Travelling to Memorial Arch on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular attractions, it’s just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne City. Along with its wild length, it features numerous natural wonders as well as man-made landmarks that are well worth a visit. Memorial Arch is one such attraction.

The monument was a tribute to the World War One servicemen who dedicated their time to building the Great Ocean Road, and it has had a lengthy, turbulent history. The current arch is the third one to have been built on the same spot after the second was destroyed in bushfires back in 1983. Made up of a log archway complete with cement and stone supports on each side, it spans the width of the Great Ocean Road and marks the start of this stretch of coastline.

Servicemen completed building the Great Ocean Road in 1932, and you can see the plaques commemorating all three arches, as well as the 50th anniversary in 1982, at the start of the road.

Though there are numerous attractions to check out along the Great Ocean Road, the Memorial Arch is one of the most popular as it sits at the start of the coastal trail. You can stop off at the on-site carpark, where you can take a photo of the arch and statue to mark the start of your adventure.

Travel Information for Memorial Arch

Memorial Arch is easy to get to for tourists, and there is a parking lot on the side of the highway that caters to the attraction. From the carpark, you can easily walk to the arch and it is recommended that you spend around 10 and 20 minutes at the site so you can take enough photos and read the plaques and commemorations that adorn the arch.

Admission is totally free and you can visit the site 24 hours a day 7 days a week. To experience the archway with fewer crowds, try visiting in the morning and the evening. Not only will there be less footfall and less cars on the road at this time, but you might also catch the sunrise or sunset against the Memorial Arch.

If you travel along the Great Ocean Road, you’ll find it hard to miss Memorial Arch. It is a great place to start your coastal adventure from whilst soaking up some of the rich history that pervades the region. Be sure to pack your camera so you don’t miss out on any photo opportunities.

Explore the Memorial Arch on our Melbourne Tours Package.

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