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location, easy-going locals, good bottom pub
Probably not enough room for the peak season tourists.
In a nutshell
Very picturesque, lots to do, nice beach town
Foodworks was one of the grocery stores in town just a few blocks from our hotel. My wife and I decided to stop in here to pick up some bottles water, snack and some breakfast items for the next day(we had a fridge in the room as well as a kitchenette). Prices here were reasonable and the store was very clean.
Updated Jan 23, 2013
We arrived in sunny warm temperatures but as the sun crept down in the sky it became very chilly. Fortunately we came prepared and packed heavier clothing for the trip. We were also glad to have a nice heated mattress at our motel and well as a nice heater.
Written Jan 29, 2013
It's great that the lighthouses along this coast are open to the public, giving the opportunity for the general public to access the buildings as well as see the views acheived through standing at the topmost point of the structure. Cape Otway also offers a number of other buildings to explore including a little museum.
Problem is, it's a complete rip off at $12 per person (imagine 2 adults and 2 kids). The lighthouse itself is OK, with great views. But the 'museum' is a joke, the telegraph office OK and the cafe is there of course to encourage spending more. A $6 or $7 charge would be OK, but not $12 - especially as the site is leased out to a private enterprise rather than the public purse.
Fun Alternatives: If you are there for the views, drive elsewhere along the coast and stop in the free carparks!
Updated Jan 24, 2006
I suppose nothing is really 'off the beaten track' when it comes to the Great Ocean Rd, but a few kilometres before you come to Apollo Bay from Lorne/the east is Skenes Creek. Its little more than a centre for holiday homes, climbing away from the beach up the hillside. But the beach is one of the nicest in the area and seems to be the most popular with surfers.
It's also the spot where the Otway Ranges are fairly 'gentle', rolling down to meet the sea, providing undulating verdant fields and exposed hillsides, providing great (but arduous) walking tracks into the interior.
Updated Jan 11, 2006
Favorite thing: Apollo Bay was a pleasure to visit. Not just beause of the beauty of the Ocean but the friendly people. Everyone we met from the Motel Clerk, shop keepers, servers at the pub were so friendly and nice. It was a pleasure chatting them up and talking about their town.
Written Jan 29, 2013