Fertile soil and the maritime climate make the Great Ocean Road region an ideal place to grow things - that we eat and drink. These environmental factors combined with the relaxed, easygoing nature of the region make it a less pretentious and earthier foodie destination than most.
From the vineyards and cellar doors scattered throughout the region, where winemakers will welcome you to their 'workshops' and share their stories whilst you sample their finest - to the micro breweries just waiting for your to doscover.
Of course the seaside villages such as Apollo Bay and Port Campbell have always ensured fresh seafood is a feature of the region. Local catches can be dragged from the sea and served on your plate within a matter of hours.
The rolling hills of the hinterland, volcanic plains and lush peninsula soil are growing all sorts of delicious treats. There are olive groves producing some of Victoria's best fruit and oil, berry farms where the family can roll up their sleeves and pick their own - the taste of fruit freshly picked by your own hand is simply incomparable.
And Timboon, known as the gourmey hub of the Great Ocean Road will turn up your senses likw nowhere else, with their cheeses, whiskey, fine icecream, honey and other product.
But don't go past the local eateries in every town - they will surprise and delight you - and more often than not will feature locally grown produce. They are just waiting to be explored.
Many of the food and wine experiences in the region have been packaged up into neat touring routes, complete with maps and information about their specific area. Both the Otway Harvest Trail and 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail are worth exploring.
Call into a regional visitor information centre for a guide.