I just love this wonderful seaside village! I have been coming to Apollo Bay since before I can remember. Our family would regularly camp along the Aire River, about 30 minutes past the township, and would drive into town to use the public showers and coin laundrette, as well as stock up on supplies at the general store (we usually camped for a good week or so).
We would walk along the breakwater and pier, where the fleet of commercial fishing boats are stationed. It's a popular fishing spot for locals and visitors alike. It was customary to then eat chips on the foreshore before heading back to camp.
I have continued many of these traditions with my own children, and we regularly enjoy chips on the foreshore!
One of my favourite locations of all time, but one which is not as known to tourists is Paradise Valley, in the hills just behind the town. They don't call it Paradise Valley for nothing! It's simply stunning. The Barham river flows through this amazing valley, chock full of rainforest. It leads upstream and terminates at the walk to Marriners Falls. You must come here!
This is one of my all time favourite shots, taken around 2005 with a swing lens camera. 140 degrees of sheer viewing pleasure.
Another great place to visit is Marriners lookout, which gives you a breathtaking view of the whole town including Marengo and beyond. Absolutely beautiful at twilight just as the towns lights come on.
Apollo Bay Airfield
If you're up for a bit of adventure then take a scenic flight to the 12 Apostles. Flights leave from the airstrip, which is on the Marengo side of the Barham River. There's simply no better way to see the rugged coastline than from the air.
The other must see nearby attraction is Cape Otway Lightstation. It's the oldest lighthouse on mainland Australia, built in 1848. Take a tour of the light and enjoy a latte at the cafe.
Great Ocean Walk
For those more adventurous, the other way to see the lighthouse is as part of the Great Ocean Walk. This simply stunning walk starts at Apollo Bay and stretches a gruelling 105km to Princetown, just short of the 12 Apostles. The major highlights are Aire river, Wreck beach, Cape Otway & blanket bay. Like the Surf Coast Walk, it can be done in stages, so don't think you have to do all 105km of it!
Apollo Bay hasn't changed a great deal over the years. It's definitely a bigger tourist destination these days, and there are more restaurants, clothing stores and motels, but it will always be my sentimental favourite coastal town.
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