Apollo Bay & District Historical Society

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0434 820 473

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PO Box 248, Apollo Bay VIC 3233 



6250 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay  see map

abmuseum 2 bwThe Apollo Bay museum - housed in the buildings from which the undersea cable connected Tasmania with the mainland - is operated by the Apollo Bay and District Historical Society.

It includes displays of relics from some of the shipwrecks and ships that were essentially the primary means of access before the Great Ocean Road and of the life of what was an extremely isolated community.

Opening Times 

Saturday, Sunday 2-5pm

School Holidays

Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday - 2-5pm

Other times can be arranged depending on the availability of a volunteer to follow up with you your special interests in our collection.

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Books and family histories

The museum has a very extensive range of histories of the people who created and sustained this remote community. 
Many books about the area, its people, life and the shipwrecks are available for sale, for example:
     Journal of an Expedition to Cape Otway (1863)
     The Loch Ard Disaster
     Shipwrecks Along the Great Ocean Road

     Battler By the Bay - memoirs of Albert Stanford

1947See a more complete list of books available from the museum

If you have family who have a connection with 'the Bay', and are interested in tracing more background, contact the museum for more information.
If you have information about the Bay's past we'd be very grateful if you could share it with us.



A brief history

View a thumbnail summary of the first hundred years of white settlement in Apollo Bay.


History Trailcollingwood st

Haven't had time to stop and read all of the wonderful new signs dotted around Apollo Bay depicting some of the history of Apollo Bay since European settlement? Then here they all are in one place.


Victorian Collection

See the Apollo Bay Museum collection on the Victorian Collections website.


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A collection of audio stories and video tributes.



Meetings are held at 10am on the 3rd Monday of the month at the museum.



Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history of the Apollo Bay district and costs $10.00 for an individual membership or $15.00 for a family membership, per year.