A popular stop on the Great Ocean Road in the foothills of the Otways, Apollo Bay is a charming seaside village with panoramic lookouts, waterfront dining, local markets and historic museums. This cosy hideaway is also a launching pad for exploring national parks and wilderness areas.
Things to do in Apollo Bay
Survey the area by walking the foot trail to Marriner’s Lookout just north of town. You’ll have panoramic views of the city, coast and harbour and can look for the historic SS Casino shipwreck in the distance.
Back in town, visit the numerous gift shops and art galleries on the side of the Great Ocean Road, before roaming through open-air markets for handmade crafts and local produce. The cliff-top Chris’s at Beacon Point restaurant specialises in fresh seafood and features uninterrupted ocean views.
Interested in local history? Visit The Old Cable Station Museum and discover sea life specimens and coral at the Bass Strait Shell Museum. For some fresh air and sunshine, walk to the main town beach and rent a kayak to find offshore seal colonies. You can also go surfing or sunbathe at Mounts Bay beach.
The Great Ocean Walk spans 91 kilometres from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead, running through the Great Otway National Park. Choose between the area’s array of scenic hikes or drive along the Great Ocean Road. Take a break at Mait’s Rest just off the roadway after meandering along a rainforest path.
Getting around Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay is 200 kilometres from Melbourne, accessible via train or by driving along the Great Ocean Road. After arriving in town, there are taxis, tour buses and hire bicycles available.