Road

Victoria

Coastal cliffs and awesome beaches are a major attraction along Great Ocean Road. You can witness world class surfing championships at Bell's Beach.

The 300km Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most spectacular coastlines. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford.

The road hugs a coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The Great Ocean Road hugs the side of sheer cliffs where native bushland meets Australia's most spectacular coastline.

Local Attractions

You will need more than a day to visit some of the highlights of the area.

  • The picturesque Apollo Bay situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway.
  • Take time out with nature at Otway National Park, a region of unspoilt rainforest with tree ferns and tall eucalyptus.
  • Explore the temperate rainforests walking among the gigantic rainforest trees.
  • Breathtaking rock formations bear witness to the many shipwrecks that adhorn the coast.
  • The 12 Apostles, though only 8 remain standing.
  • The remnants of the London Bridge.
  • The Razorback.
  • The Island Arch.

In 2004, the Great Ocean Walk opened, connecting 104 km of walking trails that follow the coastline near the Great Ocean Road, stretching from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

World’s Largest War Memorial

The 300km Great Ocean Road is dedicated to the country’s servicemen who died during World War I. Many of these soldiers helped in its construction. It is the world’s largest war memorial. Construction began in 1919, hoping to open up the region to road transportation & create jobs for thousands of Australian soldiers who returned from World War I.




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There are over 638 known shipwrecks at the bottom of the ocean along the Great Ocean Road


The Great Ocean Road was built on land owned by First Nation peoples from Gunditjmara, Wathaurong, Eastern Maar and Gadubanud language groups.


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