Oprah Winfrey, who spent the month of December ‘Down Under’ filming her new Australia travel program, made headlines when she flew a selection of her guests out by helicopter to Apollo Bay so they could discover the iconic Twelve Apostles and sample some of the delicious food that the region offers. In particular, Oprah wanted her fans to experience the renowned seafood at Chris’s Restaurant in Beacon Point. While the nearby city of Melbourne might be considered by many to be the culinary capital of Australia, less than an hour away on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road are the farms and local artisans where many of Melbourne’s most exclusive restaurants purchase their home-grown local produce.
Cheese World and Museum
Those staying in Victoria’s largest city can pick up a range of Melbourne travel deals that will allow them affordable access to the Cheese World and Museum located in Allansford, along the Great Ocean Road. Cheese World is credited with helping Victoria’s dairy industry gain popularity through a series of tastings and sales in their award-winning on-site shop.
The museum is located directly opposite the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, which means that all the produce sold is freshly made. Before holidaymakers explore the shop they should take some time to wander around the informative museum, where they can watch a video on cheese production and get to grips with some of the tools of the trade. Afterwards, they can visit the on-site restaurant for a plowman’s lunch or a cheese platter to sample one of the factory’s own award-winning cheeses. Perhaps most renowned is the pepper and garlic cheese, which was named Victoria’s Best Cheese in 2010 and later scooped up the Kraft Perpetual Shield.
Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant
Visitors can also pick up Melbourne travel deals that give them access to the nearby Apollo Bay, which is worth visiting just to dine at the fantastic Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant. The restaurant has been praised for serving up some of the world’s best seafood. The head chef Chris Burns cooks seafood with a Mediterranean accent and chargrills are the restaurant’s specialty. Chris’s Beacon Point also has stunning views out over the Twelve Apostles, with sunset being a particularly popular time for bookings.
One of the best things about Australia travel – or travel anywhere for that matter – is the chance to experience life as a local. By far the best way to do this is by visiting one of the region’s markets and watching how the locals spend a lazy Sunday. Queenscliff Market in the scenic Princess Park takes place on the last Sunday of every month and has over 100 stalls. Visitors can select their lunch from a wide range of fresh produce, with highlights including home-baked cakes and freshly brewed Australian coffee.