AROUND APOLLO bAY
Stop into the beautiful seaside village of Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the mighty Otways. Hit the waters of the southern ocean, fossick for antiques, or enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishermen. In town for a couple of days? Use the bay as a base to explore the famous 12 Apostles and the vast Otway Ranges.
There is a rnage of cyling options around Apollo Bay. From easy cycling paths where children can ride safely out of traffic to more challenging options fore the enthusiasts. Mountain bike rides along local roads with gentle gradients and glimpses of native wildlife. Road loops that take in some spectavluar Ocean Road scenery.
Climb aboard a surfboard or kayak, get up close to local seal colonies or sign up for a deep sea fishing adventure. For the landlubbers, there are sunset beach rides on horseback, gift shops, galleries and tea houses along with countless culinary delights on offer. Fishing is an important local industry so seafood is always on the menu at the local cafes and restaurants.
Take a drive into the Otways to find mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse. Walk through the nearby forest and wander past plunging waterfalls and lush fern gullies. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the ranges on a mountain bike or take a treetop walk along the Otway Fly and get a bird's eye view of the spectacular Otway Ranges.
Spot native wildlife such as glow worms at Melba Gully, go in search of the elusive platypus at serene Lake Elizabeth, or take a walk through nearby Kennett River and watch out for sleepy koalas in the trees.
There are many great dining options in Apollo Bay when you want a break form self -catering. For dinner with ocean views, try Chris's at Beacon Point high in the hills overlooking the sea. Got a taste for fine seafood? Visit in February for the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival.
The Great Ocean Walk runs directly past the front of the park.
Many beautiful waterfalls and walks are all within easy driving distnace of the park - it is the perfect base for exploring all the Otways have to offer.