The tantalising aroma of salty sea air mingling with freshly brewed coffee means a visit to one of Philip Island’s cafes and bakeries is a must whether you’re staying on the island or just passing through for the day. Thankfully, Melbourne’s eclectic café scene and love for a quality brew extends to regional Victoria too.

Hail the morning sun on the beach with a coffee at The Waterboy Café or The Cape Kitchen, or take up a seat in Wild Food Farm and Café’s lush gardens for a meditative start to the day.

G’day Tiger on Cowe’s main street is the ideal spot for a midday pick-me-up in between wildlife spotting and coastal wanderings, or you can stay in town and indulge with a loaded vanilla slice from local favourite, San Remo Bakehouse. Headed home? Get one for the road at 3925 Espresso’s trendy refurbished shipping container café just before San Remo Bridge.

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