Stop into the beautiful seaside village of Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the mighty Otways. Hit the waters of the southern ocean, fossick for antiques, or enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishermen. In town for a couple of days? Use the bay as a base to explore the famous 12 Apostles and the vast Otway Ranges.
By the water
Climb aboard a surfboard or kayak, get up close to local seal colonies or sign up for a deep sea fishing adventure. For the landlubbers, there are sunset beach rides on horseback, gift shops, galleries and tea houses along with countless culinary delights on offer. Fishing is an important local industry so seafood is always on the menu at the local cafes and restaurants. For dinner with ocean views, try Chris's at Beacon Point high in the hills overlooking the sea. Got a taste for fine seafood? Visit in February for the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival.
Weekend visitors will love the regular Saturday foreshore market for local crafts, artworks, curios and fresh produce.
Into the forest
Take a drive into the Otways to find mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse. Walk through the nearby forest and wander past plunging waterfalls and lush fern gullies. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the ranges on a mountain bike or take a treetop walk along the Otway Fly and get a bird's eye view of the spectacular Otway Ranges.
Spot native wildlife such as glow worms at Melba Gully, go in search of the elusive platypus at serene Lake Elizabeth, or take a walk through nearby Kennett River and watch out for sleepy koalas in the trees.
Visit in May and be a part of the excitement of the Great Ocean Road Marathon, one of the most spectacular foot races in the world. With panoramic views of the Southern Ocean, this challenging run attracts participants from across Australia and around the world.
Things to do
Hear the roar of falling droplets pounding into the waters below at spectacular waterfalls and cascades in the Otways and surrounding region.
Journey from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Walk, weaving through national parks, deserted beaches and rugged coastal scenery.
Drive one of the world's most iconic scenic touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243 kilometres along the stunning coastline of Victoria.