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First settled by timber-cutters in the 1850's, this pleasant coastal town is located on the magnificent Great Ocean Road. With magnificent beaches for surfing and swimming, Apollo Bay nestles against a backdrop of the Otway Ranges. It is a thriving centre for a prosperous tourism industry and a Bass Strait fishing fleet that specialises in catching shark and crayfish.
The local historical museum is housed in the Old Cable Station, where the original telephone connection between Tasmania and the mainland came ashore. The story of the Casino, a coastal trader that ran aground in 1932, is told at the museum. The Bass Strait Shell Museum, another attraction, displays old photographs of shipwrecks as well as shells. Panoramic views of Apollo Bay and the coastline may be found at Marriners Lookout.