If you’re planning on taking a trip up on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, put Apollo Bay on your list of places to stay. Located in the foothills of the Otway Ranges just before the Great Ocean Road traverses Cape Otway, it makes an ideal setting to get out of the car and explore the beautiful scenery you have admired from a distance.
Look in any direction from Apollo Bay and you behold natural beauty. Sit down at a sidewalk cafe and admire the ocean view across the foreshore and then take a stroll on the beach or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Turn around and see the green rolling hills that spread out into the distance as far as the eye can see.
Take some time to stretch your legs and explore the quaint town of Apollo Bay. The major industry in this small town is fishing, followed by tourism. As such, it has just enough amenities to make you feel comfortable without feeling like you’re in a tourist town. It has a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere that makes exploring the town’s many fascinating gift shops and galleries a pleasure.
Once you have settled in and recovered from your drive to Apollo Bay, it’s time to get “up close and personal” with the landscape you have been admiring from a distance. One of the best ways to do this, if you’re up to it, is by tackling all or part of the Great Ocean Walk. Many visitors come to Apollo Bay for the expressed purpose of doing the entire 65 mile (100+ kilometer) walk all the way around Cape Otway to the Twelve Apostles. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can choose to take just a portion of the walk – as much or as little as you like.
Another way to see the best of Cape Otway is by road. Whatever you do, take the time to check out the Cape Otway Light Station. The scenery along the way is breathtaking and words can’t describe the views from the lighthouse. If you are completely captivated by it, you can make arrangements to stay in the Lighthouse Keeper’s four bedroom cottage for a minimum of two nights on your next trip to Apollo Bay.
Try not to be so overwhelmed by Cape Otway you don’t explore the other scenic roads in the Apollo Bay area. The Barhamn River Road will take you through lush rainforests to Marriners Falls. Also nearby are some wonderful villages like Marengo and Skenes Creek for you to explore.
Too many people stop over at Apollo Bay on their way to somewhere else on the Great Ocean Road. They don’t realize what they’re missing out on. Their loss is your gain, because you will find that Apollo Bay is a refreshing change from the usual. You will be welcomed like a family member at your Apollo Bay accommodation and if you do just a little exploring, you’ll find that you have your choice between a simple backpackers lodge or motel, a luxurious villa or just about any other type of accommodation you could want. Once you get to know Apollo Bay, you will love it so much, you will want to return again and again.