Exploring the Great Ocean Road
This oceanfront stretch is home to the Split Point Lighthouse, the 12 Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge and the famous Memorial Arch. The sight of The Memorial Arch announces that the journey on the Great Ocean Road has begun!
It is also a great photographic opportunity for travellers who are traversing from one hotspot on the route to the next. Most of the attractions here can be visited all through the year.
The Memorial Arch on Great Ocean Road
Considered to be the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, this memorial was designed to honour 3000 World War I soldiers that worked on building this 243 km stretch of road between 1919 and 1932.
During your visit, you will also find a sculpture commemorating the 75th anniversary of this endeavour, in honour of the returned soldiers. The sculpture of two soldiers working on the construction of the road by hand is reminiscent of the hard work put in by the troops.
While the road is built as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the war, many soldiers also lost their lives while constructing this gruelling road by hand.
Though the arch itself is made out of wood, the sides are built using cement and stone for added support. The first erected arch weighed about 50 tonnes in 1939 and has been replaced a few times over the decades. The Great Ocean Road continues to be the longest war memorial in the world extending from the town of Torquay all the way up to Allansford.
Making the Most of your Time Here
Located right at the start of the Great Ocean Road, make the most of your time at the memorial by stopping at the designated car park for photo opportunities with the arch and the statue.
You can head here for a one-day trip with Wildlife Tours Australia and enjoy the pristine beaches, the soothing seasides, rainforests and the amazing 12 Apostles. You can also witness Australia’s tallest Eucalyptus trees here and take a helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles to soak in the impeccable beauty around.
A bus trip from Melbourne, visiting the arch is a great way to kick-start your journey on one of the most scenic drives in the world.