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MUST DO'S...IN WINTER
Discover the latest whale sightings along the Great Ocean Road. Spot Southern Right Whales or even Humpbacks. Whales can be sighted along the coast from Torquay to Portland from May to October.
With its diverse terrain and coastal margin, the Otways is a natural for waterfalls. The striking cool temperate rainforest of the Great Otway National Park boasts one of the highest rainfalls in the state with waterfalls flowing best over winter months. Sign-up today for notifications.
Discover Apollo Bay's favourite literary event Warm Winter Words in late July followed by an epic new dark-arts festival hitting the town for its second year in August. Markets, music and other events keep the action alive in Apollo Bay & the Otways over the cooler winter months.
WARM COSY NIGHTS
Spectacular ocean views, cosy wood fires and tranquil retreats, there’s an array of accommodation in Apollo Bay & the Otways to suit all styles and budgets. Book your next warm winter package today!
A seafood village embraced by tranquil beaches, rolling green hills
and the Great Otway National Park.
The magnitude of the ocean versus the majesty of the forest. Discover a land where ancient flora and bubbling streams meet life on a cliffs edge shaped by relentless crashing waves. Apollo Bay marks the entry point for some of Australia’s most celebrated short and multi-day walks, and is the perfect base to explore the Great Ocean Walk and surrounding Otways rainforest.
Unpack your bags and stay a while. Life is an adventure in Apollo Bay with protected bays to swim, endless Great Otway National Park trails to blaze and a hearty meal of local food and wine waiting for you upon return. Base your Great Ocean Road holiday in Apollo Bay and explore nature’s big backyard.
Wrestle a fighting salmon from the Barham River mouth and dive amongst the rocks spying the glaring eyes of a wary lobster. Or, trusting the expert team of fisherman and chef to serve up the catch of the day matched with a crisp glass of locally harvested Sauvignon Blanc.
Turn the ‘out of office’ on and leave the high heels at home. Join the simple life with sand between your toes, sunshine on your back and fresh food in your belly. Kid's roam with the freedom of old - giggling at every twist and turn along the journey. Reconnect with a slower pace of life in Apollo Bay.
Feel alive in nature's playground...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 regions best.
Shhh. Did you here that? Look, it's a... The Otways are home to many of Australia's favourite locals including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, platypus, koalas, glow worms, birds, seals, penguins and even migrating Southern Right Whales.
COSY LOG FIRES TO DINE BESIDE THIS WINTER
Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures
Floating amongst the towering eucalypts, suspended 30 metres above the forest floor on the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. Then zip line from tower like Tarzan on the Zip Line Eco Tour. Find your birds eye view the Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures.
Way back when
First populated by the indigenous Gadubanud people, Apollo Bay was a land explored largely by foot and sea until the 1930's when road improvements increased european access.
Great Ocean Walk
Starting in Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Walk is one of Australia's most scenic coastal hikes covering 104km of trail. Natures drama unfolding at every step, and every day is a different adventure.
Cape Otway Lightstation
Help guide ships around the treacherous meeting of Bass Straight and the Southern Ocean. This coastline has stories to tell of lives lived and lost on the cliffs knife edge. Discover the regions history and natural beauty at the Cape Otway Lightstation.
Great Otway National Park
A land where ancient giants meet ferocious waters. Discover the rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, lushes forests and descending waterfalls that make up the Great Otway National Park.
Crafts & Markets
Plan your visit to coincide with the many markets, festivals, community arts events and cultural festivals that fill the region’s calendar year-round. Apollo Bay has inspired generations of artists, writers, sculptors and performers.
Explore places to eat
Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-op
Situated overlooking the Apollo Bay Harbour, the Apollo Bay Fishermens Coop is the best place in town for fish & chips and a stunning array of locally caught seafood including flake and crayfish.
Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch, Scorched Grill specialises in Burgers and Hot Dogs - fully licenced.
Bay Leaf Cafe
Bay Leaf Café is the spot for breakfast, coffee & cake, lunch with beer & wine.
Sweet View - The Great Ocean Road Lolly Shop
We are a small family owned and operated confectionery retail business in Apollo Bay, selling traditional English sweets, Australian and International lollies, gourmet and Australiana chocolates as well as premium...
Hello Coffee - Cafe & Roastery
Hello Coffee is a relaxed, welcoming space for those who love specialty coffee. The sprawling, family friendly cafe is host to an amazingly fresh, locally sourced menu, a comfortable lounge...
Find a place to stay in Apollo Bay
Browse through our selection of accommodation
Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments is just under two hours from Avalon Airport and two hours and forty minutes from Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport.
Comfort Inn The International
Comfort Inn The International Apollo Bay, the perfect hotel for your Apollo Bay seaside holiday Welcome to Comfort Inn The International, centrally located in the idyllic seaside resort town of...
BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park
BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park is located directly opposite Apollo Bay's main beach. The park features high quality three bedroom villas, ocean spa cabins, ensuite and powered sites and...
Motel Marengo is a small independent family owned and run motel set back in a quiet area of Apollo Bay, but still maintaining easy access for guests with its Great...
Seascape Apollo Bay
Seascape Apollo Bay is a luxury self contained apartment in Apollo Bay. Perfect for families or travelling couples.
A Great Ocean View Motel
Location is a major feature of A Great Ocean View Motel. Wake to the sights and sounds of the ocean, not just a patch of blue in the distance, you...
Sunday "The Recovery" at the Brewhouse
It's official. Every Sunday "The Recovery" will be at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse.
APOLLO BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL AND WARM WINTER WORDS 2018
In the 25th annual Warm Winter Words, we are proud to be presenting: 2018 Stella Prize winner, Alexis Wright; award winning author, journalist, lawyer and educator, Alice Pung; and author, editor and humans rights lawyer, Jock Serong. Each speaker will talk about their work, followed by a short Q&A session. Authors may be available for book signing during a break for afternoon tea.
Hula Hoop Classes - Apollo Bay
An opportunity to try out hula hooping and see what this latest craze is all about. Clue: It is the funnest fitness around.
Whisky and Cognac Masterclass
Come and join in at Tastes of the Region in Apollo Bay to explore some of their favourite whiskies and cognacs.
WINTER WILD FESTIVAL
2018 WinterWild announcement. Apollo Bay’s newest arts festival will be running on the following dates:10-12 August, 24-26th August
Alister Turrill - Winter Wild Festival
It would be a generalisation to group Queenscliff’s Alister Turrill with other young roots players.