Pull up a seat in the Goldfields for a relaxed cafe lunch or a luxurious dinner at your choice of incredible venues. Dining experiences here combine fresh regional produce, progressive cuisine and some of the finest wine in the state – which is quite the winning combination.
The good life
The Goldfields region is fast becoming synonymous with quality contemporary dining. Bendigo is home to stylish offerings such as Masons of Bendigo and The Dispensary, and the grilled goodness of the Woodhouse. In Ballarat, Underbar offers an upscale tasting menu on weekends, while The Lane restaurant is a local favourite for its relaxed dining and regional produce.
Soak up the atmosphere in cosy cafes dotted around the region's historic towns. Watch the roasting at work at Bendigo's Brewhouse Coffee Roasters, go Mediterranean at El Gordo and find your favourite corner in Percy and Percy. In Ballarat, get your Axil coffee fix from Yellow Espresso, Seven Seeds from Hydrant Food Hall or go retro at Eclectic Tastes. Get serious about small-batch roasting at Castlemaine's Coffee Basics and imagine yourself in old-world Vienna at their cafe, Das Kaffeehaus. Step back in time to the 1960's and enjoy some homemade baked goods at The Coffee Bank in Pyramid Hill.
Embrace the seasons when you dine al fresco overlooking the vines at a local winery restaurant such as Merindoc, Balgownie Estate and Flynns in the Heathcote region, or Bress Wine Cider and Produce in Harcourt.