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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.
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
Place to eat
“Apollo Bay is very scenically beautiful. Wide sandy beaches, a crescent shaped bay, clean blue water and rolling green hills to the sea. The Apollo Bay harbour has a working fishing port, and great views back over the town. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“Better than the IGA. Its more expensive than in Melbourne but it has what you need. The get fresh fish in on Wed and Fri. Better than the marina where it comes from SA.”
  • 20 locals recommend
City Hall
“There are​ exhibitions on most weekends between 11am - 4pm, pop in to see some local Art! Free entry www.artsincgallery.com.au”
  • 3 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“if you like wine, these guys have some very enjoyable wines, locally produced from Victorian grapes.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
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“Best authentic Chinese food in town! Great for takeaway or eat in, only a short walk from Villa St Martin too! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Premise
“Just past Apollo Bay, off the world famous Great Ocean Road, Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary protects 12ha of ocean waters. About 150m offshore, this sanctuary protects a reef system known as Little Henty Reef. Two sections of the reef, the inner and outer reef, are usually exposed and separated by a narrow channel known as 'The Gap'. Composed of sandstone they support wonderful intertidal and subtidal reefs which are packed with sea life. Visitors exploring the intertidal reef may come across many invertebrates including sea snails, tubeworms and abalone. In slightly deeper waters there are beautiful seaweed gardens.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“great selection and fresh food with great coffee, there are so many great places in the bay.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A beautiful easy 800 meter circuit walk through the rainforest where you can see stunning scenery, beautiful old trees. There is a wooden boardwalk build over fern gullies providing a unique view of the forest. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“Crepes, crepes, crepes! Savoury or sweet, great size servings and very tasty, my kids favourite spot also free wi-fi and charging stations available in house.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“What an amazing walk. Chat to us at Southern Anchorage about looking after your GOW experience- all 100 odd kms. Perfect for the hiker- with choices of long or short day hikes. We also have groups or singles walking for a day or a walk- we can tailor a package for you.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“This great little 9 hole golf course is a challeng at the best of times and the weather can add a different perspective any day you choose to play. Even if golf isn't your game, walks around the edge are enhanced by the stunning views out to the ocean and surrounding mountains. Well worth a visit.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“The great ocean walk is a hiking trail that spans approx 100km and starts in Apollo Bay and finishes at the 12 Apostles. It is an amazing experience where you can take in truly breathtaking scenery from windswept clifftops, ocean beaches, stunning forests, national parks and coastal grasslands. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Ok so this place isn't​ so much a restaurant but they've had a recent facelift! Its a great place to pick up a pizza or snack on the go. OH and if your a chips and Gravy person- Look no further! TIP: Expect a HUGE wait on pizza over the Christmas period!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“Icaro, just back from the main street in Apollo Bay, offers the best coffee in town.”
  • 2 locals recommend