About Apollo Bay Hotel

Apollo Bay Hotel is located right in the heart of Apollo Bay, along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road. The Hotel offers casual dining in its bar and bistro, free live entertainment most weekends, short stay accommodation, and a function room is also available for hire.


History

Apollo Bay Hotel 1930s
Apollo Bay Hotel - 1930's. Image courtesy of the Apollo Bay & District Historical Society Inc.

Apollo Bay Hotel was built in 1885 and was originally named Kambruk Public Hall. The Hotel had 30 rooms and remained virtually unaltered for 70 years.

In 1901 the Hotel was purchased by Mrs A. E. Cawood, publican until 1905 when it was acquired by the Pengilley family who retained management until the 1930s.

Adapted from apollobay.vic.au


Transition

Over its existence (and more recently), Apollo Bay Hotel has undergone some major redevelopments including a total refurbishment of its public bar and bistro, as well as the addition of an outdoor alfresco dining area, a function room and a conversion of the original bottle shop into a pool lounge.

Apollo Bay Hotel Exterior - 2014
Apollo Bay Hotel Exterior - 2014

Apollo Bay Hotel Exterior - 2016
Apollo Bay Hotel Exterior - 2016

Apollo Bay Hotel - Bar 2014
Apollo Bay Hotel - Bar 2014

Apollo Bay Hotel Bar - 2016
Apollo Bay Hotel Bar - 2016


SS Casino

SS Casino
SS Casino

Apollo Bay Hotel is proud to house part of the wreckage from the famous SS Casino - an iron steamship which sank on 10 July, 1932 while trying to secure a mooring at Apollo Bay pier.

The SS Casino made 2,500 voyages in the treacherous waters of Bass Strait and was considered one of the “immortals” of Port Phillip. The steamer had several brushes with disaster; it collided with another boat off Point Gellibrand, ran aground on a reef near Grey River, and was beached at Warrnambool while entering Lady Bay in a power blackout. Following each incident, the steamer was repaired and returned to its west coast run.

This time, the steamer could not be saved and the Captain and nine other crew lost their lives. 

Adapted from Monument Australia.


Location

Apollo Bay Harbour
Apollo Bay Pier

Apollo Bay Hotel is located right in the heart of Apollo Bay, only 2.5 hours drive west of Melbourne on the breathtaking Great Ocean Road.

Apollo Bay is literally 'Paradise by the Sea' - a small coastal town renowned for its magnificent beaches, farmers market and local community spirit, surrounded by the Otway Ranges and only a short distance from the famous Twelve Apostles.