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Travel – Apollo Bay – Australia – Part 2

Apollo Bay is a coastal town located in southwestern Victoria in Australia.

Things to Do in and around Apollo Bay

Mariner’s Lookout
• From the north end of town one has to drive about a km up to reach Marriner’s Lookout Rd.
• A 30 minute return walk takes you into a great view from the town and coast.

Mariner’s Fall
• This is a brief drive to the carpark which is located right at the end in the Barham River Road.
• From there is a 40 minute return walk for the fall.
• You can find tree ferns, lichens and mosses near the falls.

Maits Rest
• It is usually a rain forest walk or a short drive from Apollo Bay.
• The walk is termed after Maitland Bryant who was an early forestry patrol officer.
• He used to rest his horses in the region.
• It’s a 30 minute walk.
• It features a boardwalk and glow worms during the night time.
• It might be possible to see the rare Black Otway Snail which is a carnivorous land snail found only inside the Otway Ranges.

Other Things to do and Places to see

The Great Ocean Road
The fantastic Great Ocean Road is usually an Australian National Heritage.
• It is a listed 243-kilometre stretch of road down the south-eastern coast of Australia.
• It involves the cities of Torquay and Warrnambool of Victoria.
• The path was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932.
• It is considered the world’s largest war memorial.
• It is dedicated and focused on casualties of the First World War.
• It is considered an important tourist attraction in the area.
• It winds through varying terrain alongside the coast.
• It provides access to several prominent landmarks.
• The prominent one is the nationally significant Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations.
• The truly great Ocean Road starts at Torquay.
• It extends to about 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool.
• It’s the largest city on the road.

Cape Otway Lighthouse
• It is in operation since 1848.
• It is the oldest light station on mainland Australia.
• It saved the lives of sailors in this treacherous section of the Southern ocean and Bass Strait.
• One can climb to the top and find a view over Spectacular Ocean.
• One can view passing whales and ships.
• Numerous lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway.
• A first submarine cable link was construction in between Cape Otway and Launceston which became the Australian’s first.
• It was built in 1859.
• The Telegraph Station has been meticulously restored.

Otway National Park
• There is a 30 minute loop walk at Mait’s Rest which passes through lovely rain forest.
• Glow worms can be obtained from gullies on night walks.
• This National Park also incorporates a volume of beautiful waterfalls. These include:
– Hopetoun Falls
– Triplet Falls
– Beauchamp Falls

Great Ocean Walk
• In 2004, the Great Ocean Walk opened.
• It connects 104 km of walking trails.
• This includes the coastline on the Great Ocean Road, stretching from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

Twelve Apostles
• The Twelve Apostles are somewhat misnamed.
• Tourism officials renamed this rock formation the 12 Apostles from its former name “Sow and Piglets”.
• Since the coastline changed over time as a result of strong waves coming off of the Southern Ocean, the apostles did not remain 12.
• At the moment seven are visible at a single time from any point.
• Following a collapse of one in 2005, now there are only eight left.
• If in case you include two which are in the east you are able to still scrounge up to 10.

Cape Otway
• Cape Otway is a cape as well as a bounded locality in the Colac Otway Shire in southern Victoria in Australia on the Great Ocean Road.

Some other attractions along Great Ocean Road
• Gibsons Steps
• Loch Ard Gorge
• Bay of Islands
• London Bridge
• Split Point Lighthouse
• A waterfall in Otway National Park
• Bells Beach Surfing mecca
• Point Addis
• Split Point, Aireys Inlet
• Angahook-Lorne State Park
• Teddy’s Lookout
• Marriner’s Lookout
• Otway National Park
• Hopetoun Falls
• Triplet Falls
• Beauchamp Falls
• Melba Gully State Park
• Port Campbell National Park

Best time to visit / climate:

• Victoria has a moderate oceanic climate.
• It has 4 seasons.
• Its elevation is at 435 metres above sea level.
• This causes its mean monthly temperatures to vary on average 3 – 4 degrees Celsius.
• Maximum temperatures over the summer period frequently exceed 30.0 °C and often reach above 40.0 °C.
• The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25.0 °C.
• The mean minimum is 10.8 °C.
• In July, the mean maximum is 10.0 °C.
• Average July minimum is 3.2 °C.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

• It is quicker to reach by drive via Colac to get to Apollo Bay than via The Great Ocean Road.
• The Great Ocean Road does provide a scenic route though.
• Most visitors begin from Melbourne.
• This is about 95 kms away from Torquay.
• One can also fly into Avalon Airport which is located near Geelong instead of Melbourne’s main airport.
• This is nearer to the road and there are car hires available here.
• Jetstar and Tiger Airways offer regular flight services from here.
• There are V/Line buses that are operated from Geelong along the Great Ocean Road.
• They go up to Apollo Bay 3 times in a day from Monday to Friday and 2 times on Saturday to Sunday.
• There is a bus from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool every Friday.
• There are also V/Line trains to Warrnambool regularly.

Some Travel Books on Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia In a Sunburned Country Frommer’s Australia (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at apollobay.com
Hotels at wotif.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs / Sites about Apollo Bay

blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs at visitmelbourne.com
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

Images and photos about Apollo Bay

images at tripadvisor.com
images at visitmelbourne.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at google.com

Videos about Apollo Bay

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