Stop into the beautiful seaside village of Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the mighty Otways. Hit the waters of the southern ocean, fossick for antiques, or enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishermen. In town for a couple of days? Use the bay as a base to explore the famous 12 Apostles and the vast Otway Ranges.
Climb aboard a surfboard or kayak, get up close to local seal colonies or sign up for a deep sea fishing adventure. For the landlubbers, there are sunset beach rides on horseback, gift shops, galleries and tea houses along with countless culinary delights on offer. Fishing is an important local industry so seafood is always on the menu at the local cafes and restaurants. Weekend visitors will love the regular Saturday foreshore market for local crafts, artworks, curios and fresh produce.
Take a drive into the Otways to find mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse. Walk through the nearby forest and wander past plunging waterfalls and lush fern gullies. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the ranges on a mountain bike or take a treetop walk along the Otway Fly and get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Otway Ranges.
Spot native wildlife such as glow worms at Melba Gully, go in search of the elusive platypus at serene Lake Elizabeth, or take a walk through nearby Kennett River and watch out for sleepy koalas in the trees.
If you’re visiting in April, pick up tickets for one of the biggest music festivals of the region – the Apollo Bay Music Festival, with over fifty local and international artists light up the town playing everything from rock, pop and folk to jazz and funk.
COLAC OTWAY SHIRE COUNCIL
Address: 69 Nelson St, Apollo Bay, Vic 3233
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:45am-1.15pm
Phone: (03) 5232 9400
Fax: (03) 5232 9586
Please note, outside the operating hours of the Apollo Bay Service Centre, phone calls are diverted through to the Colac Service Centre.