Best Viewpoints & Lookouts Near Apollo Bay
Marengo Family Caravan Park is located just next to the scenic village of Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road. Nestled between the dramatic coastline, and the hinterland of the Great Otway National Park, Marengo Family Caravan Park is surrounded by stunning nature on all sides.
Undoubtedly there’s no better way to appreciate the surrounding nature than taking a trip to one of the many viewpoints offering breathtaking views, and allowing you to really take in what this part of Australia has to offer.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite lookouts and viewpoints near Apollo Bay, all of which can be reached within one hours drive of the park.
Marriners Lookout (∼6km from the park)
This lookout point is only a few minutes drive north of Apollo Bay Village, making it the most easily accessible ‘high’ lookout from the park.
One you reach the car park on Marriners Lookout Road, it's only a 5-10 minute (steep) walk to the top where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Apollo Bay Village and the breathtaking ocean. If the weather conditions are right, you may also see paragliders taking off from this spot!
Cape Patton Lookout (∼20km from the park)
Located just under 30 minutes drive away from the park, in Kennett River, Cape Patton Lookout sits ∼80m above sea level and offers scenic views to both the east and the west. The picturesque views of endless ocean beaches stretching all the way up to Apollo Bay in one direction, provide a beautiful contrast with the lush hills of the hinterland away from the coast.
Mount Defiance Lookout (∼38km from the park)
Located near Wye River, this lookout point is the furthest from the park, but can still be reached within a leisurely 45 minute drive. The Mount Defiance Lookout sits ∼107m above sea level and offers spectacular views of the rugged Victoria coastline, where the ocean hugs the cliffs and you can breathe in the fresh sea air.
Cape Otway Lightstation (∼30km from the park)
Easily reached within a 30 minute drive from the park, the Cape Otway Lightstation is one of the most popular attractions in the area. Sitting at ∼91m above sea level, this is Victoria’s oldest working lighthouse, and offers spectacular views of the rugged Cape Otway coastline as well as a glimpse into the state's maritime history. If that’s not enough, from Winter to Spring, this lookout becomes one of the best whale watching destinations in the country, when whales swim very close to the shoreline during migration.
Castle Cove Lookout (∼30km from the park)
Located just to the west of the Great Otway National Park in Glenaire, this lookout can be reached in just under 30 minutes drive from the park (be sure to keep an eye out for Koalas on the way!) Castle Cove lookout offers spectacular views of the ocean over a private beach. This lookout can also be reached as part of the Great Ocean Walk, and is a popular starting point for shorter, scenic coastal walks.
Marker Beacon Lookout (< 1km from the park)
Although not as famous as the other lookouts on the list, Marker Beacon Lookout out does have one big advantage; it’s only a 10 minute walk from the park itself, making it perfect for a leisurely evening stroll after dinner. Offering wonderful views of the ocean, this lookout spot is a great choice for anyone staying in the park looking to catch the sunset without having to travel too far.
These are just a few of the viewpoints worth visiting in the Apollo Bay area, but if you’re happy to travel further afield, there are plenty more stunning lookouts on offer along the Great Ocean Road, including the world famous Twelve Apostles (∼90 minutes drive from the park) and Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne (∼60 minutes drive from the park) amongst many other spectacular sights!