Exploring Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road

The village of Apollo Bay sits snug on the impressive Great Ocean Road at the foothills of the Otways. This stretch of coastline is famed for its rugged scenery and incredible natural wonders, and Apollo Bay marks the perfect place to start exploring.

Here, visitors have a little bit of everything, from the waters of the southern ocean to ancient rainforests, majestic waterfalls, and pretty streams. If you’re in the area, keep your eyes peeled for the eclectic selection of native flora and fauna, too.

Discover the Coast at Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay sits right on the coast, promising a selection of water-based activities for visitors. Throughout the area, there are plenty of opportunities to swim, dive, surf, and paddle in the warm, clear waters of the southern ocean. Elsewhere, you can take a refreshing dip at the beach, simply kick back and relax on the sands, or explore the coastline from a different perspective from a surfboard or kayak.

The area is famed for its local wildlife, too, with a popular colony of seals that call it home. If you want to get stuck into the action like a local, you can go deep-sea fishing with local fishermen to learn more about this ancient trade.

Enjoy Apollo Bay’s Land Adventures

For those who’d rather keep their feet dry, there is plenty to do on land in Apollo Bay. The beach promises breath-taking sunsets, and many visitors choose to take to horseback at this time of day for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In the village itself, gift shops, art galleries, and charming tea houses line the pretty streets, and there are numerous local restaurants serving up fresh, seasonal produce. As fishing is an important local industry, you can expect to see lots of delicious seafood on the menu – there’s even the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival that takes place in February each year.

At the weekend, mosey on down to the foreshore to check out the market that’s bursting with local crafts, art, and fresh produce.

Waterfalls and Rainforests

The landscape around Apollo Bay is full of ancient surprises. Drive out into the surrounding Otways and discover Australia’s oldest wildlife, as well as a smattering of picturesque waterfalls and fern gullies. This peaceful part of the region is packed full of walks, taking you through ancient rainforests and alongside pretty streams.

Keep a look out for native glow worms at Melba Gully, and try and spot the elusive platypus and Lake Elizabeth while you’re there.

Visit the Apollo Bay on our Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Tour today!