Apollo Bay is a real fishing hub, with numerous boats setting out daily to catch snapper, squid and salmon, whilst, over in Portland, tuna is the traditional catch of the day. The GOR is also home to the Southern rock lobster, or crayfish, which is considered one of Victoria’s most valuable catches.
Away from the coast Victoria’s fertile volcanic plains produce some of Australia’s finest fruit. Berries, including strawberries, blueberries and some of the biggest blackberries you've ever seen, grow in abundance. There are several places in Timboon and Portland where you can pick your own. Don’t forget to buy a bottle of strawberry wine to enjoy during the evening. You won't regret it.
Olives also grow well around the Great Ocean Road, and the Birregurra Estate, in the hinterland north of Lorne, is one of the best places to see a range of olives, including kalamata and halkidikis, growing in neat, linear rows. Olive oil tasting with a chunk of homemade bread is a must.
Cheese is also particularly good in this region, with several dairy farmers making world-class products. Apostle Whey, for example, create cheese from their farm’s Jersey and Friesian cows. Their Apostle Crumbler, a feta-like cheese marinated in canola oil with herbs and garlic, is the best-seller, whilst the Spot and Dot has a delicious edge thanks to the black peppercorns, and their Heytesbury Harvest is smoked using eucalyptus twigs to produce a mild, slightly sweet, flavour.