Travelling the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must if you’re in Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road is 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia. It begins in Torquay and finishes at Allansford near Warrnambool. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, it winds through varying terrain along the coast providing breathtaking views.
One of its most prominent landmarks is the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks formed by erosion. The site was once known as the Sow and Pigs, but eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles despite only ever having nine stacks. Today, due to the same erosion that created them, there are eight stacks. Further erosion from the waves will create new limestone stacks from existing headlands in the future.
This is one of my favourite places in Victoria, perhaps the world. It’s beautiful and wild and dangerous. Part of this coastline is called the Shipwreck Coast. Explorer Matthew Flinders said, “I have seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline.” There are approximately 638 known shipwrecks along Victoria’s coast and you can find some commemorations along the way.
Theo and I intended to go for the day, but we spent the night in Port Campbell and continued exploring the following day. You can see a lot in one day, but if you can extend your visit, it’s worth it.