10 OF THE BEST ICE CREAM SHOPS ON THE GREAT OCEAN ROADby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
There are few things that epitomise a summer holiday more than ice cream…
The race to beat the summer heat and catch those drips before they are lost to hands or the ground, the sticky and colourful mess surrounding the little one’s grins, the never-ending lick or bite debate….and the tears that come when the less coordinated do not realise that the cone must stay upright for the ice cream to stay put, resulting of course in an empty cone, an empty belly and a sad scoop of melting ice cream on the ground. It’s a mistake rarely made twice.
Our region produces over 2 billion litres of milk each year*, so we’ve definitely got the goods to make it all happen for you and your family this summer. We’ve put together a list of 10 of our favourite artisan ice cream shops for you to try - in no particular order, because it was hard enough picking just 10 let alone the very top 1!
Timboon Ice Creamery
The pretty village of Timboon is a foodie wonderland, and for those with a hunger for delicious fresh local produce, it’s a must visit on your Great Ocean road itinerary. Timboon Fine Ice Cremam’s flagship store is heaven for the young and young at heart. There’s even a ‘Sundae School” classroom where an educational and over-the-top indulgent ice cream experience is available to groups of 10 or more. The range of flavours makes for difficult decisions but personally, the Passionfruit Meringue flavour wins every time. Get the details.
Port Campbell Ice Creamery
The sister store of Timboon Ice Creamery down the road in Port Campbell gives you another chance to try a different flavour of Timboon’s finest. Try one on the beach, try one on the Jetty. Wherever you do it you’ll be glad you did.
Dooley’s Ice Cream (Apollo Bay)
Step into Dooley’s and you’ll get a fair idea of what you’re in for when you see the swathes of awards displayed on the walls (there’s hardly a vacant space!). All the flavour you can expect to be found are here, plus some that you won’t. Dooley loves to experiment, and you’ll find seasonal concoctions using ingredients like chilli, Vegemite and even charcoal (which is surprisingly delicious). They’ll let you taste before you commit to a flavour so don’t worry, you can always retreat to the Mint Choc Chip (recommended!).
Frost Bite Stone Cold Ice-Creamery (Warrnambool)
Take a bee-line to Kepler Street and the blue and white striped awnings to escape the summer heat. Pick a flavour to have it mixed on the spot on the cold rock, or skip the theatrics and simply enjoy the delicious creaminess of the ready made selection – all made with local Jersey milk from nearby Nullawarre. Find Frost Bite's.
Take a break from the beach and go strawberry picking! Just out of town at Portland Strawberries you can also grab one of their divine artisan ice creams or frozen yoghurts made with the freshest of the fresh strawberries picked on site.
Poco Ice Cream (Port Fairy)
Hand-made in store, Poco not only offers a treat for your taste buds, but for all your senses. While your kids will be fully focussed on the job at hand, the charming shop makes it all oh-so instagramable! Each day the selection changes, but you’ll always find a couple of sorbets and a range of ice cream flavours to try.
Gelato Gelato (Anglesea and Lorne)
For a taste of the continent, try Gelato Gelato in Anglesea and Lorne. They’ve taken out national awards for the best gelato in Australia, and are situated perfectly in both spots to provide you with the ammunition to extend your day at the beach with the kids and deliciously.
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery (Bellbrae)
Some may struggle to keep under control on arrival at this chocolate factory fantasy! It’s a sweet assault on your senses with the smell of fine chocolates and bright and colourful displays adorning this vast chocolate shop and café in Bellbrae, between Torquay and Anglesea. If you think this is just too much for the young ones, that’s okay, there’s a walk-up window serving their divine range of just their ice cream. Take me there.
Lorne Ice Cream and Smoothies
You can’t miss it, and you shouldn’t! If you’re hanging out in Lorne for the day in summer, an ice cream is more than likely high on your agenda. A selection of delicious and some sophisticated flavours awaits at this Mountjoy Parade shop, where you’ll see the yellow sign stating what it’s all about. The sundaes offer a healthier alternative, but meh? You’re on holiday!
Surf Coast Strawberry Farm (Mount Duneed)
Make your last stop before you return home from your summer holiday at Surf Coast Strawberry Fields. Stretch your legs one last time before returning to the big smoke and spend a couple of hours here strawberry picking. The food truck on site sells their very own strawberry ice cream and you’d be crazy if you didn’t try it.
Whichever you choose, wherever you are, we are certain you'll all enjoy it - or even better, why not try them ALL on your travels, then you can pick your own favourite!
* 2018/19 South West Vic milk production data sourced from the Victorian State Government Dairy Farm Monitor Project