Sitting in the shadows of the Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay is a picturesque holiday and fishing village about 112 km South West of Geelong and the sitting centre of the Great Ocean Road. The town is home to about 1800 people and is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway, along the edge of the Barham River.
Best known for its annual music festival which is held mid Autumn The event has been running since 1993 and is that renowned even Australia Post produced a special postage stamp featuring one of its posters a few years back.
Being a fishing town there is a large boat harbour for the fishing fleet and offers great views of the Southern Ocean and surrounding rolling hills of the Otways. A favourite for photographers is the scenic Mariners Lookout which is located at the northern end of the township. The town is ideal for families with plenty locally and within a short distance. The beautiful crescent shaped beach is a relatively safe place for swimming or taking a horse ride, a must at sunset on a warm summers evening.
Only minutes from the centre of town is the dense rainforests of the Great Otways National Park where giant tree ferns, tall eucalypt trees co exist amongst the streams waterfalls and amazing flora and fauna. The Apollo Bay area and Otways are a major catchment of water for much of the Geelong region and one of the most important dairy regions in Australia.
The Cape Otway lighthouse is another attraction which is well worth a visit and only minutes from the town centre. The lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse on the mainland of Australia and was in continuous operation since 1848 until it's decommission in January 1994.