Some Interesting Facts on the Ocean Road
- Lorne is worth a visit. This seaside town was the first place to be declared an area of 'Natural Beauty and Special Significance' by the Australian Government.
- Workers building the Great Ocean Road got a pleasant surprise in 1924 when a ship carrying beer and spirits was stranded near Cape Paton. It is said that construction came to an abrupt halt for 2 weeks.
- Everyone wants to see the Twelve Apostles, but threw is no real rush: they have been there for 20 million years already.
- London Arch, on the other hand, doesn't have long left. Named London Bridge before it collapsed in 1990, it was connected to the mainland. Now it's just an Arch, half its old self.
- With over 80 shipwrecks along its coastline the Great Ocean Road's coast, also known as Shipwreck Coast.
- Apollo Bay's neighbouring Otway National Park is one of the best places for spotting wild koalas. It used to be home to dinosaurs too, but they're all dead now.
- Great Ocean Road is arguably one of the world’s most scenic drives
- Torquay is home to two of the most famous surfing companies Quicksilver and Rip Curl and, of course, the famous surf at Bells Beach
- The finishing line for Great Ocean Road is Warrnambool and it also marks the official end of the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic cycle race - the world's longest one-day endurance race.
- Calm Queenscliff used to be a defence post heavily fortified to protect Australia from Russia, France, and at one stage, the United States.
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