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Apollo Bay Activities & AttractionsThere is much to see and in and around Apollo Bay. Must visits include Cape Otway Lightstation, Otway Fly, Great Otways National Park one of the finest rainforests anywhere in Australia where you can see magnificent fern gullies, huge trees, some hundreds of years old, magnificent waterfalls, glow worms bird and animal life. See the coastline from above with Apollo Bay Aviation.
from $295 per night (2 nights minimum)
Great Ocean Rd Apollo Bay VIC 3233
Stay in Coast Cottages and wake every morning panoramic views of ever-changing ocean. Be surrounded with birds and wildlife in complete seclusion and privacy. Situated on a portion of land directly connected to one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world with all year round, off-leash dog-friendly beaches, walking trails, swimming coves and ancient rock-shelves with fascinating rock pools. No roads to cross, absolute beach frontage.
Shelley Beach - Elliott River WalkApprox 8kms west from Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road is the turn off to Elliott River picnic area, toilets, picnic tables (Elliott River Road). Follow the track down to Shelley Beach returning via the same track. At low tide an alternative loop walk is accessed via rock platforms and a track on the east side of Elliott river. Caution: Be aware of tidal movements
Activities & Attractions
Helicopter or Cessna Flights
From Apollo Bay passengers have a choice of flights and packages to explore Victoria’s greatest coastal landmarks by air.
Experience the Great Ocean Road via the historical Shipwreck Coast to the 12 Apostles (flight route follows The Great Ocean Walk). Return to Apollo Bay in time for lunch.
*Flights from $60p.p. (Cessna min 2 persons).
Koala BearKoalas can be seen in their natural habitat on the Cape Otway Lightstation Road. The road is narrow and traffic can be heavy so be aware as visitors tend to get excited and stop suddenly when they see a koala. The area with the most koalas is approximately 2 kilometres from the Lightstation. Remember do not pat or try and pick up a koala as they are not pets.
Did You Know
One of Australia's most famous and unique native animals is the Koala. Koala's are marsupials, that is the young are born and nutured in a pouch - They are not related to Bears.
Sea Kayaking ToursP.O. Box 346 Apollo Bay VIC 3233
Come and visit the Marengo Marine Santyary and experience up close the seals in their natural environment.
2 hours of kayaking fun led by qualifies guides
All equipment and wetsuit is provided.
Schools and group bookings available.
Melba Gully State Park3 kilometres west of Lavers Hill approximately 1 hour leisurely drive from Apollo Bay.
Known as the Jewel of the Otways, this is one of the wettest places in the state. The gully has prolific plant growth and is a dense rainforest of Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Tree-ferns, with an understorey of low ferns and mosses.
Perhaps the most unusual inhabitants of the area are the glow worms, which can be seen at night along the walking tracks.
The 35 minute Madsen's Track Nature Walk departs from the picnic area, providing an adventure into a world of ancient, mossy trees and cool fern gullies.
Picnic tables, a gas barbecue and toilets are provided at this site. Camping is not permitted.
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Otways Scenic DriveTravelling the Cape Otway Road C119 to Skenes Creek a few kilometers from Barramunga on your right you will see the road (C159) to Beech Forest (18kms) and The Otway Fly (26kms) also Hopetoun, Beauchamp and Triplet Falls. The road is very narrow and winding but a fine example of the magic of the Great Otways National Park. Follow through to Lavers Hill and the 12 Apostles (closed certain times of the year).
Shop 6/7 157 Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay VIC 3233
Looking to do some Scuba diving around Apollo Bay?
Explore local rocky reefs at Marengo, Petticoat Creek, Browns Creek, Wongarra, Blanket Bay or Crayfish Bay.
Dive for lobster or abalone (when in season)
Explore the ship wreck of the SS Casino or the SS Fiji at Moonlight Head ?
We can tailor a dive trip to suit your requirements/experience
Aboard the MV Aquanaut, an 8mt plate alloy boat with
twin 150hp Mercury motors, you will have a really memorable dive trip - We’ll even throw in some refreshments.
Boat Dive Charter Prices:
2-3hr Dive Trip: $95 p.p
4-5hr Dive Trip: $140 p.p
(prices based on minimum of 4 people, weather conditions permitting)
Need to hire some dive gear for the trip ? We have a full range available.
Mait's Rest17 kilometres west of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road is Mait's Rest Rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park. Easy stroll along boardwalks under a canopy of trees to viewing platform. Beautiful ferns and tall rainforest trees.
Walk approximately 1 kilometre allow 30-40 minutes.
Otways WalksExplore the Great Otway National Park – One of the finest temperate rainforests in Australia. Magnificent fern gullies, waterfalls, huge trees, some hundreds of years old. Walks and self drive tours await exploration in Victoria’s newest National Park which covers some 103,000 hectares and combines what was the Otway National Park, Angahook-Lorne State Park, Carlisle State Park, Melba Gully State Park and State Forest areas.
Walking tracks in the Great Otway National Park and the Otways can become muddy and slippery after rain. Appropriate footwear is recommended. Also be aware that mobile phones are frequently out of range in the Otways. And always stick to the nominated tracks do not venture off on your own.
Shelley Beach - Elliott River Walk
Approx 8kms west from Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road is the turn off to Elliott River picnic area. There is a 1 hour return walk to Shelley Beach. The longer walk to Elliott River takes about 2 hours.
Toilets, picnic tables. Be aware of tide movements avoid at high tide.
If planning a visit to Blanket Bay off season check road conditions
From Blanket Bay camp ground there is a diverse walk through coastal forest descending to Parker Inlet. Two lookouts along the way provide panoramic ocean and estuary views.
Approx 1.5 kilometers 30-40 minutes.
During the Summer and Easter holiday periods Blanket Bay campsites are allocated by ballot. Outside of this period the campground is available on a first-in first-served basis.
Cape Otway Lightstation Walks follow the Great Ocean Road 20kms turn left onto Cape Otway Lighthouse Road (clearly signed) approx 13 kilometers to the carpark. From car park there are marked walking tracks including a short walk to the fascinating cemetery the final resting place of early pioneers and ship wreck victims approx 30 minutes return. There is also a longer walk to Rainbow Falls approx 4-5 hours return. The Lightstation (entrance fee) is the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Australian mainland and was built by convicts in 1848. Guided tours allow you to experience views of the Southern Ocean from 90 metres above ground (take your camera or video) the tour also includes the Telegraph Station (1859) and other historic buildings. Accommodation is available and the café has great coffee and light meals.
Great Ocean Road Walk
91 km walk which links Apollo Bay to Glenample (opposite the 12 Apostles) passes through Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks.
Short walks, day hikes and overnight treks, guided walks, hire equipment, accommodation.
Overnight camps Information Parks Victoria 13 1963
Apollo Bay to Cape Otway Lightstation Distance 33kms Duration Approx 3 days. Outstanding coast and forest scenery. Shorter walks – step on step off include Shelley Beach, Blanket Bay, Parker Hill.
Approx 17kms (25 minutes) from Apollo Bay on the way to Lavers Hill this walk is about 40 minutes return and is a great walk for any age. The boardwalk takes you into the heart of the rainforest under a canopy of trees.
The viewing platform is located beneath the old Myrtle Beech tree which is approximately 300 years old.
3kms west of Lavers Hill 30 minute return walk relatively easy walk amongst huge blackwood, myrtle beech and tree ferns. Glow worms are seen at night. Toilets, picnic tables and free gas BBQ.
Carry all weather clothing as sudden weather changes are common.
Mobile phones are frequently out of range.
Stay on the marked paths – do not wander off
Check conditions before heading out ie extreme weather
Inform someone of your plans
Be aware of slippery, winding roads and oncoming traffic.
Before setting out check conditions at The Apollo Bay Information Centre or go to Parks Vic website