7 Fun Facts to Visit the Great Ocean Road & see the 12 Apostles
There’s a reason the Great Ocean Road is a must-do on the bucket list! Discover 7 fantastic facts before you visit:
Fun Fact #1: Australia’s most treasured coastal route
A 243 kilometre long road stretching between Geelong and Portland, the Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest war memorial. Returned soldiers from WW1 laboured over this scenic route between 1919 and 1932, connecting once isolated settlements along the coast.
Fun Fact #2: The Memorial Arch
The Memorial Arch is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and a tribute to the World War One servicemen who built it! They started construction on the Great Ocean Road in 1919 and completed the 243 kilometres stretch of road in 1932.
Fun Fact #3: Great Otway National Park
Walk with the dinosaurs! The cool temperate rainforest found in the Great Otway National Park is a remnant from a bygone era when dinosaurs roamed our forests. While you won’t find any dinosaurs today, in wet weather, watch out for the next best thing – carnivorous snails!
Fun Fact #4: Get lost amongst towering eucalyptus trees
Used in many cough lozenges and inhalants, eucalyptus’s oil vapour acts as a nifty decongestant in the process of treating medical conditions such as bronchitis.
Fun Fact #5: 12 Apostles
Dating back to as early as 1846, this iconic location was once known as “The Sow and Piglets”. The biblical name “12 Apostles” didn’t emerge till sometime in the 20th century and may be a reflection of a time when people were more religiously inclined.
Fun Fact #6: Loch Ard Gorge
As Victoria’s best known historical shipwreck location, the 1878 tragedy only spared 2 survivors, Eva and Tom, out of 17 passengers and 37 crew members. Before Eva was swept off the ship, Captain Gibbs said to her “If you are saved Eva, let my dear wife know that I died like a sailor.”
Fun Fact #7: The Koalas of Kennett River
Koalas are an iconic image of Australia – with many tourists hoping to get up close with these cute & fury creatures. One of the best places you can see them is the Kennett River! Located in Victoria along the Great Ocean Road, this area is home to hundreds of colonies that live in both the dense forests and in more urbanised hotspots.
See the Great Ocean Road the right way!
So really, we hope you don’t think Great Ocean Road is just a pretty place with lots of rocks and that it really is a place worth visiting. Whether you’re visiting from interstate or overseas, the team at Go West Tours would love to take you on a comprehensive day tour to visit all the aforementioned places (and more) so you can experience the magic for yourself!
For more information on things to do and see on Victoria’s beautiful Great Ocean Road, contact us on (03) 9485 5290 today.