The Great Otway National Park is a beautiful place with a lot of hidden gems. Impressive waterfalls, beautiful lakes, a lot of exotic wildlife, “fairy tail” like bushes, lush rainforest and not to forget the beautiful beaches of the Great Ocean Road if you drive towards the coast. But after a full day exploring nature, we often just want one thing…. Eat, Drink and Unwind. That’s why we are giving you our favourite options in the Otways and along the Great Ocean Road.
Visit Tastes of the Region & the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse
If you are looking for an all-inclusive tasting room, you need to stop in at Apollo Bay and visit Tastes of the Region. This dog-friendly tasting room has so many offerings to keep you occupied for the entire day! As their name suggests, Tastes of the Region have a focus on supporting the local community. This fun and cosy venue source many of their wines, produce and beer from the Otways. Prickly Moses is the star of the show and you can purchase a tasting paddle and try five of their mouth-watering brews. You can also do a tasting of four spectacular local wines. The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is located in front of the tasting room, offering a delicious menu using high quality, seasonal produce sourced from the local community.
Raspberry picking and Cider drinking
Located in Murroon, this picturesque venue is perfect for couple getaways. Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery is a bed and breakfast must-do experience. Set in the mountains, this family owned berry farm has a cute café on site, serving light meals and snacks. Here, you can taste, and purchase cider, gin, berry cocktails, jams and other sweet preserves made from the berries on the farm. With no chemicals used in the growing of the produce, and dependant on the season, patrons are given the opportunity to pick berries.
Be nourished in the Otways
Otway NouriShed is a cute little café in Ferguson which is sure to take you back in time. This quaint coffee shop is run from an old potato shed, decorated with retro and rustic furnishings and allows their visitors to dive into the history of the Otways. This quirky venue is a great place to have a meal, sit and unwind with a coffee and chat with friends. There is a large deck overlooking the countryside and a bar for some cheeky drinks. 100% make this a stop when travelling the Great Ocean Road.
Salt air at Salt Brewery
Beer, beach, brewery; what more could you want? The atmosphere is exactly what you would expect from a beachside business, laidback, chilled out and a great spot to relax. With a major focus on environmental sustainability and renewable energy, aligning with the coastal lifestyle many patrons enjoy. With a menu created with locally sourced products in mind and a range of craft beer for tasting and purchase, this is a gem for the foodie at heart and beer lovers.
Hooly Dooley, it’s Ice Cream!
Facing the beachfront in Apollo Bay, Dooley’s Ice Cream serves award winning ice cream, gelato and sorbet. This is a must-stop on the Great Ocean Road and is the best way to indulge yourself! With a range of flavours that will be sure to have you drooling, there is truly something for everyone. If you like traditional flavours like chocolate, vanilla or cookies and cream, or more experimental flavours like Vegemite, Liquorice or Black Truffle. Whether it’s a lunch time snack or after dinner dessert, you will love this local family-run business.
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