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The Great Ocean Road is a stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Victoria between Torquay and Warrnambool. The road is dedicated to the soldiers who died during World War I. and was constructed by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932. It is known as one of the best coastal routes in all of Australia and is famous for its many limestone formations includes the famous Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park.
Most of the road follows the coastline affording views of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road passes not only limestone and sandstone cliffs and formations, but has some of Australia's best surfing beaches including, Queenscliff, Torquay, and Bells Beach. The latter is home to the world's longest-running professional surfing event, the Rip Curl Pro and the waves are suitable for experienced surfers only. (Bells featured in the movie Point Break). Most beaches on this coast are also suitable for swimming with about 30 significant beaches. Notable beaches for swimming include those at Fairhaven , Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Fairy.
Inland from the Great Ocean Road lies the largest stretch of temperate rainforest on the Australian mainland. Much of this forest is preserved in Great Otway National Park which contains a number of trails, waterfalls, and a large variety of flora and fauna.