Though Apollo Bay hosts large numbers of touring visitors through the year and is a summer holiday favorite for Victorians, the town has retained its flavour as a working fishing village along the Great Ocean Road. The small permanent population benefits from the excellent range of dining options that tourism has made possible. There are 2 pubs, more than a dozen restaurants, several take out food outlets and the fishermens’ co-operative sells fresh fish at the harbour. Locals and visitors alike are drawn by the natural beauty of village, beaches and those impossibly green hills.
Apollo Bay began life as a whaling station in the 1840′s and was named by the captain of the vessel Apollo when sheltering from a storm in 1845. Timber cutters and farmers followed, but development was limited as the area was only accessible from the sea. By the 1920′s the town was served by road and with the opening of The Great Ocean Road became a tourist destination and fishing port.
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