Food & wine
Fresh regional produce, quality cuisine and some of the finest wine in the state combine to create a contemporary food and wine scene that's become a favourite with locals and out-of-towners alike.
The Goldfields boasts three significant wine regions – Bendigo, Ballarat and Heathcote. Bendigo and Heathcote are famed for their robust shiraz, while Ballarat is noted for elegant cool-climate wines.
Fresh produce and deli delights
While you're in the area, make the most of regional specialities including bullboar sausages, locally pressed olive oil and luscious goat's cheese. Add to the list some crisp apples and juicy pears straight from the growers in Harcourt, home to Victoria's finest apples.
Village to vine
Experience the wide range of excellent dining options on offer. Enjoy creamy lattes in village cafes, fine dining in restored heritage buildings, or leave town and dine with a view at a local vineyard.
Ballarat's cool climate is ideally suited to producing top quality sparkling, chardonnay and pinot noir.
While red wine lovers flock to Bendigo for the now famous shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, white wine fans should seek out chardonnay and riesling.
The Heathcote wine region, just south of Bendigo, is regarded as one of the finest areas for shiraz in Australia.
Find a wide variety of eating establishments making the most of the fine local produce in the Goldfields region.
Discover the rich and varied harvest of Central Victoria. Catch your own trout, sample traditional game meats, or buy freshly-picked apples and pears.