The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria, Australia.

The road begins 90 minutes west of Melbourne and stretches over 243km. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world’s largest war memorial.

It winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean. Home to the world-class surf at Bells Beach and the craggy limestone spires of the 12 Apostles, this diverse and dramatic region is best explored over the course of a few days.