Stop in to the beautiful village of Apollo Bay, set at the foothills of the Otways on the lands of the Eastern Maar People. Hit the waters of the Southern Ocean, wander the coast, and explore petrified rainforests full of waterfalls, ferns and crystal clear streams. When the adventure's done for the day, settle in to enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishers.
Swim, dive, surf and paddle out in the pristine coastal waters. Take a dip at the beach, climb aboard a surfboard or kayak, and get up close to local seal colonies. Anglers have plenty on offer too, with a deep-sea fishing adventure at the top of the list.
For the landlubbers, there are sunset beach rides on horseback, gift shops, galleries and teahouses along with countless culinary delights to choose from. 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, which sits 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.
Ferns and waterfalls
Take a drive into the Otways to find mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse. Walk through the nearby rainforest 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 across the globe.