12 Apostles Gourmet Food Trail
One of the greatest ways to immerse yourself in the culture of a country that you visit is by experiencing their food. The 12 Apostles Gourmet Food Trail is designed to sign-post travellers to the locally sourced, produced and sold foods in the region. Not to mention that most of these producers have won multiple awards for the quality of their products.You can download a copy of the official Gourmet Food Trail map here.
You're in for a treat. GORGE do a great job with the classic flavours white, milk and dark as well as some more experimental creations such as their white chocolate and raspberry liquorice or their milk and coconut flavour. Also, the hot chocolate is delicious. We picked up a ton of chocolate for the long drive ahead! https://goo.gl/maps/LTHcwjgdnZN2
Apostle Whey Cheese
We stopped here for a 'Cheese Tasting' where the owner of this family run establishment lovingly talked us through their production process and his variety of delicious cheeses. You can sample an array of interesting flavours including garlic, pepper and smoked. There are several cheeses available to buy and their Lochard Gorgeous, Southern Briez and Bay of Martyrs are exquisite! https://goo.gl/maps/imm5MCVRBfn
Snails may not be for everyone, but this was a really fun pitstop. At this family run farm, the owner will invite you into her home, introduce you to her dog and then take you to meet thousands of snails. After that she’ll pop back into the kitchen and prepare your lunch, yes… you guessed it. Snails! It’s such an interesting business and as gross as snails might seem, they actually taste pretty good. Why not give it a try? https://goo.gl/maps/XA2B7SC4yRx
Timboon Fine Ice Cream
Dominating the quaint village of Timboon is the 'Timboon Fine Ice Cream' establishment. This is a worthy detour from the Great Ocean Road to try some of their much-loved flavours. We tried their rocky-road and the liquorice flavours. https://goo.gl/maps/3xXc6Xk54JR2
Newton’s Ridge Winery
This was a special experience for us, being the first wine tasting I'd done in Australia the staff took great pride in explaining how their winery worked - from grape to glass. It's probably the smallest cellar door we've ever visited and definitely one of the most memorable. Their rose was especially delicious. https://goo.gl/maps/tsRyNMjrtHK2
While missed by most day trippers this food trail is a unique attraction for those who take the time to discover it, as well as being a fun way to support the local farmers, producers and retailers.