Drivers tell of dangerous driving on the Great Ocean Road

PARKS Victoria has urged visitors to take care on the Great Ocean Road ahead of the Anzac Day holiday.

The message comes after a dash camera video showed a large number of pedestrians within touching distance of vehicles travelling along the GOR between Gibson Steps and the Twelve Apostles during the Easter long weekend.

A spokesman for Parks Victoria said a high number of visitors was again expected over the weekend.

SAFETY: Road users have been urged to obey signs on the Great Ocean Road.

SAFETY: Road users have been urged to obey signs on the Great Ocean Road.

“Please obey signage and park in designated areas,” he said. 

“Parking is not permitted along the Great Ocean Road. We suggest arriving before 11am to avoid the busiest times.

On The Standard Facebook page Anne Frencham said the GOR was horrendous over the weekend.

“We were overtaken on double lines, had people and children just open car doors and step out on the road, nowhere for us to go as cars parked both sides of (the) road on double lines and more than once vehicles just pulled out in front of us,” she said.

Carlee Dart said there was also dangerous driving on the GOR near the 12 Apostles over the weekend. 

“Tourists were not bothered at all with many sitting on the grass having a picnic by the car,” she said.

Port Campbell tourism operator Margaret McKenzie said the time had come for government and tourism bodies to address road safety on the GOR.

She said international tourism could be at risk if drivers weren’t provided with better training.

“It might be an opportunity to educate drivers on incoming flights,” she said. 

“The shire has put directional arrows on the road but they and accommodation providers can only do so much.”


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