Roderick Poole – Director

Local Tip: Mait’s Rest

If you want Old Otways, the primal, the ancient, the unspoilt, you can’t go past Mait’s Rest. It’s a jaw-dropping patch of rainforest containing some truly magnificent trees. It’s just off the Great Ocean Road, 10 minutes past Apollo Bay and really easy to find your way around. Far too many people just drive past, thinking only of those crumbling Apostles. Stop. Have a look around. Find some stillness.

You won’t regret it.

Finglesin – Art Director

Local Tip: The Ocean

Get into that ocean!  Jump off the end of the pier, swim with the 6am crazies, take a surfing lesson, run in screaming in your undies! It might be cold but it’s the BEST medicine. The winter ground swell and light westerly winds turns our little bay into a glassy waterpark. Enjoy!

Liz Waters – Small Venues Programmer

Local Tip: Apollo Bay Harbour Fish Co-Op

Grab a big warm coat, scarf, gloves and hat, get down to the Fish Co-op and order up their best fresh fish and chips, then head up the Montrose Ave hill to the first right turn. There’s a seat there that offers the best panoramic views of our town and the surrounding coast. Feast on your fish and chips and the beauty of this wild world of ours!

Bill Hurley Fraser – Marketing Manager

Local Tip: Go fishing

Apollo Bay has a long history of fishing, thankfully you’re not allowed to catch the beautiful southern right whales anymore that pass by each winter but fishing in these areas can still be quite lucrative. Salmon, tuna, flathead, squid, trout and barracouta all frequent the surrounding areas. Make sure that you fish sustainably, the indigenous successfully fished these areas for thousands of years and there are still fish in these waters for that reason.

I’m not going to tell you ‘all the local spots’ but I’m sure if you get one of the right locals in the pub and shout them a beer they’ll be more than happy to direct you to where they’re biting, but regardless of that the biggest thrill of it all is getting out there amongst the elements in an unknown area and throwing in a line. Don’t forget a Fishing Licence, you can purchase one in person at the Apollo Bay Sports Store, Surf ‘n’ Fish or instantly online. Enjoy and let me know how you go.