Apollo Bay is known to locals as “Paradise by the Sea”, and it’s not hard to see why. The quaint yet bustling beachside spot is a popular stop on the Great Ocean Road drive, with the town hugged by both winding scenic coastline and the spectacular Great Otway National Park.


Located a 2.5-hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD, the seaside village is located at the foothills of the Otways and is the perfect spot to plan your next escapade. Apollo Bay is the starting point for some of the country’s best short walks, allowing you to adventure through the surrounding rainforest or explore the stunning national park. It’s therefore no surprise that the picturesque town hosts Australia’s self-described ‘most stunning running event’, the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, held annually in May.


The Otways are also home to some of the country’s most beloved residents – including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and platypus – making Apollo Bay a favourite destination with international visitors. Other local attractions include Cape Otway Lighthouse, mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse, and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, an attraction where thrill seekers can soar through the treetops on a zipline tour. The Apollo Bay town also hosts regular Saturday markets where stallholders sell local crafts, artworks and fresh produce. Apollo Bay is a popular year-round destination for holidaymakers, however warmer weather and the beautiful beaches draw the crowds and sees the town swell during the summer months.

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