Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism is thrilled to announce that the documentary produced last year to commemorate 100 years since construction began on the Great Ocean Road, will premiere on SBS, Friday April 24th at 4pm (AEST).

The screening on the eve of ANZAC day this year is a timely reminder of the hardship faced by those who fought in world war one, then returned home to find their normal lives disrupted. The Story of the returned servicemen that worked on this now, world-renowned tourist road, is one that will spark a lot of interest.

This story tells of hardship and mateship, two themes that are close to the hearts of all Australians, especially so in the challenging times we are faced with in 2020.

“The Great Ocean Road’s significance as the world’s largest war memorial isn’t well known. The television screening of ‘The Story of the Road’ will give more Australians an understanding of the role of returned servicemen in it’s history. – Liz Price, Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism General Manager.

The documentary was funded under the Victoria Remembers program, administered by the State Government Department of Premier and Cabinet and produced by film makers Clothesline Content.


Our Key Messages
4pm, Friday 24th April, 2020 (ANZAC DAY EVE) – Documentary ‘The Story of the Road’ to air on SBS (and available at SBS On Demand for several weeks following the television broadcast).

4.30pm, Friday 24th April, 2020 – Q&A with the filmmakers Jacqueline Tonks & Claire Falkiner, historian Dr Katti Williams and Vice President of Lorne Historical Society Peter Spring on Facebook LIVE

The Story of the Road was funded by the State Government as part of the Great Ocean Road Centenary Celebrations. September 19th 2019 marked 100 years since construction began on the Great Ocean Road, a soldier reemployment program that saw returned servicemen working on the construction of the road for 13 years following the end of world war one.

The project was facilitated by Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism, funded by State Government and supported by Regional Roads Victoria, Colac Otway Shire, Surf Coast Shire. Creative directors of the Centenary project were the Social Crew and the documentary was produced by Clothesline Content.


Media Contact
Liz Price, General Manager – Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism
Phone: 0448 385 176
Email: [email protected]


Support/Promotional Resources
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For the ‘Story of the Road’ trailer and other promotional media for use, please click here.