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FOOD & DRINK

Melbourne's Best Out-of-Town Restaurants, Cafes and Bars Worth a Weekend Road Trip

From regional fine diners to Japanese cafes to small gin distilleries, these are the spots to plan a day trip — or a whole weekend away — around.
By Concrete Playground
September 26, 2018
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Melbourne's Best Out-of-Town Restaurants, Cafes and Bars Worth a Weekend Road Trip

From regional fine diners to Japanese cafes to small gin distilleries, these are the spots to plan a day trip — or a whole weekend away — around.
By Concrete Playground
September 26, 2018
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    Jimmy Rum Distillery

    The Mornington Peninsula's huge rum distillery and tasting bar.

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    Maria Cafe

    A new cafe serving up Mexican-inspired fare and fine single origin cuppas.

  • Food & Drink

    Earthly Pleasures Cafe

    An out-of-town cafe set in a historic 1930s building.

  • Food & Drink

    Common Ground Project

    A community farm and cafe in Geelong run by the team behind Top Paddock and Higher Ground.

  • Food & Drink

    Dal Zotto Wines

    You go-to for pizza and prosecco in the King Valley.

  • Food & Drink

    Cleveland Winery

    This vineyard has an underground cellar door and a lovely deck with views over the Macedon Ranges.

  • Food & Drink

    Pelikan Societe

    One of the best spots on the Mornington Peninsula for brunch or lunch with a view.

  • Food & Drink

    Merchant & Maker

    This beachfront McCrae cafe is worth the drive along the Mornington Peninsula.

  • Food & Drink

    Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery

    Take a road trip down the Peninsula for a cooking class and a long lunch.

  • Food & Drink

    Store Fifteen

    Mornington's go-to spot for coffee, smoothies and wholefood brekkies.

  • Food & Drink

    Happy Pants 1549

    A sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula that doubles as a healthy cafe and yoga studio.

  • Food & Drink

    Wombat Cafe & Store

    The Mornington Peninsula's all-vegan cafe where you pay for delicious plant-based fare and help fund an animal sanctuary at the same time.

  • Food & Drink

    Commonfolk Coffee Company

    Korean fried chicken and coffee for a cause in the Mornington Peninsula.

  • Food & Drink

    Nordie Cafe

    A Scandinavian cafe and design store in the Mornington Peninsula.

  • Food & Drink

    St Andrews Beach Brewery

    A 92-acre craft brewery in the Mornington Peninsula inside a former racehorse training facility

  • Food & Drink

    Little Creatures Geelong Brewery

    This Fremantle-born brewery's east coast home features three bars and lots of booze.

  • Food & Drink

    Nagambie Brewery and Distillery

    A lakeside brewery and distillery worthy of a weekend road trip — it's only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.

  • Food & Drink

    Rochford Wines

    One of the Yarra Valley's best-known wineries features a lakeside cellar door and award-winning pizza.

  • Food & Drink

    Movida Lorne

    The Spanish restaurant's first out-of-town outpost is smack-bang on the beach.

  • Food & Drink

    Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie

    A small chocolate shop creating all sorts of truffles, ice creams and brownies.

  • Food & Drink

    Seville Estate

    Sip award-winning pinot noir and shiraz with stunning views of the upper Yarra Valley.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Gum BBQ

    A sprawling barbecue joint on the Mornington Peninsula serving local meats cooked low-and-slow over local wood.

  • Food & Drink

    Twobays Brewing Co

    A brewery on the Mornington Peninsula where all the beer (and the pizza) is gluten free.

  • Food & Drink

    400 Gradi Yarra Valley

    The Neapolitan-style restaurant opens its latest digs — in a winery.

  • Food & Drink

    Portsea Hotel

    The Mornington Peninsula spot now boasts a whisky bar, stunning events space and Cali-style burger bar, all overlooking Port Phillip Bay

  • Food & Drink

    Morgan's Sorrento

    A sprawling restaurant serving seafood and local Mornington Peninsula beer and wine right on the foreshore.

  • Food & Drink

    Laura

    A faultless degustation-only restaurant in the middle of a 50-acre Mornington Peninsula winery and sculpture park.

  • Food & Drink

    Kilderkin Distillery

    Ballarat's small batch distillery producing gins and whisky.

  • Food & Drink

    Loch Brewery & Distillery

    Quench your thirst with native gins, single malt whisky and signature ales down Gippsland way.

  • Food & Drink

    Fossey's Ginporium & Distillery

    An old-timey gin distillery and bar found on the country streets of Mildura.

  • Food & Drink

    Animus Distillery

    Kyneton's own gin distillery and cocktail bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Graceburn Wine Room

    Mac Forbes' Healesville cellar door now serves weekend dinners.

  • Food & Drink

    Only Mine Chocolate Factory

    Stop by this chocolaterie in the Dandenongs for specialty bars and next-level sundaes.

  • Food & Drink

    Alchemy Distillers

    This Healesville distillery makes its own chamomile gin, quinoa vodka and moonshine in a century-old bakery.

  • Food & Drink

    Sakana

    This colourful Japanese eatery from an acclaimed chef is hidden behind a Victorian-era shopfront.

  • Food & Drink

    Brae

    Dan Hunter's acclaimed Great Ocean Road fine diner.

  • Food & Drink

    Mitchelton

    A sleek and minimalist winery and designer hotel on the Goulburn River.

  • Food & Drink

    Holgate Brewhouse

    Woodend's country pub and local brewer.

  • Food & Drink

    Blackman's Brewery

    A surfer's brewery and kitchen in Torquay.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Hill Brewery

    The Mornington Peninsula's home of beer and barbecue.

  • Food & Drink

    Bright Brewery

    This out of town brewery has a 24-tap selection and a big outdoor terrace nestled in the mountains.

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    Montalto

    This Mornington Peninsula institution has a winery cellar door, cafe and fine dining restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Wickens at The Royal Mail Hotel

    Dunkeld's fine diner where you can indulge in degustations and a 28,000-bottle wine cellar surrounded by bush.

  • Food & Drink

    Frankie

    A perfect pastel diner serving up great pan-Asian food in Geelong.

  • Food & Drink

    Innocent Bystander

    The Yarra Valley winemaker's Healesville venue is part cellar door, part pumping wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Doot Doot Doot

    Jackalope Hotel's opulent fine diner.

  • Food & Drink

    Restaurant Igni

    This Geelong fine diner is one of Victoria's best restaurants.

  • Food & Drink

    Hogget Kitchen

    For those thirsty for great wine, the freshest of produce and stunning scenery, the drive to this regional Gippsland restaurant is well worth it.

  • Food & Drink

    Second Home

    A cafe-goers home among the gumtrees.

  • Food & Drink

    The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches

    The drive to Sherbrooke is a rewarding one.

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