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 travelers can enjoy the journey today.Torquay
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 travelers 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 beaches, forests and wildlife.
Next, travelers 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.
Traveling 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 London Arch, The Grotto, and the Loch-Ard Gorge. These sites have sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, archways, cave hollows and inlets.
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. The route back will give opportunities to stop at sites left untouched on the trip out on the Great Ocean Road.