Apollo Bay named as one of Australia’s best travel destinations for the year ahead
25.02.2021

Apollo Bay named as one of Australia’s best travel destinations for the year ahead

Apollo Bay by Jam Jar Photography

The seafood village has taken out the third spot in Wotif's 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards

Deservingly known as paradise by the sea, Apollo Bay and its tranquil beaches and rolling green hills has been recognised as one of Australia’s best travel destinations for this year, as part of travel website Wotif‘s 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards.

The key takeaways

  • Apollo Bay has been named in the top 10 travel destinations for 2021
  • The awards highlight Australia’s best destinations for the year ahead
  • Cairns has been crowned the number one town in Australia of the year

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The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise trending destinations for the year ahead based on their accommodation quality, affordability, traveller satisfaction and appealing activities and attractions. Using reviews and price points on its site Wotif has condensed its findings into the top 10 towns in Australia. Putting the spotlight on destinations that have met the changing needs of travellers over the last 12 months, this recognition comes at a pivotal time for Aussies as tourism operators continue to navigate through a difficult time for the industry.

Taking out the top spot in the awards, Cairns has been crowned the number one town in Australia thanks to its resort-like lagoons, warm sunny weather and gateway to the majestic Great Barrier Reef, while Pokolbin in New South Wales scored second place for its indulgence and relaxation value.

It’s the inclusion of regional favourite Apollo Bay that has injected a sense of pride within the region, with the coastal town coming in at third place. Located midway along the majestic Great Ocean Road, in the shelter of Cape Otway and on the lowest slopes of the beautiful Otway ranges, the bay is a haven for water lovers and adventure travellers.

Whether you’re there to hit the waters of the southern ocean, wander the coast and explore petrified rainforests full of waterfalls, ferns and crystal clear streams or just enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishermen, this coastal gem has everything day-trippers and weekend travellers need.

“Come for the great outdoors but stay for the delicious fresh produce. Surrounded by endless beaches, walking trails, and the Great Otway National Park, Apollo Bay is a top place to base yourself while exploring the Great Ocean Road,” says Wotif.

Joining these top destinations, NSW dominated the list with Mudgee, Port Macquarie and The Entrance also landing in the top 10, alongside Victoria’s Lakes Entrance, South Australia’s McLaren Vale, Queensland’s Hervey Bay, and Western Australia’s Exmouth. Interestingly, Tasmania, the NT and the ACT all missed out on a gong.

You can find out more information or start planning your trip via the Wotif website.

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