The Great Ocean Road

#82 - Melbourne, Australia
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It's the home of the 12 apostles.
No - not those 12 apostles, but the miocene limestone rock stacks sprout from the water off the shore of the Great Ocean Road. The name is purely for tourism purposes, but nonetheless our #82 is an AbsoluteVisit. The road was built by the surviving soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and is considered to be the world's largest war memorial dedicated to the casualties of World War I. The road is 243 km and one thing to keep in mind while visiting ‚Äď in Australia they drive on the opposite side of the road!
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London Bridge - Great Ocean Road
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Beautiful Twelve Apostles
#2 Great Ocean Road Photo - Brad Harbach
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The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Drive
#3 Great Ocean Road Photo - Zhao Naidoo
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Twelve Apostles - Great Ocean Road
#4 Great Ocean Road Photo - Brad Harbach
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Great Ocean Road Blowhole
#5 Great Ocean Road Photo - Brad Harbach
 
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  • Stretching 151 miles (243 km) along the Australian Coast, this breathtaking coastal roadway was built to honor the memory of those who fought and died during World War 1 and is often regarded as one of the greatest drives in the world.
  • It took over 3000 returning soldiers eleven years to complete the road, carving it directly out of solid rock.
  • The road winds past the view of the 12 apostles, a collection of twelve rocks rising out of the sea, created from the erosion of limestone cliffs shaped into caves that eventually collapsed leaving nothing but the 12 stacks of rock behind.
  • Another impressive site along the drive is the Shipwreck Coat, home to over 160 different wrecked ships gathered over time.
 

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London Bridge - Great Ocean Road
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When we were initially planning our trip to Australia, the Great Ocean Road was one of the top things we wanted to make sure we did. Both of us knew that the Great Ocean Road was a scenic coastal road between the southern cities of Adelaide and Melbourne. As we finalized our itinerary in Australia we set it up so we would spend a day in Adelaide and then rent a car to drive the Great Ocean Road all the way to Melbourne. Unfortunately we didnít do more research about the actual drive until just a few days before we were set to do it. Because after doing some research, we realized that th...  read more
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Submitted On: May 1, 2012
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