Bellarine Peninsula: 5 Must-do Food & Wine Destinations

Stunning beaches, first-class wineries and restaurants, fantastic outdoor opportunities (and a little less touristy than its sister peninsula on the other side of the bay) the Bellarine Peninsula is a must-do! For those not in the know, the Bellarine is only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD and boasts some incredible places to eat, drink (and stay). 

  • Flying Brick Cider Co.

Start your getaway before you even catch of glimpse of Bellarine beaches with a breezy, zesty Pachinga cider at Flying Brick cidery. Delicious, contemporary bites are available seven days, and you can even bring your (well-behaved) doggo to lounge on the lawn. 

  • Merne at Lighthouse

Another gorgeous dining spot destination is Merne at Lighthouse. With locally-sourced produce, this simple food is elevated by serious technique and delivery. Come for views over vineyards and olive groves and stay for delicious grazing dishes crafted by innovative head chef Josh Smith. 

  • Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Ocean and delicious wine? You could not ask for better Insta-worthy views than those from Jack Rabbit! This combined restaurant, café and cellar door boasts unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne, matched by sophisticated cool-climate wines and a delish seasonal menu. (Hop to it!)  

  • Basils Farm

For something a little different, Basils Farm has many things on offer. A paddock-to-plate restaurant, traditionally made wild-fermented wines, gorgeous gardens, a large sandpit for the kids, and panoramic Swan Bay vistas. Add in ‘Sunday Sessions’ acoustic tunes and Babydoll sheep – makes Basils Farm a must-visit during your Bellarine stay. 

  • Annie’s Provedore & Produce Store OR Wildings Pantry Essentials OR Staple Eatery & Deli

If a beach getaway for you is all about going gourmet from the comfort of your accommodation, make sure to stop in at Annie’s Provedore & Produce Store in Barwon Heads. Pick up local cheeses, charcuterie meats, spicy condiments, local wines or indulgent sweet treats. If you are based in St Leonards or Portarlington you could hit up Wildings Pantry Essentials or the Staple Eatery & Deli – no matter where you are staying on the Bellarine there is a local deli waiting.  

Book your Bellarine Peninsula getaway today 

If all this talk of food and wine is making you hungry, thirsty, and longing for a mini-break (or something a little longer) – don’t delay – make your Geelong or Bellarine Peninsula accommodation reservation now. We have a fantastic range of gorgeous properties on offer, from sweet ’70s-inspired beach shacks to stately homes to sprawling family retreats. With over 100 properties to choose from, booking an escape on the Bellarine is only a click away.