I AM APOLLO BAY & OTWAYS
Marengo from above
ONE MAP, TWO AMAZING DESTINATIONS. This Official Map covers two of the Great Ocean Road region’s most-loved destinations: Apollo Bay and The Otways. Side-by-side in the heart of the region, these neighbouring locales offer a myriad of distinctive experiences and stunning natural landscapes to explore. Get dwarfed by rainforest trees, spiral up a towering lighthouse, stroll the curve of a sandy beach and feast on fresh-caught crayfish – all in a single day! Use this map to make the most of your time here, plan your own adventure and discover magical moments in Apollo Bay and The Otways. To get a ‘quieter, closer to nature experience’, a visit in winter or mid-week is an ideal time to see rugged coastlines, surging waterfalls, the breathtaking beauty of the cool temperate rainforests of The Otways.
IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK. Drive. Around 3 hours from Melbourne via Colac (Princes Highway) to Apollo Bay. Around 2 hours from Melbourne to Colac. Train. From Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, take a train to Colac or Geelong. | ptv.vic.gov.au Bus. Board a V/Line bus service at Geelong Train Station to reach the Otway coast and Apollo Bay. | ptv.vic.gov.au Fly. Fly into Melbourne Airport or Avalon Airport. | melbourneairport.com.au | avalonairport.com.au
EXPLORE APOLLO BAY + OTWAYS. We’re front and centre to all the action. Apollo Bay is a perfect springboard for exploring The Otways and surrounds. Make the fun last – stay a few days and really get to know us.
Beach fun, Apollo Bay
WELCOME TO APOLLO BAY I AM THE QUIET KEEPER OF A BROODING OCEAN. Apollo Bay is the mid-way point on the Great Ocean Road – the perfect base for exploring the region. Get grounded in our laid-back harbour village nuzzled between velvet-green rolling hills and the moody seas of Bass Strait. Unplug and unwind: we’ve got space to move, freedom to think and walks for days.
SIMPLE PLEASURES. SALT OF THE EARTH. Cricket on the beach. A safe spot to swim or snorkel. Seeing crays hauled off the boat. Dangling a hand-line from the pier, late afternoon. Cooking your own catch or hitting up a top-notch eatery for a seafood feast. Downing a local brew with a view. Stitch every day of your stay with simple pleasures, easy friendships and fresh treasures found.
Marriners Lookout, Apollo Bay
TOUR THE SCAPES > Take a hike up to Marriners Lookout for a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye view of town. Head 1.5km north along Apollo Bay Beach, track a surfaced road for 1.5km and climb the steep (but short) hill. Relax a while, lean into the view and the sweeping curve of the bay. > Reserve Saturday morning for a foreshore stroll among the intriguing wooden sculptures and a poke around the local handmade and home-grown fare of Apollo Bay Community Market. > Beaches for days. Stroll the sandy curve of Apollo Bay Beach from the harbour to infinity. Get sand between your toes, paddle in the shallows or dip into the waves. Plonk down and simply gaze out over the ocean. > Kick-back and tackle the first leg of the iconic Great Ocean Walk (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only 3km to Marengo) or arrange to be dropped off and picked up at points along the 101km trail with Walk 91. | greatoceanwalk.com.au | walk91.com.au > Take a birds eye view of the Twelve Apostles in either our Helicopter or Cessna airplane with Apollo Bay Aviation. A must do scenic flight experience all within a 45 minute return trip. | apollobayaviation.com.au
Otway Fly Treetop Walk
I AM FEELING LIKE YOU CAN, TOUCH TREETOPS WITH YOUR TOES. Immerse yourself. Get active, get moving, get real about your place in the natural world. The Otways is a paradise ready for active discovery. You don’t have to go far to spy native wildlife, but the deeper you go, the more you’ll see. And hear. And feel. At Cape Otway, camp beneath the stars, sheltered by manna gums where koalas love to munch through lazy days. There’s adventure here for the taking. As heart-pumping as you like. Boldly venture out from Cape Otway Lightstation on a 10km return hike to Rainbow Falls – take the beach track (if tides permit). In Forrest, hire a mountain bike and whizz warp-speed into new territory. Go trail running where the climbs are beefy and the vistas super-satisfying. For the cycling family, take in the scenery and a little history along the Old Beechy or Tiger Rail trails.
Mountain Biking, Forrest
ADVENTURE TIME > On the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, rove among giants on the longest and tallest elevated walkway of its kind in the world. Track 25m up into the rainforest canopy or fly through it by zipline. | otwayfly.com > Canoe-glide across other-worldly Lake Elizabeth (near Forrest), sliding past grey tree trunks in search of an elusive platypus. | platypustours.net.au > Really get active among the trees. At Trees Adventure Yeodene Park, tackle a lofty two-hour session of ropes climbing, flying foxes and aerial challenges. | treesadventure.com.au > MTB-ers head straight to Forrest. Do not pass go. Ride more than 60km of single-track snaking through lush rainforest and back into town. A variety of trails provide something for all skill levels. | rideforrest.com.au > Take a guided tour and discover the unique wildlife native to the Great Otway National Park at Wildlife Wonders. | @WildlifeWondersAus
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Discover Australia’s natural beauty at Wildlife Wonders. Guided by a conservationist, you will encounter unique wildlife living freely in a stunning bushland environment overlooking the ocean. Learn about the ecology of the spectacular Otway Ranges and the current research projects saving the Great Ocean Road’s threatened species. Wildlife Wonders also offers light meals and refreshments in their café, for the perfect stop along your journey. A: 475 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay T: 1300 099 467 E: email@example.com wildlifewonders.org.au
Cape Otway Lightstation
Climb ‘the beacon of hope’ Australia’s most significant lighthouse built in 1848 to experience awesome views 90m above the wild Southern Ocean. • 1859 Telegraph Station • Daily history talks at 11am, 2pm & 4pm • Daily native plant talks 12 noon & 3pm • Lightkeeper’s Café & Souvenir Shop • Open daily 9am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm • Stay in the original Lightkeeper’s Cottages A: Cape Otway Lighthouse Rd via Great Ocean Rd, Cape Otway T: 03 5237 9240 E: firstname.lastname@example.org lightstation.com
Trees Adventure Yeodene Park
Trees Adventure Yeodene Park is NOW OPEN! Located 1 hour from Apollo Bay and 15 minutes south of Colac in Yeodene. Spend 2 hours in the trees on climbing along nets, tight ropes, bridges, flying foxes and more! With 8 courses made up of over 80 challenges and 20 flying foxes, there’s something for the whole family from 4 years and up to enjoy. Prices range from $25. Book online now at: treesadventure.com.au A: 70 Possum Ridge Rd, Yeodene T: 03 5233 4696 E: email@example.com treesadventure.com.au
Apollo Bay Bakery
The Apollo Bay Bakery is a family run business located on the iconic Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay. This bakery is known around the world as the home of the famous Scallop Pie on the Great Ocean Road. Baking 7 days a week and open from 6am each morning serving a bakery style breakfast plus barista coffee and leaf tea. With a large selection of freshly baked breads, rolls and cakes this bakery has it all. Our pie cabinet has all the favourites, plus gourmet filled pies including vegan and Gluten-free options. Freshly made delicious sandwiches and rolls plus a cake cabinet you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say no to. A: 125 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 6440 E: firstname.lastname@example.org apollobaybakery.com.au
Apollo Bay Hotel
Located in the centre of town with superb ocean views, the Apollo Bay Hotel is the perfect place for drinks and meals with friends. We take pride in our reputation for quality food and prompt friendly service, and our family bistro with its easy atmosphere is sure to please. So whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the hectic summer holidays or quieter winter months, enjoy musical talent in the bar having a few drinks, playing a game of pool or dining in our bistro, we provide enjoyment for all. A: 95 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 6250 E: email@example.com apollobayhotel.com.au
Great Ocean Road Brewhouse
Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean. The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings available at our tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in our award-winning bistro with a family friendly atmosphere and ocean views from our beer garden. Live weekend entertainment and Sports bar. Dog friendly. Free Wi-Fi. A: 29-35 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 6240 E: firstname.lastname@example.org greatoceanroadbrewhouse.com.au
Sandy Feet Café and Health Foods
Sandy Feet Café and Health Foods is the perfect place to purchase your organic health food products and alternative remedies. Our café is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch offering a fresh and diverse menu. We also open three nights a week for dinner with a wide range of delicious meals offering a selection of native Australian bush foods and local seafood cuisine, along with vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives. A: 139 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 6995 sandyfeetcafe.com.au
Apollo Bay Eco YHA
Relax at stylish and comfortable eco-certified Apollo Bay Eco YHA. Located within walking distance from the town centre and features a wood fire heater, two lounges, two self-catering kitchens, free Wi-Fi, rooftop social area and two outdoor balconies with BBQs. Choose from a range of comfortable rooms including 4 person multi-share, twin/double and family rooms. Make Apollo Bay Eco YHA your home away from home on the Great Ocean Road. A: 5 Pascoe St, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 7899 E: email@example.com yha.com.au
Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
Enjoy the spectacular ocean views while surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Otway Ranges. Our one or two bedroom villas offer a luxury accommodation experience. Log fires, spas, air-conditioning, private BBQs and outdoor settings. Relax in a private villa and indulge in the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest wines or explore the many famous attractions in the surrounding areas. A: 270 Skenes Creek Rd, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 6218 E: firstname.lastname@example.org beaconpoint.com.au
Chocolate Gannets offers four luxurious holiday villas with ocean views. Each villa has two spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, relaxing lounge with crackling fireplace topped off with an indulging spa bath. Book a Seafront Villa (full ocean views) or a Garden Villa (partial ocean views) directly on our website or by phone and receive a free breakfast hamper, bottle of wine and box of chocolates. A: 6180 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay M: 0488 063 419 E: email@example.com chocolategannets.com.au
Holiday Great Ocean Road
A handpicked selection of over 80 self-contained holiday houses located in Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek, Wye River, Kennett River, Johanna and throughout The Otways. Choose from large family beachfront homes, couples hideaways and striking rural estates. Ocean views, wood fires, pet friendly. All linen and towels provided at all properties. A multi-award-winning tourism business operating for over 15 years, browse our selection online: www.holidaygor.com.au A: Shop 1A Moore St, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 1098 E: firstname.lastname@example.org holidaygor.com.au
Apollo Bay Aviation
Fly this most magnificent coast to the Twelve Apostles in either our Helicopter or high wing Cessna airplane. Flights depart from Apollo Bay aerodrome and take approximately 45 minutes return. Also see the remote Shipwreck Coast, Cape Otway Lightstation and the Great Otway National Park. Hear the shipwreck history as you fly above the breakers and of how this coast first gained it’s name during the Gold Rush era. “Fabulous! A must do scenic flight experience”. A: Telford St, Marengo (Apollo Bay) T: 03 5237 7600 E: email@example.com apollobayaviation.com.au
Local tour operators, Walk 91, are based at the start of the Great Ocean Walk in Apollo Bay. Walk 91 organise self-guided ‘inn to inn’ walks or guided walks, using local accommodation providers. Premium or budget packages available. Walk 91 meet you for a personal walk briefing and provide detailed maps, walking poles and a personal emergency locator beacon. Shuttle service available from Apollo Bay to the Great Ocean Walk each day. Book online. A: 157-159 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay T: 03 5237 1189 E: firstname.lastname@example.org walk91.com.au
Otway Eco Tours
For a unique adventure, take a guided tour with us through the Great Otway National Park. Come canoeing at dawn or dusk to see platypus in the wild, a rare chance to see the elusive platypus on the enchanting Lake Elizabeth. Explore the iconic Great Ocean Walk on one of our personalised tours. Wonderful views, wildlife and tales of shipwrecks past. M: 0419 670 985 E: email@example.com platypustours.net.au
WELCOME TO THE OTWAYS
I AM WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A TINY PERSON AMONGST BIG NATURE. The Otways: where coastal rainforest meets wild Southern Ocean on the Great Ocean Road. Fall under the spell of a magical place of ancient trees, untamed creatures and waterfall wonder. It’s all about time lost and adventure found in breathtaking natural surrounds.
CONNECT NAUTURALLY. Wander into a timeless world to meditate in a shady glade beside a waterfall. Of the waterfalls, some of the most stunning and accessible are Hopetoun, Beauchamp and Triplet, all near Beech Forest, where you’ll also find the Redwoods (cover image). For forest bathing amongst ancient Myrtle Beech and towering Mountain Ash, the 800 metre Maits Rest Rainforest walk is ideal. Whether you rekindle family bonds or make fresh friends with forest wildlife, you’ll discover connection in The Otways.
Local fare, Forrest
VILLAGE INSPIRATION > Get under the skin of Forrest – hang out with mountain bikers, fuel up in Forrest and head to nearby Lake Elizabeth. > At the heart of the Otway Harvest Trail, Birregurra is a timber town turned foodie hub with an intriguing heritage walk to explore. > Set on a hillside in Birregurra, Chef Dan Hunter’s Brae is The Age Good Food Guide’s 2020 Restaurant of the Year. > Deep in the Great Otway National Park, Melba Gully boasts ancient rainforest views, quirky cafés, a pub and nearby glow worms. > Swim, surf, poke around the coast then take in an awesome meal at Wye River. > At Kennett River find an idyllic seaside hamlet, beach and river, swimming and surfing, plus koalas, king parrots, rosellas and kookaburras. > More than a village, Colac is a large regional town built aside a picture-perfect Botanic Gardens by the lake. Shop in quaint specialty stores, second-hand treasure troves and everything-you-need retail precincts. An ideal gateway to explore The Otways and the Volcanic Lakes and Plains. Head further north to discover Red Rock lookout and Beeac.
Set on a hillside in Birregurra, Chef Dan Hunter’s Brae is The Age Good Food Guide’s 2020 Restaurant of the Year. An ever-changing set menu incorporates produce grown organically at Brae Farm, and from local, ethical, sustainable producers to showcase a unique Australian cuisine built on an immense respect for nature and seasonality.
A: 4285 Cape Otway Rd, Birregurra T: 03 5236 2226 E: firstname.lastname@example.org braerestaurant.com
Forrest General Store and Café
If you want to experience the best of Forrest you can’t go past the Forrest General Store without stopping by. We have a selection of the freshest local produce, handmade foods and souvenirs, and our friendly staff are full of useful tips and tourist information. If you want traditional, country-style hospitality, homemade comfort food and a modern approach to customer service, our café has you covered. Open every day from 8am-5pm. A: 33 Grant St, Forrest T: 03 5236 6496 E: email@example.com forrestgeneralstore.com.au
Platypi Chocolate is an exciting licenced café and artisan chocolaterie in Forrest. The range is decadent and creative, with lots of chocolates, fabulous desserts and all-day meals. Enjoy our famous hot chocolate or locally-roasted coffee amongst the trees and birdlife of The Otways. Located at Forrest’s famous walking and mountain biking trailhead, you can work up an appetite, then treat yourself – or skip straight to ‘treat yourself’! Open every day 9am-5pm. A: 73 Grant St, Forrest E: firstname.lastname@example.org platypichocolate.com.au
Hulm’s Bakery Colac
Hulm’s Bakery Colac has been servicing the Western District of Victoria for over 60 years. Their menu includes bacon and eggs, toasted sandwiches, fruit loaf, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, vegetarian lines and freshly made sandwiches and rolls. Also cappuccino, chai, tea, hot chocolate and a full range of soft drinks and juice. Seating is available inside or out. Hulm’s Bakery Colac look forward to seeing you when you are next travelling through. A: 66 Murray St, Colac T: 03 5231 2080 E: email@example.com facebook.com/HulmsBakeryColac
Lake Colac Caravan Park
Located beside Lake Colac and the historic Botanic Gardens. Relax in lovely surrounds, use our location as a base for adventures, or enjoy Colac, a five minute walk away. Choose from cabins with lake views, vintage caravans with fixed annexe, ensuite concrete drive-throughs and powered or unpowered sites. Amenities include sheltered BBQ camp kitchen, onsite caretakers and children’s playground next door. Budget rates, pet friendly (conditions). A: 51 Fyans St, Colac T: 03 5231 5971 E: firstname.lastname@example.org lakecolaccaravanpark.com.au
Johanna Seaside Cottages
Johanna Seaside Cottages is situated in the heart of the Great Ocean Road and offers guests a rural and seaside experience. Settled in the 1880’s, the 260-hectare farm property adjoins Johanna Beach and the Great Otway National Park, and provides fully self-contained accommodation in a magnificent coastal setting. Indoor heated swimming pool, pet friendly, wood fires, spas, extensive bush walks, chicken shed and gardens. A: 395 Red Johanna Rd, Johanna T: 03 5237 4242 E: email@example.com johannaseaside.com.au
WHERE TO BEGIN Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre 100 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay Ph: 1300 OTWAYS (689 297) www.visitapollobay.com Colac Visitor Information Centre Cnr Queen & Murray Streets, Colac Ph: 1300 OTWAYS (689 297) www.visitotways.com www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au #iamapollobay #iamotways #visitgreatoceanroad
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