Around the Grampians, local cafes burst with seasonal produce, and historic bakeries are whipping up award-winning fare.

Pull up a chair under a shady oak tree at Gardens Lake Cafe in the heart of Ararat's Alexandra Gardens, or try second-generation family business Conways in Horsham for award-winning pies – and the town's largest salad bar.

For something nostalgic, head to memorabilia-filled '50s-style Red Cherry diner for burgers and schnitzel. Sit down in Stawell's Pachamama Cafe for Peruvian meals and cakes, including the national dish – ceviche.

Savour handcrafted sourdough croissants, baguettes and pies at historic Dunkeld Old Bakery; the wood-fired scotch oven's been going since 1887. Or sample traditional Indigenous Australian bush foods with a contemporary twist at Brambuk: The National Park and Cultural Centre.

Head home happy with homemade gelato from the Gelato Guys, right in the heart of Halls Gap.


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