is a local producers’ trail located in the Great Ocean Road hinterland. Stretching from Moriac to Port Campbell, the trail promotes visitation to the region by offering visitors and those living within the region authentic local experiences. A vibrant community of producers, makers, growers, artisans and sellers promote the produce of the region.
The bounty of the Otways is celebrated in four main categories: eat, drink, stay and play. The ‘eat’ category comprises of provedores selling local produce, artisan bakers, farm cafes, a world class restaurant and many more venues offering delicious food created with local produce. Our members, Ravens Creek Farm in Moriac and The Farmers Place in Freshwater Creek, grow their own produce, raise their meat and offer education to our next generation by holding regular kids story times and holiday activities.
Brae Restaurant is a firm fixture on the world stage where Chef Dan Hunter creates seasonal tasting menus with location in mind and reflecting a close connection with the land and the pristine natural surrounds of the Otways.
The Deans Marsh General Store, Forrest General Store, and Jo’s Pantry in Colac are gathering places for foodies who seek out local fare. Pick up a paper, buy a coffee and some local olive oil from Maluka Estate or local preserves by the talented folks at the Otway Kitchen. Bakers Jo from Pennyroyal Bush Bread and Leah from Leah’s Bakes will keep your sweet tooth satisfied with their breads and cakes. Fill up your pantry stores with bulk foods at Jo’s Pantry.
When it comes to ‘drink’, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whatever your preference, there is something for you. Craft breweries, wineries, cider and gin makers all offer superb local bevvies. While away a Sunday afternoon sipping wine and listening to live music at Gosling Creek winery. Visit cellar doors for wine tastings of delicious cool climate wines. Pop in to Dinny Goonan Wines and sample Dinny’s award winning Shiraz and Riesling wines. Relax at the Forrest Brewery with a delicious glass of cold beer. Watch the brewer at work.
‘Stay’ for a weekend with your pooch at pet friendly Countrywide Cottages or relax on your own private deck overlooking the Otways at Otway Fields. Gather a group of friends or family and stay at King Parrot Cottages or indulge in a bit of luxury at Otway Escapes Luxury Spa Cottages.
Organise a foodie tour with Andy’s Trails or book a private cooking class at Cucina Cooking School. Visit local markets during the summer months. Come out and ‘play’.
Each January, on the eve of Australia Day, the Otway Harvest Trail members gather at Birregurra Park and hold a Twilight Festa. It’s a celebration of the bounty of the region. Visitors from near and far come for the food, drinks and fabulous entertainment. This event has become a firm fixture on the local calendar. Chat with Pete from DK Potatoes, well known for his purple potatoes, sample hand made chocolates made by Jason from Gorge Chocolates, talk with Justin from Otway Artisan about his delicious gluten free breads. This is an event where you’re able to meet the people who grow and produce the food, wines and beers that the region is known for.
The Otway Harvest Trail is a member-driven, volunteer run group. Visit the official website www.otwayharvesttrail.org.auand follow the OHT on Instagram and Facebook.
Come and eat, drink, stay and play.