Apollo Bay, called by many “Paradise by the Sea”, is a scenic seaside village in southwestern Australia at the foothills of the Otway Ranges and on the Southern Ocean. Although small and quiet, it is a tourist destination and is the host of the annual Great Ocean Sports Festival, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, the Apollo Bay Music Festival, and the Great Ocean Road Marathon, which is one of the world’s most spectacular foot races.
Enjoy water sports, deep sea fishing, beach rides on horseback, rain forests, waterfalls, local winemakers, countless culinary delights, an exhilarating ride through the Ranges on a mountain bike, taking a treetop walk along the Otway Fly, and much more.
Those fortunate enough to have a caravan can explore and camp in some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery and intriguing places by driving on one of the world’s most gorgeous touring routes, the Great Ocean Road. It runs along the spectacular coastline of Victoria and goes right by the world-famous limestone 12 Apostles that become a rich shade of amber at sunrise and sunset.
Guests are welcome in a variety of camping parks in this beautiful part of Victoria with breathtaking scenery including mountain and ocean views and in a relaxing location close to tourist attractions and rich fishing grounds.
APOLLO BAY RESTAURANTS
The variety to choose from includes Italian, Chinese, Thai, Australian, Greek, seafood, coffee shops, and more. A few examples are:
This is an amazing place set high on the hill above Apollo Bay with sensational views through dining room floor to ceiling windows. Its gourmet cuisine is Australian with Greek and Mediterranean influences and also features some of the best seafood including succulent scallops and whitefish. The pear/walnut/blue cheese/ red onion salad is unique as is the baklava and apple tart for dessert.
Offered is a combination of Australian dishes and fresh local seafood as well as pizza. There is Lamb Souvlaki, potato cakes, fresh barramundi and calamari, Blue Granadier fish and chips, and more. The Fisherman’s Basket has a large portion of scallops, prawns, flakes, calamari, and a salad.
Famous as the “home of the famous Scallop Pie”, this bakery is the ideal stop for an early breakfast or a quick lunch. Other specialties are their freshly made sandwiches, rolls, pasties or sausage rolls, organic stoneground sourdough, 25 different pies, a cake cabinet, and a range of gluten free cakes, pies, and rolls.
Their ice creams have won many major Australian awards that are proudly displayed on the walls. The flavors are many and include such specialties as Turkish Delight, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Mint Chip, Lemon Curd, Vegemite, and others as well as raspberry and other flavors of gelati.
APOLLO BAY MARKET
Every Saturday morning on the foreshore.
All goods must be made, grown, baked, sculpted, painted, sewn or carved locally to create an exciting and colorful market experience.
Third Sunday of the month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Youth Club.
Support local growers who sell their farm fruit and vegetables, honey, fine culinary delights, wine, pies, freshly baked bread, pies, and other items in street-side stalls.
Many retail outlets are right opposite the foreshore where you can shop in a sea breeze and with ocean views. There are galleries, art shops, tea houses and more.
Several stores sell jewelry, art and homewares that have been crafted by local artisans. The fishing fleet anchors behind a huge breakwater and makes the daily catch available at the bright-colored fishing cooperative at the pier’s entrance.
The Bay of Apostles features local, Australian made, Australian Certified Organic, sustainably harvested and Fair Trade products such as elegant gifts, kitchen gadgets, home wares, accessories, jewelry, stylish textiles, and other offerings.
Enjoy your drive along the Great Ocean Road, and stop into the beautiful seaside village of Apollo Bay.