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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Spanish Restaurant
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“The coffee is great and its slightly less noticed by the tourists because it is upstairs.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pub
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“The Bistro is good but the highlight is their Tastes of the Region. Enjoy a paddle of beer and ciders.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Speciality gifts and interesting clothing and accessories. Highly recommended”
  • 7 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“A must do whilst in Apollo Bay and only a couple of minutes drive from the property and its free. You get a beautiful view of the whole bay and it is an excellent spot for panoramic photos. Drive to the top of the hill, park your car and have an easy short walk the rest of the way along a meandering path. Anytime of day is good to go but sunset when you can see the twinkling lights of apollo bay is my favourite. Please note there are no rubbish bins or toilets on this private site please take any rubbish home with you. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely meals for dinner, including Italian meals, delicious local seafood, pork belly, steak and a great kids menu. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum is open at Saturdays and Sundays, public holidays and school holidays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and at other times by prior arrangement for group visits. It includes displays of relics from some of the shipwrecks and ships that were essentially the primary means of access before the Great Ocean Road and of the life of what was an extremely isolated community.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Fresh baked in house, all the options, Gluten free, sourdough and a giant koala sitting out the front.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Convenience Store
“The IGA supermarket is our pick of food stores - the range is excellent prices very reasonable. It also has a bottle shop. It usually closes by 8pm.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Our local Pub and Bistro, one of the many places you can find a Parma in town. Usual beers on tap and big screens in the beer garden and bistro to watch the game. TIP: If you're​ a people watcher, this is where you need to be- stay long enough and you'll see the local characters​ come out. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“This local hotel, serves it's own brewed local ale & beverages. Beautiful food & a great atmosphere.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“There is a twice daily bus outside the Visitor Information Centre that goes from Geelong to Apollo Bay. You can use this bus to get to different destinations along the great ocean road, eg. shopping in Lorne for a day! Bus tickets can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre. There are connections to Melbourne trains from Geelong railway station.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Modern Australian cuisine, relaxed dining with outdoor seating, great spot for breakfast or lunch.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you prefer the Main St, I wouldn't​ go past the BLAT bagel at Bay leaf! Also for those who like a cheeky bubbles with brekky. Don't​ drag your feet they are shut by 3pm daily.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Store
“Dooleys award winning Icecreamery is definitely worth at least one visit, try stopping at one visit though! Any time of the year, you can enjoy all varieties of quality ice cream with the choice to add two different flavours to your cone. Yum! Enjoy!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Route
“Marriners Lookout: This is literally just up the road! follow the road right to the end it's​ steep and windy​ but its well worth it! Once you reach the carpark at the top there's​ a bit of a walk to reach the very top but again its worth it! Its the only place in town you can get a full view of the bay, its amazing! TIP: Bring water! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Home of the Scallop Pie!!! Fresh bread, pies and other amazing goodies baked daily! Also serving great coffee!”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Spanish Restaurant
“The coffee is great and its slightly less noticed by the tourists because it is upstairs.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pub
“The Bistro is good but the highlight is their Tastes of the Region. Enjoy a paddle of beer and ciders.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely meals for dinner, including Italian meals, delicious local seafood, pork belly, steak and a great kids menu. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Our local Pub and Bistro, one of the many places you can find a Parma in town. Usual beers on tap and big screens in the beer garden and bistro to watch the game. TIP: If you're​ a people watcher, this is where you need to be- stay long enough and you'll see the local characters​ come out. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you prefer the Main St, I wouldn't​ go past the BLAT bagel at Bay leaf! Also for those who like a cheeky bubbles with brekky. Don't​ drag your feet they are shut by 3pm daily.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Home of the Scallop Pie!!! Fresh bread, pies and other amazing goodies baked daily! Also serving great coffee!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Best authentic Chinese food in town! Great for takeaway or eat in, only a short walk from Villa St Martin too! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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