location, easy-going locals, good bottom pub
Probably not enough room for the peak season tourists.
Very picturesque, lots to do, nice beach town
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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-...more
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...more
173 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, 3233, Australia
Good for: Families
We booked this hotel without knowing anything about the area or the Motel other than some info we...more
37 Great Ocean Road
Good for: Families
The Great Ocean Hotel is one of the pub/restaurants in Apollo Bay right on the main street. We had wandered the main street in search of a place for dinner and this caught our eye. We wanted a local, casual place with a good variety of food options and this hit the spot.Upon entering there is a large bar area with plenty of seating as well as pool...more
wonderful restaurant which is formal but relaxed. has amazing views over-looking the ocean (Skenes Creek) with beautiful sunsets for that 'special' occasion. the service is formal but relaxed and the staff know there stuff - food and wine. the wine list is pretty amazing and features some fantastic regional Victorian, South Australian and...more
This was quite a find (although pretty obvious as its on the main drag!), a small, fairly intimate bistro on the 1st (American 2nd) floor overlooking the bay. (On return to Melbourne, discovered that it is regarded critically as one of the best on the Great Ocean Rd)It's a welcoming, comfortable environment, food rather than design being the main...more
My wife and I rented a car in Melbourne for our Great Ocean Road Adventure. Driving was easy despite the winding and hilly roads. We arrived in Apollo Bay and made this our first overnight stop on our journey. One in town we parked the car at the motel and walked the town (it's small enough not to need to waste the fuel).more
You can in/out of Apollo Bay from Melbourne with this Vline Bus Service. The timetable is very punctual. It you don't want to miss a bus, please be at the bus stop 10 or 15 minutes earlier. The bus starts from Geelong bus terminal, and end here at Apollo Bay Visitor Information Center. It is a comfortable bus ride. Please check out its website for...more
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.