Geelong – the eastern gateway to Great Ocean Road
Speaking of coastal roadtrip, one of the world’s greatest coastal drives would be none other than Great Ocean Road. Linked by a freeway, Geelong can be easily reach by one hour’s drive from Melbourne.
“The Great Ocean Road is one of the top 20 journeys of a lifetime” – Conde Nast Travel Magazine
Departing from Melbourne at 8am in the morning, it was a pleasant one hour drive to Waterfront Geelong, a very relaxing morning at Waterfront Geelong, it’s just nice to stop by to take a rest and have your breakfast here. There’s steam driven carousel, beach, bollards, swimming pool, restaurants and kiosks that you simply must visit.
Along Waterfront Geelong, you will find interesting sculptures and street art. Do check out Power House Geelong website and pledge your support for World’s Largest Wall & Street Art Collaboration by Powerhouse Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Get on Adventure with The Otway Fly Tree Top Walk
If you have a bit more time to spend on Geelong, or if you’re planning to stay a night, you should definitely get on the adventure to walk through the canopies of some of the tallest tress in Australia.
The final climb up the swaying 47-metre tower is really a thrilling moment for all! They also have zipline tours available, book online and enjoy great savings if you travel in group!
Check out their website here: Otwayfly.com
Next, let’s dig into some local seafood.
This seafood cafe is not just the ordinary seafood restaurant you can find out there, what makes it so unique is you will be enjoying mussels and oysters freshie fresh from the farm to you!
Advance Mussel Supply is a family owned and operated business that has been farming Mussels in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia for over 30 years.
One of the most interesting menu in this cafe is probably the Mussel Stout! As a stout drinker myself, I definitely find it alluring! They don’t have much to choose on the menu but what you will get is the secret recipe by the chef of the cafe! My favourite will be the Asian Inspired Mussels, it’s a little spicy and it’s really savoury, full of Asian flavour.
There is only one serving size as according to the master chef, the number of mussels they cooked for 1 serving dish is the ‘just right amount’ of mussels to bring out the savoury taste! Not too much nor too less, it must be that correct number. =P
Meet the mastermind and chef behind The Little Mussel Cafe, it’s a really pleasant visit at Advance Mussels Supply, if I get the chance, I would love to visit the mussels and oysters farm. Thanks for hosting us!
The Little Mussel Cafe Business Hour
Do take note of the cafe opening hour if you’re planning to visit, The Little Mussel Cafe and Farm Gate outlet opening hours will be ONLY on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10an to 5pm.
Address: 230-250 Queenscliff Rd, Bellarine VIC 3223 Highway C126
Contact Number: 5259 1377
Wine Tasting @ Jack Rabbit
Awarded as ‘Best People Place and Product Tourism Restaurant in Australia’ at the prestigious Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Association National Awards for Excellence, Jack Rabbit is one of the well known vineyard restaurant and it’s also an essential destination of The Bellarine.
Enjoy an extraordinary lunch or wine tasting at Jack Rabbit Vineyard’s restaurant over the panoramic views across the bay to Melbourne, the You Yangs and Geelong. You can opt for a more casual dining experience as well as fine dining at Jack Rabbit. The spectacular ‘House of Jack Rabbit’ Cellar Door and Tasting Room serves up a terrific cafe-style menu for a delightful experience.
Jack Rabbit Business Hours
Jack Rabbit Vineyard is open from 10.30am to 5pm seven days a week for lunch, guided tasting and Cellar Door sales. It is also open Friday and Saturday nights for dinner, as well as breakfast on weekends.
Address: 85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Contact: (03) 5251 2223
What’s Next? For Chocolates Lover and Family with Kids.
Introducing the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
Before departing to the Anglesea, the final destination of the day, it’s a great stop by at Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie especially for those travelling with kids, this place definitely makes the day. It’s located on the start of the iconic Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Anglesea.
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie can also easily accessible with just an hour drive from Melbourne, or just twenty minutes from Geelong and they open 9am to 5pm daily except Christmas Day.
It’s FREE entry, you get to enjoy FREE chocolate tastings, watch European Chocolatiers at work through a huge viewing glass window and also there’s a cafe serving breakfast and lunch with desserts a specialty. Discover 250 different handcrafted chocolate varieties, taste artisan ice creams or a decadent treat from the all day menu, when tastings are done, kids will also get to explore a 15 acres of landscaped grounds, kitchen garden, sand play area and emerging fruit and nut orchard.
Address: 1200 Great Ocean Road Bellbrae, Victoria 3228
Contact: (03) 5263 1588
Last Stop of the day – Anglesea
Anglesea is the key gateway to the Great Ocean Road, staying a night here will be a good stop before you begin the coastal road-trip. A great recommendation for those looking to stay at Anglesea – The Great Ocean Road Resort. Referring back to the motto of the resort ‘Adventure starts with a good night’s sleep’.
The Great Ocean Road Resort can work well for any Great Ocean Road itineraries including as a base near the start of the Great Ocean Road (from Melbourne), at the end of the Great Ocean Road if doing the Great Ocean Road in reverse (starting at the 12 Apostles) from either Melbourne or Adelaide and as an extension to a Phillip Island/Mornington Peninsula itinerary via the Searoad Ferries.
Being located at the start of the Great Ocean Road provides customers with a great opportunity to explore Anglesea, Torquay, Lorne, The Otways, Geelong and The Bellarine Peninsula within 1 hour of the Great Ocean Road Resort or Ballarat only 1.5 hours away and provides customers with significant on-site facilities including an on-site restaurant, Day Spa, heated pool and spa, gym and a trampoline park for the families and in close proximity (walking distance) to the beach, shopping centre and the kangaroos at the Anglesea Golf Course.
Good Room for couple. Great for Family.
From studio suite for couple to two-bedroom apartment for family, the Great Ocean Road Resort has it all. Room rates are pretty decent and reasonable, Studio suite starting from AUD $99 per night to Two-Bedroom Deluxe Apartment from AUD $150 per night.
Check out my stay at their Studio Suite!
Book your stay today with The Great Ocean Road Resort here: Greatoceanroadresort.com.au