The Great Ocean Road - Australia
How was the Great Ocean Road formed?
Indeed, Great Ocean Road is one of the must-visit places while on Australia Tours. But how was it formed?
Construction on the road began on 19th of September 1919, built by approximately 3,000 returned servicemen as a war memorial for fellow servicemen who had been killed in World War I.
An advance survey team progressed through dense wilderness at approximately 3 kilometres a month. Construction was done by hand; using explosives, pick and shovel, wheel barrows, and some small machinery, and was at times perilous, with several workers killed on the job; the final sections along steep coastal mountains being the most difficult to work on. Anecdotal evidence from ABC archives in 1982, suggested workers would rest detonators on their knees during travel, as it was the softest ride for them.
The soldiers were paid 10 shillings and sixpence for eight hours per day, also working a half-day on Saturdays. They used tents for accommodation throughout, and made use of a communal dining marquee and kitchen; food costing up to 10 shillings a week.
Despite the difficulty involved in constructing the road, the workers had access to a piano, gramophone, games, newspapers and magazines at the camps. Additionally, in 1924, the steamboat Casino became stranded near Cape Patton after hitting a reef, forcing it to jettison 500 barrels of beer and 120 cases of spirits. The workers obtained the cargo, resulting in an unscheduled two-week-long drinking break.
And now, this historic Great Ocean Road has been one of the major tourist spot in Australia. So make it in your list.
Keep adventuring - Layla