Apollo Bay is the main place where people stop for lunch when on a Great Ocean Road day trip or otherwise it’s popular for overnight stays as it’s about half way along the Great Ocean Road.
It’s a very relaxed typical coastal tourist town. During the middle of the place has thousands of tourists eating at the dozens of cafes and restaurants that stretch along the main street that runs parallel with the Apollo Bay Beach.
Going straight to Apollo Bay from Melbourne can be achieved within around 3 hours, although if heading along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay (the very start), it’s about 90 kilometers and the drive is world class!
Apollo Bay is right at the end of the first part of the Great Ocean Road: the Surf Coast. Driving west out of Apollo Bay takes you into the incredible Otways rain forest before then making it to the Shipwreck Coast where you’ll find the 12 Apostles.