Which is better Apollo Bay or Lorne?

Lorne and Apollo Bay are both coastal towns located along the stunning Great Ocean Road.

They are both different and unique in their own ways so there really is a no better option. They are both great places to explore when traveling to Victoria and depending on what you prefer, one town may be a better fit for you than the other!

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road

Apollo Bay is a gorgeous, quaint seaside town located along the Great Ocean Road, around 3 hours drive from Melbourne. This charming town boasts lovely café’s and restaurants serving up some delicious produce, super friendly locals, and absolutely beautiful views of the ocean.

  • Gorgeous scenery and fascinating wildlife

    Mystical rainforest on one side and rugged coastline on the other, their landscapes of Apollo Bay make it the perfect destination for entertaining activities. You can try your hand at swimming, surfing, diving, deep-sea fishing, hiking, ziplining, and so much more in Apollo Bay. Keep an eye out for some gorgeous wildlife as well, as it is not uncommon to see them everywhere you go.

  • Small rural town vibes

    Not only is the ocean and rainforest a huge attraction to Apollo Bay, but there is also plenty to do in the town itself. The main street is lined with galleries, gift shops, restaurants, and café’s that are certainly worth a look at. Check out the Saturday foreshore market in Apollo Bay for an abundance of arts and crafts, fresh produce, and unique gifts.



Lorne is larger than Apollo Bay and is more of an entertaining holiday destination with several resorts and main streets lined with shopping, pubs, restaurants, and much more.

  • Arts and culture

    Lorne has a number of pubs, bars, and entertainment venues unlike Apollo Bay, so if you enjoy a party, we recommend heading to Lorne. It is home to the famous Falls Music Festival, hosted each year on New Year’s, it headlines many famous international artists every year. If you enjoy art, make sure you spend a day checking out the unique Qdos Arts to see some magnificent exhibitions and artworks.

  • Spend your day chasing waterfalls

    Lorne is known for its wide range of stunning waterfalls, with more than 10 of them within a 10-kilometres of the town itself. There are a few to choose from, however, the most popular include Erskine Falls, Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls, Henderson Falls, Phantom Falls, Sheoak Falls, and the Cora Lynn Cascades.

  • Surrounded by lush rainforest and pristine beaches

    Like Apollo Bay and many of the towns along the Great Ocean Road, they are generally located between rainforest and ocean. Lorne is situated between Loutit Bay and the Otway National Park and home to a variety of diverse landscapes and ecosystems.

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