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Restaurants

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 or tuck into traditional Italian fare at Lipari, a local favourite.

Get your tastebuds going at Geelong's Black Salt restaurant with its flavour-packed menu championing local fresh produce.

And if you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary, take a walk down to Ryan Place for an evening at Igni, named Regional Restaurant of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide. 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.

Cafe society

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.

Regional hits

Sample the best of the region's produce at the Peninsula's celebrated restaurants. Book a table at Gladioli for an exciting menu brimming with bold flavours and fresh local produce. 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. Step into the historic Vue Grand for a taste of old-world grandeur and beautifully composed dishes, and opt for a tasting menu matched with local wine.

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Yard 58 Cafe and Nursery

Located in the heart of Queencliff, Yard 58 is a unique cafe with a fabulous garden setting and nursery out the back. The cafe is accessible from...

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Merne at Lighthouse

Merne at Lighthouse is in the middle of the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. The idyllic restaurant is conveniently accessible from both Drysdale and...

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Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Hop to it for sophisticated cool-climate wines, an award-winning restaurant, cellar door, tasting room, bistro-style cafe and stunning coastal views.

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Box Office Cafe

Creating modern food from fresh locally sourced farmers and serving specialty coffee using Axil Coffee Roasters, Box Office Café is set just off...

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Tulip

Cruise down Pakington Street to find Tulip, a cosmopolitan bistro that really packs a flavour punch - hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Customs House Restaurant and Wine Bar

Customs House Restaurant and Wine Bar is located on the waterfront in Geelong, providing a unique, ambient dining experience. Their professional and...

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Lombardys

Lombardys On Hesse offers a pizza/pasta menu incorporating traditional and gourmet selections together with risottos and salads. LoH provides several...

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Annie's Provedore Barwon Heads

Annie's Provedore and Produce Store is located in the heart of charming Barwon Heads. The cafe is filled with the aromas of home cooked meals during...

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At The Heads

Welcome to "At The Heads" Located at the river mouth in Barwon Heads, At The Heads is arguably one of The Bellarine's most unique dining experiences....

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By the water

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The Geelong Boat House

The Geelong Boat House offers a range of dining options including fish and chips, a bistro and...

City Quarter

City Quarter is a place like no other. Two hundred and fifty meters out over Corio Bay, this...

The Dunes Cafe Bar & Restaurant

The Dunes Cafe Bar & Restaurant is sitting on the dunes overlooking the main beach of Ocean Grove....

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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Art and culture

Wander through galleries and artist studios, check out public artworks, and delve into the local history at villages up and down the peninsula.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Ride the waves, take a walk along the white sand, or cool off during the summer months at bayside and ocean beaches in Geelong and the Bellarine.

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Spa and wellbeing

Stop into a luxurious day spa in the Geelong and Bellarine region and slow right down with a full-body massage, facial or beauty treatment.

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Nature and wildlife

From wetlands to coastal woodlands, the Geelong and Bellarine region is the feeding ground for many native animals, marine life and migratory birds.