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MUST DO'S...IN SPRING
SPOT A KOALA
In the area, you don't have to look hard to spot a koala! .If you're on the lookout, try casting your eyes upwards - you'll generally find koalas wedged in the nook of a tree branch and most often fast asleep.
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.
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. .
There are many great options for fun activities for kids of all ages in Apollo Bay! With a great range of attractions there will be loads of ideas to explore the area!
Top 5 Spring Short Walks
APOLLO BAY HARBOUR
Beginning at the Visitor Information Centre, walk west along the beach to the Apollo Bay Harbour or take a gravel footpath alongside the Apollo Bay Foreshore turning left at the Nelson Street War Memorial Statue and continuing alongside the Apollo Bay Golf Course enjoying some of the best views in town.
Distance: 2km return
Time: 30 minutes
At the remarkable Californian Redwoods, let your imagination come to life along this enchanting walk, where fairytales seem to come alive! This remarkable stand of the world's tallest tree species have thrived in Otway soil, far from their native California.
Distance: 500m return
Time: 15 mins
A seafood village embraced by tranquil beaches, rolling green hills
and the Great Otway National Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPRING MENUS TO ENJOY
Explore places to eat
At CHOPSTIX NOODLE BAR™ we understand that health is important and taste is everything. Our mouth-watering dishes are made with love from the highest quality ingredients. Our Asian noodles are cooked to order and full of Asian authentic flavor.
Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch, Scorched Grill specialises in Burgers and Hot Dogs - fully licenced.
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.
Iluka Motel and Restaurant
The Iluka Motel and Restaurant is a cafe, à la carte restaurant and accommodation all in one and is perfect stop over for the weekend getaway to Apollo Bay.
Combining Apollo Bay's supply of fresh seafood with the culinary flavours of an Italian's kitchen, Casallingo is the go to for pizza, pasta and more.
Apollo Bay Hotel
Apollo Bay Hotel is located in the coastal town of Apollo Bay, just two and a half hours drive west of Melbourne on the breathtaking Great Ocean Road.
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Surfside Backpacker Great Ocean Road
Surfside Backpacker is located in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road, three hours south west of Melbourne, Victoria.
Comfort Inn The International
The Comfort Inn The International is centrally located in the idyllic seaside resort town of Apollo Bay.
Holiday Great Ocean Road
Holiday Great Ocean Road are multi-award winning leaders in Holiday Rental Management along the Great Ocean Road, providing a specialised property management and accommodation booking service.
Reef View Apartments
Reef View Apartments feature two stunning luxury apartments situated on the picturesque seaside town of Apollo Bay along the the Great Ocean Road.
Apollo Bay Guesthouse
Waterfront property bed & breakfast - close to shops, restaurants & golf course
Great Ocean Road Holidays
Apollo Bay is situated at the foothills of the stunning Otway’s. If you are in town for a few days, you can use a property booked through Great Ocean Road...
Trivia Night with Sally Cannon
Eat. Drink. Think. Win. Join the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for their first trivia night at the Brewhouse Bar with Sally Cannon.
APOLLO BAY EDIBLE GARDEN TRAIL
On 24-25th November growers in the Apollo Bay area will open their productive fruit and veggie gardens to the public, and experienced gardeners will share their expertise through workshops and tours.
Ziggy - Live at the Brewhouse
After many successful gigs at the Queenscliff Brewhouse, Ziggy is now coming to Apollo Bay. Come and Jiggy with Ziggy.
The Hornets - Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse
The Hornets feature some of the country’s well known and respected musicians.
Joshua Batten - Free Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse
Inspired by classic rock, blues, folk and progressive rock, 21-year old Joshua Batten is rising fast on the Melbourne music scene.
Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse
Get your dancing shoes on and head down to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a fun night with the local group, Band...