On a sunny morning, there’s no better place to be than one of the footpath tables at Bay Leaf Café. This Apollo Bay institution is across the road from the beach and the welcoming staff serve up excellent coffee, fresh juices and a breakfast to remember. Think homemade baked beans with poached eggs and chorizo, stacks of corn fritters with smoked salmon or, for something a little lighter, one of the best banana breads you’re likely to eat anywhere. If you’re after hearty, wholesome food and an easy-going feel, this cosy café delivers.

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A quintessential Australian coastal town, Apollo Bay is burgeoning but thanks to the fish and chip shops, surf stores and impressive beach, it still maintains a relaxed vibe.

Bay Leaf Café | 131 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay | +61 3 5237 6470

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