Swim in the clear water, sea kayak with local seals, indulge in some deep-sea fishing, learn to surf, or horse ride along the beach at sunset. Fishing is an important local industry and seafood is always on the menu at the local cafés and restaurants. For great views try Chris's at Beacon Point high in the hills overlooking the sea. The local taxi can take you to Beacon Point about a 20 minute drive into the foothills. Shop for art and curios in the many gift shops, galleries and tea houses and peruse the regular Saturday foreshore market for local crafts and produce.
For the more active there is the friendly Apollo Bay Golf Club or head into the Otway’s to find mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse. Explore nearby forest and waterfall walks or enjoy an exhilarating ride through the ranges on a mountain bike. Take a treetop walk along the Otway Fly and enjoy a bird's eye view of the spectacular Otway Ranges. Spot native wildlife such as glow worms at Melba Gully, the elusive platypus at Lake Elizabeth or koalas at nearby Kennet River.
This is also a great opportunity to meet up with friends and walk part of the Great Ocean Walk. Walkers of almost any ability can step on and step off sections of the 104-kilometre Great Ocean Walk trail. Complete a circuit walk for something new to see at every stage or return along the same path for a different perspective. Shuttle services are available for pick up and drop off at key points along the trail. Short walks are less than 2-3 hours in length, easy to hard in difficulty, are circuit and/or return walks and easily accessible from main park visitor nodes.
Click here for more details on the short walks around Apollo Bay
Click here for more information on the Apollo Bay race, including to enter the race, see who else has already entered and race documents.