Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Great Ocean Road as a Tourist Destination



The southern coast of Victoria is one lucky geographical region.  The pristine coastline is home to one of Australias biggest tourist destinations; The Great Ocean Road.  With 243 kilometres of road that snugs the coast the entire way, this road trip is one of the best drives in the country, if not the world.  You can visit The Great Ocean Road in one day with Great Ocean Road Tours to see all of the biggest attractions in a short amount of time.
The road was built between 1919 and 1932 by returned soldiers from WWI as a memorial for all of those who lost their lives in battle.  Its the biggest war memorial in the world, as well as a World Heritage Site. Its impressive length and construction is apparent the moment you reach the start of the road. 

At the beginning of The Great Ocean Road stands the Memorial Arch, which identifies the start.  There, you find many visitors parked on the side of the road taking photos of the arch.  From there, the trip keeps getting better and better.  The dramatic coastline serves as a beautiful guide, curving in and out along the road. 

Stops along the way are endless, as each little town, park, and landmark has a story to
tell of its own.  One of the most popular stops is in the little town of Torquay, home of the surf brand giants, Rip Curl and Quicksilver.  Located in Torquay is the famous Bells Beach, where professional surfers test their skills on some of the most intense waves in the world.   A stop here to check out surfers in action is a must. 

The main attraction of the entire trip is none other than the 12 Apostles.  These rigid sandstone columns are beautiful and incredible to see in person.  Take in the surroundings and walk down to the beach or read up on the history of these landmarks at the many signs along the walk out to edge of the coast, where you are given the best view of the 12 Apostles; A photography opportunity that you
wont find anywhere else in Australia.  If seeing them from land isnt enough, you have the chance to book a helicopter flight and view them from above, giving you a spectacular view of not just the 12 Apostles, but of the coast and beyond. 

Past the 12 Apostles is another must-see destination.  The Loch Ard Gorge is a beautiful inlet with crashing waves, intense landscape, and a beautiful beach.  Take the stairs down to the beach and watch the massive waves crash into the walls of the coast. 
The Great Ocean Road is an unforgettable experience that is an easy day trip from Melbourne.  Book a day trip with Great Ocean Tours and find out for yourself why so many travel out to see the magic of the Great Ocean Road. 

Find our more about our Great Ocean Road Tours at http://greatoceanroadmelbournetours.com.au/

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