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Building the Great Ocean Road

11 March 2022

On 26 November 1932, a vast crowd converged in Lorne to celebrate the opening of the newly completed Great Ocean Road.

Construction had begun 13 years earlier in September 1919, with the detonation of a section of rock at the George River, outside Lorne. Over the full construction period, 3000 returned servicemen built the road, largely by pick, shovel and barrow, and lived on campsites set up along the route. 

Watch the video above to learn more about how the ‘Road of a Thousand Charms’ came to be.

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