Road trip Victoria: 5 must-visit foodie destinations

Melbourne, soon to be home to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, is the must-visit Australian city for gourmet food, world-class coffee and incredible local ingredients you won’t find anywhere else. It also just happens to be a great starting point for a food trip across Victoria. Road trip Victoria: 5 must-visit foodie destinations
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Road trip Victoria: 5 must-visit foodie destinations

  • Food and Wine

Melbourne, soon to be home to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, is the must-visit Australian city for gourmet food, world-class coffee and incredible local ingredients you won’t find anywhere else. It also just happens to be a great starting point for a food trip across Victoria.

World's 50 Best have put together some top spots to visit across the south-eastern state with a smattering of suggestions for some of the best dining and drinking. 

 

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Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula 

Distance from Melbourne: An hour to Geelong and an additional 30-40 minutes’ drive to other nearby locations on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Key attractions: Attractions include wineries, extreme sports, beautiful beaches and marine life (dolphins, seals and blue whales).

Add-ons: Take a trip to Queenscliff Harbour to catch a ferry to Mornington Peninsula or Point Lonsdale to enjoy the beachside views of the Bass Straits.

Food and wine: For coffee (and cocktails), head straight to Cartel Roasters; for wine, charcuterie and cheese, go to Geelong Cellar Door; and find great beer at Little Creatures and White Rabbit Brewery. Igni is an excellent option for fine-dining fare.

Optional extras: Drive further down south and you’ll even catch a glimpse of humpback whales on the Great Ocean Road in Warrnambool (four hours from Melbourne).

 

Mornington Peninsula

Distance from Melbourne: An hour’s drive or a 45-minute ferry ride (cars and bikes welcome) from Queenscliff Harbour.

Key attractions: Hot springs, stunning beaches, golf, wineries, marine life and water sports.

Food and wine: Try Montalto Vineyard for Italian; Main Ridge Dairy for goat’s cheese; Johnny Ripe at Red Hill for mouthwatering apple pie; and for some outdoor fun, try strawberry and cherry picking or horse riding wine tours.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Distance from Melbourne: An hour’s drive.

key attractions: Art galleries; family fun at Healesville Sanctuary (play with kangaroos and wombats); Puffing Billy Steam Railway (Australia’s oldest steam railway); hot air ballooning; and wineries.

Food and wine: Dominique Portet WineryInnocent Bystander (casual dining and brewery); Yering Station (casual and fine dining); Yarra Valley Chocolaterie (great for family and kids).

 

High Country Victoria

Distance from Melbourne: 3 ½ hours’ drive

Key attractions: Yet more wine regions; outdoor activities; snow mountains; The Great Alpine Road.

Food and wine: Head to Provenance at Beechworth for fine dining; King Valley Wine Region for Italian varietals (Chrismont Winery, Dal Zotto Winery, Sam Miranda Winery and Brown Brothers); Milawa cheese; vineyards at Rutherglen; and the Bright Brewery.

 

Goldfields Region

Distance from Melbourne: Anything from 1 to 2.5 hours’ drive

Key attractions: This region encompasses an area of Western Victoria with a rich fascinating history that dates back to the gold-mining era (circa 1850s). Key cities include Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Daylesford.

Must-visit: Pan for gold at Sovereign Hill (an open-air museum); Bendigo Art Gallery; Hot Springs at Daylesford.

Food and wine: Fine dining at the Lakehouse at Daylesford; casual dining at Masons of Bendigo; breakfast at the Bendigo Corner Store Café; Le Peche Gourmand in Creswick.

 

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