When my guide described the place we were stopping for lunch, on our way back to Melbourne following completion of the Great Ocean Road, I pictured a truck stop; an American, side-of-the-road barn with quick eats that would offer McDonalds or other fried food.
Timboon, could not possibly be further from what I imagined. Sure there's quick food, it is right beside the main inland road and it does look a bit like a barn. However, that's where the similarity ends.
Timboon Railway Shed & Distillery is an artisanal cafe, marketplace and whisky distillery that offers (as the name suggests) whisky, locally-sourced produce, coffee, sandwiches, salads, Australian beer and more than you'll ever be able to consume in one visit without getting sick. Though you will be tempted.
Owner Tim Marwood has gone above and beyond to tempt travelers to stay for more than a little while and to provide area residents with a reason to never again cook at home. After my superior rocket salad, I had a Passion Fruit and Lemon Tart AND I tried some of the ice cream, also made in house. Everything I tried was so delicious & my enjoyment so apparent, that my guide just kept shaking her head in amusement as if to say, "I told you so."
If you find yourself at Timboon on a Friday night, it's pizza night, so plan to stay even longer than normal. Whether you have room or not, don't skip dessert but definitely don't even think about leaving without trying the whisky. And if you see Tim, tell him I sent you.