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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 Age Good Food Guide) and Black Salt.

If you're in the mood for something extraordinary, book in for an evening at Igni, previously named Regional Restaurant of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide. 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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Hog's Breath Cafe Geelong

Hog's Breath Cafe Geelong are all about fresh, quality produce sourced locally from Aussie growers and producers. Every meal is made fresh to order...

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The National Hotel

The National Hotel is a newly renovated pub in Geelong's CBD. Wander between the three levels, offering a unique experience for diners and drinkers...

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Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes Ocean Grove

Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes Ocean Grove and Queenscliff was officially judged Australia's Best Pie Maker 2013, taking the 'humble meat pie' to new...

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Gold Diggers Arms

The dining room is the definition of warmth from the double sided fireplace to the rich timber features and colours. It is a lovely intimate dining...

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Box Office Cafe

Creating modern food from fresh locally sourced farmers and serving specialty coffee using Axil Coffee Roasters, Box Office Café is set just off...

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Wildings Pantry Essentials

Come and visit the Kitchen Store in St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria where you can watch the team create a range of delights....

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The Geelong Club

The Geelong Club is one of most respected private members clubs in Victoria. In 1881, in the thriving wool port of Geelong, seventy-six gentlemen...

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Empire Grill Restaurant

Empire Grill is a unique experience, critically acclaimed for exceptional, food, wine and service in comfortable surroundings. Located just over an...

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Marty @ Oakdene

The award winning Oakdene restaurant Marty @ Oakdene is the perfect place to match estate grown wines with the menu of seasonal, local and regional...

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The Dunes Cafe Bar & Restaurant

The Dunes Cafe Bar & Restaurant is sitting on the dunes overlooking the main beach of Ocean Grove....

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 Geelong Boat House

The Geelong Boat House offers a range of dining options including fish and chips, a bistro and...

The Pier Geelong

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

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....

King George Fish and Grill

King George Fish and Grill offers sweeping waterfront views, with both dine in and takeaway options...

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