Beautiful limestone formations are a major drawcard of the Great Ocean Road. Image: Twenty20

Great Ocean Road

Image: Beautiful limestone formations are a major drawcard of the Great Ocean Road. Image: Twenty20

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometre road hugging the southwest coast of Victoria. The road traverses cliffs, beaches and rainforest and provides endless picturesque vistas, the most famous of which is the 12 Apostles limestone formations.

Great Ocean Road
A beautiful drive from Melbourne
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The Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometre road hugging the southwest coast of Victoria. The road traverses cliffs, beaches and rainforest and provides endless picturesque vistas, the most famous of which is the 12 Apostles limestone formations.

The road travels between the Victorian towns of Torquay and Allansford and passes through or near the equally charming towns of Anglesea, Lorne, Airys Inlet and Winchelsea. Each of these towns has numerous accommodation, dining and drinking options.

The road features a number of points of interest including historical sites, the Otways National Park, rugged hinterland and of course endless picture postcard views of the Southern Ocean.

Construction of the road began in 1919 by approximately 3,000 returned servicemen as a war memorial for those killed in World War I. Construction was done by hand using explosives, picks, shovels, wheelbarrows and some small machinery. The first section opened in 1922 as a toll road to recoup the construction costs. The completed road opened in 1932. The road was handed to the State Government in 1936, at which time the tolls were removed.