30 August 2018

I AM THE WORLD AT YOUR FEET - APOLLO BAY

by GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Good old Apollo Bay. Situated smack bang in the middle of the iconic Great Ocean Road it’s a popular stopover for travellers of all types but it’s traditionally been a summer holiday destination for Victorians who flock here in school holidays and on weekends in the warmer months.
With all the excellent holiday accommodation available it is the perfect place for catch ups with friends, special occasions and family get-togethers. Reconnect with your mates, yourself and nature all in one go!
Marriners Lookout is a must-do for that iconic photo over the bay and the harbour. It’s a short drive up the hill behind town to reach the walking path (cared for by the private property owner who has ‘gifted’ this attraction to the community). It’s about a 5 minute walk up the hill to achieve the premium view although the walk itself is a beauty too. Go for sunrise.
Apollo Bay is the official start of the Great Ocean Walk. There are a number of shuttle services (try Walk 91) that will do drop offs and pick-ups for manageable sections of the 104km walk each day. With some simple logistics you can cover the first spectacular section and arrange a pick up from Elliot River which is about 6kms along the walk. Around town there is a trail along the foreshore to Wild Dog Creek or back to nearby Marengo. You can walk to the beach all the way to Skenes Creek or the little known Marengo Bush Reserve offers a lovely loop walk.
The Apollo Bay Harbour is a beauty. It’s a working harbour so you will see fisherman heading out for the day early and coming back in the late afternoons with the catch of the day. The Apollo Bay Fishermans’ co-op sells fresh seafood and also takeaway fish and chips. Set up on the deck overlooking the harbour and the bay to dine on one of the greatest dishes in the world – flake and chips.
For a larger array of Seafood we love Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant. For many years Chris’s has been the premier dining experience in the area with delicious Greek-Australian inspired dishes featuring local and regionally sourced seafood. It’s prefect for special occasions and the view from the top of Skenes Creek across to the lights of Apollo Bay at night is magical. Best enjoyed with loved ones.

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