Apollo Bay

27 January 2011

Picture Perfect
Travel time from Melbourne: Under four hours
Directions: ApolloBay is located 195 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, a scenic 3½ hour drive by car via the Great Ocean Road.   A shorter alternative route is via Forrest and Birregurra, which takes around 21/2 hours - the Geelong Ring Road makes the journey easier and quicker.

Along the scenic Great Ocean Road is the charming sea village of Apollo Bay. The town is surrounded on one side by ocean and by rainforests on the other so it’s a great way to see the best of both worlds.


See the whales between June and October during their migration. View the rainforest from the canopy on the Otway Fly Treetop Walk – a great way to see the rainforest if you’re afraid to come across the path of the carnivorous Otways black-snail (don’t worry, it only eats other insects). Don’t forget to see the glow worms in the forest at night. A great spot to do this is in Melba Gully at Mardens Track Nature Walk, a moderate 30 minute walking track with an easy grading. There are also plenty of other walks in the national park to pick from as well as the Great Ocean Walk.


Eat some tasty freshly caught seafood bought from the Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-Operative and explore the town. The local museum is a great way to learn more about Apollo Bay and don’t forget to see the artworks on the foreshore in the centre of town and visit the many other galleries.


The 30 minute drive to the Cape Otway Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia is a great one. Be rewarded with a fantastic view and learn all about the fascinating history of the lighthouse.


Take time to explore Apollo Bay and it’s surrounds, you won’t be disappointed by it’s beauty.

By Sarah Tierney