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Celebrate the local harvest and sample the best of local growers and artisanal producers on a culinary journey through Geelong and the Bellarine. Revel in the flavours of the region at hatted restaurants, friendly local eateries and cosy country pubs. Soak up sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay, explore the cosmopolitan city centre or enjoy a slow lunch out in the vineyards and experience a region overflowing with creativity and natural beauty.

Global flavours, modern inflections

Find the world at your doorstep in Geelong. Be charmed by refined French classics, awakened by aromatic Thai and Indian cuisine and intrigued by Alma's contemporary take on South American specialties. For some Italian comfort fare, head to Lipari, a local favourite.

Get your tastebuds going on dishes championing the best local and sustainable produce at contemporary Geelong restaurants Tulip (awarded a hat by the Good Food Guide 2018) and Black Salt.

If you're in the mood for something extraordinary, book in for an evening at Igni, winner of two hats in the Good Food Guide 2018. There's no menu to peruse, just a chat with the friendly staff before Chef Aaron Turner puts together a bespoke banquet just for you. Matched wines? Yes, please.

Morning brews and long lunches

Duck into a buzzing Geelong lunch spot, grab a latte down at the waterfront, or linger over a slow breakfast at a cafe on the peninsula with sweeping coastal views. Travel from the city to the sea and out into the hinterland to find an array of cafes offering seasonal menus packed with regional delights, from mussels to cheeses and freshly picked berries.

Going provincial

Turn towards coastal Queenscliff for a taste of old-world grandeur and beautifully composed dishes at Althelstane House and the iconic Vue Grand. Opt for a tasting menu matched with local wine at the latter.

Hit the Moorabool Valley Taste Trail, stopping at Inverleigh Cellar and Kitchen for a drop of excellent local wine and European-style eats or pop into a great winery restaurant on the Bellarine Taste Trail, like Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant or Jack Rabbit Vineyard, and settle in for an evening of outstanding wine-matched seasonal fare.

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Lipari Italian Restaurant

Lipari is located in central Geelong and is the place to go if you are after gorgeous, traditional Italian food with a specialty in pasta. With...

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Fishermen's Pier

Purveyors of fresh, local seafood in Geelong since 1971, Fishermen’s Pier is the region’s premier fine dining waterfront restaurant. Uniquely...

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St George Workers Club

Founded in 1945, The St George Workers Club's original Statement of Purpose was the objective to provide its members with a sporting, social and...

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Sonny

Sonny Cafe provides the perfect destination for that weekend drive to the country. Tapping into a bounty of local produces Sonny's friendly team...

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Black Salt Restaurant

Black Salt Restaurant celebrates the Geelong region by embracing the abundance of local produce to offer a contemporary Australian menu. Food heroes...

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ALMA Restaurant

ALMA Restaurant's fancy definition is ‘contemporary Australian dining with the flavours of South America’, but basically it is the best produce they...

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Waurn Ponds Hotel

Please come and enjoy the newly renovated facilities at the Waurn Ponds Hotel - a welcome break on your journey to the Great Ocean Road, The Otways...

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Black Bull Tapas Bar and Restaurant

The Black Bull has quick $16 lunches available Monday to Friday and long dinners, with private dining and set menu options, every night of the week....

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Lonsdale Golf Club

Rain, hail or shine you can guarantee your game on at Lonsdale's 18 hole sandbelt course on the Bellarine Peninsula. The challenging course is a par...

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At The Heads

Welcome to "At The Heads" Located at the river mouth in Barwon Heads, At The Heads is arguably one...

Wah Wah Gee

Funky, fun and fresh. Geelong’s newest dining adventure starts here on the pier at Wah Wah Gee....

Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Hop to it for sophisticated cool-climate wines and an award-winning restaurant with stunning views.

City Quarter

City Quarter is a place like no other. Two hundred and fifty meters out over Corio Bay, this...

The Pier Geelong

Spectacularly situated 250 meters out over the water, The Pier Geelong offers a truly unique...

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