Driving along the famous Great Ocean Road. This route along the rugged southeast of Australia, with beautiful views of rugged cliffs and rock formations rising out of the ocean. The trip to Apollo Bay took a total of 4 to 5 hour
Great Ocean Road Australia. You may wonder what is so great about doing a big way. The road as the name implies on the south coast of Australia, between Geelong and Warrnambool, and still most tourists go through the Great Ocean Road from Adelaide to Melbourne. The coast consists largely of limestone there stabbing, therefore many bizarre limestone formations out of the sea. I will treat the Great Ocean Road from west to east. The first thing you encounter is the Bay of Islands. A lot of limestone cliffs rising from the sea. Just for Port Campbell are London Bridge and the Arch.
One of the main attractions of The Great Ocean Road just outside Apollo Bay are the magnificent 12 Apostles. This is a must-see if you are driving this route. There is a visitor's center with lots of information about the formation of the rocks. Once you exit the visitor's center you take a very well-built walking platform to several viewpoints of the Twelve Apostles. These rock formations are absolutely stunning. Pictures just don't do it justice.
There are some souvenir shops that you can purchase merchandising of great ocean road and apollo bay. I bought few pins, a T-shirt, and etc. It is very nice to walk around in a quiet street. You can have coffee or tea in those cute cafes, have lunch or dinner in of of those restaurants.
I booked a tour starting Apollo Bay to Cape Otway National Park. Then, it continued the journey to Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Overall, I think the tour is ok, not great because it is more like a bus service than a tour service. I paid A$60, started at 12pm, and reached Melbourne at 8pm.
Maits Rest Walk is a part of the Otway National Park beside the Great Ocean Road, west of Apollo Bay. It was a great place to take a break from driving and stretch the legs.
The walk is quite easy and should be suitable for all ages. A track wanders through fern glades and rainforest among tall stands of beech, messmate and other hardwoods.
The walk will take around 30-45 minutes and you will leave feeling totally relaxed after your commune with nature.
A car park has picnic facilities and there are signs describing the walk and what you will see.
At the far western end of AB is the cute little fishing harbour. It's still very much a working harbour - although small there are a number of fishing boats that sail out from here. Thankfully, it haasn't been swamped by yachts/sail boats or re-developed as a marina.
You can also take sea cruises from the harbour - sunset cruises or seal watching (or the combination of the two).
Any trip along the Great Ocean Rd is going to involve a beach - even if it is walking along one for a few minutes on a busy one-day tour schedule. With wide expanses of white sand interspersed with tiny rivermouth beaches and little coves, the options are varied.
Apollo Bay boasts a huge expanse of white sand and relatively safe for swimming etc- hence the reason why it has developed as a family location. And they are stunning - you can walk for several miles from AB east beyond Skenes Creek at low tide.
Located not far from Apollo Bay The Cape Otway Ranges and National Park provide a natural escape and a change from the beachside scenery that most of the Great Ocean Road provides. The Great Ocean Road actually loops through sections of this natural wonderland which spans 88,000 hectares. Within this National Park are waterfalls, lakes, glades of massive tree ferns and native animals, tall mountain ash and more.
Along the drive you can take a stop for a quick walk near Maits Rest if you don't have a lot of time, or if you have longer, stop for a picnic and take a longer trail to the waterfalls along some lovely walking trails. The air smells fresher in here, and you will almost feel like you've gone back to another time looking at the size of the trees. The Otway Ranges are very beautiful, natural and a great way to escape the tourist trail of the ocean Road.
Fishing is an important industry in Apollo Bay. You can find many local fishing spots on the banks of the Southern Ocean. All you need is a fishing pole!
Like many towns along the Great Ocean Road, surfing is definitely on the list of things to do. You can pull off the road and find a surf beach almost anywhere in Apollo Bay.
There is a beautiful golf club just next to the ocean. It is wonderful to play golf and enjoy the mountains and ocean. You can find it here.