The Great Ocean Road / by Justin Hannaford

Given that for 25 years I had lived less than a day's drive from the world famous Great Ocean Road, it was probably surprising that I'd never made the effort to explore this part of Victoria. All this changed last month when I was lucky enough to spend 4 days driving between Melbourne and Adelaide, with overnight stops at Apollo Bay, Port Fairy & the wonderfully compact Coonawarra wine region of South Australia.

Built by approx 3,000 returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. It meanders for 243 kilometres through varying landscapes of ancient eucalypt forests, salt bush scrubland, golden beaches surrounded by sandstone and limestone cliffs, rivers, waterfalls & creeks and lush famland.

Parts of the Great Ocean Road are reachable on a return day drive from Melbourne, but the entire route deserves time to properly savour all the highlights. It's one the most beautiful parts of Australia and surprisingly uncrowded in most places. Highly recommended!

Anglesea, Victoria, 2016

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, 2016

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, 2016

A lookout along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, 2016

A lookout along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, 2016

Moggs Creek, Victoria, 2016

Moggs Creek, Victoria, 2016

Apollo Bay, Victoria, 2016

Apollo Bay, Victoria, 2016

Maits Rest, Victoria, 2016he T

Maits Rest, Victoria, 2016he T

The first of the Twelve Apostles, Victoria, 2016

The first of the Twelve Apostles, Victoria, 2016

Port Fairy, Victoria, 2016

Port Fairy, Victoria, 2016