Enjoy a drive from Colac to Birregurra and discover local artisan produce at local provedores, a gluten free bakery and exceptional restaurants (including Brae, one of the world’s top 100). Craft and garden lovers will love the yarns, fabric and beautiful botanic gardens waiting to be discovered along the way.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what better way to enjoy it than at the edge of a lake where you can enjoy the view from the café veranda. The Botanic Café on the Lake will delight you with their delicious menu. Wander through the Colac Botanic Gardens. The gardens are one of the few botanic gardens where you can drive your car around.
Take a walk down the main street to Jo’s Pantry and stock up on organic wholefoods, fermented foods, local products and eco friendly cleaning and beauty products. BYO shopping bags, empty containers and coffee travel mug! Enjoy a Golden Latte (soy & turmeric) or a delicious smoothie. Many of our food artisans stock their products here. Pick up a jar of honey from Buukaar Waarung Boutique Apiary, or a packet of fresh pasta from Otway Pasta Co.
Head over to Tarndie at Warncoort. Visit the yarn shop where all the Polwarth 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. Enjoy tea and scones in the historic homestead courtyard.
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 at 69A Main Street.
Pick up a few packs of gluten free Panini rolls or pizza bases to take home from Otway Artisan Gluten Free. Enjoy a coffee and a gluten free sweet treat! High on a hill in Birregurra, you’ll find Love Sets The Table where you can enjoy an interactive cooking experience with an emphasis on baking, desserts and preserves.
Stroll down to Yield Restaurant and Provedore for lunch and collect some delicious local pantry items and local wines to take home. (Bookings for lunch or dinner via the website).
A short trip down Cape Otway Road you can purchase locally grown and milled flour from the Birregurra Flour Mill.
Indulge at Brae Restaurant, Gourmet Traveller’s Regional Restaurant of the year for dinner or lunch. Allow Chef Dan Hunter to delight you with his delectable degustation menu where the ingredients are sourced within cooee of the restaurant kitchen. Bookings are essential.