The Great Ocean Road is an Australian icon, and the Swing Bridge Cafe and Boathouse is one of the best spots to enjoy it.
Overlooking the sparkling ocean on one side and the waters of the Erskine River on the other, the cafe offers panoramic views of its namesake – Lorne’s historic swing bridge.
Jorge Guerrero took ownership of the stunning premises in 2014 and has since injected his Argentinean heritage and passion for hospitality into the cafe and its menu. A chef by trade, he has extensive experience in all aspects of the industry.
Jorge’s current venture in Lorne is a fresh beachside cafe, offering magical views and serving high-quality food and drink seven days a week. His wife Sarah assists with the day-to-day operations and ensures Swing Bridge always looks its best. The cafe bustles with visitors from near and far and is frequently bursting at the seams during summer – the busiest days can see Head Barista Dylan Hickey and his team pour up to 800 coffees a day. With a delicious house blend from renowned Melbourne roasters, St Ali, as well as a weekly rotation of two single origins, it’s no surprise why.
A mutual appreciation for quality food and fresh produce attracts a large number of Jorge’s customers to the cafe. Talented Head Chef, Julie Touma, shares this appreciation and brings with her extensive experience from restaurants around Europe and her own venture, Bayte, in Melbourne.
The seasonal menu takes inspiration from Julie’s Lebanese heritage and Jorge’s South American traditions. The menu offers well-executed classics and introduces a few new twists with creative dishes that reflect the duo’s love of fresh produce.
Try the slow-poached eggs on sourdough with smashed avo, goat’s cheese, kale and spinach; or a pulled pork burger with house-made chipotle barbecue sauce and Haitian slaw on a sourdough brioche. You’ll also find a range of wraps and salads that showcase the seasonal produce available to them.
Intimate functions and weddings are frequently held on-site and Jorge and Julie’s culinary talent means they’re often in demand for catering in the area.
While nature provides for much of the cafe’s beauty, Jorge and the team keep the simple weatherboard cottage looking picturesque too, with chic, laid-back décor and a constant display of fresh flowers. You’ll find comfortable seating inside, while extensive outdoor decking provides a relaxed space to unwind and admire the sandy beach and water sports on the river.
The Swing Bridge Cafe and Boathouse offers the perfect combination of refinement and relaxation. Customers can taste the best local produce from around the area and enjoy some of Victoria’s best coffee, with breathtaking, panoramic views right in front of their noses.