Apollo Bay

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Apollo Bay featuring general coastal views

Delight in crescent-shaped beaches with golden sand, jewellery markets and rainforest vistas around Apollo Bay, a sparkling gem along Victoria's Great Ocean Road.

Apollo Bay is a sweet seaside township of just over 1,000 locals. It features gorgeous galleries, a glistening harbor and markets selling intricate handmade jewellery. Spend days by the beach or explore the Great Otway National Park, just next door.

Learn about the town’s rich history at the Apollo Bay Museum, which exhibits immigrant relics and memoirs of early Australians. Apollo Bay was founded by timber cutters in the 19th century. The construction of the Great Ocean Road in 1932 brought a booming tourism industry to the area.

Most of Apollo Bay's action happens around its gorgeous harbour. Spend summer days lazing on the pristine beach, surfing frothy waves or sailing around the headland. In winter, see humpbacks waving their tails on a whale-watching tour.

Experience the region's artistic flair at a number of painting and photography galleries. Try fine seafood lunches around the harbour before a game at the Apollo Bay Golf Course.

Browse artisanal blown glass and precious stone jewellery stalls at the Apollo Bay Community Market. Alongside a large community of jewellery makers, this Saturday market features stalls selling local paintings, scented candles and delightful baked treats.

Healthy meals are found at the Bay of Apostles, which has a selection of certified organic produce. There is also a Farmer's Market held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Youth Club. Sample locally-sourced veggies or a fresh caught fish.

Just outside the township, experience stunning vistas of valleys, waterfalls and coastal outcrops at the Great Otway National Park. Walk atop cliffs or mountain bike down forest trails. Visit the Cape Otway Lightstation or attempt the Great Ocean Walk, which extends over 60 miles (100 kilometers) between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles.

Apollo Bay is 3 hours' drive from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. The town's harbour is best navigated on foot.

Visit Apollo Bay in April to see the Apollo Bay Music Festival, a multi-day celebration of tunes, performers, food and people.

Apollo Bay Eco YHA - Hostel
Apollo Bay Eco YHA - Hostel
2 out of 5
5 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$99 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Located in the heart of Apollo Bay, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve ...
4.2/5Excellent! (102 reviews)
"It’s just an amazing place Value for money"

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

Apollo Bay Eco YHA - Hostel
The Dolphin Apartments
The Dolphin Apartments
4.5 out of 5
2 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$290 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Situated by the ocean, this luxury apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Great Otway National Park and Maits ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (532 reviews)
Perfect for a family with toddler
"Comfortable stay with a clean and fully equipped kitchen. Michael and emily were super helpful"

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

The Dolphin Apartments
Seafarers Getaway
Seafarers Getaway
4 out of 5
6080 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$258 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Nestled on the beach, this Apollo Bay apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve, Old Cable Station Museum and Wild Dog Creek Streamside ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (653 reviews)
"The view was great from the room. Really happy with overall sod go back again"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2021

Seafarers Getaway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Seaview Motel and Apartments
Seaview Motel and Apartments
4 out of 5
6 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$95 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre ...
4.1/5Very Good! (560 reviews)
"Hotel was great close to town , clean and comfy beds"

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Seaview Motel and Apartments
The Dolphin Apartments
The Dolphin Apartments
4.5 out of 5
2 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$290 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Situated by the ocean, this luxury apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Great Otway National Park and Maits ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (532 reviews)
Perfect for a family with toddler
"Comfortable stay with a clean and fully equipped kitchen. Michael and emily were super helpful"

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

The Dolphin Apartments
Seafarers Getaway
Seafarers Getaway
4 out of 5
6080 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$258 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Nestled on the beach, this Apollo Bay apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve, Old Cable Station Museum and Wild Dog Creek Streamside ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (653 reviews)
"The view was great from the room. Really happy with overall sod go back again"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2021

Seafarers Getaway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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