Australia's Great Ocean Road is crowned the most beautiful route in the world

This iconic Australian road trip has been crowned the most beautiful route in the WORLD – and it’s easy to see why

  • An iconic Australian road trip has been crowned the most beautiful in the world
  • The winner is the Great Ocean Road, stretching 243km along the Victorian coast 
  • It is associated with a staggering 1,321,570 hash-tagged photos on Instagram
  • The road is also the world’s largest WWI memorial, built by returned soldiers

By Alice Murphy For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:19, 22 April 2021 | Updated: 03:19, 22 April 2021

An iconic Australian road trip has been named the ‘most beautiful route in the world’.

The winner of the coveted title is the Great Ocean Road, a heritage-listed road stretching 243km from Torquay to Allansford along the southeastern Victorian coast.

It received the nod after notching up a staggering 1,321,570 hash-tagged photos on Instagram – the equivalent of roughly 5,349 per kilometre.

As demand for domestic travel rises amid the pandemic, a study by Pentagon Motor Group analysed over seven million Instagram hashtags to determine the 20 stretches of road that amassed the most snapshots. 

The Great Ocean Road (pictured) has been named the world’s most beautiful road trip route

Australia's Great Ocean Road is crowned the most beautiful route in the world

The heritage-listed road (pictured) stretches 243km along the southeastern Victorian coast

Australia's Great Ocean Road is crowned the most beautiful route in the world

The Great Ocean Road stretches from Torquay to Allansford in Victoria

As well as being one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions, the Great Ocean Road is also the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned soldiers to commemorate those who lost their lives fighting in World War I.

The eastern section of the road was completed in 1922, with the final leg from the seaside town of Lorne to Apollo Bay finished in November 1932.

The route has earned its legendary status thanks to the highly-rated attractions it runs through, such as the Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park and Bells Beach, famous for its world-class surf.

Further down the list at number 13 is the Pacific Highway which straddles two states, stretching from Sydney to Brisbane.

The top 10 road trip routes on earth 

1. The Great Ocean Road – VIC, Australia

2. Big Sur – California, USA

3.

Jebel Hafeet – Al Ain, UAE

4. Hai Van Pass – Vietnam 

5.

Chapman’s Peak Drive – South Africa

6. Blue Ridge Parkway – USA

7. Going-To-The-Sun Road – Montana, USA

8.

Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland 

9. Olympic Peninsula Loop – Washington, USA

10. Icefields Parkway – Canada

Source: Pentagon Motor Group 

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The Great Ocean Road is also the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned soldiers to commemorate those lost in WWI

Australia's Great Ocean Road is crowned the most beautiful route in the world

The route has earned its legendary status thanks to the highly-rated attractions it runs through, such as the Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park and Bells Beach, famous for its world-class surf

Before the 900km highway was built, the main mode of transport between the two cities was by boat.

The picturesque drive passes through some of Australia’s best-known destinations, including the Hunter Valley wineries, the sand dunes at Port Stephens and the breathtaking beaches of Byron Bay.

The US is the country with the most beautiful road trips, according to the research, with six of the Top 20 routes in America – including the world-renowned Route 66, which spans eight states and three different time zones.