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Apollo Bay
Travel Guide

Delight in crescent-shaped beaches with golden sand, jewellery markets and rainforest vistas around Apollo Bay, a sparkling gem along Victoria's Great Ocean Road.

Apollo Bay is a sweet seaside township of just over 1,000 locals. It features gorgeous galleries, a glistening harbor and markets selling intricate handmade jewellery. Spend days by the beach or explore the Great Otway National Park, just next door.

Learn about the town’s rich history at the Apollo Bay Museum, which exhibits immigrant relics and memoirs of early Australians. Apollo Bay was founded by timber cutters in the 19th century. The construction of the Great Ocean Road in 1932 brought a booming tourism industry to the area.

Most of Apollo Bay's action happens around its gorgeous harbour. Spend summer days lazing on the pristine beach, surfing frothy waves or sailing around the headland. In winter, see humpbacks waving their tails on a whale-watching tour.

Experience the region's artistic flair at a number of painting and photography galleries. Try fine seafood lunches around the harbour before a game at the Apollo Bay Golf Course.

Browse artisanal blown glass and precious stone jewellery stalls at the Apollo Bay Community Market. Alongside a large community of jewellery makers, this Saturday market features stalls selling local paintings, scented candles and delightful baked treats.

Healthy meals are found at the Bay of Apostles, which has a selection of certified organic produce. There is also a Farmer's Market held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Youth Club. Sample locally-sourced veggies or a fresh caught fish.

Just outside the township, experience stunning vistas of valleys, waterfalls and coastal outcrops at the Great Otway National Park. Walk atop cliffs or mountain bike down forest trails. Visit the Cape Otway Lightstation or attempt the Great Ocean Walk, which extends over 60 miles (100 kilometers) between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles.

Apollo Bay is 3 hours' drive from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. The town's harbour is best navigated on foot.

Visit Apollo Bay in April to see the Apollo Bay Music Festival, a multi-day celebration of tunes, performers, food and people.

Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
4 out of 5
2 Moore Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £69 per night from 3 May to 4 May

Located in the heart of Apollo Bay, this golf motel is within a 15-minute walk of Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Apollo Bay Harbour. Old Cable ...

4.3/5Excellent! (394 reviews)

"Great location within the center of town. Excellent food options along the main road. Staff is very knowledgeable of the sights around the local area. Bathroom is clean, generous and looks like it was recently renovated. Will definitely come back here the next time we drive along the Great Ocean ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
A Great Ocean View Motel
A Great Ocean View Motel
3 out of 5
1 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night from 3 May to 4 May

Situated in Apollo Bay, this beach motel is within a 15-minute walk of Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Great ...

4/5Very Good! (386 reviews)

"Unbeatable views of the river and ocean from upstairs rooms. Comfortable bed, room had couch, fridge and dining table. Parking was fairly tight."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2021

A Great Ocean View Motel
Apollo Bay Waterfront Motor Inn
Apollo Bay Waterfront Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
173 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night from 3 May to 4 May

Located in the heart of Apollo Bay, this beach motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Apollo Bay Harbour. Marriners Lookout ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (912 reviews)

"Everything was new, well located and the Ocean View was great"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2021

Apollo Bay Waterfront Motor Inn
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Rayville Boat Houses
Rayville Boat Houses
4 out of 5
9 Noel Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is £111 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr

Situated in Apollo Bay, this beach villa is within a 10-minute walk of Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Great ...

4.3/5Excellent! (203 reviews)

"It's so relax and close to beach and all shops, really enjoy time there!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

Rayville Boat Houses
The Apollo Apartments
The Apollo Apartments
4 out of 5
169 Great Ocean Rd., Apollo Bay, VIC

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information ...

4.1/5Very Good! (554 reviews)

"It is a good property but it needs more cleaning specially the stairs and lobby area. It was full of dirt, cowebs."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2021

The Apollo Apartments
Seaview Motel and Apartments
Seaview Motel and Apartments
4 out of 5
6 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is £55 per night from 3 May to 4 May

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (547 reviews)

"Close to beach. Just 5 minutes walk.close to market and town centre too."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

Seaview Motel and Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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10 Mar 2020

Such friendly staff. I was made to feel so welcome. Makes such a difference after a long day driving.

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15 Dec 2019

A nice place to stay on the Great Ocean Road

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Mahala

18 May 2019

Beautiful place to stay. See Koalas at the Koala cafe just along the road at Kennet River, visit the Otway Lighthouse, Port Campbell, the redwood forrest, and the quirky Otway Junction Motor Inn and the Beechy Hotel.

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