LOCALS GUIDE TO THE GREAT OCEAN ROADby GREAT OCEAN ROAD ESCAPES
Our cafe has gone from a simple shed to a comfortable place to eat, drink, chat and chill out. The relaxed atmosphere suits the local tradie, small business operators and tourists alike. We started roasting coffee beans around 5 years ago and started off at local markets before deciding to launch the Cafe. In winter we stoke up the fireplace and ready the newspapers and magazines to create a perfect hideaway. In the warmer weather we love to slide open the massive side door and let the sunshine stream in. You can view our sample menu on our website and see how we source seasonal and locally to showcase our amazing Otways region. If you need to check in with the outside world our FREE WIFI will help you do just that.
The Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-operative was founded in 1945. The local fishermen grouped together to find ways to increase and better market their catch. Some of our fishermen and managers have been involved with the Co-operative for over 40 years. Apollo Bay is the last working fishing harbour on the Great Ocean Road. Rock lobster and shark have traditionally been the main catch, but today scallop, giant crab, squid and abalone are also sought after in the Bass Strait seas. Our market today now includes live export, quite often you may see the boats unloading freshly caught squid or locally caught scallops.
Lunch at the General can be as simple as a ham & cheese toastie on sourdough or a Boscastle pie, or you can order something special from our seasonal all day menu. Our burgers are quickly becoming famous - they are created using homemade brioche buns, and the patties are shaped and chargrilled to perfection! We also offer fresh fish and seafood (subject to availability), delightful vegetarian options and hearty soups served with our famous tasty sourdough bread. And the drive to get here ain't so bad either!
Walk through magnificent mountain ash forests with large myrtle beech, blackwood and thick ferns to arrive at the spectacle of the Beauchamp Falls crashing over a ledge into a large pool. One of several waterfalls in the Great Otway National Park, this 20-metre waterfall rewards a somewhat strenuous walk. To get to the falls, take the walking path from the picnic area, located off the Aire Valley Road from Beech Forest Road. The three-kilometre path is an hour's walk return, and requires reasonable fitness. The descent to the falls leads to a viewing platform (there is no access to the falls). The path back is steep and has steps that can be slippery when wet.
Maits Rest is about 15 minutes drive from Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road along the way to the 12 Apostles. There is car parking immediately after you see the Maits Rest sign, to the left off the road. This 30 minute, 800m walk along mixture of boardwalk and gravel paths takes you along a valley floor in part of the ancient rainforest. Giant myrtle beeches rise through the mists and create a canopy for the amazing array of tree ferns and moss on the forest floor. Many of the beech trees are 300 years old and form an important part of this cool temperate rainforest within the Great Otway National Park. Look for a wide range of birds, including 43 species found nowhere else in the world.
Home of the famous scallop pie. Baking fresh bread, pies, cakes, and specialities using the freshest ingredients each day to create our goodies 7 days a week. If you are just after breakfast, a quick snack, a healthy lunch or catering for a function we can help. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and customer service. Open daily from 6am serving a bakery style breakfast with a selection of toasties, egg and bacon rolls, croissants or scones and muffins. Our lunch selection includes freshly made salad rolls and sandwiches, toasted focaccias and our famous Chicken Caesar Salad Roll. For all coffee lovers we use Monte Coffee, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance Certified. If its a cup of tea you are after, you’ll get the whole production complete with loose leaf tea.Sit and relax in our cafe and enjoy a chat or take away. You maybe even lucky enough to see a whale swim by!
Tucked away up a side street just of the Great Ocean Road, Casalingo is a community Favourite amongst the locals of Apollo Bay. Smart set décor of chandeliers, linen table cloths, high ceilings and an ambient mezzanine level resonates with a sleek Italian style, attune to a menu of timeless favourites. Having undergone training in a number of award winning restaurants, Casalingo owner and chef showcases his wealth of experience on a menu of traditional Italian cuisine, using fine fresh produce, local seafood and as many organic ingredients as possible to craft a selection of hand rolled pasta, stone oven gourmet pizzas and mouth watering mains.
Experience a breathtaking view of the magnificent Otway Ranges from the World’s tallest treetop walk. The 600 metre-long, 25 metre-high elevated walkway provides unrivalled views of the unique beauty of the region’s flora and fauna, from the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the treetops. Don’t miss the 45 metre tall Spiral Tower and the cantilever perched above Young’s Creek – a truly exhilarating experience as you gently sway with the rain forest canopy.