Nestled along the breathtaking stretch of the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is affectionately known as “Paradise by the Sea,” and a visit to this seaside gem makes it easy to understand why. This quaint yet lively beachside town serves as a captivating stop on the Great Ocean Road drive, embraced by winding scenic coastlines and the awe-inspiring Great Otway National Park.

Just a 2.5-hour drive from Melbourne’s bustling CBD, Apollo Bay invites you to step into a world where the town rests at the foothills of the Otways, creating the perfect canvas for your next escapade. Renowned as the starting point for some of Australia’s finest short walks, the town allows you to venture through lush rainforests or explore the wonders of the stunning national park. It’s no wonder that Apollo Bay proudly hosts Australia’s self-proclaimed ‘most stunning running event,’ the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, an annual spectacle held in May that brings together enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The Otways:

The Otways, draped in natural splendour, are also the cherished habitat of Australia’s beloved wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, and the elusive platypus. This makes Apollo Bay a favourite among international visitors seeking an authentic Australian wildlife experience. Beyond the captivating fauna, local attractions such as Cape Otway Lighthouse, the oldest on mainland Australia, and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, where thrill-seekers can soar through the treetops on a zipline tour, add to the town’s allure.

Things to do in Apollo Bay:

Apollo Bay’s charm extends to its regular Saturday markets, where stallholders showcase local crafts, artworks, and fresh produce. It’s a delightful opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and perhaps bring home a piece of Apollo Bay’s artistic and culinary flair.

While Apollo Bay is a popular year-round destination, warmer weather beckons holidaymakers to its beautiful beaches, drawing crowds and transforming the town into a bustling haven during the summer months. Whether you seek outdoor adventures, wildlife encounters, or a relaxing day by the sea, Apollo Bay offers a coastal haven where every moment feels like a glimpse into paradise.

To embark on your next adventure, explore the accommodations provided by Choice Hotels in Apollo Bay, ensuring a comfortable and convenient base for your exploration of this coastal paradise.

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