It was built as a tribute to the soldiers from the First World War who was engaged in the construction of the Great Ocean Road. Alongside the arch is a sculpture to commemorating the returned servicemen, which was commissioned and placed during the 75th anniversary of the road celebrations in 2007.
The Great Ocean road itself is listed as a 243km long Australian National Heritage, dedicated to the casualties of World War I. Three thousand Australian returned soldiers and sailors of the First World War (1914 - 1918) built the Great Ocean Road between 1919 and 1932. They had survived the war in which 330,000 Australian volunteered to fight in Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, 60,000 were killed and 160,000 wounded.
It is one of the most visited region in Victoria with spectacular scenic ocean drives, impressive natural formations such as the Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, with the famous Twelve Apostles taking the spotlight.
The list below shows the distance between the various cities beginning from Melbourne, along the Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool and to Port Fairy.
Melbourne to Geelong - 75 km
Geelong to Queenscliff - 30 km
Queenscliff to Anglesea - 54 km
Anglesea to Lorne - 28 km
Lorne to Apollo Bay - 45 km
Apollo Bay to Port Campbell - 103 km
Port Campbell to Warrnambool - 66 km
Warrnambool to Port Fairy - 29 km
These are some of the beach and coastal scenic views along the Great Ocean Road, taken from the various car parks along the road. One such stop is called the Devils Elbow. An odd name to name a place but I could not find the reason why. It is however the part of the road with a very sharp turn, into an amazing distracting view of the coast.
More images of the Great Ocean Road and archway, click here.