Discover 7 Fun Facts to Visit the Great Ocean Road
Posted on 01/22/2015 in Latest News
Add it to your bucket list the next time you’re down under! There are so many fantastic facts to visit the Great Ocean Road, discover 7 here:
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: Bells Beach – one of our most iconic surfing breaks
The final scene of the 1991 American action film, Point Break, starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, was set in Bells Beach but wasn’t actually filmed there. Come on our day tour or sunset tour and we’ll tell you where it was actually filmed!
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: Collapse of London Bridge
In 1990, half of the bridge decided it was time to say its final farewells before collapsing into the ocean, leaving 2 tourists stranded at sea before being rescued by a helicopter. Legend has it that these 2 were having an affair and were outed on national television!
See the Great Ocean Road the right way!
So really, we hope you don’t think Great Ocean Road isn’t 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.