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Coastal Glories

Some unbelievable coastal scenery awaits the motorist along Victoria's world-famous Great Ocean Road, a 151-mile highway built by World War I veterans as a memorial to soldiers who hadn't come home. Edging the rugged Southern Ocean shore between Torquay and Allansford, the route passes along such astonishing landscapes as the rainforests of Great Otway National Park and the surf-beaten formations of Port Campbell National Park and Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Those formations include Port Campbell's celebrated Twelve Apostles seastacks, the London Arch, and beach-strung Loch Ard Gorge. Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve makes another fine stopover along the Great Ocean Road, roamed as it is by such iconic Australian fauna as koalas, kangaroos, and emus.

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Utrip Tips

* While it's quite common to attempt to tackle the Great Ocean Road in one day, it's much more enjoyable to take it at a leisurely pace. Accommodation and camping options are available along the route. Those pressed for time may want to consider the Twelve Apostles as the final destination along the route before turning back.

* Be aware that smaller gas stations along the route close at sunset. If you're out on the road and run out of gas after dark, you'll be stuck waiting until sunrise to gas up and continue on.

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