The Hotel: Best Western Apollo Bay Motel
Set just metres away from the beach shore, Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments offers motel- and apartment-style accommodation. It is placed perfectly for beach strolls, golfing and enjoying other local attractions, such as the Cape Otway Lighthouse or Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. Those who do not wish to venture further afield can lounge by the outdoor pool.
When not out and about, couples retire to Standard Rooms, while groups of four can enjoy the more spacious Apartments, all equipped with what is needed for a fuss-free break. When hunger strikes, appetites can be satisfied with a sizzling feast prepped in the BBQ area. Alternatively, a myriad of local restaurants is just a stroll away.
- Bed size/type: King or twin bedding
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Comes complete with a Foxtel TV, air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, and fridge
- Bed size/type: King, twin or queen bedding
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Fully self-contained; features a TV, coffee and tea making facilities and air conditioning
The Area: Apollo Bay, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road traces a winding route along Victoria’s dramatic coastline, where sheer limestone cliffs are buffeted by rolling surf, and the Twelve Apostles rise like colossal statues out of the sea. Nestled into the feet of the Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay is one of the region’s inviting seaside towns, with golden beaches and plenty of restaurants and activities to tempt the visitor.
Take a day trip (and a camera) to see the wild splendour of the Twelve Apostles, which rise from the ocean. Wake early and get there at sunrise to watch the towering limestone bluffs transform from eerie, shadowy forms in the darkness to shining sentinels under full sun. Be sure to stop off at nearby Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge to see even more giant natural sculptures.
Take a detour to Cape Otway on the way back, where the road winds through thick forest canopies to reveal native animals and panoramic coastal views from the headland. Get into the swing of Apollo Bay’s fishing heritage and cast out a line in the harbour; or head inland to explore the lush rainforest, waterfalls and walking tracks of the Otway Ranges.