Join the pursuit for ecstasy in whatever fashion you please with an endless variety of adventures built to showcase the capturing beauty of Apollo Bay & the Otways. Bike, hike, ride, kayak, board, drive or fly through the region's best. Then return to base to soak in some of the region's luxuries.

Apollo Bay Aviation

Air Adventures

Fly this most magnificent coast to the Twelve Apostles either by Helicopter or high wing Cessna airplane. Flights depart from Apollo Bay aerodrome and take approximately 50 minutes return. Also see the remote Shipwreck Coast, Cape Otway Lighthouse and the Otway National Park rainforest. Hear the shipwreck history as you fly above the breakers and of how this coast first gained it’s name during the Gold Rush era.

Apollo Bay Aviation
Address: Telford St, Marengo (Apollo Bay)
Phone: +613 5237 7600

Apollo Bay Golf Course

A nine hole golf course that lies within whacking distance of the Apollo Bay Harbour and beach front.

Apollo Bay Golf Course is open to the public most days of the year, only closing for specific tournaments. Being exposed to the eliminates, the course is continually changing in moods and difficulty. Catch a round on a sunny summers day, and you will be tempted to lay the beach towel out in one of the bunkers.

Make sure you bring the camera for this round.

Phone: +61 3 5237 6474

 

Apollo Bay Golf Course
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Cape Otway Lightstation

LEADING LIGHTS

Cape Otway Lightstation – The oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia, and the centrepiece of a precinct rich in wildlife, maritime history and unbeatable ocean views. Open daily from 9am, last entry 4:30pm (fees apply).

LIGHTING THE WAY

In 1846, the local Gadubanud people helped guide Charles Latrobe on his third and successful attempt through the Otways to reach Cape Otway and scout out a lighthouse location. In years to come, the lighthouse helped safely guide shiploads of European settlers to Australia. Today, visitors to the Great Ocean Road region can explore the delights of a coastline of lighthouse locations and also discover the fascinating indigenous cultures of the people who have belonged to these landscapes for thousands of years.

EXPERIENCE ANCIENT CULTURES

Cape Otway Lighthouse Precinct Delve into a many-layered tour and interpretation of the culture of the Gadabanud, or people of the King Parrot language, who belong to the forests and coastline of Cape Otway.

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Electric Bicycle Tours

Ride effortlessly through naturally regenerating rainforest and take in stunning Otway ridgeline views, on a guided, electric bicycle tour. Ride super comfy bikes with an electric motor to assist with the peddling. All the joy of cycling, without the huff and puff! Great value and great fun for couples, small groups, or your entire family. A fantastic way to be introduced to the Otways. There’s No licence required and helmets are provided - Bookings essential.

Otway e bikes

Address: Beech Forest, Victoria

Phone: +61 413 971 736

www.Otwayebikes.com.au

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Horse Riding

Bimbi Park Camping & Caravan Park on Cape Otway serves as a unique horse riding venue. Trail rides include some stupendous Otway scenery with rides on wild untouched beaches, along coastal cliff tops, through stunning bushland and to spectacular river lookouts. Rides are affordable and suitable for all age groups and levels of skill. Available over Victorian School Holidays and other peak times - bookings essential.

Bimbi Park Camping & Caravan Park
Address: 90 Manna Gum Drive, Cape Otway
Phone: +613 5237 9246

iRide Apollo Bay

Escape and discover the Otways in dual suspension comfort. Try the ‘Rainforest to Beach’ scenic tour including a 2-3 hour ride through lush rain forests and witness breathtaking views down to the ocean. All equipment is supplied with tours running all year round. Bookings essential.

iRide Apollo Bay
Address: Apollo Bay
Phone: +613 5237 6341 or +61 419 007 586

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Fishing the Southern Ocean

It's a Fishing Frenzy

The only thing compared to snagging a fish are the places you get to visit in doing so. Apollo Bay ticks both boxes - teaming rivers, beaches and seas providing both picturesque backdrops and bountiful takings.

Off the local beaches or harbour wall, you will be fishing for trivially, squid or flathead. Further out maybe the occasional salmon. Two popular beaches to drop in a lure are the Marengo Surf Beach and the Barham River mouth.

Snag yourself a ride on a fishing boat, and the family will thank you with full bellies. There's some good fishing in the deeper sections of Apollo Bay, but the serious fisherman might tell you to head to the richer waters of Blanket Bay, or out a little further into Bass Straight. There you will be fighting for larger salmon, shark, pike and barracoutta.

You can hire fishing gear from Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak located opposite the Visitor Information Centre and try your luck at one of the many local fishing spots.

Download the Fishing Guide for Apollo Bay & the Otways here

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Fishing Charters

Don't have access to a boat? That's ok, take a fishing charter from Apollo Bay!

Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours

Offering everything from 2 hour family fishing adventures to 6 hour deep sea tuna fishing tours. 

Address: Apollo Bay Harbour
Phone: +61 418 121 784

Kayaks and Coastlines

Paddle out to the seal colony, viewing the coast's beautiful hills and reefs from a new angle.

Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak have set up a 2 hour guided kayak tour suitable for good swimmers, 12 years and up. The tour visits the Marengo Marine Sanctuary and a local fur seal colony. If you are lucky, the fur seals can come right up to the kayaks for a closer inspection of those on board. Kayaks are also available for private hire.

Address: 157 - 159 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
Phone: +61 405 495 909

If kayaking is not your thing, you can visit the seal colony by boat with Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours who offer a one hour scenic cruise to the seal colony. Departs daily from the Apollo Bay Harbour when conditions are suitable.

Address: Apollo Bay Harbour
Phone: +61 418 121 784

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Mountain Biking in the Forrest

Dubbed Australia’s #1 mountain biking destination, the area of Forrest has certainly got a lot to offer riders of all capabilities.

Forrest has 16 mapped trails starting at easy 2km rides right through to the Yaugher Super Loop at 11.5km rated ‘More difficult’. The maps are available online so you can plan your ride in advance.

Designed around the village of Forrest, the trails showcase the natural beauty of the Great Otway National Park, passing through tall eucalyptus forests, dry heathy scrub and dense fern gullies.

The trails have been designed and built with real mountain bikers in mind and offer experiences for beginners and the most hardcore dirt fanatics.

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Paddling for Platypus

Leaving from the little town of Forrest, the Paddle with the Platypus Dawn or Dusk canoe tour will allow you to discover Australia’s most elusive animal. Share some time with the unique 100 million year old egg laying mammal in its natural habitat. This is a rare chance to see Platypus in the wild. Lake Elizabeth is a is a remote mountain lake formed by a landslide and a beautiful place to spend some time searching for the Platypus. Fantastic photographic opportunities and a surreal experience that you will remember forever. Bookings essential.

Otway Eco Tours
Address: 21 Grant St, Forrest
Phone: +61 419 670 985

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Rock Climbing & Mini Golf

Climb Bimbi Park's state of the art Rock Climbing Tower. It has 4 auto-Belay systems, a timer on each climbing station and cameras mounted on the top that take pictures of climbers. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Or enjoy the 18-Hole Mini Golf course (discounted rates for guests). 

Bimbi Park is also a unique horse riding venue. Trail rides include some stupendous Otway scenery with rides on wild untouched beaches, along coastal cliff tops, through stunning bushland and to spectacular river lookouts. Rides are affordable and suitable for all age groups and levels of skill. Available over school holidays and other peak times.

Bookings essential for all.

Bimbi Park Camping & Caravan Park
Address: 90 Manna Gum Drive, Cape Otway
Phone: +613 5237 9246

Surf's Up!

Running the length of the Great Ocean Road, the coastal area around Apollo Bay puts on an endless number of beach, reef and point breaks suitable for beginner through to expert surfers. Typically, they are right hand breaks, performing best with south/east swell and north/west winds, however, there are exceptions to these rules spotted around.

Surf beaches closest to Apollo Bay include:

Apollo Bay
An eastern facing beach offering a progressive beach waves, growing in size and power as you head north away from the Apollo Bay Harbour. Apollo Bay can be a great learners wave, with surf schools in the area taking advantage of the protected conditions. Apollo Bay has lifesavers on patrol during the summer months.

Kennett River
Kennett River is a sheltered point break with a reef/rock bottom. The wave is a friendly right hander, breaking best on low tide and in almost any wind direction. Access to the wave is off rocks, and is not recommended for beginner surfers.

Wye River
Wye River is a sandy beach break offering right and left waves. Mostly people surf straight of the beach in front of the Wye River mouth, however on bigger swell, waves break of the rocks to the beaches south, offering a longer right hand wave. Wye River has lifesavers on patrol during the summer months.


Just starting out? Why not book a 2 hour surfing lesson with Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak. They also hire out boards, kayaks, wetsuits and more.

Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak 
Address: Shop 8, 157-159 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay 
Phone: +613 5237 1189  or  +61 405 495 909

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The Perfect Segway

Specifically designed to manoeuvre varied terrain and handle the most demanding applications, the Segway x2 tour provided by Planet Mud takes you on an off road adventure. The Segway X2 has low-pressure tyres, scratch-resistant fenders and convenient frame lift handles allowing you to easily manouver a variety of terrains. The tour is 60 minutes long, following the purpose build cross country adventure course. Planet Mud is located in Yeodene, 15 minutes south of Colac. Planet Mud also offers Paintball and Globe Riding. Bookings essential.

Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures
Address: Possum Ridge Road, Yeodene (near Colac)
Phone: +613 5233 4620 or +61 447 016 020

Treetop Walk & Zipline

Located in Victoria's magnificent Otways providing visitors with a unique opportunity to view the forest from a bird's eye view via two unique eco-adventure experiences, the famous Tree Top Walk and Zip Line Tour. The Tree Top Walk is the longest and tallest elevated walk of its kind in the world. At 600 metres long and 30 metres above ground level. The walk is a 1.9 kilometres round walk starting from the visitor centre and takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete. For the thrill seeker zip lining is the perfect adrenaline fuelled activity where you can zip across the treetops in this unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Otway's beautiful forests. The Zip Line Tour involves traversing from one platform to another connected by tree platforms called 'cloud stations' and attached to steel cable suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. This exciting adventure lasts three hours and is unlike any other experience.

Discover more about the Otway Fly

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Address: 360 Phillips Track, Beech Forest, Victoria
Phone: +613 5235 9200

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