Great Ocean Road

25.12.96 - 26.12.96
For over 300 km from Torquay (a short distance south of Geelong) to Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road provides some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia. The road, which took 14 years (1918 to 1932) to complete, was built as a memorial to the soldiers who died in WW I. For most of the distance it hugs the coastline, passing some excellent surf beaches, fine diving centres and even some hills from which hanggliding enthusiasts launch themselves to catch the strong uplifts coming in from the sea in the evening. Between Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay the road features the beautiful contrast of the ocean beaches on one side and the forest and mountains on the other. Farther west is the famous Port Campbell National Park, with its amazing collection of rock sculptures, such as the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge.
A one-day tour seems quite rushing to me. If you have the possibility to rent and/or share a car with other people, do it at least in two days.
The Great Ocean Road was besides the Great Barrier Reef, the Kakadu, the Kimberley and the Centre a top highlight of my tour.

What you can do: Sigthseeing

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Great Ocean Road I, Great Ocean Road II

Great Ocean Road I

The start near Anglesea. Lupo as Santa Claus at Cape Otway - freezing.
Two of the Twelve Apostles
... and the remaining ones.