Midway along Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is a relaxing place to stop to experience protected swimming beaches, outdoor activities like hiking or kayaking and the unique nature at the Great Otway National Park. If you’re lucky, you might even come across a koala. There is so much to see and at only two and a half hours away, it’s the perfect weekend break from Melbourne.
Like many destinations in regional Victoria, you won’t find many boutique hotels in Apollo Bay, with most accommodation being of the guesthouse or holiday home variety. That’s not to say there aren’t any luxury places to stay, there definitely are, often with mountain or ocean views and easy access to the Otway Ranges.
Best Places to Stay in Apollo Bay
Bed of Roses
By far the best place to stay in Apollo Bay is walking distance to all the boutique shops, bakeries, cafes as well as the beautiful Apollo Bay beach. Bed of Roses is within a 5 minute walk from everything. You’ll find large, comfortable beds, exceptionally clean bathrooms and kitchen plus a romantic garden make this an ideal choice for a short or longer stay. This two-bedroom house is particularly suited to couples who would like a little space but the house sleeps 5 or 6 if you are travelling as a group or with family. Read more…
Point of View
The highest rated villa in Apollo Bay, the Point of View holiday home, is most well known for its exceptional views (as the name suggests) across the gentle hills sloping towards the ocean and Apollo Bay. The benefit of being on higher land above the town is the absolute tranquility that comes with its position. That being said, you are still a short drive from restaurants, gourmet food stores and all the incredible attractions of the region. The house itself is large and well-equipped so you can comfortably prepare your own meals to enjoy on the balcony or by the fire if you don’t feel like eating in town. Read more…
The most luxurious of holiday home accommodation in Apollo Bay, Stellavista is a large 4-bedroom house on the outskirsts of the town centre. The high-end kitchen and bathrooms can’t be beaten and the sea views are lovely. At 1.3 km from the town centre, it’s close enough that you don’t have to drive but you also have easy access to the Otway Ranges and the 12 Apostles further along the Great Ocean Road. Read more…
Other Hotels in Apollo Bay
If the top 3 hotels don’t suit or aren’t available, consider one of these guesthouses or apartments.
- Sea Change Guesthouse
Known for occasional visits by local koalas, Sea Change Guesthouse is a bit out of Apollo Bay, closer to the town of Marengo. This highly rated guesthouse is decorated in a more traditional manner but it’s a popular place to stay. The benefit of staying here over hotels in Apollo Bay itself is the price. This budget accommodation is excellent value for locations along the Great Ocean Road.
- The Dolphin Apartments
Finally, if you would like to stay in a modern apartment directly on the Apollo Bay foreshore, The Dolphin Bay Apartments are excellent. Balconies overlook the ocean, the apartments are nicely designed, service is friendly. The location is ideal if you want to focus on the beach and outdoor activities and a quiet stay.
For information on what to do in Apollo Bay, visit the official tourism website and if you’re visiting in late January or early February, be sure to look out for events forming part of the famous Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. If you’re interested in visiting an off the beaten path destination in Victoria, instead of the ever popular Great Ocean Road, look at somewhere like Nagambie, north of Melbourne.