Check out what’s new this summer!
If you’re into checking out the newest things to see and do, we’ve made a list to help you discover some of the newest (and coolest!) places to stay, eat and experience this summer, wherever you’re hanging out on and around the Great Ocean Road.
Family run casual burger venue, with great outdoor garden area, playground and cocktails.
A cool new bar open in Sawmills Way, Torquay (behind Bunnings). Bar open Fridays and Saturdays with gin cocktails and tasting plates.
Retail shop open Mon – Fri
Specialising in pasta – everyone’s favourite
Popular Australian fashion brand with new Torquay retail outlet
Casual Asian/ South American fusion dining with focus on local produce at Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club
New food outlet in Anglesea shopping precinct specialising in crowd-pleasing fried chicken!
French deli and wine store sourcing boutique and local produce – open all day until 8pm, 7 days a week
Beautifully revamped 24 room hotel, with stylish summer vibes all year round – Santara Restaurant and Indi Spa opening on site early in the new year 2023
Located at the Lorne Bowls Club, award-winning chef and sustainable food ambassador Jo Barret provides a magical locally sourced and home-grown menu. Open Friday to Sunday.
Coming to Lorne in Feb 2023 downstairs at Merrivale’s Lorne Hotel.
After an extended closure for upgrades, the popular Skenes Creek Caravan Park, located on the foreshore, is now open – with improved accessible amenities.
Reopened beside the brewery, enjoy Tastings of Prickly Moses Beer & Otway Rainforest Gin + a local Cheese Board – open 7 days
Pop up venue from Timboon Railway Shed Distillery serving whiskeys and drinks, share plates and one stop shop for local produce, with a view overlooking the iconic Port Campbell Bay and jetty.
12 Apostles Trail opening early 2023 – cycle or walk the brand new off road trail connecting Port Campbell and Timboon.
Luxe accommodation in a converted church and stunning grounds for the literary or musically minded.
Not new but reopened after a long couple of years closed, the freshly refurbished venue opens with café, shopping for local wines and produce plus new regular High Cheese events.
Bougie basics at Fletcher Jones Market, complimenting the Pleasant Hill Coffee van
Coffee shop and shared working space at the rear of 190 Timor Street (behind Red Spoon Thai)
In residence again this summer at the bowls club in the Lake Pertobe Precinct – drinks outdoors every afternoon
Brand new upgraded section of playground in the precinct of what was already a kids paradise. Take the young ones to check it out
Beautiful brand-new state of the art library with cafe, reading room, childrens area and program of school holiday events
Coming in 2023 – Warra Gnan Coastal camp – dorm style accom in Lake Pertobe Precinct
Long awaited return and recently hatted restaurant featured local produce by acclaimed chef Ryan Sessions.
Brand new venue for great food and cocktails, whether inside the historic building or in the al fresco garden setting.
Operated by Gunditjmara Traditional Owners on the UNSECO world heritage listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, and opened in mid-2022. Take a tour on country with a local guide to learn about the ancient cultural practices of the Gunditjmara people and/or visit the Tae Rak Acquaculture Centre café to sample a menu that regional produce including eel, and infused with local bush herbs & spices.
In Budj Bim National Park (via Macarthur), take the Lake Surprise walk to to brand new, stunning lookout, built to gain perspective of “Budj Bim” the ancient volcano the landscape is named after.
Lovely gift and homewares in the heart of Casterton, another reason to stop and meander around this quintessential Australian country town.
The newest Pizza place to roll into Portland – delicious traditional crust pizzas and calzones.
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