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Apollo Bay

Stop in to the beautiful village of Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the Otways. Hit the waters of the southern ocean, wander the coast and explore petrified rainforests full of waterfalls, ferns and crystal clear streams. Adventure over for the day; settle in to enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishermen.

Coastal country

Swim, dive, surf and paddle out in the pristine coastal waters. Take a dip at the beach, climb aboard a surfboard or kayak, and get up close to local seal colonies. Anglers have plenty on offer too, with a deep-sea fishing adventure at the top of the list.

For the landlubbers, there are sunset beach rides on horseback, gift shops, galleries and teahouses along with countless culinary delights to choose from. Fishing is an important local industry so seafood is always on the menu at the local cafes and restaurants. For dinner with ocean views, try Chris's at Beacon Point, which sits high in the hills overlooking the sea. Got a taste for fine seafood? Visit in February for the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival.

Weekend visitors will love the regular Saturday foreshore market for local crafts, artworks, curios and fresh produce.

Ferns and waterfalls

Take a drive into the Otways to find mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse. Walk through the nearby rainforest and wander past plunging waterfalls and lush fern gullies. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the ranges on a mountain bike or take a treetop walk along the Otway Fly and get a bird's eye view of the spectacular Otway Ranges.

Spot native wildlife such as glow worms at Melba Gully, go in search of the elusive platypus at serene Lake Elizabeth, or take a walk through nearby Kennett River and watch out for sleepy koalas in the trees.

Marathon madness

Visit in May and be a part of the excitement of the Great Ocean Road Marathon, one of the most spectacular foot races in the world. With panoramic views of the Southern Ocean, this challenging run attracts participants from across Australia and across the globe.

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Cafes

Apollo Bay Bakery

Appolo Bay Bakery on the Great Ocean Road is home of the famous Scallop Pie. Apollo Bay Bakery is the perfect stop for an early breakfast or a quick...

Tour operator

Apollo Bay Aviation

Apollo Bay Aviation wants you to take one of Australia's most famous scenic flights in either a helicopter or aeroplane. Experience the adventure and...

Beaches & coastlines

The Great Ocean Road

Drive one of the world's most iconic scenic touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243 kilometres along the stunning coastline of Victoria.

Craft breweries

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse showcases beer, wine and produce from the local region and provides a unique visitor experience to those who travel...

Walking & hiking

Shelly Beach Circuit Walk

Stroll along one of the best short walks on the Great Ocean Walk, this track traverses through fern gullies, coastal scrub, beach and rocky platforms.

Lakes & waterways

Waterfalls

Hear the roar of falling droplets pounding into the waters below at spectacular waterfalls and cascades in the Otways and surrounding region.

Great trails

Great Ocean Walk

Journey from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Walk, weaving through national parks, deserted beaches and rugged coastal scenery.

Restaurants

Chris's Restaurant

Only food this sumptuous could rival the stunning ocean views from the dining room. Deserved winner of a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

Festivals

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

Staged on the picturesque Apollo Bay foreshore, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival is a fun-filled day of cooking demonstrations from local and...

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