The 6 best things for foodies to do on the Great Ocean Road

The 6 best things for foodies to do on the Great Ocean Road

From the lush, leafy hinterland to the rugged and raw coast, this swathe of Victorian countryside is awash with beautiful produce and highly decorated restaurants. Whatever your tastes (and budget), the Great Ocean Road delivers for epicures.

1. Suffoir, Macarthur

Located just 30 minutes from Port Fairy, and just a stone’s throw from the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, Suffoir Winery Brewery and Distillery invites you on a journey of taste and discovery against the backdrop of stunning landscapes. At Suffoir, they offer a unique fusion of winemaking, brewing, and distilling, allowing them to craft an array of captivating beverages all under one roof.

2. Noodledoof Brewing and Distilling Co., Koroit

Open from your morning cold drip coffee, brewed over 12 hours, through to your evening gin – distilled with botanicals plucked from the crater of a dormant local volcano, no less — Noodledoof is no one-trick pony. Beyond beverages, this brewery and distillery also serves up an indulgent menu of burgers, loaded fries and chicken wings come lunch and dinner, while breakfast is a slightly more salubrious affair, running the gamut from almond and chia pudding to fruit toast and granola with coconut yoghurt.

 

3. Merrijig Inn, Port Fairy

Established in the mid-1880s, and said to be the oldest inn in Victoria, the Merrijig Inn is steeped in maritime history and legend. This wildly cosy and bijou hotel is known for its warm and friendly country hospitality as much as it is the food. There’s a distinctively European lean to the menu, which changes daily depending on what’s at its ripest in the kitchen garden or which produce is in peak at local farms: think dishes such as twice-cooked cheese souffle with Jerusalem artichoke, and house made duck egg agnolotti with hapuka and brown butter.

4. Brae, Birregurra

A fine diner that needs little introduction, Brae numbers among Australia’s best and brightest eateries — indeed, it’s previously kept company among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Seasonality and sustainability guide the ever-changing degustation menu, while technical prowess, painstaking attention to detail and fanciful aesthetics find favour on the plate. The Birregurra restaurant’s iced oyster (a textural oyster ice cream dusted with powdered sea lettuce) has become something of a hallmark, and offers a glimpse into the kind of culinary ingenuity you should expect from a meal here.

5. Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op, Apollo Bay

A coastal restaurant with plenty of rustic charm, Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op is a mecca for seafood lovers. Situated just a couple of metres from the salty surf, it dishes up a bounty of impossibly fresh fish and crustaceans. So fabled is the southern rock lobster that’s hauled from the depths of this bay that the seaside town and its catch took centre stage on a season 13 episode of MasterChef. Pull up a pew at one of the co-op’s picnic tables, devour a fisherman’s basket and watch on as sailboats bob around in the water before you.

6. Timboon Fine Ice Cream, Timboon

In the thick of the 12 Apostles hinterland, among the verdant pastoral landscapes, lies a little pocket awash with artisanal food and drink producers. From a natural ice creamery founded by a third-generation dairy farmer, to a single malt whisky distillery run by a cattle farmer in a railway shed that dates back to the 1800s, and a ‘grass to glass’ single-site organic dairy and cheesery, the tiny town of Timboon (pop. 1,202) punches well above its weight. Stop in at Timboon Fine Ice Cream for a scoop of apple pie ice cream or maybe even one of their Sundae School classes.

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