Apollo Bay

Otherwise known as “Paradise by the Sea”, Apollo Bay is midway along the majestic Great Ocean Road, in the shelter of Cape Otway and on the lowest slopes of the beautiful Otway ranges.

Valleys just a few kilometres out of town are full of rainforest, streams, waterfalls and fireflies. Once the province of timber workers and farmers, the hills are now also occupied by artists, holiday makers and beach lovers.

Every water sport under the sun can be enjoyed at Apollo Bay – surfing, fishing, swimming, diving, and boating of all sorts. Bush walking in the Otways, wet or dry, is spectacular. The rain and wind rarely reach the lower levels of the older rainforest which has its own lush climate. Down the Great Ocean Road at Cape Otway are some of the most breathtaking walks in the country.

There are petrified forests, fireflies, rainbows and just south, some of the highest ocean cliffs in Victoria. Two and three hour drives in two loops through the ranges take visitors through a mystical (and misty) green paradise. There are short walks from car parks to mighty waterfalls. Seafood is always on the menu – a small fishing fleet still operates out of the harbour – and modern restaurants and cafes are a vital part of town.

In April, Apollo Bay hosts one of the best three day music festivals in Victoria, Apollo Bay Music Festival and every Saturday morning there is a market on the foreshore. The Cape Otway lighthouse is open daily for visitors.

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