Located at the foothills of the Otways and in the heart of the Great Ocean Road region, laidback Apollo Bay boasts a wide, crescent-shaped sandy swimming beach set against a backdrop of rolling green hills, waterfalls, and national and state parks.
Like many destinations along the Great Ocean Road, the beach is a focus for year-round activity. Swim in the clear water, sea kayak with local seals, indulge in some deep-sea fishing, learn to surf, or horse ride along the beach at sunset.
Head to Marriners Lookout Road and Cape Patton near Wye River for panoramic views over the town and coast, or take to the air for spectacular views of the nearby Twelve Apostles on one of many charter flights available from the local airport.
Fishing is an important local industry and seafood is always on the menu at the local cafés and restaurants. For great views try Chris's at Beacon Point high in the hills overlooking the sea. Shop for art and curios in the many gift shops, galleries and tea houses and wander through the regular Saturday foreshore market for local crafts and produce.
Head into the Otways to find mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse. Explore nearby forest and waterfall walks or enjoy an exhilarating ride through the ranges on a mountain bike. Take a treetop walk along the Otway Fly and enjoy a bird's eye view of the spectacular Otways rainforest.
Apollo Bay is located 195 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, a scenic 3.5 hour drive by car via the Great Ocean Road.