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Tasting the Great Ocean Road

12 Jan 2015

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The Great Ocean Road is 243 kilometres of stretching asphalt road, twisting and turning amongst the valleys and hills that hug Victoria’s coastline. It has quickly become a popular tourist attraction with a range of breathtaking sceneries including rainforests, clear coastlines, beaches and limestone cliffs. If you’re on the hunt for the ideal way to traverse across Victoria – you may have just found it!

The Great Ocean Road is not only renowned for its beauty, but also for the quaint little boutiques that dot the coastline, perfect for making that much-needed pit stop. When it’s time to turn down the music, open the doors, stretch the legs and satiate the hunger, you definitely need to have these stops marked clearly on your map.

Basalt Wines

Whether you’re road-tripping to or away from Melbourne, be sure to stop in at Basalt Wines in Killarney. Just outside of Port Fairy, this delightful vineyard is the perfect place to start off or end your journey. Basalt Wines is open every Saturday and Sunday, offering a taste of their impeccable Riesling, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo. They also have cheese plates featuring local cheeses, as well as a range of Spanish and French snacks. Surrounded by so many delicious wines, it can be tempting to indulge, but don’t forget to drink responsibly if you’re in the driver’s seat!

Nico’s Pizza & Pasta

Your next stop is just one hour and fifteen minutes down the Great Ocean Road – a quaint little place called Nico’s Pizza & Pasta in Port Campbell. After your small snacks at the winery, you’ve probably built up a bit of an appetite. Nico’s is the perfect place to stop in and have a good old Italian feast. Providing gourmet pizzas as well as many vegetarian dishes, you’ll find just what you’re after here. With fresh and seasonal dishes, Nico’s has become one of the most popular stops for Great Ocean Road travellers.

The Shoppe at Lavers Hill

If you begin to get fidgety after another hour of travel, The Shoppe at Lavers Hill provides more food (if you need), as well as a range of produce, art and other miscellaneous treasures. Have a look through the local artists’ work or pick up some fresh food to satiate you further on your travels. Lavers Hill also features the local tourism information centre, so if you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can get out and explore this hidden gem.

Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant and Villas

Just off Skenes Creek is a little-known stop called Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant and Villas. This is a great option for those wanting to stop for a night or those who just require a quick meal and a relaxing drink of wine. Located high above the creek, this stop offers gorgeous ocean views and better yet, is open seven days a week.

Willows Tea House

For one of the last stops along the more secluded strips of the Great Ocean Road, Willows Tea House is probably one of the best. Being right next to the Split Point Lighthouse (where tours are also available) makes this stop an absolute must. Enjoy brunch alfresco or retreat inside on the cosy, comfortable couches they have available. A charming lighthouse cottage, Willows Tea House is steeped in history. Pick up a souvenir or gift before you head back out again to finish your journey!

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