Apollo Bay Tourism & Travel
Apollo Bay Australia
Situated on the South West coast Apollo Bay is in the foothills of the Otway Ranges and some 195kms southwest of Melbourne the capital city of Victoria.
The laid-back seaside town of Apollo enjoys great fishing and a beautiful beach bordered by verdant rolling hills.
Vibrant events enliven the relaxed town every year, and a wide array of great restaurants are on offer to keep the tastebuds entertained. Breathtaking natural scenery can be explored nearby, as well as the ruggedly beautiful Great Otway National Park.
Apollo Bay Attractions
Other than providing the perfect seaside fishing escape, Apollo Bay also caters for the more curious at heart. Visitors can learn about the first telephone call ever made from mainland Australia to Tasmania at the Old Cable Station Museum, and delve into the fascinating story of marine life at the Bass Straight Shell Museum. For the adventurous, magnificent coastal views are taken in on the extensive yet rewarding Great Ocean Walk, and the stunning views across Skenes Creek to Apollo Bay are not to miss at Mariners Lookout.
Apollo Bay Events
The laid-back town comes to life with the Apollo Bay Music Festival. Street performers, buskers and interesting market stalls accompany the sweet rhythms of blues, jazz, classical, rock, and folk music. The Apollo Bay and Otway District Agricultural Show provides a great family day out, and visitors can expose their competitive side at the Great Ocean Sports Festival comprised of fun-filled running, swimming, canoeing, and fishing competitions.
Apollo Bay Beaches
The Crescent-shaped Apollo Bay and nearby Mounts Bay boast a stunning long white sandy beach excellent for swimming, kayaking, and deep sea fishing.
Apollo Bay Restaurants and Cafes
Great Ocean Rd is lined with lovely cafes and restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines such as Asian-inspired, modern Australian, great Aussie breakfasts and the local seafood is undoubtedly always on the menu.
Apollo Bay - Near by
The nearby Otway Fly presents a rare opportunity to walk high among the temperate rainforest treetops of the Otway Ranges. Visitors can experience birds-eye views of stunning flora and wildlife including the occasional platypus and the cute little pygmy possum.
The Forests and Waterfall Drive features magnificent views of the Otway Ranges and a number of beautiful waterfalls. When in need for a break during an adventure-packed day, the Barham Paradise Scenic Reserve is a great place to stop for a relaxing picnic amidst lush green trees and ferns.
The vibrant town of Lorne and its undeniable buzzing atmosphere is within easy reach of Apollo Bay. Many great cafes and restaurants make this resort village an extremely popular destination.
National Park Great Otway
Rugged coastline, rolling green hills and abundant species of wildlife create a bushwalkers heaven. The Great Otway National Park is also home to the Cape Otway Lighthouse, proudly holding the title as mainland Australias oldest lighthouse.
Apollo Bay History
The name Apollo Bay derived from Captain Loutits vessel, The Apollo which he sheltered in the area during a storm in 1845. The first settlers were Timber cutters who began establishing sawmills throughout the area during the 1850s. Apollo Bay grew as a tourist destination and important fishing port with completion of the Great Ocean Road in 1932. Subsequently, Apollo Bay made the first connection to Tasmania from the mainland in 1936.
Apollo Bay Today
Ever since the early 1930s, the tourism and fishing industries have strengthened Apollo Bays economy. In the Colac Otway Shire, Apollo Bay has a population of 1777 souls.
Apollo Bay - Indigenous Culture
The Gadubanud or King Parrot people once occupied the rainforest plateau and rugged coastline of Cape Otway. Today, the Gunditjmara people, an Indigenous Australian group from Western Victoria are the traditional custodians of the Gadubanud lands.