For a spectacular Australian road trip, you can book a cheap car rental to easily travel the Great Ocean Road. Now named B100, the road goes a winding 243 kilometres west around the coastline from Torquay to Allensford, a small town outside of Warrnambool. Road trippers can follow a map of the road to note major towns and sites. Travellers can live the adventure.
Those who plan to take a car hire in Melbourne to the B100 should know a little of the historical significance of this road. The largest war memorial in the world, the route was set aside to commemorate those who died in World War I.
Nearly 3,000 soldiers after the war took employment building this road. At times, the work was extremely dangerous, dug by hand and dynamite. Some lost their lives or were badly injured. Still, the construction continued and travellers can enjoy the journey today.
B100 begins in the township of Torquay, Victoria, roughly a one-hour drive south west of Melbourne. Those using a car rental from Melbourne will begin the journey on B100 from Torquay. The surf beaches here are famous worldwide. Major surf companies make their headquarters here. Torquay Golf Club is right on the road, and the golf course has amazing ocean views.
Continuing westward on the B100, Lorne comes to view. Activities for travellers wanting a break from the car include surfing, relaxing on the beaches, pier fishing and more. The nearby Angahook-Lorne State Park, part of the larger Great Otway National Park has walking trails with , forests, beaches and wildlife.
Next, travellers in their car rental Melbourne come to Apollo Bay, a quiet, seaside town. Right on B100, there are little shops and places for refreshment here.
Travelling on around the coast, Port Campbell is where the famous 12 Apostles limestone pillar stacks stand just off shore in the Port Campbell National Park. Other attractions in the park include the The Grotto, Loch-Ard Gorge and the London Arch . These sites have cave hollows and inlets, sandy beaches, archways and rocky cliffs.
By the time road trippers reach the small town of Allensford at the end of B100, they will have made good use of their cheap car rental in Melbourne. On the route back, it will give opportunities to stop at sites left untouched on the trip out on the Great Ocean Road.