great ocean road
Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is undergoing a foodie revival, with great eateries and produce to match the natural attractions of this popular holiday spot.
WORDS MATT PRESTON
PHOTOGRAPHY CATHERINE SUTHERLAND
he Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s gems with its twisting, cliff-edge drives above azure bays, wide, empty beaches and spectacular rock formations. Along the coast, the mood changes from the laid-back surf towns of Torquay and Jan Juc where wave-riders come to try the world famous break at Bells Beach, to the more sedate and smart holiday-home locations of Lorne, Fairhaven and Aireys Inlet. Further from Melbourne – and closer
to the popular tourist attractions of the Twelve Apostles and the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk – the towns of Apollo Bay and Port Campbell are a haven for backpackers and a less sceney holiday.
This region’s once-great reputation for food and wine had slipped in recent times, but visit now and you’ll find a thriving scene once more – thanks to a combination of new and re-energised restaurateurs, an explosion of producer activity inland, and better access to local produce on the coast.