The Old Cable Station Museum

The Old Cable Station Museum

The Cable Station officially opened on the 1st April 1936, it was the Victorian end of the first submarine telephone cable linking Tasmania via King Island to the mainland.


The cable provided 6 telephone channels, 7 telegraph channels and a broadcasting channel for the ABC radio between Melbourne and Hobart. The cable operated until 1968, when a failure occurred in the section between king Island and Stanley, in Northern Tasmania. The link was then provided by radio. 

Today the Museum is housed in the buildings from which the undersea cable connected Tasmania to the mainland and is operated by the Apollo Bay Historical Society. The museum displays relics from some of the shipwrecks and ship that were essentially the primary means of access before the Great Ocean Road and of the life of what was an extremely isolated community. 

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The RAWR Bar

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Bakery

Apollo Bay

Dooleys Ice Cream

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