Overlooking the mouth of the Erskine River and just a little way out of bustling Lorne, Swing Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque spots for a break. The coffee at this cute shack-turned-café is from highly respected Melbourne establishment St Ali. The food is inspired by the cuisine of owner and chef Jorge Guerrero’s homeland, Argentina. Great burgers are a menu mainstay but there are plenty of vegetarian options, too, including roast veggie wraps and tasty salads. Fridays bring a special treat when Jorge fires up the barbecue and cooks chicken, pork belly and ribs. There are deck chairs and beanbags to sloth around on or, if the impetus strikes, you can hire a paddleboat to work off any indulgences.
Once you hit the seaside village of Lorne, you really feel as though you’re on the Great Ocean Road journey. A popular spot with Melbourne holiday-makers, it’s got a bustling main street, a beautiful stretch of beachfront lawn for picnics and a pier popular for fishing.
Swing Bridge Café & Boathouse | 30 Great Ocean Road, Lorne | +61 408 895 022