Stretching for 242 kilometres (150.6 miles), The Great Ocean Road is not only one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, but it’s also the world’s longest War Memorial. Built to commemorate the service of sailors and soldiers during the great war (World War I), the road took 13 years to complete, and during that time, 3,000 returned sailors and soldiers worked its construction. In 2011, The Great Ocean Road was listed on the Australian National Heritage List.
The road winds through distinctly differing terrain as it sweeps from Torquay and terminates where it meets up with the Princes Highway just east of the township of Allansford. It twists and turns along the coast, travels through national parks and beneath the canopy of eucalypt forests, meanders past farmland where sheep graze and cow lazily chew their cud, and . . . (the primary reason most tourists visit this part of Australia), passes the Twelve Apostles, the most well know of all the limestone stacks that can be found on along The Great Ocean Road.
With so much to see and do, Dean and I have been very busy over the last three days, driving from location to location, enjoying the view, walking some pathways, photographing the view, stepping down onto a few beaches, and yes, Dean even managed to get into the water for a surf yesterday.
As I mentioned yesterday (Photo of the Week), the number of photos we have taken is insane, but I’ve filtered through all of them and carefully selected ‘the best of’ from each location to share, and hopefully, the following takes you on your own little journey.
The Great Ocean Road
Loch Ard Gorge
The Twelve Apostles
Cape Otway Lightstation
Cape Otway Koala
Bay of Martyrs
Bay of Islands
A Few Odds and Ends
A room with a view
What the conditions do to the plant life.
Can you see the face?
In the cemetery at Loch Ard Gorge
A Welcome Swallow
Another view of The Twelve Apostles
Mummy and baby enjoying a cuddle.
These signs are sad, but needed.
Dean’s out there, but hard to spot because he is just a dot (just right of centre).
I would love to share more photos (honestly), but I do have to draw a line somewhere.
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Dean and I chose to stay at the Port Campbell Holiday Park, and to be honest, it was simply somewhere to sleep while we enjoyed our time sightseeing. Port Campbell itself is a (very) sleepy little township just a short drive from most of the attractions (aka limestone stacks) west of Cape Otway Nation Park and a great place to base ourselves for a few days.
Although we’ve seen most of the coastline, we haven’t reached the end of The Great Ocean Road yet. That will happen today. Stay tuned for The Great Ocean Road – Part 2 in the next couple of days.