Great Ocean Road
Images of the 12 Apostles are frequently used to advertise the Great Ocean Road but scarcely 20 kilometres of a total 240 kilometres looks anything like picture above, and are used as bait to attract vast numbers of visitors along the Great Ocean Road. The “must see” status of this small section of coast has led to some visitors visiting the 12 Apostles on a hectic day trips, and unfortunately they miss out on the other aspects of the Great Ocean Road.
Some Basic Facts
The Great Ocean Road is a scenic coastal drive which starts at Torquay and depending on which tourist web site you believe, ends at either Apollo Bay, Port Campbell or Warrnambool.
The road winds through farming land, small seaside communities, patches of rain forest and for the first 100 kilometres the road hugs the coastline.
From Apollo Bay it heads inland through the Otways rain forest passing through Lavers Hill and then onto Princetown and the 12 Apostles where it rejoins the coast and for the next 20 kilometres there are numerous lookout points which take in the splendid panorama’s which adorn so many local tourist brochures.
After passing through Port Campbell and Peterborough the road bears inland through the dairying country of the Western district and regains the coast again at Warrnambool
The majority of the towns and villages along the Great Ocean Road, places such as Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay are holiday locations where visitors come to relax by the sea and are not known for their scenery, and most visitors who holiday in these places tend to visit scenic waterfalls and secluded spots in the Otways rain forest.