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 tapas and wood-fired pizza. What better way to begin your Great Ocean Road journey?

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 South East Asian–inspired menu that you can bet will perfectly complement your fave gin tipple.

3. 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 – perfect for a sun-drenched day on the coast.

4. Raas Leela

For flavourful Indian feasting with a modern twist, head to Raas Leela in Lorne. Spicy street food-inspired dishes pair perfectly with tasty cocktails shaken up at the restaurant's fabulous Karma Bar. Don't miss happy hour from 3-5pm!


Buzzing and popular IPSOS continues with its year-on-year Good Food Guide chef's-hat status in Lorne. Book or try your luck for a table and tuck into generous share plates of Greek cuisine made with seasonal Victorian ingredients. Simply delish.

6. Wye River General Store

We reckon this roadside staple has some of the best coffee on the coast. The Wye River General Store is a winner for breakfast, lunch and provisions, and casual meals served all day.

7. Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant

Head slightly inland from Skenes Creek to graze on memorable fine dining at Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant. The treetop and coastal views are stunning here, and there's accommodation, too, if you can't bear to leave.

8. 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.

9. 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. Pair a frothy with a produce platter that features the region's finest treats. Your pooch is welcome to join you in the tasting room.

10. Kermond's Hamburgers

Born in Warrnambool more than 70 years ago, Kermond's never disappoints. Juicy, award-winning burgers from the Port Fairy outpost are a great way to finish off a day of touring on the Great Ocean Road.


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