Take the inland route to the Great Ocean Road via the quaint hinterland farming village of Deans Marsh. The beautiful green countryside of rolling hills and rural scenery will stun you!

Hinterland towns such as Moriac, Bambra, Deans Marsh, Birregurra and Winchelsea have plenty of tales to tell about the efforts of the colonial pioneers of the 1800s.

You'll find some of Australia's most famous pioneering names associated with them. Today, the towns retain their unique characteristics and in many cases are building reputations as places to stay, with comfortable bed and breakfast cottages.

You will encounter these charming hinterland towns by following the Otway Harvest Trail. Take a look at the Otway Harvest Trail site for more info on the towns and to view trail maps.

Just a short drive from Deans Marsh is the award winning Dinny Goonan Winery, with a vineyard and cellar door open to the public. Visitors are welcome to taste their wines and relax in the peaceful vineyard setting. You can find out more about the wines by talking to Dinny the winemaker, or stroll around the vineyard and winery.

The surrounding township of Lorne is just a short drive from Deans Marsh - where you can venture out and explore the region's walks and waterfalls.

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This region's produce is amazing, and often you have the chance to meet the maker and the growers.

Nestled in the picturesque Pennyroyal Valley near Deans Marsh is the Gentle Annie Berry Gardens and Farm.

You can drop in for a devonshire tea or get your hands dirty and pick your own berries!