Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay

Victoria, Great Ocean Road


Apollo Bay is the first sheltered bay east of the rugged and spectacular Cape Otway and surrounding Great Otway National Park. A spot for beginners to head to during big west to south swells, the southern corner of Apollo Bay generally has small to tiny waves breaking close to shore. Wave shape doesn't normally offer long walls as spilling close out waves are common here, but this spot is great for absolute beginners catching whitewater waves and for practising catching green waves and turning left or right.

Wave Type
Normally, small soft, spilling close out waves break close to shore in the southern corner. Bigger waves, longer rides, and better wave shape can be found further north up the beach where the sandbars become more uneven. If the surf is flat here, the more exposed northern end of Mounts Bay (head south around the headland) may have a wave - watch out for rips. Another fun spot for kids is the southern corner of Mounts Bay at Marengo 1st Beach, where small soft waves often break close to shore.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South West to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Big West swells, moderate South swells and small East swells.

Hazards
- Rocks
- Rip Currents
- Marine Life

Have fun surfing Apollo Bay by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Access
Walk from the town of Apollo bay and car parks are located all along the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled on weekends and public holidays from early December until late April and also daily during the first three weeks of January - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Amenities
Located at the surf club and information centre.

Closest Shops
Many cafes, restaurants, take away and a variety of other shops are located behind the beach, along with Apollo Bay Surf Shop and Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak.

Photos of Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

 

Apollo Bay west view

Apollo Bay west view
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

 

Apollo Bay sheltered west corner

Apollo Bay sheltered west corner - a good option on strong west winds and swells.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

 

Apollo Bay small surf day

Apollo Bay small surf day
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe