Renowned for the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Bells Beach and the towering redwoods in Otway National Park, it’s not surprising the Great Ocean Road is regarded as one of the most iconic touring routes in the world. The heritage-listed road follows the cliffs between Torquay and Allansford for 243 kilometres, sharing a stunning stretch of Victorian coast with incredible bird habitats, native wildlife and migrating whales.
As well as showing off some of Victoria’s most dramatic seascapes, the Great Ocean Road is also the world’s largest war memorial. Monuments such as the Memorial Arch tribute the 3000 returned Australian soldiers responsible for building the road, but it’s the Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre in Lorne that tells the whole story and puts the GOR’s into historical perspective.
If you’re a fan of maritime history, the Great Ocean Road is home to some of the state’s best and oldest historic lighthouses, including Cape Otway Lightstation, Split Point lighthouse and Cape Nelson.