Although the main draw-card of a drive along the Great Ocean Road (the closest point of which is around 2 hours by car from Melbourne, Australia) is the scenery, I believe in travelling with a ‘meal-based’ itinerary in case of prohibitive weather. In that vein, here are my suggestions based on visiting a small section of the Great Ocean Road:
Morning: Head south-west of Melbourne by car, stopping for coffee (or breakfast) in Geelong at a spot for joe or somewhere on the waterfront (these retro picnic settings are crying out for picnickers!).
Midday: Drive a little further to the lovely seaside town of Queenscliff to check out the stately architecture and indulge in a prize-winning pie at Rolling Pin.
Evening: Book in advance for dinner at a la grecque in Airey’s Inlet (where I’d also recommend staying the night, the Lightkeeper’s Inn is right next to the restaurant). The Greek food is lovely, but only available in the warmer months as they shut up shop for May, June and July. Take a walk to the lighthouse to work up an appetite before dinner.
Morning: Give yourself a little extra time to digest last night’s dinner while driving along the scenic Great Ocean Road to Wye River and stopping at the popular Wye River General Store for breakfast.
Midday: After heading back towards Airey’s Inlet and stopping for walks to Erskine Falls, along the Pier at Lorne and to take some photos at Teddy’s Lookout, grab a burger from the bottle of milk for lunch and eat it by the beach.
By then you should be feeling quite exhausted from all the eating, walking and fresh air, which means it’s time to head back to the big smoke and rest up for your week ahead.