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Published August 14th 2017
Great Ocean Road Highlight
With winter hopefully coming to an end and better weather just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about fun in the sun at some of Victoria's great seaside destinations.
One of our greatest coastal drawcards is Apollo Bay, a little under 200 Kilometres southwest of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road.
Apollo Bay, once a timber town and fishing village, has reinvented itself as a much sought after and popular holiday destination.
The earliest European settlement here was a whaling station established by the Henty brothers in 1847 at Point Bunbury, site of the present-day Apollo Bay Golf Club.
The whalers were followed by timber cutters who, prior to setting up timber mills, floated their logs out to ships anchored offshore. Farmers followed and a large and important fishing fleet became established.
Tragedy struck in July 1932, when the coastal steamer CASINO, attempting to berth at the town's wharf, was struck by a huge wave and sank taking 10 men to a watery grave.
Successful commercial and recreational fishing in Apollo Bay ensures a plentiful supply of mouth-watering seafood.
Today though, located on a picturesque stretch of coastline, readily accessible from Melbourne, renowned for its mouth-watering seafood and with a backdrop of the spectacular Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay ticks all the boxes for a much sought-after and laid-back coastal retreat.
The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a recent innovation proving very popular with visitors. Boasting 16 of the best Australian craft beers on tap, the Brewhouse also offers a selection of more than 200 bottled craft beers, live music and some great local dishes served up at the bistro-pub.
Apollo Bay's Great Ocean Road Brewhouse boasts 16 of Australia's finest craft beers on tap.
Apollo Bays beaches and nearby hills & rainforest are a magnet for walking enthusiasts. There's golf, great fishing, diving, surfing & kayaking and the less adventurous will be thrilled with the regular Saturday foreshore markets featuring local crafts, artworks and fresh produce. A variety of quality accommodation means that all tastes are more adequately catered for.
Safe to say there's something for everyone in Apollo Bay.
Hugging the narrow coastal strip between the Otway Ranges and Bass Strait Apollo Bay is one of Victoria's truly great seaside destinations.