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Apollo Bay

A popular visitor destination for holidaymakers looking for peace and quiet, Apollo Bay is set on the Great Ocean Road, just to the east of Cape Otway. The Barham River runs through the small coastal town with its fishing port, yacht marina and wide surfing and swimming beaches. The countryside edging the town is lush, green, mainly agricultural and backed by rolling hills, and close by on the Mounts Bay estuary is another popular beach.

Panoramic views of the Southern Ocean can be had at Mariners’ Lookout on the northern edge of town, and two museums are of interest to history and nature buffs. The Bass Strait Shell Museum is found close to Apollo Bay’s golf course and holds a varied collection of indigenous and overseas shells, preserved marine creatures and corals. The Old Cable Station Museum has vintage and older memorabilia housed in a setting once used for communications between the mainland and Tasmania.

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Visitors looking for a scenic drive can take the Barham River Road into the rainforested Barham Valley in the direction of pretty Marriners Falls. Two tiny beachside communities, Marengo and Skenes Creek, offer often deserted, sandy beaches, and Evans Lookout is another high point with spectacular views. Great Otway National Park is easily accessed and is a dream destination for ecotourists, with its wide variety of wildlife including the duck-billed platypus, birdlife and natural beauty.

Guest houses, bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages, villas and apartments, motels and holiday homes are all here, and Apollo Bay has a good choice of restaurants, bars and cafés, some of which are set on the shore. There’s a lot to do here, including water sports, golf, boat trips, fishing, walking and even a scenic flight along the Great Ocean Road and over the 12 Apostles.

Activities and Experiences at Walcha

  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Public Bar
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres

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