5 best places to eat and drink at Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Travel

Apollo Bay is a very small coastal town on the Great Ocean road and a perfect place to act as a base to explore the Great Ocean Road. The twelve apostles is a little more than an hours drive from here so visiting it both in the morning and in the evening becomes convenient.

Apollo Bay is also famous for a lot of its eateries. Here are some of our finds that were actually chance finds than the result of a serious research as we had decided not look anything up. We just knew the place was amazing and we would work with that.

Sandy feet cafe

The little nondescript looking cafe, facing the beach that served us lip-smacking vegetarian burger and vegetarian lasagna. We loved it so much that we wanted to try other vegetarian offerings they have the next day, sadly it was closed. It was Christmas Day. Yea, go ahead call us stupid. Waiting to go back to try more.

George’s takeaway

Since we missed Sandy Feet, we went looking for any restaurant that would serve vegetarian options and discovered to our dismay that a lot of the shops on the shopping stretch were closed. George’s was open and boy was there a crowd. We finally got our vegetarian pizza after a bit of a wait. We crossed the road and walked just a little bit to climb the crest overlooking the playground and dug into the pizza.

We honestly had no expectations and were just happy we could find food. But we were pleasantly surprised as we took a bite. It was delicious. Next time we are at Apollo Bay, we’re definitely eating here.

George’s is actually a huge eat-in place that serves different cuisines (fastfood), pizza is one of them.

Craft beer at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

The building of the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse looked inviting and there is a taste house at the back. Yum. So we came back in the evening and had a craft beer in the sitting area. I am not a beer person. My hate for beer stems from the awful strong smell that most carry. I tasted this one and I quote my own self “this beer is so good, it doesn’t taste like beer at all.” Yep I liked it. And next time we are in town, I’ll make sure to pick a crate.

We did try veggie burgers and garlic bread while we were there. Though the garlic bread was good, the burger left much to be desired. We couldn’t try anything the “Taste Of The Region” because it was closed. Gives us a reason to go to Apollo Bay again.

The Icecream Tub

Amazing ice cream. Period. What else do you say about ice creams? It was on our way as we leisurely strolled through the stretch of shops; it was a hot day; so we stopped for some. I should mention the crowd outside the shop that made us go for it. They have got lots of awards too, if such things interest you.

Koala cafe

The cafe is located at Kennet River, on the way from Lorne to Apollo Bay and was our quick pit stop. We knew neither about the cafe nor that we could watch Koalas nearby.

As we were passing by the cafe, we heard loud bird racket and saw many tourist buses, vans and cars parked nearby, so we stopped to see what it was. Sure enough a group of people were interspersed with a rather large group of different species of colorful parrots and ducks (with ducklings). They were merrily feeding on the seeds that the people held in their hands. We also noticed a sleeping Koala on a nearby tree which didn’t look bothered by the ruckus. We walked a bit on the dirt road and spotted more Koalas. This was our first Koala sighting in natural habitat so we were visibly ecstatic.

After the brief walk, we went to the Koala Cafe and were greeted by the smiling staff. We ordered thick-shakes (different from milkshakes) that were absolutely yummy, even for grown ups.

Note: Even though we are vegetarians and can express our opinion accordingly, a quick search on  will push you to give them a try. So I’d say, go try them regardless of your food priorities.

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Mt Donna Buang – our first snow as a family

This is my first travel update from Australia and I’m excited to be writing again about travel. It is nothing huge but might give some information to (new?) local Melbournites who want to enjoy the winter and go out.

I was giddy with anticipation as I was seeing snow after a long time (last time it was in 2012). It might also have been the fact that I haven’t gone out in a long time as well. Melbourne winter makes it tough to even think of going out. That and my laziness.

We reached there around 2pm. The road was nice and clear of any ice or snow, thanks to the grader that had gone through sometime earlier. As the snow started appearing on roadsides, I was giddy all over again. And once there was snow all around us, it looked like we were driving through a wonderland. The first thing that came to my mind was Frozen. Which is slightly embarrassing. Baby A still remains blissfully unaware of Disney. It was like we were driving through some fantasy and a reindeer might just pop in. There it was, the thick blanket of fresh snow, in all its pristine beauty, mesmerizing and awe inspiring, all at once. And I was lost. For a moment, until my daughter started her incessant requests demands to know when we would reach ‘there’.

The parking near the summit and the one below it were full so we had to park 3 km away from the summit and were deliberating if we could really do dreading the 3km walk with a child so excited she was hardly hearing us or to just play in the snow nearby and come back again to try our luck for nearer parking. Luckily for us, we saw that the traffic instructors (inspectors?) were letting cars go further, based on how many came down from the summit. A few minutes of waiting later, it was our turn to go up. By the way, did you know it is very very difficult to get little kids gloves on, what with them not getting the fingers through correctly. She was distracted and kept her fingers bent. It took me the longest time.

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We the flashy bunch!

The walk to the summit is about 300m. And while we wanted Baby A to sit on the sled so we could pull her and get ourselves to the summit faster, she wanted to pull the empty sled herself. So it took us about thrice the time. She kept stopping to watch other kids slide down on the road, on their sleds and toboggans, screaming and throwing snowballs. There on the way up, we met our first snowman, complete with a carrot nose.

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When we finally reached the summit we were hungry. I blame it all on the cold. We had a small snack and played in the snow. It wasn’t too crowded and there was a lot of space for everybody to slide down on their sleds. So we did. Baby A was hesitant at first, but then joined me in the sled and went again with her dad. We had to take off the helmet though. Was a bit of an overkill if you ask me. But as is usual with kids, you never know what kind of situation they can get into. People had built snowmen and snow castles. Couple of kids were still trying to carve out the entrance to their huge igloo. Baby A had just begun to open up and have more fun with the snow, rather than being exhilarated and awed by it, that we had to wrap up. It was 4pm and starting to get dark.

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Deciding to come back again when it snows, we strapped our unwilling 2 and a half year old to her car seat and started back. It was a day well spent and we still had a full Sunday to relax.

Here are a few pointers.

  • It’s free! Yes, there is no entry charge to go up on the summit.
  • It is a very good place to experience snow for the first time, especially for kids. It isn’t big enough to be crowded with people who want to ski, but not too small for the sleds either. There is even toboggan runs, which we will try next time we go there.
  • For the first timers, wear thermals if you know you get cold easily. My husband didn’t as he has a naturally hot body *hint hint*. And snow gloves to play in snow. Don’t wear woolen ones, they get wet and soggy. Buy the right size gloves for the kids. They will keep coming off if they are too big.
  • We bought a ski helmet for Baby A just in case. As I mentioned before, you can never be too careful with kids. But none of the other kids were wearing one, so I guess it must be safer here. But wear something on your head, even if its the hood of your jacket or a beanie as the snow from the trees keep sliding down and on to people’s heads.
  • Child(ren) can make the experience unpredictable, especially if its their first time. My daughter was cranky and crying every time we took the sled off her hands or when she couldn’t make a snowball by herself. I had to be patient and make her understand we were there to have fun and not have a tantrum. So prepare them beforehand and be ready to expect the unexpected.
  • Bring water with you and some snack, just in case. To the summit I mean. We, for some reason kept getting dehydrated so we had to keep sipping water. Same goes for kids. Thankfully it didn’t make us need to pee. But yes, be ready to use a less than clean toilet. Hand sanitizer is a must.
  • Keep an eye on the information on when the grader goes through that day and start accordingly. We later found out that the grader had been through the road at 10:30 in the morning. On a good day you can spend a major part of the day there if the grader goes through early enough.
  • Pack a lunch and a snack if you are going to be there early. Or you can plan to eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants in Warburton. We didn’t because we were tired and the kid was tired and we just wanted to get home. Which wasn’t a clever idea in the end. The kid slept in the car and had a tantrum when woken up and I was too tired to cook dinner. So eat at Warburton even if you are not staying the night.
  • Pack change of clothes. And huge dustbin bags to carry wet soggy clothes (if at all).
  • No need for chains on tyres. And a sedan will take you there comfortably. No 4wd required. But check the website to make sure of the conditions before you start. And be prepared for drastic change in the said conditions.
  • Be very careful, keep an eye on the kids and also have a lot of fun 🙂

More Information

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Hello from Australia

I am in Australia! In Melbourne!

It has been a year and half since we moved here, in this part of southern hemisphere, where the weather is opposite to that of India at this time of the year. And I think it would be a good time to get back to blogging and documenting my wandering self in Australia.

I landed here in last July, it was winter and had to stay home for most of it. I needed to get used to the cold, and coming from temperate climate, it was very cold for me. We just went around a few places and waited for the winter to end. We have done quite a lot of traveling and site-seeing since then.

I have always wanted to come to Australia and being here still feels surreal. It sure is beautiful, clean and very well organized. And less people, less crowd is what I love most.

Stay tuned for more.