GSTR Food & Wine

Day 1

Melbourne to Great Ocean Road

Depart: Melbourne

O/night: Apollo Bay

Distance: 179 kilometres

Route summary: From Melbourne take the Princes Freeway via Werribee to Geelong, gateway to The Bellarine. Explore the Bellarine Taste Trail before heading to the Surf Coast towns of Torquay and Lorne. Drive the magical stretch of road from Lorne to Apollo Bay that clings to the coastline. Dine overlooking the ocean at Chris’s Restaurant.

Day 2

Great Ocean Road to Grampians

Depart: Apollo Bay

O/night: Halls Gap/Dunkeld

Distance: Approx 351 kilometres

Route summary: From Apollo Bay, follow the Great Ocean Road through the lush Otways to the Twelve Apostles, take a helicopter ride for a breathtaking view of the dramatic coastline. Travel on to Warrnambool, Port Fairy and then through the Western District farmlands to Halls Gap or Dunkeld.

Day 3

Grampians to Ballarat

Depart: Halls Gap/Dunkeld

O/night: Ballarat

Distance: Approx 152 kilometres

Route summary: Drive to Dunkeld for one of Australia’s greatest regional restaurants, the Royal Mail Hotel. Continue through the stunning scenery of the Grampians National Park to Halls Gap, head through Australian bush country towards Stawell, then Ararat before arriving in Ballarat, the city of gold. After enjoying dinner in one of our culturally diverse and cosmopolitan restaurants, discover the Eureka story at the Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show. Following the show check into one of the city’s stunning historic hotels for a well deserved rest.

Day 4

Ballarat to Melbourne

Depart: Ballarat

O/night: Melbourne

Distance: 113 kilometres

Route summary: Before returning to Melbourne consider a short detour to Daylesford for lunch. In Daylesford you will be spoilt for gourmet options. Lunch at either the Lake House Restaurant or Sault Restaurant is one of life’s true pleasures.

Must do experiences

Geelong & The Bellarine
• Little Creatures Brewery Geelong hand crafted beers & great local food
• Queenscliff Brewhouse over 200 craft beers for tasting and a whisky room
• Flying Brick Cider House
• Bellarine Taste Trail www.bellarinetastetrail.com.au
• Jack Rabbit Vineyard
• Leura Park Estate
• Bellarine Taste Trail www.bellarinetastetrail.com.au

Great Ocean Road
• Chris’ Restaurant & Villas dine with stunning ocean views
• Otway Harvest Trail www.otwayharvesttrail.org.au
• 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail www.12apostlesfoodartisans.com
• Gourmet Port Fairy
• Merrijig Kitchen overlooking Port Fairy’s historic wharf

Grampians
• Royal Mail Hotel Decadent degustation
• Pierrepoint Wines
• Halls Gap Estate
• Grampians Estate
• Mount Langi Ghiran

Ballarat
• Craig’s Royal Hotel dine in one of Ballarat’s finest historic buildings
• Taltarni Vineyards
• Summerfield Winery
• Blue Pyrenees Estate

Daylesford & Macedon Ranges
• Lake House Restaurant a fine dining institution
• Sault Restaurant set amidst fields of lavender
• Tastings at Bellinzona