LOCAL FLAVOURS - Restaurants, Cafes + Food Trail Tours
For a small region, we’re BIG on taste!. As well as our spectacular coastline, vibrant towns and holiday attractions – we now boast the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail – the ultimate indulgent road trip of gourmet cheese makers, single malt whisky, wine, fresh local crayfish, rich ice cream, chocolate, olives, snails, jams and strawberries.
Timboon is a quaint timber town rich in history of pioneers, railways, timber and illicit whisky distillers. The modern rustic ambience of this restaurant called ‘The Shed’ features mouth-watering local fare and a whisky tasting room. Family+ pet friendly with free WiFi. (This is also the starting point of the famous self-guided Rail Trail walk).
Open 8.30AM-5PM Weekdays. Saturday 8.30AM-4PM. Sunday 9.30AM-3.30PM.
Being dairy farmers and ‘foodies’, owners Tim and Caroline have successfully combined the two to produce an all natural, premium boutique ice cream. Milk and cream are sourced locally and all ice cream is made fresh to order. No artificial flavours, colours or other additives. The formula for the ice cream was determined by key factors including, no egg (for allergy sufferers), no gluten (for the same reason), a great creamy mouth feel, new innovative flavours (over 20 ice creams and 6 sorbets) and fresh ingredients.
Husband and wife team Lisa and Todd run this relaxed cafe with the big cow out the front! The breakfast and lunch menus list the favourites, such as the Fat Cow pies, veggie frittata and burgers, whilst the ever-changing specials board lists seasonal offerings and modern flavour combinations.
The Corner Store Timboon
OpenTuesday to Friday 10am-5.30pm. Saturday 10am-2pm. Closed Sunday + Monday.
There are strawberries, and then there are Timboon strawberries! Taste the legend. See where food originates. Talk to the owner-operators. Berry World is a pick-your-own berry fruit experience that specialises in the high flavour varieties of strawberries that you won't find in the supermarkets. You can also pick hybrid blackberries (which grow to twice the size of your normal blackberry) and a range of other berry fruits are being planted and will be available in the future. Berries are available from November to mid April. Strawberries have the longest season (from November to mid April) and the Blackberries are available around Christmas and New Year.
Timboon also offers a supermarket (8am-8pm daily, weekends and public holidays are 8am-6pm), newsagent, pharmacy plus Timboon Bakery and Timboon Takeaway
Over 40 different heavenly handmade Belgium chocolates including chocolate frogs, bars, choc marshmallows, choc honeycomb, choc licorice, choc bananas, choc koalas & kangaroos, Rocky Road and more. Local favorites include Heytesbury Honeycomb, Melba Gully Mints, Caramel Echidnas and of course their famous Full-On Freckles.
Award-winning, hand-made cheeses, prepared onsite using vegetarian rennet at this family farm from pure milk produced by a contented herd of Jerseys and Friesians. Free tastings and you can also watch the cheesemakers hard at work through large viewing windows. In March, April, and July through to September you’ll be enchanted by newborn calves. The flavours are to drive for – along the Great Ocean Road of course - Loch Ard Gorgeous, the Grotto, Apostle Crumble, Bay of Martyrs, Southern Briez and more.
Timboon Cheesery by Schultz Organic Dairy Farms (25mins from Bellevue)
Open 11am-4pm Wed to Sunday for cheese tastings + sales.
Sample cheese tastings from the award winning Schultz Organic Farms. Milk, cream, yoghurt, quark, fetta, whey and more. All made in small batches from whole milk of Friesan and Jersey Cows with nothing added but natural ingredients. Since 1972 they have used bio dynamic and organic principles to enhance the vitality of the soil, grasses and animals. Enjoy scones and coffee in their lovely garden gazebo.
Newton’s Ridge Estate Winery (20mins from Bellevue) Newtons Ridge Estate produces award winning Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Rose and a beautiful Sparkling Trio, made the French Methode Champenoise. Visit the Cellar Door from October 1 through to the end of Easter, seven days a week, 11am to 4.30pm daily.
Cobden Township (20mins from Bellevue) offers a supermarket (8am-8pm daily), butcher shop, newsagent, pharmacy and the Makan Asian Take-Away and Patisserie, run by Gerry and Tan (open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, closed Sunday).
COASTAL DINING - Port Campbell township (20mins from Bellevue) also offers a mix of restaurants and cafes including:
Grassroots Deli Newest cafe + restaurant. Their freshly caught local crayfish in a roll is a local favorite. Open 7 days, 8am-5pm.
Frying Nemo Hailed by locals as the “best fish and chips in Port”, this tiny hole-in-the-wall will have you hooked on their generous takeaway pack for just $10.
Port Campbell Hotel and Craypot Bistro Calling all seafood lovers – this family friendly pub`s aptly named Craypot Bistro best showcases its famous seafood selections with a hot and cold seafood platter. Or choose from a range of pastas and steaks or keep it fresh with the `catch of the day`. Enjoy the sounds of live music as you wine and dine in Craypot Bistro's back beer garden or inside near the wood fire. Fresh, hearty meals with a no-fuss manner. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Waves Fine dining in the contemporary Waves Cafe Bar and Restaurant with a wide range of fresh local seafood and produce from around the region. Open 7 days, 8am-8pm.
12 Rocks Cafe and Beach Bar Beach front dining with spectacular views of Port Campbell Bay. Wide recycled timber decking for al fresco dining and floor to ceiling glass for uninterrupted views. 8am-8pm daily.
Nico's Pizza + Pasta The Lonely Planet raves that "Nico's a local legend for its unusual pizza concoctions and chocolate pizza" (dinner only)
Fresh Crayfish (20mins from Bellevue) Pick up a fresh crayfish from Port Campbell Crayfish & Marine Services in Port Campbell. Ph: 03 5598 6411
The Fat Cow Owners Todd + Lisa offer a relaxed café, food store and catering business, located in the picturesque town of Timboon. Their breakfast and lunch menus list the favourites, such as the Fat Cow pies, veggie frittata and burgers, whilst their ever-changing specials board lists seasonal offerings and modern flavour combinations. Plus great coffee. MON-FRI 7:30AM-4PM