The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia's most scenic roadways, hugging the coastline of south-eastern Australia with impressive views over the Great Southern Ocean.
The Great Ocean Road starts just past Geelong and travels through to Warrnambool. You can do an easy day trip from Melbourne city to the Great Ocean Road or take your time and stop and stay overnight at any of the beautiful seaside towns along the route like Torque, Lorne, Port Campbell or Apollo Bay.
The Great Ocean Road was built between 1919 and 1932 is 243 kilometers long. The Government at the time used the project to give employment to returning soldiers from the Great War (WWI).
One of the most popular tourist attractions along the Great Ocean Road are the impressive limestone rock formations called the Twelve Apostles. The Twelve Apostles are found off the coast between Port Campbell and Princetown.
This coastline is spotted with natural wonders including the Twelve Apostles, the large pinnacle limestone rocks protruding from the ocean. There is also London Arch, once an impressive archway until it collapsed into the sea. Loch Ard Gorge surrounded by impressive cliff faces. Gibson Steps has 86 steps down to the beach surrounded by 70 meter high cliffs
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Loch Ord Gorge
The Loch Ord Gorge is located 10 minutes drive from the Twelve Apostles, within the Port Campbell National Park. There are steps that you can walk down to get to the white sandy beach with great views of the opening of the gorge looking out to the ocean.
The gorge got it's name from a ship that was shipwrecked directly off the coast, the Loch Ard. Only 2 people survived the ship wrecked and managed to swim to shore within the gorge and miraculuously were able to climb out over the sheer cliff faces.
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London Bridge or Arch is an impressive limestone structure 5 minutes drive from Loch Ord Gorge. Up until 1990 the rock structure in the ocean was connected to the mainland by a naturally formed arched bridge. The stone bridge collapsed leaving some tourists stranded on the rock island. They needed to be rescued by helicopter
UPCOMING EVENTS ALONG THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Apollo Bay Music Festival Friday 28th April 2014 until Sunday 2nd March 2014. Apollo Bay is along the Great Ocean Road half way to Warnambool.