A foodies’ day out on The Bellarine

07 Jun 2024

The Bellarine Peninsula is foodie heaven! With a long and strong farming tradition, it’s come into itself as a place to savour the delights created by an extraordinary collection of artisan producers, provedores and chefs. Honestly, you could spend weeks just working your way through the eateries and variety of produce on offer. Or you could dedicate a single day to foodie pursuits. It might look like this.

Kickstart your day with a visit to one of the local farmers markets. Almost every weekend of the year, you’ll find a market on. Check local guides for dates and times. At Point Lonsdale Market (second Sunday of the month), stroll through stalls brimming with direct-from-farmer produce. Feast on artisanal cheeses, hand-crafted preserves, fresh-baked breads and barista coffee. Pick up treats for the pooch, donuts for Dad and sweet busker tunes for all.

At Basils Farm winery, sip and savour to your heart’s delight. Relax into the tranquil vineyard setting and order up a lunch spread and a round of Basils Farm’s superb wines. The seasonal menu always includes produce from the extensive kitchen gardens for a truly authentic taste experience.

Pop over to Portarlington and head to the pier. Grab yourself some fresh-farmed mussels, oysters or seasonal fish. They don’t get any fresher! Stroll out the pier and check out the mussel boats and afternoon anglers while you’re there.

Enjoy an arvo visit to Tuckerberry Hill, a picturesque berry farm nestled midst rolling hills. Get lost in a sea of plump berries as you handpick your own juicy strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. While there, check out the ‘nano brewery’ – fittingly named Brewberry Beer – a tempting range of seasonal beers, best showcased in their tasting box.

Enjoy a gentle drive through the rural landscapes back to your comfy holiday house accommodation in Queenscliff or Point Lonsdale. Get cracking and create your own dinner feast bursting with fresh Bellarine seafood and produce. You’ll surely finish the day with your belly full and your foodie heart singing.

Or, for a super-special experience, book a 3-hour 5-star degustation dinner on The Q Train and savour the flavours of the region as you ride the rails between Drysdale and Queenscliff.

Ready to plan your own foodie adventure on The Bellarine? Download The Bellarine Taste Trail Map for more tips and tasty locations. And remember: Queenscliff and Coastal Holiday Bookings is your local boutique accommodation booking agency and your cheat-sheet for finding the best accommodation in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.