The Victoria region of Australia has one of the most beautiful roads in the world, and probably the best known in Australia. The Great Ocean Road extends 253 km from Melbourne on the southeast coast to Port Fairy. These 243 km of panoramic road are enshrined in the UNESCO World heritage. In addition to the grand landscapes, the road built between 1919 and 1932 is also the largest death monument dedicated to the Australian soldiers of the First World War.
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The road is known today for its itinerary bordering spectacular panoramas along the Pacific coast. A road to travel on a motorcycle, car or van in Australia to discover all the beauty of the local flora and fauna.
A road as a memorial of the soldiers of the First World War
Before the ocean Road, the southwest coast of Victoria was only accessible by sea or a few small trails not accessible for vehicles. William Calder, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Victoria Highways, commanded this road which was to be built by military personnel for the memory of the Australian soldiers who died during the First World War. The road also becomes a vital link for the industrial and tourist development of the region. 3000 soldiers were mobilized to build this tedious road, practically by hand, using explosives, peles and wheelbarrows. Dangerous work, since the road has long portions on the cliff side. Completed in 1932 the road is considered to be the largest war memorial in the world.
To see during a road trip on the Great Ocean Road in Australia
The Great Ocean Road borders the southeast coast of Australia and is truly encrusted in some places in the rock, between deserted beaches and large national parks. For the sportsmen many activities line the road, so many hiking trails or biking as large surf beaches. Wildlife lovers will be able to observe koalas, kangaroos and even whales on the beaches of Warrnambool.
Discover the main steps of the road during a road trip in a motorhome, a motorcycle trip or a drive in Australia.
From Melbourne to Lorne
After Melbourne you arrive on the You Yangs, a place known for its climbing paths and mountain biking. If you have the equipment in your van, motorhome or car, do not hesitate to take a sports break. Further afield you arrive in Torquay and its famous beach of surfers the Bells Beach. You can also find the largest surfing museum in the world. From Torquay the road continues to Lorne in a superb stretch dug into the cliff. Next to Lorne you will discover a monument dedicated to the soldiers who built the road. Lorne is one of the most enjoyable seaside towns in Victoria, perfect for stopping for coffee in one of the city’s charming bars, bathing in the ocean, surfing or fishing. You can ride in van, motorhome or car to the chain of Otway where you discover a multitude of hidden waterfalls.
From Lorne to Cape Otway
After Lorne and up to Apollo Bay the road runs along the cliff-sided sea and on the other of superb Australian national Parks such as the Great Oway. Coming out of Lorne you will discover the magnificent Twelve Apostles, superb peaks of calcareous rocks arising from the ocean. The small road continues on a motorcycle, van or camper trip to the Rainbow Falls, Rainbow Falls. Continue to Melba Gully or Blanket Bay where you can set up your RV or van for a night in bivouac near great waterfalls and caves.
From Cap Otway to Port Fairy
Continue along the great Ocean Road in Australia and cross the historic town of Warrnambool and the village of Port Fairy where you can watch whales and the largest colony of sea lions in Australia. In Griffith Island you watch dolphins and sharks from the deck of a boat.
The road along the coast ends here, you can then go back to the Australian lands towards halls Gap and then back to Melbourne.
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