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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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The Door Gallery Cafe

The Door Gallery Cafe is Australia's only Indian Antique Door display centre, cafe and wine bar. Gourmet pizzas, platters, sensational curries, local...

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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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Mt Duneed Estate

Located just 15 minutes from Geelong and the Surf Coast, or an hour from Melbourne, Mt Duneed Estate offers couples, families and groups relaxed...

Wineries

The Minya Vineyard & Winery

Sample fine wines and meals by the tranquil billabong and stay for the summer moonlight concert series in the amphitheatre at this Surf Coast winery.

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Queenscliff Brewhouse

Whether you are looking for amazing craft beers, to eat delicious food, to listen to free live music or watch some of Australia's best live sports...

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RORO Cafe on the Beach

RORO Cafe on the Beach is located right on the beach in Queenscliff, the sand metres away, with large windows offering stunning views across the bay....

Restaurants

Fishermen's Pier

Purveyors of fresh, local seafood in Geelong since 1971, Fishermen’s Pier is the region’s premier fine dining waterfront restaurant. Uniquely...

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The Little Mussel Cafe

Advance Mussel Supply's farm gate sales has grown into its very own little mussel cafe. The Little Mussel Cafe still sell fresh Portarlington mussels...

Shopping

Van Loon's Nursery

Van Loon's Nursery is an award winning destination for all garden and home lovers. Established in 1965 the garden centre has been providing top...

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By the water

Restaurants & cafes

Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Hop to it for sophisticated cool-climate wines and an award-winning restaurant with stunning views.

The Pier Geelong

Spectacularly situated 250 meters out over the water, The Pier Geelong offers a truly unique...

The Dunes Cafe Bar & Restaurant

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

At The Heads

Welcome to "At The Heads" Located at the river mouth in Barwon Heads, At The Heads is arguably one...

City Quarter

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

The Geelong Boat House

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

Wah Wah Gee

Funky, fun and fresh. Geelong’s newest dining adventure starts here on the pier at Wah Wah Gee....

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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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Tours

Take a joy ride flight, an invigorating bushwalk, or head into winery country. Choose one of many of tours celebrating the region's natural beauty.

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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.

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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.