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Overview

Apollo Bay

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.

Marathon madness

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.

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Things to do

Apollo Bay

Walking & hiking

Shelly Beach Circuit Walk

Stroll along one of the best short walks on the Great Ocean Walk, this track traverses through fern gullies, coastal scrub, beach and rocky platforms.

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Walk

Journey from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Walk, weaving through national parks, deserted beaches and rugged coastal scenery.

Lakes & waterways

Waterfalls

Hear the roar of falling droplets pounding into the waters below at spectacular waterfalls and cascades in the Otways and surrounding region.

Beaches & coastlines

The Great Ocean Road

Drive one of the world's most iconic scenic touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243 kilometres along the stunning coastline of Victoria.

Apartments

Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant and Villas

Chris's Villas offer accommodation all year round and many diners choose to stay the night after enjoying a meal and a fine wine or two. Chris's is...

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Things to do

Outdoor activities

Get outdoors in the Great Ocean Road region and enjoy a wealth of things to do from adventure activities on the ocean to a gentle stroll on the beach.

Food & wine

Restaurants

Dine at one of the Great Ocean Road region's restaurants serving fresh seafood straight from the ocean and fantastic locally grown produce.

Maritime history

Cape Otway Lightstation

Climb for dramatic views and stories of shipwrecks at this historic lighthouse perched on towering cliffs where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean.

National parks & reserves

Great Otway National Park

The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features...