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Apollo Bay - Cities, Towns and Localities
Seals - crafted by Mark DaviesNestled into the picturesque foothills of the Otway Ranges, and located only 186 km south west of Melbourne on the world famous Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is one of the main towns on this beautiful coastline. This seaside resort offers plenty of recreational activities and attractions including fishing, horse riding, eco tours, walking trails, lookouts, museums and more; as well as a range of accommodation to suit all taste and budgets.

As well as located on the scenic drive of the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is considered the start of the Great Ocean Walk, a tourism experience that takes in 104 km of spectacular Victoria's west coast, with views and access by foot of rarely visited remote beaches, jagged coastline and national parks.

First sighted by Lieutenant Grant, aboard the sailing vessel Lady Nelson, the bay was named by Captain Loutit in 1845, who sheltered here in his vessel Apollo. 1840 saw the Henty brothers establish a major whaling station at Portland and over the next seven years they had a small whaling station at Point Bunbury, which is where the Apollo Bay Golf Course is now established.

Cypress Pines and sculptures.
Magnificent Cypress Pines and
carved sculptures along the foreshore

Timber cutters moved into the district, with the first major European settlement occurring about 1850. The timber was cut and floated out to the ships moored off shore. A number of sawmills were also established. It was this time that the settlement was known as Apollo Bay after the schooner Apollo. Also known as Middleton, then in 1877 the name was changed to Kambruk. It wasn't until 1952 that the township became officially known as Apollo Bay.

On 10th July 1932, Apollo Bay was the scene of one of the greatest shipping disasters ever witnessed along this part of the coast. With a number of locals aboard, the coastal steamer Casino, tried to berth at the town’s jetty. It was suddenly hit by a freak wave, listing, it then sank. Ten men died as a result. All this occurred in front of the townsfolk gathered on the jetty. The anchor from the Casino is today located outside the Apollo Bay Post Office.

Check out the great local wood carvings, crafted by Mark Davies as part of the Creative Village Project in 1996, located on the foreshores of Apollo Bay. As well as the Great Ocean Road, there is also the beautiful Otway Ranges to explore and the spectacular Otway Fly to experience.

Check out our listing of Apollo Bay accommodation and Great Ocean Road accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre
Apollo Bay Foreshore
Ph: 03 5237 6529
Ph: 1300 OTWAYS / Ph: 1300 689 297
Monday - Sunday 9 am - 5 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre - Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Attractions

Apollo Bay Museum
• 6250 Great Ocean Rd, APOLLO BAY VIC 3233
• Opened Saturday and Sundays, public holidays and school holidays from 2 pm to 5 pm and by prior arrangement for group visits.
• The Apollo Bay Museum is housed in the buildings from which the undersea cable connected Tasmania with the mainland and is operated by the Apollo Bay and District Historical Society. Displays include relics from some of the ships and ship wrecks. There is also an extensive range of histories of people who live, worked and died in the area.
Otway Fly tower.
Lookouts, Walking Tracks and Waterfalls
• There are a number of fantastic scenic walks, looks and waterfalls. Check out Crow's Nest, Paradise Falls, Mariner's Lookout, Cape Otway Lighthouse, Cape Otway Cliff Walk, Otway Ranges and National Park, Beauchamp, Carisbrook and Hopetoun Falls.
Otway Fly • Tree Top Walk
• Ph: 03 5235 9200 • Freecall: 1800 300 477 • Email
• A fantastic 600 metre walkway that takes you 47 metres high, elevated up in the treetops, winding through the temperate rainforest of the beautiful Otways. There is the lookout, which is ascended via a spiral walkway through the understorey, emerging amongst the top of the giants of the forest.
There are excellent fishing facilities with a large boat ramp and jetty.

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Apollo Bay Events • Victoria Events
Apollo Bay Market
• Every Saturday
• Visitors can browse and buy the freshest seafood that Bass Strait has to offer at the market.
Apollo Bay Music Festival
• APOLLO BAY VIC 3233 • Ph: 03 5237 6761 • Email
• April
• Apollo, amongst other ancient duties, was also god of music and the arts. So Apollo Bay is the stage for one of Australia’s popular music festival. It is a yearly not-for-profit event, powered by the enthusiasm and dedication of their volunteers and sponsors. Check out their pictures from last years festival. Held around March.

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Apollo Bay Distance

Distance to Apollo Bay
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Apollo Bay:
• Colac 71
• Geelong 111
• Johanna 42
• Lorne 45
• Lavers Hill 47
• Melbourne 187
• Peterborough 109
• Torquay 92
• Warrnambool 161
• Wye River 28
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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