December 2016 – What’s on in the Otways…


Forrest Festival

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Dec, 8am – 8:30pm

Forrest’s newest Mountain Bike event. Held in the village of Forrest deep in the Victorian OTWAY ranges. Forrest is one of Australia’s premier Mountain Bike destinations and the events capital of The Otways.


Apollo Bay Market Saturdays

9am to 1pm (weather permitting)
Apollo Bay Foreshore
All goods locally made, baked, grown, sewn, sculpted, painted, carved and created!

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

Sunday 18th December, 9am to 1pm
Youth Club Hall, 21 Moore St, Apollo Bay
Fresh seasonal vegetables, local beef & lamb, French style cheese, wine, preserves, cakes, smoked fish, salami, fresh bread, tea, coffee, honey, dry food store, goats milk soap, nuts and hand spun wool.

Hand Made in the Otways

Thursday 1st December: 10am -4pm
Mechanics Institute Hall, 21 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay Art & Craft Market
Handmade in the Otways, celebrating the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Tastes of the Region

Open daily from 11am  McLaren Parade Apollo Bay (behind GOR Brewhouse) 03 5237 6240
Sample local craft beer and wine in the tasting room and browse a great range of delicious products from the Otway and Great Ocean Road region.

Australian Whisky Tasting

Thursday, 8th Dec @6pm , Tickets: $35

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

11th December, 9am to 2pm Birregurra Park
Local wines, organic veggies, artisan bread, olive oil and award winning preserves & vinegar.  Woodcraft & sculpture, handmade soap & jewellery, clothing & accessories & more!

Lavers Hill Community Christmas Market

4th Dec – 10am to 2pm
Institute Hall , 51 Great Ocean Rd Lavers Hill 3238

Colac Lions Club Sunday Market

18th December, 9am to 2pm, Memorial Square, Colac Fresh produce, preserves, garden plants, refreshments and sausage sizzle.


Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Gallery

11am to 4pm (Sat, Sun & Holidays) Mechanics Institute Hall (Cinema)
21 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 3233
Presenting: Apollo Bay P-12 College – Senior Art Show: 3rd & 4th Dec – The show is the culmination of the year’s work from the VCE Studio Art students

40th Apollo Bay Art Show

26th Dec 2016  – 4th Jan 2017
Showcasing the work of  local and regional artists   (Exhibition both at the Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Gallery & Apollo Bay Community Centre, 4 Whelan Street , Apollo 3233)

Upstairs Gallery & Glance Twice Glass Studio

10am to 5pm (Sat, Sun & Holidays)
Upstairs, 57 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay  Located above Apollo Bay Noodle Bar.
Paintings & Photos by Gayle Seach & Andrew Strang. Photography by Leslie Fisk. Glance Twice jewellery studio/gallery – watch Margaret Glance at work, unique handmade jewellery, bowls, platters and vases for sale.

Shannon’s Gallery & Studio

10am to 6pm (closed Tuesdays)
12 Montrose Ave, Apollo Bay  03 5237 6578
Changing drawings, paintings & prints by Pat & Mark Shannon.

Victoria Howlett @ ‘TORS’  By Arrangement

32 Ocean Park Drive, Marengo
0408 863 043 Paintings & ceramics, open by arrangement.

Pop-Up Gallery

Artworks & Hand crafted gifts by local artists
2nd Dec – 5th Feb 2017 Birregurra Hall
10am – 4pm, Fri, Sat & Sun
42-44 Main St, Birregurra VIC 3242

Gellibrand River Gallery

10am to 4pm (Weekends & Holidays)
Ph: 03 5235 8410
14 Main St, Gellibrand
Located in the small picturesque township of Gellibrand.

Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery

11am to 4pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
520 Corangamite Lake Rd, Cororooke (8km N Colac) 03 5233 1030   Presenting this month: ‘Urban Tract’ – An Exhibition featuring artworks of members of ‘GASP’ :
3rd Dec – 29th Jan 2017 from 11am-4pm
(Gallery closed from 12/12/2016 to 07/01/2017 – Christmas Break)


Apollo Bay P-12 College Annual Instrumental Concert

The Apollo Bay Leisure Centre
26 Costin St, Apollo Bay VIC 3233 Thurs, 8th Dec @ 1pm
All are welcome to come and watch our young performers.

Apollo Bay Hotel

95 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 03 5237 6250
Music Line-up: 3rd Dec: Lukey Luke @9pm | 10th Dec: Mr.Meaner @9pm | 17th Dec: Bo Jenkins @9pm | 18th Dec: Bo Jenkins – afternoon session | 23rd Dec – Matty Orchard @9pm | 31st Dec – Mr Meaner @9pm

Great Ocean Rd Brewhouse

29 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay  03 5237 6240
Music Line-up: 3rd Dec: Mike Elrington @9pm | 10th Dec: Chelsea Drugstore @9pm | 17th Dec: Matt Orchard @9pm  | 23rd  & 24th Dec: Alister Turrill  @9pm | 26th Dec: Matt Orchard @9pm | 27th Dec: The Refuge @9pm | 28th Dec: Ben Smith Band @9pm | 29th Dec: Matt Orchard @9pm | 30th Dec: Rondo @9pm | 31st Dec New Years Eve: DJ Chook & DJ Moluck

Apollo Bay RSL

Sunday 11th December from 2pm
12 Gallipoli Parade, Apollo Bay  03 5237 6091
Sunday arvo of music, local musicians & singers with a wide variety of genres.
Free admission, snacks available.

Gosling Creek Winery

11am to 5pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
495 Murroon Rd, Murroon  03 5236 3229
Premium estate wines, light seasonal food at the cellar door. Great views, Free BBQs & Free live music on Sunday from 2pm.

Colac City Band’s

Friday 16th Dec: 7.30pm to 10pm
Memorial Square,  Colac, Victoria 3250
70 years ago the Colac City Band had an idea to celebrate Christmas and help bring the community together. The Colac City Band Carols By Candlelight was born. This event has been celebrated every year since then.


Apollo Bay Cinema

Mechanics Hall  21 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
Screenings over long weekends and throughout School Holidays – (session times online or pick-up from the Visitor Centre).

Birregurra Hall

42-44 Main Street, Birregurra 3242
Presenting this month: The Suitcase Royale, The Ballad of Backbone Joe tells a tale of a murder set in a small country town, in their unique, comedic, Mightly Boosh-esque style. 2nd December 2016 – 7:30pm to 11pm – Tickets: $25 Adults | $60 Family

Colac Cinemas

Open Daily
COPACC, Gellibrand St, Colac  03 5232 9504
Presenting this month: Christmas with Silvie Paladino : Wed, 7th Dec @ 11am.
Silvie has performed lead roles in Les Miserables on main stages in Australia and London, in Cats, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia etc. Tickets: $20

Carolyn Theatre, Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery

3rd  December 2016 : 7:30pm to 10pm 520 Corangamite Lake Rd, Cororooke (8km N Colac)  03 5233 1030
Presenting this month: The Other Film Festival, In Celebration of International Day of People with a Disability, Colac Otway Shire Council invites you to a special screening of 4 selected films from the ‘Other Film Festival’.


Apollo Bay Museum

2pm to 5pm (Sat, Sun & Holidays)
6250 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 03 5237 7441
Featuring old photographs, aboriginal relics, shipwreck flotsam including a cannon, timber saws, pioneer women’s room.
ENTRY:  Adult $5, Child $1 (8-16 yrs).

Cape Otway Lightstation

Open Daily, 9am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)
Lighthouse Rd, Cape Otway 03 5237 9240
Built in 1848, the oldest lighthouse on the Australian mainland with spectacular views and a fascinating history. Climb to the top of the tower, 90m above the Southern Ocean with views across Bass Strait. Explore the Telegraph Station (1859). Learn about traditional indigenous ways & bush tucker at the Aboriginal Centre. Discover WW2 history at the Radar Bunker. Scrumptious homemade meals & snacks from the Lightkeepers Café.


APOLLO BAY  Summer Foreshore Carnival

Apollo Bay Foreshore , 3233 VIC  Fun for all the family!
Evenings @ 6pm from 26th Dec – End Jan 2017
31 st Dec 2016  New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Apollo Bay Foreshore , 3233 VIC
Main display at family friendly time of 10pm. Second display to bring in the New Year @ 12am.


Bluewater Aquatic Centre
Open 7 days Hearn St, Colac  03 5231 4398

Apollo Bay Community Library

Mon: 2pm to 5pm, Wed: 11am to 6pm, Fri: 10am to 5pm, Sat: 10am to 12pm
6 Pengilley Ave, Apollo Bay 03 5237 1013
Services include self-service photocopying (colour and black & white), WiFi, one public internet PC with access to MS Word (bookings preferred).
Note: Closed for lunch on Wed & Fri from 1pm-1:30pm.


26 Nov to 4 Dec 2016 – Great Vic Bike Ride
3 & 4 Dec 2016 – Forrest Festival
26 Dec 2016 to end Jan 2017 – Apollo Bay Foreshore Carnival
26 Jan 2017 – A Day in the Bay
18 Feb 2017 – Apollo Bay Seafood & Local Produce Fest
25 & 26 Feb 2017 – Gellibrand Blues & Blueberry Festival
25 & 26 Feb 2017 – Otway Odyssey
18 Mar 2017 – RACV GOR Classic Ride

20 & 21 May 2017 – GOR Running Festival
Jun 2017 – Forrest Soup Festival
19th & 20th Aug 2017 – International Lighthouse Weekend
Aug 2017 – Amy Gran Fondo
Oct 2017 – Birregurra Festival
Oct 2017 – Otway Oktoberfest
Nov 2017 – Forrest Festival

Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre | 100 Great Ocean Rd, APOLLO BAY 3233 | Ph: 1300 689 297 (OTWAYS) Colac Visitor Information Centre | Cnr Murray & Queen Streets, COLAC 3250 | Ph: 1300 689 297 (OTWAYS)  |