Overview

Exploring the Great Ocean Road - a meandering, feature-packed 243-kilometre drive from Torquay to Port Fairy - never fails to bring on the need for a feed. There's plenty to explore, from chef's-hatted fine dining to sociable breweries and coastal fish-and-chip shops. Whether you're stepping straight off the beach or venturing beyond, decent tucker and refreshing beverages are never far away.

1. Bellbrae Estate

A mere stone's throw from world-famous Bells Beach, Surf Coast winery Bellbrae Estate pairs critically acclaimed cool climate chardonnay, shiraz and pinot noir with the likes of tasty tapas and wood-fired pizza.

2. Great Ocean Road Gin Kitchen

A new favourite stop at Aireys Inlet. Get down to some serious sipping in the Great Ocean Road Gin tasting room or wander next door to the Kitchen, a beautiful bar space serving a sumptuous South East Asian–inspired menu.

3. Mortadeli

This cute and cosy Mediterranean deli has been making quite the buzz in Torquay, and for good reason. Pop into Mortadeli and stock up on delicious Euro-inspired treats like handmade pasta, loaded paninis, imported deli goods, and fresh pastizzi.

4. Samesyn 2.0

Having recently re-opened after an epic nine-month transformation, Samesyn 2.0 is the place to be for sustainable fine dining on the Surf Coast. This low-waste restaurant is making a change by donating all profits to give back to the local community.

5. Merrijig Kitchen

If you're heading to Port Fairy on your Great Ocean Road journey, stop by Merrijig Kitchen to experience gourmet dining at Victoria's oldest inn. The ever-changing menu at this cosy eatery features the freshest local and seasonal produce.

6. Brae

Award-winning restaurant Brae is a must for any serious foodie visiting the Great Ocean Road. Book ahead to secure your table for an evening of fabulous fine dining, and if you can't bear to leave, there is luxe accommodation on the property.

7. Apollo Bay Bakery

Seafood lovers make a beeline for Apollo Bay Bakery, known as the 'home of the scallop pie' on the Great Ocean Road. Chomp into handmade pastry cases filled with your choice of two fresh fillings: curry scallop or scallop mornay. Maybe take another for the road.

8. Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

Pull up at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a refreshing selection of more than 100 craft brews, including 14 local labels on tap. Pop into the pert-friendly tasting room or pair a frothy with a produce platter piled high with the region's finest treats.

9. Totti's Lorne

Gather your friends at Totti's Lorne for Mediterranean-style share plates by the beach. Awarded a chef's hat in the 2024 Good Food Guide, this local Italian diner set inside the Lorne Hotel is all about simple, authentic dishes created with fresh produce.

10. Kafe Koala General Store

Pop into Kafe Koala in the sleepy hamlet of Kennett River for casual, all-day dining. Start your morning with locally roasted coffee and baked goodies or grab some fish and chips for a picnic lunch by the coast.

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