Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Great Ocean Road

We're exploring the Great Ocean Road on this segment of our trip.  This is a 243km coastal road that stretches between Torquay and Warrnambool in Victoria.

The road has an interesting history.  It was built as a memorial to casualties of World War I by returning veterans.  The Great Ocean Road was designed to follow the coast, connecting isolated towns that had been difficult to reach.  The coast is rugged in this area and the two lane road was carved into the face of the cliffs.

Originally created by a private company, the road was built between 1919 and 1932.  Initially, the road was a tollway until the debt was repaid.  In 1936, it was handed over to the state of Victoria.

The road remains a challenging, but very scenic drive.

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