Apollo Bay is a sleepy seafood village surrounded by stunning coast and evergreen rainforest.
Apollo Bay has everything you could want from a coastal town. Stunning swimming areas for the family and a great surf beach. High-quality cafes and restaurants serving delicious food. Local craft beers and quaint boutique shopping. It really has everything you could need so we’re breaking down all the best bits of Apollo Bay for you!
Apollo Bay Beach
The Apollo Bay Beach is known by locals as ‘paradise by the sea’ and it’s easy to see why! Pristine white sand and a long foreshore make it perfect to set up along for the day. Patrolled during the summer it’s a great spot for a swim with the family, while small waves off the shore make it perfect for new surfers. Accredited surf schools hold workshops in the soft waves helping to get you standing up on a board. Dog-friendly in certain locations, you can find pooches enjoying a splash in the water, meanwhile, you can easily spot the best fishing spots by the hoards of locals all hoping to reel in a beauty.
Apollo Bay Beach is one of the best beaches along the Great Ocean Road. If you don’t have time for a swim, grab some fish and chips and eat on the sand, or walk with your feet in the water while enjoying some ice cream.
With such close proximity to the water and great seafood caught daily, Apollo Bay has fantastic restaurants for you to stop and grab a meal while travelling the Great Ocean Road.
Great Ocean Road Brewhouse
Pop in for a beer or two at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse. With over 100 craft beers on offer, you’re sure to find something to your taste. Drop into their tasting room, known as Tastes of the Region. Here, try a range of local beers and wines served with local cheese and produce. Their bistro menu has a delightful range of locally caught seafood and pub classics for you to choose from.
Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op
The Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op was started seventy years ago when local fishermen banded together to find markets for the areas marine produce. Pop by for some fish and chips, choosing from an array of freshly caught seafood.
Apollo Bay Bakery
Famous for their scallop pie, the Apollo Bay Bakery is a must-visit on any stop in the town. Though it may sound off at first, the pie is a delicious and convenient way to get your local seafood fix while in Apollo Bay! So grab yourself a pie and enjoy this unique pastry.
Settled in amongst the Otways, looking out over the Bass Strait, Chris’s Restaurant is a slice of luxury. Fresh seafood is their speciality, sourcing local catches to serve in contemporary Greek dishes. The restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows means every table has a great view, and you’re sure to feel like royalty.
Apollo Bay is an absolute must stop for anyone travelling the Great Ocean Road.
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