Out of Town
It’s the end of another year, which means that school is out and summer is in. It’s a rare time during which most of us can switch off and unwind.
It’s the end of another year, which means that school is out and summer is in. It’s a rare time during which most of us can switch off and unwind. For many Melbourne families, that means relocating to a coastal retreat and indulging in fine cuisine and cultural delights.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Just over an hour west of Melbourne CBD, the Great Ocean Road winds alongside the Southern Ocean. Experience one of the world’s most iconic scenic touring routes, discover a beachside retreat like no other and delight your senses with fine dining.
One of Australia’s most exquisite architectural stays, Ocean House, was built by Rob Mills for himself, his family and friends as a place to gather by the beach in Lorne. With uninterrupted ocean views, this luxury beach house features wrap-around terraces and a rooftop deck with an open-air bath. This captivating masterpiece is positioned between the ocean and the forest, creating a serene retreat. The carefully considered floorplan allows the house to accommodate several families, or smaller private groups.
Chris’s Beacon Point
Located in Apollo Bay among the gumtrees and huge ferns in the Otways, Chris’s Beacon Point resembles a treehouse with sweeping views overlooking Bass Strait. A contemporary restaurant specialising in fresh seafood, owner and head chef Chris Talihmanidis’s signature kakavia soup, laden with prawns, mussels, scallops, calamari and salmon poached in a rich shellfish broth with spring vegetables, is as delightful as it sounds.
‘Head just over an hour south to the picturesque beaches and hilly hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, where some of Victoria’s best wine and fine dining experiences can be found.’
Head just over an hour south to the picturesque beaches and hilly hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, where some of Victoria’s best wine and fine dining experiences can be found.
Point Leo Estate
A welcome new addition to the Peninsula, Point Leo Estate is an ambitious mix of art, architecture, food and wine, with stunning views of Western Port Bay. The restaurant, headed by former Rockpool and Eleven Bridge chef Phil Wood, has a strong focus on promoting the region, with local and seasonal produce dictating the menu. Standout dishes include the beetroot pancake with salmon roe and lemon curd, and Cape Grim steak with caper salsa. The estate, which has been in the Gandel family for over 20 years, was previously used as a private escape. The site also features a purpose-built sculptural park, curated by Geoffrey Edwards. It exhibits works by Australian artists such as Lenton Parr and Augustine Dall’ava, dotted amongst pieces by Tony Cragg and other prominent international artists.
One of the most awarded wineries in Australia, Paringa Estate was established by owner and winemaker Lindsay McCall in 1985. Situated in Red Hill on a ten-acre vineyard, the boutique winery, most famous for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, also produces a Shiraz that has been hailed as one of Australia’s best in the cool climate category. The European-inspired one hat restaurant boasts magnificent valley views and offers an intimate dining experience.