January 27, 2012

Villages of Victoria - A guide to Apollo Bay

The seaside town of Apollo Bay is located along Victoria’s most scenic coastal route, the Great Ocean Road. With rolling green hills, crashing waves and expansive blue sky in the backdrop, this cosy village is a perfect stopover for visitors wanting to take in a full panoramic view of the coastline. From kayaking with seals and indulging in fresh local seafood and produce to supporting the local arts and crafts and even music festivals, there is an activity to suit everyone.

Soak up the seaside village life
Set between Wye River and Cape Otway, Apollo Bay is a popular destination for visitors wanting sun, sand and sea. The village boasts a large boat harbour and marina which is home to a major fishing fleet. Hot fishing spots are all along the shorefront or off the pier, and even beginner anglers won’t go home empty handed.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary Apollo Bay Music Festival which spans three days over April and features international and local music acts from a variety of genres including Jazz, Blues, Roots, Classical, Pop/Rock, Jazz World and Country.

Indulge in local culinary delights

For a special lunch or dinner, visit Chris’s at Beacon Point high up in the Otways for a breathtaking fine dining experience with a view. During the day, sample delicious fresh seafood at one of the beach front restaurants and cafes, or visit the Fisherman’s Co-op near the Pier and choose from a great selection of seafood including crayfish.

On Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 3pm, seafood lovers will gather at the foreshore for the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. The festival showcases all the fruits of the sea and forest of the Otway region. Apart from fresh local produce, visitors can enjoy open microphone entertainment, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations.

Embark on one of the greatest walks ever
The Great Ocean Walk is a spectacular 104km walk along Victoria’s west coast that starts from Apollo Bay and travels to within sight of the magnificent 12 Apostles. The Walk journeys through National Parks, beaches and over marine sanctuaries where visitors can expect to see lush forest, cascading waterfalls and expansive ocean views. Walkers can tackle the distance at their own pace with accommodation and food readily available along the route.

For more information: go to www.visitvictoria.com/villages

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