Located 2 and a half hours southeast of Melbourne on the famous Great Ocean Road, getting to Apollo Bay is easy. The Great Ocean Road is such an iconic touring route that it is very well sign-posted and easy to navigate, even if you decide to detour along the way to explore the scenic coastal towns. Continuing on after Apollo Bay, it’s also easy to find your way back onto the Great Ocean Road to continue the scenic journey after a holiday in Apollo Bay.
There are two primary routes for getting to Apollo Bay from Melbourne, both of which take the Princes Highway from the city to Geelong. From Geelong you can either take the longer but more popular scenic route of the Great Ocean Road through Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne through to Apollo Bay. Alternatively, shortly after passing through Geelong you’ll exit left off the Princes Highway onto Cape Otway Road. Follow the road until it becomes Birregurra-Forrest Road. Travel for approximately 50km before continuing on along Forrest-Apollo Bay Road. This road re-joins the Great Ocean Road as you come into Apollo Bay.
Getting to Apollo Bay via public transport is also a great option, even if you’re arriving at the airport. From the airport you can catch the Skybus into Melbourne city, arriving at Southern Cross Station where you can connect to a number of bus and train services to Apollo Bay. If you’re travelling from the Melbourne CBD, Southern Cross Station is a transport hub that offers a variety of daily V/Line rail and coach services to Apollo Bay via Geelong and the Great Ocean Road. An easy and affordable way to travel, public transport offers the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery while someone else takes care of the driving.