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The construction of the Great Ocean Road had a huge impact on Apollo Bay.
Before the road, sea travel was the main way in and out. This small village was so cut off, that in a medical emergency, the only hope was the Bush Nurse who would have to ride a horse through the bush to get there. This meant a lot of babies were born only with the help of a friend.
The nurse could be called upon day or night and would ride a horse to wherever she was called.
The timber cutting and farming occupations surrounding Apollo Bay meant the bush nurse could find herself managing some quite severe injuries.
Sister Annie James was the bush nurse in Apollo Bay between 1917 – 1924.
For more historical information, you can visit the Apollo Bay Museum located at the Old Cable Station.
Wildlife Wonders is on National Geographic’s list of must-see destinations for 2022! See and learn about wildlife like you never have before, led by your conservationist guide.
Start the Great Ocean Walk, kayak out to see the seals just down the way at Marengo or discover something to see and do for your pace today.
If you haven’t already, find a place to rest your head – or plan for your next visit. Apollo Bay has campgrounds, cabins, lux holiday houses, group stays and more. Find what you need here.
All ages adventures where the forest meets the sea.
Apollo Bay is a salt of the earth fishing town.
Here you can enjoy tranquil beaches, the freshest of seafood and a vibrant culture scene. It’s a real catch!
Discover even more about Apollo Bay, the home of fresh seafood and on the doorstep of the amazing Otway National Park.
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