Immerse yourself in the depth's of this Natural Wonder - From the wild and unpredictable Southern Ocean!! On the Sth/ Eastern end you have The surf Coast thats home to the World Famous Bells Beach to Sth/ Western end of the Majestic and Rugged Ship Wreck Coast of Port Campbell National Park & Warrnambool. As the Otway Ranges are the Mountains that fall to the Ocean with a Myriad of waterfalls and lush rainforest and further afield the Volcanic plains volcanic plains that are steeped in history - YOU WILL Explore vastly different landscapes and share in their stories.
Length: 243 km (151 mi) Opened: 1932
Route number (s) B100
route number State Route; 100
East End Surfcoast Highway, Torquay, Victoria
West end Princes Highway, Allansford, Victoria
Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Wye River, Kennett River, Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill, Port Campbell, Peterborough
with a unpredictable and ever changing environment, if you are here for a few days or even
several, you will be lucky to capture a sunrise/ Sunset and when it does happen - it will be
something special -
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built originally by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road you could say is the world's largest scenic war memorial.
Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region and you could say in the peak periods the lively hood of business in the local areas -
The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay and travels 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road. The road is two lane (one in each direction), and is covered by a speed limit changing between 40 kilometres per hour and 100 kilometres per hour.
As you could say, it was chinese New Year to blame - for me it was unexpected experiencing the amount of tourists and bus loads of Chinese on the road.... Some of these "Tourist" not know how to drive and at half of the speed limit they were doing iam surprised they never cause a accident.
I had the shock of my life as there was also another unexpected event when i arrived at the 12
apostles for the first time this trip, it was mid afternoon and there was full traffic control at the 12 apostles car park (loads) of buses) that have probably just come from Melbourne and hundreds of car... It was like Spot the White Person !!! Ok iam outa here, bad lighting and far too many people for my liking -
The city of Geelong, Only 20 minutes from Torquay, experiences great benefit from Australian and international visitors to the road: with Geelong Otway Tourism affirming it as an invaluable asset. The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) listed the road as the state's top tourism experience in its survey. Its also worth the drive to Geelong's bellarine Bellarine Peninsula where you can visit the little sea towns of Queenscliff and Barwon Heads then down to Torquay.
The road is considered a tourist attraction in the area, in which much of the road hugs the coastline known as , providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone, which is susceptible to erosion. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, the latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations including Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Arch (formerly London Bridge) and The Twelve Apostles.
The Great Ocean Road was first planned towards the end of the first world war, when chairman of the Country Roads Board, William Calder, asked the State War Council for funds to be provided for returned soldiers to work on roads in sparsely populated areas in the Western Districts... By the time of World War I, the rugged south-west coast of Victoria was accessible only by sea or rough bush tracks, Besides being dedicated as a memorial, it was also envisaged that the road would connect isolated settlements on the coast, and become a vital transport link for the timber industry which was growing as a major form of income and tourism.
Surveying for the road, tentatively titled the South Coast Road, started in 1918 – with the road suggested to travel from Barwon Heads, follow the coast west around Cape Otway, and end near Warrnambool. In 1918, the Great Ocean Road Trust was formed as a private company, under the eye of president Howard Hitchcock. The company managed to secure £81,000 in capital from private subscription and borrowing, with Hitchcock himself contributing £3000. Money then would be repaid by charging drivers a toll until the debt was cleared, and the road would then be finally gifted to the state.
For me it was Just a 4 day trip with arrival at Avalon Airport (gee what a tiny airport) I then collected the hire car and it was off to the bellarine Peninsula / Barwon Heads then Torquay for a quick peak (food stop) then Anglesea (Split Point Lighthouse) then onto Apollo Bay for the night. The next day was all about Cape Otway Lighthouse, i was there much longer than i thought as i got talking to a member of Vic Parks about Aboriginal Heritage and Guess What ? we spotted a Copper Head Snake - Yeww. Top Bloke but it was time for me to go... Onto to Port Campbell National Park as i was trying to make the most of the Sun light as the next day was to have a change of weather and showers. So this day came around pretty quick with another night camping and as the light was very poor in contrast i decided to drive to Port Fairy then onto Portland and Found my self driving into the "bad weather" The second time visiting Port Fairy and it was just that RAIN - Atlas this time i walked around Griffith Island and found the Lighthouse - No it was :( because the light was real poor left and not much of composition if i was to move to the left and try to shoot to the Sth/West - Anyways just have to go back -
My final day was to do a final visit to Loch Ard Gorge area and then head to Timboon for some locally made cheese, then off to Otway Fly and Adventures and for a Windy camp at Torquay -