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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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The Minya Vineyard & Winery

Sample fine wines and meals by the tranquil billabong and stay for the summer moonlight concert series in the amphitheatre at this Surf Coast winery.


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...


Ripview Bistro at Queenscliff Bowling Club

Skye and her staff eagerly await your visit to dine in the Ripview Bistro at the Queenscliff Bowling Club. The menu is fantastic, so keep an eye out...


Merne at Lighthouse

Merne at Lighthouse is located on the Bellarine Peninsula, conveniently accessible from Geelong and central to nearby Drysdale, Queenscliff, Ocean...


Bellarine Estate

Enjoy wine tastings from the Bellarine Estate and Portarlington Ridge labels along with beer tastings from the Bellarine Brewing Company's range.



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


Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill

The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill is an Ocean Grove institution. It is the place people flock to for passionately made comfort food and an...


The Driftwood Cafe

The Driftwood Café serves great coffee, fantastic all day breakfasts, delicious lunches and dinners (Friday and Saturday). Fully licensed, the cafe...


The Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson is an iconic Geelong pub steeped in history and an old favourite among the locals. After an eight month renovation, the Nelson has...


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By the water

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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...

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.

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