At the far reaches of the Great Ocean Road, 195 km (121 miles) from Melbourne, you'll find one of Victoria's most popular holiday beaches. Protected by sea walls and Point Bunbury, Apollo Bay has low waves at the south end with a shallow sand bar, although care must be taken with an undertow that gets stronger as you go north. The local surf lifesaving club patrols between flags at the southern end. The 3-km (almost 2-mile) beach runs parallel to the Great Ocean Road and Collingwood Street, and at the latter end there is a reserve with shade trees and a picnic area. Behind the street is a row of shops and cafés, and on most Saturdays, the Apollo Bay market sees stall holders lining the foreshore path to sell local produce and crafts. Behind the town, the green hills of the Otways provide a change of scenery. A lookout up a mountain pathway gives a view of a sunken steamship when the weather is clear. If you want to get closer to the sea, Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak offers kayaking tours
to see the local seal colony, as well as providing surfing and paddleboarding lessons. The Seaview Motel and Apartments are near the beach, and some rooms have balconies looking over the view. Amenities: food and drink, lifeguards, parking (free), showers, restrooms. Best for: surfing, swimming, walking.