5 Best Apollo Bay Caravan Parks For Travellers In 2024

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By Audrey Chalmers

Looking For The Best Apollo Bay Caravan Parks?

Then this review of the best caravan parks in Apollo Bay is just what you need.

If you are looking to stay in an Apollo Bay caravan park, there are a few options for you to choose from. Which one is best for you depends on your personal needs and wants.

Some Apollo Bay caravan parks are great for families, while others are better suited to couples, solo travellers, and those who prefer nature.

Apollo Bay is the perfect base to stay, go surfing, kayaking, deep sea fishing, and of course, explore the Great Ocean Road!

The town itself offers museums, tasty local cafes and restaurants, and a great starting point for the epic Great Ocean Walk.

Deck with a bench and stools overlooking the ocean at Big 4 Pisces Apollo Bay Holiday Park accommodation.

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The best Apollo Bay caravan is the Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces with its beautiful ocean views and near-perfect rating!

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There are loads of other fun nearby attractions like the glow worms at Melba Gully, the treetop walk along the Otway Fly, and Wildlife Wonders – a sanctuary named Victoria’s best spot to see koalas in the wild.

Use our guide to find out which Apollo Bay campsite is the best for your stay along the Great Ocean Road.

Whether you’re on a budget or want to stay in a luxury cabin with all of the best facilities, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Top 5 Best Apollo Bay Caravan Parks

Caravan parks come in all shapes and sizes. Some Apollo Bay campsites only have pitches available for tents and vans, while others are fully fitted with luxury accommodation options, heated pools, and on-site kitchens.

Some smaller sites may need to be booked in advance, while others have plenty of space for last-minute reservations.

Not all Apollo Bay campgrounds are dog-friendly either, so check out our guide below to find the best choice for you.

1) Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces Caravan Park

Deck with a bench and stools overlooking the ocean at Big 4 Pisces Apollo Bay Holiday Park accommodation.
Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces Caravan Park is perfect for a beachside holiday.

Address: 311 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 3233

Room Types:

  • 2 & 3 bedroom cabins
  • Spa cabins with ocean views
  • Beach tents (Glamping)
  • Ensuite sites
  • Powered sites on concrete or grass
  • Unpowered sites

Key Features:

  • Across the road from the beach
  • Ocean views
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Walking track to town
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Sewage dump point
  • Fire pit
  • Drive through sites
  • Adventure playground
  • Undercover play area
  • Interactive waterplay area
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Big4 Apollo Bay Holiday Park with its great location and excellent amenities is a top pick for the best caravan park in Apollo Bay.

It’s ideal for those wanting a beachside holiday as Apollo Bay’s main beach is just across the road. While the town centre is 1.5 kilometres away which is handy if you need to do any shopping.

Accommodation options include standard and deluxe 2 and 3 bedroom cabins, the best have spa baths and ocean views – perfect if you want to treat yourself to a little luxury while you’re on holiday.

For those travelling with a tent or van, there are ensuite sites, powered and unpowered sites as well as drive-through sites. While for couples, glamping in a luxury beach tent is the ideal romantic getaway.

This Big4 Holiday Park is a great choice for families with a whole host of organised activities for kids on offer in the school holidays. Not to mention the on-site skate park, kids play area, heated outdoor pool, and games room.

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The Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park has lots of well-maintained amenities that make it a great place to stay.

There’s a modern indoor camp kitchen with a large enclosed seating and TV area. Outside there’s a covered barbecue area with decking and additional seating for busy school holidays.

There are also firepits, a laundry with washing machines and dryers, a sewage dump point, and free Wi-Fi.

Living area with views out to a deck and the ocean at Big4 Pisces Holiday Park Apollo Bay accommodation.

This Apollo Bay campground is located on the edge of town right across from the beach. A handy beachside walking track makes it easy to walk into town.

What Past Guests Have Said:

The location was great, mountains behind the park, ocean in front. Best of both worlds. Facilites were terrific, extremely clean, and lots of activities for kids. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Very quiet park and safe. – Maria

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Summary

For those travelling with kids or who like a caravan park with all the bells and whistles, the Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces ticks all the boxes. This park is hard to beat.

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2) Apollo Bay Holiday Park

Open plan living and dining with timber look flooring and exposed roof beams in an Apollo Bay Holiday Park cabin. A centrally located Apollo Bay caravan park.

Address: 27 Cawood Street, Apollo Bay 3233

Room Types:

  • 1 & 2 bedroom cabins
  • Spa cabins
  • Budget family rooms
  • Powered & unpowered sites
  • Grass or concrete sites
  • Drive-through sites

Key Features:

  • Heated swimming pool
  • Walk to shops, restaurants, beach
  • Children’s playground
  • Games Room
  • Camp kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi

The main draw of the Apollo Bay Holiday Park is its location, right in the centre of town. It’s easy to walk to the shops, restaurants, and all of the best things to do in Apollo Bay.

The park is kept spotlessly clean, with lots of facilities like an outdoor eating area, a playground for kids, and a heated year-round swimming pool – it’s kept at a pleasant 27 degrees Celsius.

The Apollo Bay cabin accommodation is split into several different levels such as executive and standard, spa cabins, and superior cabins – so there is something to suit everyone.

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Cabins at Apollo Bay Holiday Park can accommodate between 2 and 6 people and have additional options for younger children like travel cots and high chairs.

Some cabins have private parking, with options like having all towels and all linen included.

This Apollo Bay holiday park’s van and tent pitches are sheltered and come in either powered or unpowered setups.

They are located close to the amenities block, swimming pool, camp kitchen, and adventure playground.

People relaxing around the swimming pool at Apollo Bay Caravan Park
Apollo Bay Holiday Park is a value-for-money caravan park with a pool.

Grass pitches are also available for larger rigs. Campsites start from $25, and van sites are priced from $35. Pets are not allowed.

What Past Guests Have Said:

Lovely little holiday park. Welcoming reception and lovely maintained and clean cabin accommodaton. Had everything we needed. Park was beautifully cared for with trees and lawn area. Walking distance to beach and town centre. – Kaye

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Summary:

With its swimming pool and great location Apollo Bay Holiday Park is excellent value-for-money.

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3) Marengo Holiday Park

Marengo Caravan Park cabin with a verandah and a small garden. There is a pink car  parked in the allocated space beside the cabin.
We loved being able to park right beside our cabin at Marengo Holiday Park.

Address: 15 Marengo Crescent, Marengo 3233

Room Types:

  • 2 bedroom chalets and villas
  • Apartments and family rooms with sea views
  • Powered sites
  • Unpowered sites

Key Features:

  • Beachside location
  • Sea views
  • Adjacent to Marengo Reef Marine Sanctuary
  • Well-appointed camp kitchen
  • Outdoor barbecue area
  • Cliff-top walking track
  • Updated adventure playground
  • Pet friendly
  • Allocated parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

If you’re looking for an Apollo Bay dog friendly caravan park, Marengo Holiday Park is an excellent choice.

The park itself is kept in tip-top shape and dogs are welcome all year round in both cabins and campsites.

Please be aware that dogs are to be kept on a lead at all times, cleaned up after, and never left unattended.

Marengo Holiday Park is located a 5-minute drive south (2 km) from the Apollo Bay township.

From here it’s easy to see and visit the local seal colony on Henty Reef and visit the Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary.

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Marengo Caravan Park has great facilities on-site like a fully enclosed camp kitchen and laundry, as well as family and disabled bathrooms.

In good weather, there’s an outdoor barbecue area and a children’s adventure playground to enjoy.

Campfires are also welcomed, so warm summer nights can be spent enjoying the outdoors – that’s if you can keep the kids off of the free guest Wi-Fi!

Outdoor deck, grass area, and tree at Marengo Caravan Park.
Soak up the views at Marengo Family Caravan Park.

The Marengo Family Caravan Park sites are clean and spacious with wonderful views of Mounts Bay and Henty Reef.

Large sites can also be requested for bigger caravans or groups.

What Past Guests Have Said:

Can’t wait to return to this great accommodation – the sea views were spectacular! Amazing location, great facilities and had everything we needed. Wouldn’t have changed a single thing, was perfect in every way! – Danielle

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Summary

A beautifully maintained dog-friendly caravan park that’s next to the beach. A good option for families who don’t need the extra features that the Big4 Pisces has.

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4) Skenes Creek Caravan Park

Family relaxing outside their caravan under an awning. There are several family friendly Apollo Bay caravan parks in Victoria.
Apollo Bay caravan parks are great places to stay for families.

Address: 2 Great Ocean Road, Skenes Creek 3233

Room Types:

  • Powered sites
  • Unpowered sites

Key Features:

  • Beachside location
  • New camp kitchen
  • Undercover barbecues
  • New amenities block
  • New laundry
  • Kiosk
  • Dog friendly
  • Dump point

Another one of the top caravan parks near Apollo Bay is Skenes Creek Caravan Park.

Also known as the Apollo Bay Foreshore Caravan Park, this caravan park is actually located around 6 kilometres from town along Great Ocean Road.

You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, as the park is right on the beachfront.

It’s not one of the biggest caravan parks in Apollo Bay, so reserving a site in advance can be a good idea.

All sites are extremely close to the beach and offer a completely natural setting. You can choose between powered and unpowered grassy pitches for tents or caravans.

It’s a great option for couples or those who prefer peace and quiet away from the big family holiday parks in Apollo Bay itself.

It’s also an option for pet owners as this is another dog friendly caravan park near Apollo Bay. The rural setting makes it ideal for dogs who want to run on the sands.

The site has great reviews with clean and well-maintained facilities. There are also some brand-new amenities at the park such as a laundry and a camp kitchen.

Summary

Small dog friendly park set next to the beach and creek with basic amenities and no facilities for children.

  • Phone: (03) 5237 6132

5) Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve

Rear view of caravans parked under trees. There is colourful beach gear hanging on a clothes line. The caravan parks at Apollo Bay are popular places to stay on the Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay caravan parks are popular places to stay on the Great Ocean Road.

Address: 70 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 3233

Accommodation:

  • Powered sites
  • Unpowered sites

Key Features:

  • Dog friendly
  • Across the road from the beach
  • Riverside location
  • Room for boats and trailers
  • Barbecues

The Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve is located just outside central Apollo Bay, beside the football oval and the Barham River.

If you choose to stay here, you can take a short walk across the Great Ocean Road to Mounts Bay to enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing.

It’s easy to find a spot here, even if you don’t have a reservation. There are 35 powered sites and 210 unpowered sites, some are located alongside the beautiful Barham River.

It’s a great spot for river fishing, or just to watch birds and other wildlife from the riverbank.

There are plenty of bush tracks to explore nearby as well as local kayak and surf lessons operating during summer for kids and adults.

The Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve is an affordable option for families visiting Apollo Bay on a budget but has fewer amenities than some of the more formal sites.

It’s also a dog-friendly campsite (though dogs must be on leash at all times).

The reserve is just across the road from the beach and has good access to Apollo Bay without needing to jump in the car.

You can walk for about 1 km to reach the town centre, cafes, and restaurants, make use of the local golf course, and buy fresh seafood from the famous Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Co-Op.

Facilities at the reserve include coin-operated laundries, 3 amenity blocks, free barbecues, tennis courts, and the local oval.

Please note that the Recreation Reserve, Apollo Bay, has basic facilities that need updating and the site can get very muddy in winter.

Camping prices start from $40 per night for up to 6 people on an unpowered site. The reserve’s reception hours are from 9 a.m – 5 p.m, 7 days a week.

Summary

A dog friendly caravan park run by the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority with basic amenities.

  • Phone: (03) 5237 6577

Apollo Bay Caravan Park Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to book Apollo Bay caravan parks?

Yes, you need to book Apollo Bay caravan parks if you’re travelling during the peak season and on public holidays. Some caravan parks fill up as far as a year in advance as Apollo Bay is popular with both locals and tourists. It is less busy in the winter months so booking ahead is not necessary at that time.

How far is Apollo Bay from Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road?

Apollo Bay is 195 kilometres from Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road and takes about 3 hours without stopping. The inland route through Winchelsea and Forrest is faster and takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Why is Apollo Bay famous?

Apollo Bay is famous for its beaches, beautiful scenery, and amazing natural wonders. Its location halfway along the Great Ocean Road and proximity to Otway National Park makes it the perfect place for exploring the region. Apollo Bay is also famous for its fresh seafood and festivals like the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, Winter Wild Festival, and the Great Ocean Running Festival.

Is Apollo Bay a suburb?

No, Apollo Bay is not a suburb it is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria. Located on the Great Ocean Road it sits on the eastern side of Cape Otway along the edge of Barham River in the Colac Otway Shire. Apollo Bay has a population of 1,800 people which swells to 15,000 in the peak summer tourist season.

Can you fish in Apollo Bay?

Yes, you can fish in Apollo Bay within designated areas as long as you have a Victorian recreational fishing license. Fishing is popular within designated areas of the wharf and breakwaters. Apollo Bay’s harbour has a wharf with marina berths and a public boat ramp.

What cities are between Geelong and Apollo Bay?

There are no cities between Geelong and Apollo Bay only small coastal towns. These towns include Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, and Lorne when travelling along the Great Ocean Road. The inland route from Geelong to Apollo Bay takes you through Winchelsea, Birregurra, and Forrest.

Final Word:

Whichever spot you choose to stay at along the Great Ocean Road, these Apollo Bay caravan parks offer something for everyone and are a great way to experience Apollo Bay at its best.

So pack up a tent, or just a suitcase – if you choose to stay in a fully-furnished cabin – and head out on your very own Great Ocean Road adventure today!

Didn’t find what you want? Read our guide to the best places to stay in Apollo Bay for some fantastic alternatives to camping.

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By Audrey Chalmers

Audrey grew up in Victoria and travelled the world but she always called Victoria home. She loves nothing more than exploring her home state and sharing it here.