History along the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road holds a special significance since the road was built by the returned soldiers who were 3000 in number and worked for more than a decade from 1919. Carved by rocks, the road binds the rugged south-west coast of Victoria and also bears a phenomenal statue carved in honour of the workers at few kilometres from Lorne towards the eastern side. Tourists can also visit Geelong’s Botanic Gardens which abides a tree, beneath which many Anzacs fought and died in the battle. The tree was wrecked during the war; however a salvaged cone helped in bringing the tree back to Geelong.

Construction of the road was a tough job since there were seldom any heavy machinery and workers had to work in harsh environment due to strong coastal winds. There was temporary suspension of work for over 2 weeks when the Casino (coastal supply boat) ran aground and it had to be made light enough to re-float. However, the work resumed and the road was completed in 13 years.

Thus, ANZAC Day is also remembered affectionately as the Great Ocean Road National Landscape, which is a huge engineering feat and has been declared as the largest war memorial in the world.