For more seafood, try Lorne Fisheries (Pier Head, Great Ocean Rd, Lorne, tel: (03) 5289 1453) for local garfish, whiting and crays, or head down to the Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Co-op (Breakwater Rd, Apollo Bay, tel: (03) 5237 6591).
For greens, it has to be Apollo Bay’s Garden of Eden (23-27 Great Ocean Rd, tel: (03) 5237 6236) or the marvellous Lorne Greens (86 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne, tel: (03) 5289 1383). How Judith Goddard manages to pack so much into this tiny store is a mystery. You’ll find organic fruit and veg in season, Gentle Annie jams, Edmonds honey, and frozen berries from Warren and Hutch in Geelong. Another highlight is Old Lorne Road olive oil, which Judith’s husband, Andrew, makes from their own grove a short drive inland. Homesick city slickers will also
find such imported smallgoods, tamarind pomegranate molasses.
Lorne Greens also stocks wine from the region, but Darriwill Farm (Shop 5, 32 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne, tel: (03) 5289 1611) is perhaps a better bet when looking for a great drop. Another deli worth remembering for something special is Torquay’s Mejavo’s (see Where to Breakfast).
WHERE TO STAY Qdos Treehouse Accommodation, 35 Allenvale Rd, Lorne, tel: (03) 5289 1989, visit: www.qdosarts.com. Graeme Wilkie’s dream of building a bush oasis a couple of minutes from the madness of Mountjoy Parade has almost reached fruition, with these three stylish new Japanese-inspired tree huts, set among the gums on the slopes of his sculpture park. Wilkie’s own on-site ceramics studio and art gallery are also well worth a gander as he has an excellent eye for talent. There’s a cafe on site, too – and plans to turn it into a fine- dining restaurant. From $180 a night for two including breakfast. Bellbrae Harvest (see Where to Lunch), visit: www.bellbraeharvest.com.au. These three new, secluded cabins are smartly fitted-out, with good linen on king beds in the mezzanine sleeping level, generous bathrooms and kitchenettes. From $180 a night for two. Phoenix Apartments, 60 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne, tel: (03) 5289 2000. A prime Lorne location insulated from the promenaders by an idyllic courtyard, these apartments, owned by Kosta and Pam Talimanidis of A La Grecque and designed by Chris Connell, have polished wooden floors,
Clockwise from far left: Japanese-inspired tranquility at Qdos Treehouse; view from Aireys by the Light B&B; the designer Phoenix Apartments in Lorne; the Grand Pacific Hotel is a coastal classic.
hand-crafted wooden furniture and fully equipped stainless-steel kitchens. Studios from $145 a night for two. Aireys by the Light B&B, 2 Federal St, Aireys Inlet, tel: (03) 5289 6134. Elizabeth McKenzie’s family used to holiday here when she was a girl. Back then, there was nothing here but their house, the lighthouse and dolphins. Now it’s prime real estate, but thanks to its absolute beachfront location there’s nothing to interrupt the stunning views across the ocean from the private decks of the three comfortable double bedrooms. From $165 a night for two including breakfast. Grand Pacific Hotel, 268 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne, tel: (03) 5289 1609, visit: www.grandpacific.com.au. They have 19 rooms at this grand old dame, but they also manage modern three-bedroom units with balconies. Make sure you get one with an ocean view. Rooms from $100 a night for two. Units from $160 a night for two. Waves Port Campbell, 29 Lord St, Port Campbell, tel: (03) 5598 6111, visit: www.wavesportcampbell.com.au. Clean, contemporary, air-conditioned spa suites (five with king or two with queen-sized beds), and a balcony with ocean or garden views. From $180 a night for two. d.
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