On your first day, get to know Apollo Bay better! Immerse yourself in this coastal hamlet and feel like a local for a day. Start your morning with a visit to Wildlife Wonders and get see local fauna in its natural environment.
The next step is to take a walk up Marriners Lookout. At the top, the views across the town and the Southern Ocean will take your breath away.
Feeling hungry after your adventures? Well, it wouldn’t be a stay in Apollo Bay without seafood. The Fishermans Co-Op is the go-to for freshly caught seafood cooked for you on the spot–and the best chips to go with it!
Relax with a local brew from the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse or stop and try their Tastes of the Region out the back. Sample local beer and wine while snacking on a platter of locally-produced cheeses, dips, bread and olive oil.
For a slower pace choose to stay at one of the smaller hamlets of the Otways. We recommend Redwoods Rest at Beech Forest or The Roost at Johanna.
If you’re up for mountain biking, then Forrest is the place for you. There are over 60 kilometres of trails to explore for mountain bikers of all experience levels. The routes lead through the graceful eucalyptus forests and beautiful bushland surrounding the town.
After your biking adventures, take a short drive to Otway Estate for a hearty winter meal and to try some of the locally made beers and spirits.
If you’re up for a bit more action, Treetops Adventure Yeodene is the place to be. You will be soaring through the messmate trees of the Otway Forest.
Last but not least on the itinerary today is the Cape Otway Lightstation experience. It will feel like you’re at the ends of the earth at Victoria’s oldest working lighthouse—you can even grab another coffee or hot drink at the Lightkeepers Cafe to sip on while soaking up the views.
Walk the loop or sit and watch for the elusive platypus at Lake Elizabeth. The stunning, serene lake full of petrified trees is a unique sight in itself.
It’s now time to explore the waterfalls. We recommend visiting three of our favourites, starting with Stevensons Falls. It’s arguably one of the most spectacular in the Otways, with a walking track, river crossing and giant Sequoia trees. Just a 30-minute drive away is Beauchamp Falls where the viewing deck at the end of the hour-long walking track offers breathtaking views. Then head over to Hopetoun Falls, just 20 minutes away, and take a quick half-hour walk to reach this spectacular 30-metre-high waterfall.
Hear your echo through the trees at this magic place in the Otways. Stand small amongst the towering Redwoods and get lost in their magic.
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