DISH IT UP
Our region is a diverse area that offers a rich tapestry of dining experiences. From coastal delights to hinterland gems, it is a haven for food enthusiasts seeking both traditional and innovative culinary offerings. From cafés and gastropubs to hatted and awarded restaurants, there’s something to satisfy every appetite
Geelong is a hub for varied dining experiences. The waterfront precinct is a popular destination, boasting a range of restaurants that showcase the region’s abundant seafood. From classic fish and chips enjoyed on the pier to upscale waterfront dining establishments, Geelong provides a variety of options for those looking to savour the flavours of the ocean while enjoying stunning views of the bay.
The region loves a caffeine hit and the café culture is a delightful blend of trendy and cosy spots catering to coffee connoisseurs and those seeking a leisurely ambiance.
They also serve a delectable array of culinary delights from artisanal pastries to hearty brunch options, the menu reflecting a commitment to quality and flavour. Whether enjoying a leisurely breakfast or a quick snack, the region’s café food offers a diverse and satisfying experience for every palate.
On the Bellarine Peninsula, a food lover’s paradise is waiting to be discovered. The region is renowned for its wineries, producing exquisite cool-climate wines that pair perfectly with the local cuisine. Many wineries offer cellar door tastings paired with platters of regional cheeses, olives and charcuterie, providing a relaxed and indulgent way to experience the flavours of the Bellarine.
The area is also known for award-winning dining found at various golf clubs dotted around.
Coastal villages such as Queenscliff and Portarlington further enrich the dining scene with their charming cafés and restaurants. Here, visitors can indulge in freshly caught seafood, explore local markets for artisanal goods and experience the warmth of community-driven eateries that emphasise locally sourced ingredients.
Venturing onto the Surf Coast, the dining experience takes on a more laid-back, beachy vibe. The coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road offer a mix of surfside cafés, fish and chip shops and restaurants with panoramic ocean views. Fresh, seasonal produce is a highlight, with many establishments incorporating local ingredients into their menus.
Surf Coast’s connection to the outdoors is also reflected in the dining options available. Picnic hampers filled with gourmet treats can be procured for a day exploring the beaches or hiking trails. Imagine enjoying a selection of cheeses, fresh fruits and artisanal bread while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Otway Ranges.
The Otway Ranges, with its dense forests and cascading waterfalls, offers a different dining experience altogether. This hinterland region is home to unique culinary establishments that capitalise on the pristine environment. Farm-to-table restaurants and cosy cafes nestled among the towering trees allow visitors to enjoy a meal surrounded by the natural beauty of the rainforest.
Our region is also known for its commitment to sustainability, with some dining establishments actively participating in eco-friendly practices. From sourcing local and organic produce to minimising waste, these initiatives contribute to a dining experience that is not only flavourful but also environmentally conscious.
In terms of cuisine diversity, the region showcases a fusion of international flavours. Geelong being a multicultural city, features a variety of restaurants serving everything from Italian and Asian to Middle Eastern and Latin American cuisines. This diversity is mirrored in the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast, where food enthusiasts can embark on a global culinary journey without leaving the southwest coast of Victoria.
Dining in the region offers a delightful and diverse experience that caters to a wide range of tastes and preferences. Whether you’re indulging in fresh seafood by the bay, enjoying a leisurely brunch with ocean views or immersing yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest while savouring local produce, the region provides a culinary adventure that captures the essence of Victoria’s southwest coast.
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