A beautiful Otway’s seaside town on the Great Ocean Road surrounded by national Park, rugged ocean with sandy beaches and delicious seafood
Apollo Bay is a beautiful Australian seaside town located at the foothills of the Great Otway National Park and surrounded by the coastline of the rugged Southern Ocean. With its sandy beaches and vibrant community, the town is the perfect stop along the scenic Great Ocean Road. Marriners Lookout is perched above Apollo Bay and offers a panoramic view of the town, beaches and harbour while the Otway’s offer spectacular waterfalls and hiking opportunities.
The Otway National park surrounding the town is home to some of Australia’s most popular wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, echidnas, reptiles, glow worms and an amazing selection of birdlife. Between May and September each year, the calm ocean waters around Apollo Bay are a breeding ground for southern right whales, which can been seen along the coast. If you are very lucky you might also catch a glimpse of other whales species including Humpback, Blue and Killer Whales (Orcas)
At lunchtime in Apollo Bay you will see the collection of large and small tour buses arrive from Melbourne on route to the Twelve Apostles. The town is a popular lunch stop along the Great Ocean Road and the tourist shops do a roaring trade while the locals disappear for a couple of hours.
Spend the day exploring the great collection of gift shops and art galleries scattered around town and on Saturday’s you can explore the foreshore community market for local produce and crafts. A farmers market is on the 3rd Sunday of every month offering fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, honey and jams.
For the more adventurous Apollo Bay is also the start of the Great Ocean Walk which is a 104km hiking trail finishing near the world famousTwelve Apostles. The hike usually takes about 7 days with camp-sites spaced about 10-15km apart. There are also a few shorter walks are available around town.
Avoid the usual crowds of one of Australia’s most scenic drives, and drive along the Great Ocean Road against the traffic flow. Marvel at landmark attractions like the 12 Apostles and Apollo Bay, take a walk in a rainforest and much more.
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Drive along Australia’s Great Ocean Road, savoring every twist and turn revealing dramatic stretches of coastline and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. See the 12 Apostles and experience Australia’s greatest coastal drive on this full-day trip.