The Great Ocean Road begins at Torquay and travels 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road. The road is two lane (one in each direction)
The road is considered a tourist attraction in the area, in which much of the road hugs coastline affectionately known as the Shipwreck Coast, providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone, which is susceptible to erosion. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, the latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations including Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Arch and The Twelve Apostles. All the towns along the route are major surfing destinations, in particular the world famous Bells Beach.
This is a great road for the sports bike enthusiast to test their mettle. I have ridden this rode on sport bikes, ducati and harley. It has a lot of fabulous twists and turns, gravel edging can create a little drama from time to time. The road hugs the rugged coastline and the views around the sweeping bends are amazing. Some very fast parts as you sweep down into the townships along the coast.
From burgers to five star dining. Great pubs. Fuel and repairs easily available. I usually stop at the Lorne pub for a meal. In winter they have an open fire burning to warm you up before continuing the journey through the state forest and on to Port Campbell, the 12 Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge