Begin on Geelong's waterfront for seafood-centred dining options at Fishermen's Pier or Asian fusion with a rock 'n' roll edge at Wah Wah Gee.

Stroll into the CBD where you can duck down Denny's Place to slake your thirst at Blackman's Brewery Bar, which makes and cans its beer in nearby Torquay. Slip into old-world sophisticate Geelong Cellar Door for notable local vino and tasting plates, sip cocktails in the prohibition chic salons of The 18th Amendment Bar, or spark up at Coffee Cartel where caffeination is serious business.

The striking Geelong Library complex conceals Public at the Dome for a coffee and culture pause.

Wind around to Ryrie Street and ALMA Restaurant, which does modern Australian food with a South American spin.

It's a quick hop down Little Ryrie Street to Little Green Corner, a sustainable cafe that runs foraging tours and pays backyard gardeners in coffee for their excess produce.

You're not far from Geelong's most awarded restaurant, the fire-fuelled IGNI. From there it's a thirst-making two kilometres to Little Creatures Brewery, a magnificent beer palace with open brewhouse and canteen. 5km