2 Best Sights in Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road

Kennett River Koala Walk

Kennett River Fodor's choice

This little hamlet on the Great Ocean Road is home to a colony of wild koalas who hang, like ripe fruit, from the trees just off the highway. Located halfway between Lorne and Apollo Bay, pull in where you see Kennett River's Koala Cafe, and get the camera out. This location is also well-known for flocks of colorful king parrots, kookaburras, and wallabies. Don't try to touch or feed any of the wildlife and keep dogs in the car: koalas are more active (and therefore easier to spot) in the early morning and late afternoon.  

Apollo Bay Beach

At 195 km (121 miles) from Melbourne, you'll find one of Victoria's most popular holiday beaches. Protected by a working fishing harbor and Point Bunbury, the waves are gentler toward the southern end of the bay: 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 (also called Collingwood Street within the town), and there's a reserve with shady trees, a barbecue, playground, and a picnic area near the main shopping 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. Walk up the pathway to Marriners Lookout for idyllic views, though a sunken steamship lurks beneath the waters. If you want to get closer to the sea, Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak runs 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 (in summer); parking (free); toilets; showers. Best for: surfing; swimming; walking.

Great Ocean Rd., Apollo Bay, VIC, 3233, Australia