WAKE UP TO APOLLO BAY

by GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Whichever way you choose your journey to Apollo Bay, you will be winding through forest and coastlines of awe-inspiring views. Once there, the small seaside township offers easy access to the beach at every turn. A friendly small village makes a wonderful serene home base to explore not only the coast but also walks through the wanderlust of the Otways, all in a weekend.

 

The Apollo Bay Harbour itself is a picturesque stroll over the bobbing boats from sunrise to the last rays of a sunset glowing across the sea onto the backdrop of the rolling hills. Discover great fishing spots along the outer wall for snapper and inside the harbour for squid - it's solitude at its finest. 

 

Apollo Bay sits at the bottom of the rolling hills by the seaside. Local fish is therefore plentiful at the local restaurants, including the delightfully well known Chris’s Restaurant Beacon Point. Set amongst the hills above Skenes Creek overlooking the ocean, with its beautiful setting and even more stunning menu, this is a dining experience of pure indulgence.

 

Already have your self contained accommodation ready to relax in? Then grab the local catch straight off the boat from Southern Ocean Fishing down at the harbour on a Saturday arvo. While 7 days a week, the Fisherman’s Co-Op has fresh seafood from the local shores, as well as your classic fish & chips you can enjoy at the front whilst soaking up the view across the bay.

 

If needing more seafood options, Apollo Bay Bakery has their award-winning Scallop Pie ready to serve every day. A perfect lunch to take down the 7km winding road of farmland to forest, to find the picturesque Paradise Picnic Reserve. Nestled in hinterland behind the township, the natural wonder encompasses majestic ash trees, fern glades with sunshine filtering through and a mountain stream. When night time falls, glow worms light up the path like magic fairy lights.

 

The steep walk to Marriners Lookout has the reward of expanding views over the Apollo Bay Harbour, township and along the coastline of the Great Ocean Road. An inner peace can envelop you as you breathe in the natural beauty this town has to offer.

 

After indulging in the local delicacies you may feel the need for a stroll. Make your way towards Marengo Holiday Park where you can head out on a 10km return trail along the Great Ocean Walk to Shelley Beach. Heading through grassland, low bush shrubs and along sand and rocks, this one will have you pausing to take many photos of the vast beauty of coastline and native wildlife along your way. 

 

Rich in history, Apollo Bay Museum has tales of old with stunning views across the ocean. An insight into early settlement of the area is told from the old cable station, the site of the first trans-Bass Strait communications cable with Tasmania. Plus not to mention the famous shipwrecks!

 

The township of Apollo Bay is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and marine life. Follow the flight of the pacific gulls to the ocean to catch the cheeky seals playing by the entrance to the harbour. Whilst inside the walls are home to stingrays, squid and crabs.

 

As the morning sun rises, the birds start their daily song. The early hours will have wallabies grazing in the shadows on the outskirts of roads. With the sun out, a rustling of a blue tongue lizard lurks whilst above, koalas slowly stretch. Through the stillness of the night, possums’ fleet across rooftops whilst the local barn owl’s call.

 

Through the long winter months, with large ocean swell, be caught in the early hours of the sunrise colours blazing across the sky. Rugging up in a winter coat as you stroll the beach, a reflection of the shining sky as the ocean's top joins with the contrast of those big green hills.

 

Apollo Bay will awaken your soul with a grateful smile and bring you back to life, all in a weekend.

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A blog contributed by a weekend adventurer, casual walker, coffee lover and market enthusiast. Enjoying days along the Great Ocean Road.

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