Great Ocean Road Australia

This 243km long Heritage Listed road stretches from Anglesea West through to Allansford, near Warrnambool. The Great Ocean Road Australia offers spectacular coastal scenery, including the Twelve Apostles (between Anglesea and Portsea) where the huge limestone columns rise majestically out of the Southern Ocean.

The Great Ocean Road Australia is truly one of the world’s most exciting road trips. From white sandy beaches and little coves to lush bush-covered hills and outback wildlife. Small towns full with charm along the route provide a range of accommodation choices. There are dozens of bush and bay walks, including the ultimate Great Ocean Walk that stretches 104 km from Apollo Bay to within sight of the Twelve Apostles.

Between Torquay and Cape Otway, known as the Surf Coast, much of the road hugs the coastline. It is along this stretch of the magnificent coastline that you can find the famous Bells Beach, known world-wide for its annual international surf competition.

The Shipwreck Coast, further west of Cape Otway, provides visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. The latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations, including The Grotto and The Twelve Apostles. If you have a sharp eye you may even spot some passing whales if you’re visiting at the right time of year.

Sections of the road host the annual Great Ocean Road Marathon and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. There are lots of places to stay along this stretch of the coast. Ideal if you plan on attending either event or travelling the route.

Construction

Construction on The Great Ocean Road began in 1919, as a project for returned soldiers from World War I. It was built as a war memorial for fellow ex-soldiers who did not return from the war. At the time the area was sparsely populated. The rugged South West coast was only accessible by sea or through the bush. 2004 saw the opening of the Great Ocean Walk, which connects 104km/62 miles of walking trails that follow the coast from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles.