#WanderLAD: Great Ocean Road

category-Travel WanderLAD-Wednesday

So you made it past the dreaded Monday, and yet for some reason you woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. We feel ya. You're stuck at your desk and now more than ever, the day seems to be dragging on. At this point, your mind starts to wander...and we want to wander with you.

This week, let's pack our bags and get lost in…
Great Ocean Road, Australia.

Take a ride through nature on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean of Australia. Known as the world’s largest war memorial, the road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, and was dedicated in memory of soldiers lost during World War I. The road winds through varying terrain along the Victorian coast and provides access to several prominent landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations.

Much of the road hugs coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, which provides the visibility Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. This road is considered a tourist attraction in the area and the road also traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone.

Interesting fact, during its construction in 1924, the steamboat Casino became stranded near Cape Patton after hitting a reef, and force them to jettison 500 barrels of beer and 120 cases of spirits. The workers obtained the cargo, and it resulted in an unscheduled two-week-long drinking binge. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) listed the road as the state’s top tourism experience in its Victoria 101 survey, based on spots that are recommended to tourists by members and the public.

So what are you waiting for? Go.

(via Australia)

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