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.
Fly this most magnificent coast to the Twelve Apostles either by Helicopter or high wing Cessna airplane. Flights depart from Apollo Bay airfield 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.
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.
Cape Otway Lightstation
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.
Mountain Biking in the Forrest
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.
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.
It's a Fishing Frenzy
The only thing that compares 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.
Don't have access to a boat? That's ok, take a fishing charter from Apollo Bay!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trees Adventure - Otway Park
Come and experience breathtaking flying foxes and navigate your way through the native bushlands of the Otways! Comprising 23 Flying Foxes and over 80 Challenges, there are easy courses for those scared of heights to courses for the extreme thrill seeker! Suitable for age 4yrs+, there's something for the whole family to enjoy.
Equipment and safety training are provided before you take off on a self-guided experience through the trees (you are attached and secured at all times).
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 via Bimbi Park
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.