Every top tourist destination has a spectacular drive, and for Australia it’s the Great Ocean Road. Built to provide employment during the Depression, the road stretches for 300 km along Australia’s southeast coast from the surfing town of Torquay to the town of Allansford, near Warrnambool in the state of Victoria.
The top attraction along the road is the Port Campbell National Park with the wind and wave-sculpted rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, the Arch, and Loch Ard Gorge. From a helicopter, these rock formations look like giant puzzle pieces lashed by the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean. Other highlights along the road include the popular holiday resort town of Lorne and Otway National Park, an area of dense eucalyptus forest, fern-filled rainforest, hiking trails, and waterfalls.