Gone are the days of soggy pre-packed sandwiches, warm wine and lugging a heavy Esky for a picnic. Regional Victoria offers more fancy, catered picnic options than you can shake a blanket at – all you need to pack is sunscreen, insect repellent and a good playlist.
Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges
Wombat Hill House Cafe
Visit the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens and pick up a gourmet picnic pack from Wombat Hill House Cafe. The cafe has a range of set-menu picnics for two, complete with rug, plates, cutlery and picnic glasses. Our top pick is the Hydrangea Hedge Gourmet Picnic, which includes Reuben sandwiches, hot chips with aioli, pizza, three mixed seasonal salads, fresh fruit, smoothies and house-baked cakes.
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens (entry off Central Spring Road), Daylesford
Ringer Reef Winery
Take a leisurely cycle from Bright to Ringer Reef Winery. Every summer, the winery opens its lawn for Picnic in the Vines where visitors can BYO picnic, rug, balls and games, and sit back and enjoy an afternoon tipple and snacks with live music. The ride from Bright is an easy, mostly flat seven and a half kilometres with stunning views of Mount Buffalo.
6835 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah
Jones Winery is one of the oldest and smallest family-run wineries in the Rutherglen district. Its picnic hampers nod to the French country kitchen and feature delicious gourmet treats that can be shared in the winery's picnic area, or taken away and enjoyed at picturesque locations across the region. For the complete picnic experience, pair the hamper with a carefully handcrafted wine made by fifth-generation winemaker Mandy Jones.
61 Jones Road, Rutherglen
Orchestrating picnics since 2002, Montalto has ten secluded, exclusive sites reserved for picnic groups of 2–8 people. Truly fancy, the picnic is set with white linen, proper tableware and glassware, and freshly prepared seasonal food. Collect a bottle of award-winning chardonnay or pinot noir from the cellar door before strolling to the picnic site and taking in the stunning winery backdrop.
33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
Geelong and The Bellarine
Bellarine Taste Trail
A food trail boasting more than 40 makers, growers, wineries, breweries and restaurants, the Bellarine Taste Trail is ideal for building your own picnic basket. Stock up on hand-selected goods along the trail and choose your perfect waterfront picnic spot. Market-fresh seafood from White Fisheries is a five-star option, along with olives from Manzanillo Olive Grove and Lighthouse Olive Oil. Drysdale Cheeses offers award-winning handcrafted cheeses; freshly picked berries from Tuckerberry Hill add a sweet touch. Annie's Provedore and Produce Store has a range of cured meats, dips and antipasto. Stock up on wines, craft beers and ciders along the way from Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Flying Brick Cider Co and Curlewis Winery.
Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges
A must-stop destination in the Yarra Valley, family owned and operated Hanrahan Vineyard puts a new spin on the picnic: the Reverse BYO. You pack your own nibbles and picnic goodies, and Hanrahan Vineyard provides the beverage package with wine, champagne, beer, soft drink and water. Need to cook? There's a gas barbecue for hire.
3 Hexham Road, Gruyere
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