The Great Ocean Road is arguably Australia’s most spectacular coastal drive for many reasons. The 243km (152 miles) road snakes along Victoria’s most scenic coast from Torquay in the east to Warrnambool in the west. In fact, this area covers some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, where the Otway Ranges and the sheer limestone cliffs of Port Campbell collapse into the crashing surf of the Southern Ocean. The Great Ocean Road holds some of Victoria’s most popular attractions – the world-renowned Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Cape Otway National Park and many more.
The Great Ocean Road is a bucket list experience and a journey that you should undertake at least once in your lifetime. If you’re planning a trip to this region, continue reading for all the information you will need to plan your next trip – highlights of the Great Ocean Road, towns to visit along the way, maps and links to further reading on the region.
Great Ocean Road History
The first section of the Great Ocean Road was construction by hand – picks, shovels and crowbars – by returned World War I soldiers as a war memorial for their fellow servicemen lost in World War I. Work began in September 1919 and the road between Anglesea and Apollo Bay was completed in 1932.
The best way to see and experience the Great Ocean Road is to spend two to three days driving from one town to the next, although a day trip from Melbourne is possible for those on a time limit.