Situated in the foothills of the Otway Ranges on Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is an idyllic seaside village and historic fishing port brimming with all-year-round possibilities.
A renowned tourist destination, Apollo Bay is the perfect spot to laze away a few days or use as a base to take in the surrounding area’s beautiful and rugged splendour.
What better way to hole up than at Comfort Inn The International. This centrally located hotel is close to both the Apollo Bay Gold Club and Cape Otway Light Station, one of Australia’s most significant lighthouses, as well as the town’s cosy stretch of restaurants, shops and quality watering holes. The four-star hotel’s 24 spacious, homely rooms cater to business and leisure travellers alike.
Settled in the 1840s, Apollo Bay is named after trading voyager Captain Loutit, who used the bay to shelter his vessel, the Apollo, from a storm, (m. (Iits name was officially changed from Krambruk to Apollo Bay in 1898).)
After the completion of the Great Ocean Road in 1932, the town developed a reputation as a tourist destination, an important fishing port and, through the establishment in 1936 of a submarine telephone cable to Stanley (the first telephone connection to Tasmania from the mainland), a communication pioneer. The mainland terminal now operates as the Old Cable Station Museum, open on weekends, public holidays and school holidays from 2pm to 5pm, and at other times by prior arrangement.
While Apollo Bay is worth visiting at any time of the year, the town and its crescent-shaped beach – ideal for swimming, crayfishing, boating and whale-watching – goes up a notch in summer. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views and sea-salted air along the Great Ocean Road while en-route to the Twelve Apostles, a spectacular collection of limestone stacks situated off the cliffs of Port Campbell National Park, and one of Australia’s leading tourist attractions.
Go mountain-biking or picnicking in the vastness of the Great Otway National Park, or immerse yourself in rainforest at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures’ Treetop Walk, a thrilling one-hour walk that propels you into the treetops. Or why not go to the next level and embark on the 100-kilometre Great Ocean Walk – a spectacular, nature-hugging jaunt from Apollo Bay to Princetown.
Whether you’re seeking adventure, awe-inspiring views or just some downtime by the seaside, the possibilities are endless. Enjoy your stay in Apollo Bay!