Destination guide

A small town pitstop on the Great Ocean Road

Situated in Victoria on the southern coast of Australia, Apollo Bay offers a small town stop along the increasingly popular Great Ocean Road. Its location on Cape Otway and near the Barham River also makes for fantastic scenery and true Australian hospitality. Apollo Bay also lines Great Otway National Park, offering the perfect place to stretch your legs during a day of driving this iconic road trip route. Browse Apollo Bay vacation rentals by the beach or set further inland, and expect to fall in love with this sleepy spot set on 1 of Australia's biggest attractions.

Things to do

Steeped in history, surrounded by nature

Along with the trails and scenery of Great Otway National Park, Apollo Bay has plenty of other highlights worth visiting, too. The Cape Otway Lighthouse is Australia's oldest working lighthouse, making it a major attraction for history buffs and maritime lovers alike. The Apollo Bay Museum is also worth a visit, and is housed in the building that once connected the mainland to Tasmania via undersea cables. Take a leisurely hike up to Marriners Lookout during the day for views out over the bay or at night for optimum stargazing.

Activities

Boasting coastal charm and natural beauty

As a charming town along the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is often a prefered stop for drivers winding along the coast or heading to the Great Otway National Park. It's no question that here, outdoor activities are on everyone's must-do list. Thanks to its stunning beaches, you'll find plenty of locals and travellers alike who head to the coast for surfing, bodyboarding and paddle boarding. Book a fishing boat tour or a sailboat excursion or hop on a mountain bike and explore the local trails. Hikers, birdwatchers and wildlife spotters will truly be in their element, too.

Weather

A dreamy road trip destination all year long

The Great Ocean Road is a worthy destination throughout the year, with the summer offering the best driving conditions and the biggest crowds. If you plan on hiking, biking or spending most of your time exploring the great outdoors, the cooler, winter months might just be preferable. You might find grayer skies and the occasional drizzle, but the weather doesn't get too frigid in Victoria. You can also expect lower prices on Apollo Bay vacation rentals from June through August. Spring and autumn are fabulous options for temperate weather and more manageable crowds.

Natural highlights

Panoramic views and unparalleled natural beauty

Nestled into Cape Otway near Barham River, Apollo Bay is surrounded by natural beauty. With the Great Otway National Park as its backyard, the town boasts a stunningly rugged coastline, complete with sandy, pine-lined beaches. It's set against the backdrop of the mountains of the Otway Ranges, and if you head into the park itself, you'll find waterfalls around, seemingly, every corner. The three cascades of the Triplet Falls, in particular, are not to be missed. Apollo Bay's natural beauty can even be observed in town, where the hilltop Marriners Lookout offers panoramic views over the ocean.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Apollo Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Apollo Bay. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre: 447 holiday rentals
  • Apollo Bay Harbour: 449 holiday rentals
  • Great Otway National Park: 446 holiday rentals
  • Erskine Falls: 1,092 holiday rentals
  • Skenes Creek Beachfront Park: 668 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Apollo Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Apollo Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 235 Houses in Apollo Bay. Our other popular types of Apollo Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 14 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 37 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 14 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Apollo Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 3 holiday homes with pool available in Apollo Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.