The quiet, laid back coastal town of Apollo Bay in north western Victoria, Australia, is a gorgeous seaside destination along the Great Ocean Road. With just over 1300 permanent residents, many of the homes along this glorious coastline are holiday homes, holiday rentals, and gorgeous beachfront holiday accommodation, perfect for the whole family. Home to Australia’s Oldest Lighthouse, at the foot hills of the resplendent Otway Rainforest region, Apollo Bay is the perfect seaside breakaway from the stress of city life.
Embrace seaside village life, and take in the crystal clear water and seaside horizon as you contemplate the sunrise on the porch of your holiday home, and kick back and relax and let the soothing sounds of the sea prepare you for the enjoyment of the rest of the day. Finding activities here in Apollo Bay is not the issue, working out which would be more exciting to do first, might be.
It goes without saying that aquatic adventures are aloft, whether it is deep sea diving, snorkelling, surfing, swimming, sea kayaking with marine wildlife or deep water fishing you are after; you don’t have to go very far from your holiday house to get there. Book a romantic sunset horseback ride along the beach, or head out for sundowners at a seafront café, where you can try some of the best and freshest seafood delights this coastal town has become famous for.
The natural beauty and outdoor activities are breathtaking in the rainforest region of Apollo Bay. Get up and personal from a bird’s eye view and embrace your inner jungle spirit, as you sway through the tree tops on the zip line tour at the Otways TreeTop Adventure Park. The tree top walk is the highest of its kind anywhere else in the world and stands at 35 meters above ground level.
Discover hidden waterfalls and ancient fern gardens throughout the Otways National Park, take a tour of the Cape Otway Light station and explore the history and intriguing stories behind the life of the light station. You can even spend a night in the light house keeper’s cottage, one of the historic holiday accommodations in the area, and experience the incredible wildlife that live in and around the surroundings.
The temperate climate of the Great Ocean Road area varies greatly according to the location of the town one is in, in and around this area. Coastal areas, such as Apollo Bay, tend to have cooking coastal winds blowing in from the sea, keeping the temperatures down, and the humidity low. In the rainforest area, where the Treetop adventure park is, the humidity is higher and there are often fresh rain showers cooling the air down, so you will need to pack light wet weather gear when travelling here.
May to October brings winter to this region, and that is when you will have the highest rainfall all over the area, and even though cool, the middle of winter will only go down to about 8 C, and the general high during fresh winter days go up to about 15 C.
Summer is not that hot, reaching a comfortable 22 C and cooling off to 15 C in the evening. Always a good plan to have a light sweater with you when walking on the beach at sunset, as the cool sea breeze can get chilly later on.
All of the holiday accommodation, whether a holiday villa or a holiday rental, will be more than equipped to manage the climate outside, and will make sure that you have everything you need to be comfortable, so don’t pack too many heavy clothing items in your luggage.
The easiest way to get to your holiday home on the beach, will be to catch a flight from the UK directly to Melbourne, daily flights are available on all the major airlines, from all major departures, it may be more cost effective to fly with a local Australian airline such as Qantas or Virgin Australia. Pick up a rental car and enjoy the scenic and blissful 2 hour drive directly to your fantastic seaside holiday home in Apollo Beach.