They don't serve Hot Chips at the Wye Cafe, it's Crispy Polenta Cakes with Capsicum Salsa. If you're after toast, it's House-Baked sourdough with assorted Jam Lady Jam spreads.
The Wye Café lends a touch of class to the Great Ocean route ploughed by many a traveller. With no signage except for 'STORE' written on the roof, the café could pass for another roadside stop you might easily miss. I'm so glad we didn't.
Wye River started off as a fishing and farming community in 1882. It was famous for its timber milling activities and in terms of tourism stars probably loses out to the glossier Lorne and Apollo Bay.
The Wye River General Store and Cafe, however, makes a good reason to visit. Inside its simple facade you'll find a cornucopia of gourmet delights such as organic oat porridge, house-made croissants and mushroom ragout.
The cheapest thing you can probably get is a spinach frittata for about $5 but if you're after lots of ambience, this is the place. The beach is just across the road and the Otway Ranges rise up from the hinterland. A table on the deck offers you first class views of everything.
Idyllic playground For me, mum of two very precocious kids under four, the best part about the café is its location next to a playground - one of the nicest I've seen (and one tends to be a real connoisseur in my line of work.)
I like the way it's been made purely of wood - bridge, slide, swings – all blending well with the natural surroundings. There is a little river beside the playground which adds to the charm of the place.
A wooden walkway takes you to the back where there are more fun things for the kids like ducks, a stream and a giant jumping cushion. Verdict? Kids in the playground, daddy watching them, my hot chocolate in front of me - pure bliss.