How to enjoy the culinary side of Great Ocean Road

Posted on 30/10/2019 by Spaceships Crew

Great Ocean Road isn't just about enjoying the amazing scenery, it's also about eating & drinking. Make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the culinary side of Great Ocean Road. You don't have to be a Masterchef to enjoy the yummy snacks and dishes that can be found on this road trip

Great Ocean Road: eating & drinking

Not only will you eat well during your time on the Great Ocean Road but you’ll never be too far from a good tipple either. The coastline and its surrounding areas are peppered with wineries, distilleries and stylish seafront boozers so drinking is a worthy affair in these parts. And when it comes to food, you can rely on quality local produce as well as the freshly caught seafood – and fish just seems so fitting with the glorious ocean views. If you’re after a gastronomical awakening in Southern Australia, here are some highlights that you won’t want to miss along your journey.

Great Ocean Road eating & drinking: seafood

Fresh & delicious seafood


Freshly caught seafood is a staple in Australia and with all of the country’s major cities set along the coast, the Aussies are definitely well-practiced when it comes to cooking their catches. Apollo Bay is a great shout if you want fresh seafood along the oceanfront. Some awesome fish restaurants are Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-Op, Sandy Feet Café, The Vista Seafood Restaurant and Chill @ The Bay. Crustaceans are all the rave here in this neck of the woods so go ahead and order a soft shell crab or prawns for your supper.

Award-Winning Dining

Brae in Cape Otway is one of the finest restaurants along the Great Ocean Road and has won numerous awards since opening in 2013. Accolades include 3 Hats by The Age Good Food Guide, 3 Stars by Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine, ‘Chef of the Year 2016’ for chef Dan Hunter in The Age Good Food Magazine, and ‘Chef of the Year 2016’ again for the Gourmet Traveller Magazine.

Brae has also been ranked number 87 in the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant list. It’s a must for any foodies out there. Other award-winning restaurants include Matt Dempsey’s Gladioli in Inverleigh and Chris's Restaurant in Apollo Bay.


Craft Breweries

Local brewers benefit from the pure waters of the Otway rainforest and offer everything from artisan ales and craft pilsners to delicious stouts. Otway Estate. Once a winery it's now the producer of the popular Prickly Moses Beer and the refreshingly delicious Forbidden Fruit Cider – both great on a hot day!

The Brewery Outlet is open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday (from 11am to 5pm), offering a small selection of light meals during lunch hours. Also not to be missed is the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, which allows sampling of whisky and spirits and serves a seasonal menu in their chic café.

Or visit Rogue Wave Brewing (45 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet, 3231) for a taste of their Stouts, IPAs and Pale Ales.


Bellbrae Estate is located just 5 minutes away from Bells Beach in Torquay. Come here to sample the tasty Longboard Pinot Noir, the ‘Winki Pop’ Sparkling Shiraz, or the classic ‘Southside’ Sauvignon Blanc. And don’t forget to stock up on your favourites in the wine shop before you go. There’s plenty of room in your Spaceship so make sure you grab a few bottles for those cosy nights in the camper.

From Princetown, you can also take a detour up the C166 to the fantastic Newtons Ridge Estate, a great vineyard and winery.

Food Tours

Serious foodies will not want to miss the 12 Apostles Gourmet Food Trail. From tasting award-winning Apostle Whey cheese and chomping on juicy Timboon strawberries to guzzling handcrafted wines and locally distilled whiskies. This 70km loop is worth every minute. Discover all the yummy eating & drinking Great Ocean Road has to offer.

12 Apostles Gourmet Trail

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