The 250 km (155 miles) Great Ocean Road, built between 1918 and 1932, is a famous tourist drive hugging the cliffs, coast and beaches of Victoria's south west. The Twelve Apostles are the highlight of the trip, but there is so much else to see. The scenic lookouts have been well-placed along the route, and display boards at each describe the view and history. The road follows The Shipwreck Coast, where over 700 ships have come to grief, mainly in the 19th century, and some sad stories can be read at the lookouts. Taking several days to leisurely drive between Melbourne and Adelaide is best, and there are pretty towns to stop or stay in. Travelling from east to west means you have the sea beside the car, (Australians drive on the left like the UK) and are not having to cross the road to enter the lookout car parks. We saw wild koalas beside the road. Although it may be tempting to drive this route in a day, The Great Ocean Road starts 100km from Melbourne, it is winding, and there are so many stunning views you would want to stop at. Don't rush it.
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