Pack your appetite and settle for nothing less than the best. It's time for a Geelong and Bellarine gastro adventure, a journey that takes in big names and as-yet-unknowns, gritty urban back streets, historic edifices and ocean vistas. And then there's the food - so local and so fresh you can practically have a conversation with it.
Dining scene on fire
Ignite the appetite in the back streets of Geelong. Igni has set the city's dining scene alight since opening in early 2016, and the sparks have quickly blown further afield. The Age Good Food Guide awarded Igni Victoria's best regional restaurant, and chef Aaron Turner was crowned Chef of the Year. Get a reservation while you still can and savour the taste of the region in the creative vegetable-driven tasting menu.
Over in West Geelong, Tulip provides a floral interlude in Pakington Stree's café society. Sown from the same seed as the Great Ocean Road's Gladioli, Tulip is as bright, elegant and yes, pretty, as the name suggests. The kitchen team works wonders with the region's bountiful produce, and the wine list spans Victoria.
Queenscliff is the destination of choice for those who love a meal to be an occasion. The 1880s Vue Grand Hotel has a dining room fit for royalty, and a menu featuring the freshest local produce that would impress most monarchs.