Travel the road less travelled…Monday January 22, 2018
Foodies & Fibers
Start in Colac.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Chef Duncan Green at Fusion Restaurant bakes all his own bread and muffins. Try his eggs Benedict!
Head a few stores up the street to Jo’s Pantry and stock up on organic wholefoods (bring your containers & cooler bag) fermented foods, local products and eco friendly cleaning and beauty products. BYO shopping bags and coffee travel mug! Enjoy a Golden Latte (soy & turmeric) or a delicious smoothie.
Murray Street Market 249/251 Murray Street.
Visit this eclectic collection of small stores within a larger store. If you’re a crafter, you’ll love the selection of patchwork fabrics. Find local crafts, clothes and vintage items here.
Lunch at the Botanic Café’ at the edge of Lake Colac. Wander through the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy the views of the lake from the café verandah.
Head over to Tarndie at Warncoort. Visit the yarn shop. All wool is grown on the property. The yarn is created from the sheep that greet you as you drive into the grounds of the historic homestead. Tea and scones are great for an afternoon tea snack.
Continue on to the small town of Birregurra. You’ll find a collection of lovely stores including a well-stocked quilt store, Inheritance Patchwork and Wares tucked into the corner of a small courtyard. 69A Main Street.
Pick up a few packs of gluten free Panini rolls or pizza bases to take home from Otway Artisan Gluten Free. The Birregurra General Store sells papers, magazines, food and great coffee. A few steps down the street, the Birregurra Farmfoods Providore and Pizza Café’ has a wonderful selection of local products including wines and small goods. Stay for a wood fired pizza and a glass of local wine.
Tasting plate of Forrest micro brewery beersTRAIL 2
Vintage Shopping & Foodie Cruising
Start in Colac
Colac is a great town for ‘op shopping’. Most stores are open till 4pm Monday to Friday and 12 noon on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays.
Begin in Colac with breakfast at Fusion Restaurant. You’ll need your energy for your day of treasure hunting!
As you head up Murray Street, stop at Jo’s Pantry for your organic bulk food supplies. Pick up a packet of locally blended tea, or coffee roasted in Apollo Bay. Pasta from the Otway Pasta Company is available here.
Walk up the hill and your first Opportunity store is the Red Cross store.
Make your way across the park and visit Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) at 41 Dennis Street. From there head to the Murray Street Market (open 7 days) 249/251 Murray Street. Here you’ll find plenty to tempt you; children’s clothes, crafts, vintage items, bric a brac and old records.
Lifeline is at 29 Muray Street. The Salvation Army store is at 35 Corangamite Street. This large store is a great source for women’s clothes and household items.
Leaving Colac, travel about 20 minutes to the small town of Birregurra and wander through the little shops on Main Street. You’ll find gifts, patchwork fabrics, antiques, candles, clothes and lots more.
Enjoy a delicious burger at the Birregurra General Store or a gluten free Panini sandwich at Otway Artisan Gluten Free.
Last vintage stop is the newly opened Birregurra Emporium. This store is every vintage lovers dream find. Pick up a beautiful vintage ice bucket, vintage books or a gorgeous lamp.
To celebrate a successful day shopping, head back to Birregurra Farmfoods Providore and Café’ for a glass of local wine and a woodfired pizza. Stock up on some delicious local cheese and regional products to take home.
Forrest Foodies & Adventures
Breakfast at the Forrest Brewery. Local products feature on the menu.
Head over to the Forrest General Store and stock up on some walking snacks and drinks. Make sure you nab a slice of home made caramel slice or one of the delicious cakes made in the store. The store made pies and sausage rolls are worth driving miles for! Put your walking shoes on and head to Lake Elizabeth. Walk around the lake at your own pace. Round trip will take around an hour and a half.
An afternoon walk to Stephenson’s Falls is an easy walk after the morning excursion to the lake.
Enjoy dinner at Bespoke Harvest. This is a regional ‘must’ for lovers of local food served at its best. Chef Simon Stewart creates a delicious degustation menu, which features produce from the restaurant garden and producers close to Forrest. Bookings are essential. On site accommodation at The Forrest Guesthouse is available in beautifully restored themed suites. Alternately, a short ten minute drive away you can enjoy your own safari style inspired cabin overlooking the Otways at Otway Fields in Gerangamete. Here you are treated to a gourmet breakfast basket filled with farm grown and sourced organic foods from the region.
If you love an adrenalin rush, then spend the morning zip lining through the trees at Trees Adventure in Yeodene, 15 minutes North of Forrest, 5 minutes from Otway Fields. www.treesadventure.com.au for further details.
BYO bike and challenge yourself to one of the many bike trails around Forrest. Visit www.rideforrest.com.au for more trail info.
For a well deserved thirst quencher, finish off at the Terminus Hotel for a drink with the locals and delicious pub meal.