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Apollo Bay On a Rainy Day: A Guide for Visitors

Apollo Bay, a serene coastal town along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, offers a plethora of delightful activities perfect for a rainy day. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a foodie, or an art lover, there's something here to brighten even the cloudiest day.

1. Step Back in Time at the Apollo Bay Museum

Start your rainy day adventure at the Apollo Bay Museum, where the rich maritime heritage and historical stories of the region come alive. Located in the old Cable Station, the museum provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of the early settlers and seafarers. It's a fascinating way to understand the town’s past and its connection to the sea.

2. Get Up Close with Nature at Wildlife Wonders

Even in the rain, Wildlife Wonders offers a sheltered eco-tour where you can observe Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Guided by conservationists, this experience not only educates but allows you to contribute to local wildlife preservation. The pathways are well-maintained and offer a magical misty view of the fauna and flora, adding a mystical layer to your visit. There is also a beautiful cafe where you can see the Emu's, enjoy browsing a selection of nature inspired books and gifts, and enjoy a coffee/cake whilst the kids draw and enjoy the free activities indoors, even without the tour, its just a great place to stop and enjoy.

3. Warm Up at Icaro Cafe

Nestled in the heart of Apollo Bay, Icaro Cafe is the perfect spot to escape the rain and warm up with a hot beverage. Icaro Cafe is the local hangout and favorite place to enjoy a good conversation and enjoy one of their treats such as a ceremonial cacao, ST ALi coffee and medicinal latte menu. Spend a leisurely morning here, watching the rain tap against the windows while enjoying a a meal from the seasonal menu, house made sourdough muffin/pastry or one of the raw cheesecakes. Everything here is made from scratch without any refined sugars or seed oils, you know you will be nourished here.

4. Scenic Drive to Lavers Hill and Lunch at The Perch

Take a scenic drive to Lavers Hill, where the landscapes dramatically change from coastal shores to lush forest canopies. Despite the rain, the drive is stunning, with misty views and vibrant greenery. Stop for lunch at The Perch, a charming spot known for its delicious, hearty meals — the perfect way to break up your drive.

5. Chase Waterfalls and Visit the Redwoods

Rainy days are ideal for waterfall chasing as the flows are at their most spectacular. Venture to nearby waterfalls and make a stop at the awe-inspiring Redwoods of the Otways. The towering trees and cascading waters create an almost otherworldly atmosphere that is both serene and exhilarating. The tree canopy is lush, so despite the rain once you enter you will be protected and it offers a beautiful opportunity to take the most incredible photos.

6. Art and Free Activities at Terra Craft

Drop by Terra Craft, a local haven for art enthusiasts. This venue offers not only a selection of gifts, clothing and art supplies to purchase and take home and enjoy, but also free activities where you can try your hand at drawing whilst engaging with other artists who may have also stopped by. Terra Craft also hosts regular workshops for children and adults, check out their schedule online or instore to book your space.

7. Surf Lessons in the Rain

For the more adventurous, why not embrace the wet weather with a surf lesson? Apollo Bay's beaches offer great conditions for beginners and the rain can actually make the experience more thrilling. Local surf schools provide all the gear you need to stay as warm and comfortable as possible or you could hire a board from Hodgy's surf shop and have a go at learning yourself.

8. Gin Master Class at Apollo Bay Distillery

Visit Apollo Bay Distillery for a gin master class or tasting paddle. Learn about the distillation process and sample various gin types, crafted with botanicals sourced from the surrounding area. It’s not only educational but also a delightful sensory experience and you can also try one of their delicious wood fire pizza's whilst you are there.

9. Explore the Local Information Centre

The Information Centre on the foreshore is more than just a place to gather pamphlets. It's staffed with knowledgeable locals who can offer insights into Apollo Bay and suggest hidden gems that are perfect for exploring on a rainy day.

10. Indulge at Tastes of the Region

Stop into Tastes of the Region to explore local wines and enjoy a cheese platter. It's a gourmet experience that highlights the best produce from around Apollo Bay and the wider region. It's a lovely way to enjoy a leisurely afternoon, savoring the flavors of Victoria.

11. Browse Main Street

Browsing the Main Street in Apollo Bay is an inviting and leisurely activity, perfect for any visitor looking to soak in the local atmosphere. Lined with a charming mix of shops and cafes. The street presents an excellent opportunity to wander and explore at your own pace. Whether you're in the mood for boutique shopping, keen to sample the local seafood, or just want to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the coastal town's daily life unfold.

12. Visit the Apostles and then Relax at the Deep Blue Hot Springs

For those looking to unwind and warm up and drive further afield and spend the day away from town, the Deep Blue Hot Springs in Warrnambool offers therapeutic geothermal mineral waters. This luxurious hot springs complex provides a range of pools and private baths, perfect for soothing relaxation on a chilly, rainy day. Its about a 2.5 hour from Apollo Bay past the 12 Apostles.

13. Delight at the Chocolatery & Ice-Creamery in Bellbrae

Another out of town activity about a 1.5 hour drive from Apollo Bay in Bellbrae. This one is a crowd favorite amongst the little ones, this delightful chocolate shop crafts its own chocolate, you can see how the lollies and sweets are made, participate in a workshop or tasting session, or just indulge in treats at the cosy cafe. They have a website where you can book, and see what is on for the day.

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