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Giselle Farhat

“The Great Ocean Road is an unforgettable experience, bound to reawaken and inspire.”

BEAR TRAVEL

GREAT OCEAN ROAD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Introduction

Saasha Burns

Travel guide

My Chameleon

Growing up in Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road has long been a favourite coastal destination of ours. From the moment you step out of the car, the scent of eucalyptus fills the air and you’re drawn to the ocean for a quick swim before dinner. Giselle Farhat, founder of luxury online atelier My Chameleon, shares her guide to this iconic stretch of coast. Pack your favourite Fall pieces, RUSSH magazine and handwoven wool throw and don’t look back.

 
Boasting 243 kilometres of the world’s most scenic coastline, beaches, and hinterland, driving the Great Ocean Road is an unforgettable experience, bound to reawaken and inspire. Begin your journey in the town of Torquay; just over an hour’s drive south-west of Melbourne, Victoria. A trip best taken at a leisurely pace, each destination along the Great Ocean Road invites exploration, from unique natural environments to dynamic townships. Incomparable fine dining experiences celebrate local produce, brewers, and winemakers, in one of the world’s most renowned food and wine regions.

 
STAY
— Ocean House, Lorne
An embodiment of unmistakable luxury, Ocean House is an architectural masterpiece. A 5- bedroom beachside residence just 100 metres walk from North Lorne’s private beach, it is sculpted from concrete, timber and glass. As well as the panoramic ocean views, enjoy an open air bath on the rooftop deck and lavish in the excellence of furnishings designed by Pierre Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola.

 
— Drift House, Port Fairy
One of Port Fairy’s most prominent, heritage-protected residences is now home to Drift House; a boutique hotel containing 6 entirely bespoke suites. A considered mix of materials, both new and recycled, are combined with contemporary design pieces to create spaces with personality and history. Unwind with a book in a stone bathtub or a glass of wine by an original Victorian fireplace.

 
— Sea Ranch, Wye River
Nestled among the Eucalyptus trees just 50 metres above the ocean, become one with nature at Sea Ranch. Large panes of glass are all that separate you from the magnificent modern interior and the never-ending ocean beyond. Bask in magical sunsets on the spacious deck and switch off under the stars.

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EAT
— Brae, Otway Hinterland
Set atop a hillside on a working organic farm lies Brae, an award- winning contemporary restaurant with 6 guest suites. As chef and owner of one of the world’s top 100 restaurants, Dan Hunter selects only the highest quality ingredients from the property and transforms them into a daily set menu that will ignite your culinary senses in an unforgettable dining experience.

— Pond Café, Torquay
Created by surfer and ex-Seven Seeds barista Tom Sereika, Pond Café boasts a vibrant and wholesome menu at its beachside location. Locals recommend the braised lamb-shoulder salad, beef brisket sandwich, or smoked salmon tartine.

— La Bimba, Apollo Bay
Cooking only with ingredients sourced from local fisherman and farmers is of fundamental importance to La Bimba’s chef and owner, Steve Earl. Menus change daily, depending on the produce available in the region, allowing simple, honest cuisine to speak for itself.

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VISIT
— The Twelve Apostles
Experience the rugged splendour of the famous limestone structures, just off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. Sculpted by the ocean over millions of years, the 8 apostles that remain today are best viewed at sunrise or sunset, the rock altering in colouration under the canvas of a brilliant sky.

— Great Otway National Park
From its breathtaking mountain ranges and secluded beaches to hidden waterfalls and a cliff side lighthouse, lose yourself in nature at Great Otway National Park. Float under a waterfall and breathe the wild air, or embrace adventure by zip lining through lush green forests.

— Lorne
Explore a town with an enchanting mix of nature, culture and dining. With its exquisite bayside locale, Lorne is home to brilliant ocean lookouts and countless cafés. The thriving artistic community means galleries to explore and a beach sculpture festival every second year.

 
To celebrate the Easter long weekend, we have partnered with our friends at My Chameleon to offer 10% off full-price orders. Simply enter the exclusive code ROADTRIP to redeem. Available Thursday 17 - Monday 22 April 2019

T&C’s | 10% discount will be valid only on full-priced items (excludes Gallery category); No price adjustments on prior sales; Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/discount code.

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