2021 WOTIF AUSSIE TOWN OF THE YEAR CELEBRATES APOLLO BAYby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
At a time when we’re all craving escapism and space, Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean Road holds all the answers.
This week we’re celebrating that Apollo Bay has been recognised as the State Winner and national third placing in the 2021 Wotif Aussie Town of the Year campaign. So we've decided to pause and be grateful for the things we cherish about beautiful Apollo Bay.
SIMPLE PLEASURES & CAPITAVTING YOUR TASTEBUDS
Apollo Bay most known for its off the boat ocean catch, superb Southern Rock Lobster and the annual Seafood Festival in February that rejoices the town's connection to the ocean….. but there are lots of options if you’re looking to taste your way through The Bay.
Already a locals favourite, the Apollo Bay Distillery (which opened at the start of 2020) serves up traditional Italian pizza with seasonally sourced local produce and exotic handcrafted gins with local botanicals as well as home craft beers and ciders – simply put ‘great food & quality booze’.
Masala Bay can’t be surpassed, refusing to compromise on anything but the best produce, they deliver excellent service and cuisine…… FYI everything coming out of the tandoori smoker is well worth a try!
It is hard to mention everyone and the rumour is that there are some exciting new businesses opening soon, but when you’re in The Bay, make sure you take in, take out and indulge on a scallop pie from the Apollo Bay Bakery, a meal or two at Casalingo and soak up the amazing views and food at the legendary Chris’s Restaurant.
WALKS, WATERFALLS & WONDERMENT
A trip to The Bay wouldn’t be complete without soaking up the big nature.
The Great Otway National Park exemplifies breathtaking beauty and is home to some of Victoria’s prettiest places. Stretching from Torquay to the 12 Apostles and wrapped by the Southern Ocean the Otways is a place for discovery.
The must-experience places:
- The Great Ocean Walk
- Hopetoun Falls, Beauchamp Falls & Stevenson Falls
- The Californian Redwood forest in the heart of the Otways
- And of course please take in the sheer size of (the aptly named) Mountain Ash trees – they are astounding!
Wildlife Wonders is a must-do and see experience. The experience takes visitors on a 75-minute guided walk through the magical Otways bushland, where you'll discover lush tree-fern gullies, eucalypt woodlands and spectacular ocean viewpoints. Your conservationist guide will share with you the secrets of the bush and the plants and animals who call the Otways home.
Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures has two key attractions, the zipline experience and the treetop walk. Depending on your level of commitment, both experiences are extremely enjoyable and take you high above and deep into all the levels of the cool temperate rain forest.
Trees Adventure Yeodene Park, based about 45 minutes from Apollo Bay, is great value, an awesome high ropes facility and a really fun way to spend two or three hours.
Cape Otway Lightstaion is Australia's oldest working lighthouse and worth the visit - you'll feel like you're at the end of the earth. A perfect vantage point for whale spotting between June and September too!
LUXURY, CASUAL OR CAMPING - THERE'S AN ACCOMMODATION OPTION FOR EVERYONE
Apollo Bay doesn’t really have resort-style accommodation which definitely suits its style. However, accommodation providers like Holiday Great Ocean Road have a range of luxury holiday houses on their books across the small coastal hamlets like Wye River, Kennett River, Apollo Bay and the Otways. If you’re after a quality motel room there’s also plenty on offer, plus the caravan parks like BIG4 Pisces Apollo Bay, Marengo Holiday Park and Apollo Bay Holiday Park have great facilities…..and like everywhere, stellar views!
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE...OR SPACE
A trip to Apollo Bay can be action-packed, or, you could simply stop to take in the relaxed nature of the town and its friendly community.
There are so many beautiful beach strolls to be had and a short ride, or, drive will take you to secluded beaches where the only footprints are yours. Take a gentle walk out to the harbour to meet the resident geese and stingrays, or maybe your preferred pace entails a patch of grass on the foreshore with a good book, or fish and chips, in Apollo Bay, the choice is yours.
Wherever your Apollo Bay journey takes, you won’t want to leave once you’ve arrived.
WHERE TO STAY
Stay Inn offers two rooms. The Standard (red room) and the Deluxe (green room). Refurbished along sophisticated contemporary lines, comfort of body, mind and spirit is assured as you gaze,...
A coastal retreat of the finest calibre, this superb tri-level residence offers the most spectacular views over the ocean and the lush green Otway hills.
Seaview Motel & Apartments is situated on the picturesque Great Ocean Road approximately 180kms form Melbourne.
Beachcomber Motel and Apartments
Welcome to the Beachcomber Motel and Apartments, a great affordable place to stay in the heart of town.
Kids Stay Free, Apollo Bay Holiday Park
Kids Stay for Free in any of our cabins between the 1st March 2021 and 30th May 2021.
With the money you will save on your stay, you can get out and enjoy all the things there are to see and do in the local area. This is the perfect time to book your next Great Ocean Road break!
Great Ocean Ecolodge
The Great Ocean Ecolodge is an essential part of the Centre's conservation efforts, providing an opportunity to re-engage people with nature.
WHAT TO CHECK OUT
Otway Eco Tours
At Otway Eco Tours it is all about the experience. Discover the Great Otway National Park on one of the fully guided tours.
Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures
Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures are proud to be Victoria's first paintball, globeriding and Segway® Adventure Centre. Offering you this range of exciting and exhilarating activities to enjoy.
Apollo Bay Fisherman's Co-op
Apollo Bay Fisherman's Co-op is the perfect one-stop seafood shop and an excellent way to purchase the local seafood.
Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak
Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak offers a range of activities including surf lessons, Weetbix Surfgroms, kayaking to the Australian Fur Seal Colony and snorkeling tours.
Forrest Hire Bikes
Forrest Hire Bikes are based at Forrest, Victoria in the heart of the Otway Ranges. About 30 kilometres inland from the Great Ocean Road and 162 kilometres from Melbourne.
Apollo Bay Bloom
Bloom is a vibrant new space in Apollo Bay, Victoria. The team have put all of their love into creating a beautifully integrated creative hub, that offers homewares, indoor plants,...
PLACES TO EAT OR GRAB A DRINK
Casalingo is an Italian style, a la carte restaurant located in Apollo Bay. Serving your favourite pizza and pasta dishes for both lunch and dinner.
Masala Bay offers a variety of Indian cuisines. Their a la carte menu offers you a selection of the dishes of the Indian subcontinent.
Sweet View - The Great Ocean Road Lolly Shop
Sweet View is a small family-owned and operated confectionery retail business in Apollo Bay, selling traditional English sweets, Australian and International lollies, gourmet and Australiana chocolates as well as premium...
Apollo Bay Hotel
At Apollo Bay Hotel, sit back and relax as you casually dine in the nautical-inspired bistro and alfresco dining areas, or enjoy a glass of wine or boutique beer in...
The RAWR Bar
RAWR Bar is a premier and authentic health hub that has been proudly serving the Apollo Bay area and beyond since 2017.
Holly Munday Bespoke Catering
Based along The Great Ocean Road and The Otways, Holly Munday Bespoke Catering provides modern rustic handmade meals & decadent grazing platters.