Valleys just a few kilometres out of town are full of rainforest, streams and waterfalls. Once the province of timber workers and farmers, the hills are now also occupied by artists, holiday makers and beach lovers.
Every water sport under the sun can be enjoyed at Apollo Bay - surfing, fishing, swimming, diving, and boating. Bushwalking in the Otways, wet or dry, is spectacular. The rain and wind rarely reach the lower levels of the older rainforest which has its own lush climate.
Seafood is always on the menu - a small fishing fleet still operates out of the harbour - and modern restaurants and cafes are a vital part of town. Every February, the town comes alive with the Apollo Bay Seafood & Local Produce Festival and every Saturday morning there is a market on the foreshore as well as the Apollo Bay Farmers Market on every 3rd Sunday of the month.
Skenes Creek is an idyllic township located on the iconic Great Ocean Road, 6km east of Apollo Bay. The beach at Skenes Creek offers safe swimming, fun body surfing and no roads to cross to access. Take a scroll along the beach fossicking for shells or set up base for a day of good old fashion beach fun.
Surrounding Skenes Creek are some spectacular walks and viewpoints looking over Apollo Bay. Head away from the coast up Apollo Bay – Forest Road to discover the Otway Walks packed full of ancient trees, ferns, waterfalls and early settler history.
Housing a motel, several guesthouses and luxury accommodation options, Skenes Creek is a great place to base yourself to explore the Great Ocean Road and Great Otway National Park.
Marengo is a small township just 3kms west of Apollo Bay, surrounded by beautiful beaches it’s definitely a must see. The Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary is home to the local colony of Australian Fur Seals, get up close and personal by taking a scenic boat trip or kayaking tour. Marengo beach is a perfect place for a Rock Pool Ramble, take the children to find the small crabs scuttling for cover or fossick for shells.
Marengo is also the ideal point to pick up a section of the iconic Great Ocean Walk, adventure along the coast to the picturesque Shelley Beach.