A world-class food destination

Head to Jack Rabbit. You won't regret it. (Ivan Kemp) 256052_03

Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Victoria, Australia, lies the Bellarine Peninsula, a region renowned for its stunning landscapes, charming towns, and thriving food scene.

From seaside villages to rolling vineyards, the Bellarine Peninsula offers a diverse array of culinary delights sure to tantalise the taste buds of even the most discerning food enthusiasts.

Whether you’re craving fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, or world-class wines, dining out on the Bellarine Peninsula promises a feast for the senses.

A seafood lover’s paradise

With its proximity to the bountiful waters of Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait, it’s no surprise that the Bellarine Peninsula boasts an abundance of fresh seafood. From plump oysters to succulent prawns, the local seafood restaurants take full advantage of the region’s coastal bounty. One must-visit destination for mussels is Portarlington, where you can savour a delectable array of locally sourced mussels, fish, and other delights while enjoying panoramic views of the bay.

Farm-to-table excellence

For those seeking a taste of the region’s agricultural riches, the Bellarine Peninsula offers an array of farm-to-table dining experiences. The Peninsula’s fertile soil is home to an array of boutique farms and producers, supplying restaurants with an abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Drysdale is known for its goat cheese.

Vineyard dining and wine tasting

No visit to the Bellarine Peninsula would be complete without sampling the region’s world-class wines. With its cool climate and diverse terroir, the Peninsula is renowned for producing exceptional cool-climate varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Shiraz. Many of the Peninsula’s wineries offer not only wine tastings but also gourmet dining experiences set amidst the vineyards. Jack Rabbit Vineyard in Bellarine is a standout destination, offering panoramic views of the bay and a menu that highlights the finest local ingredients, expertly paired with their award-winning wines.

Coastal cafes and bakeries

For those seeking a more casual dining experience, the Bellarine Peninsula’s coastal towns are home to a plethora of charming cafes and bakeries. Start your day with a freshly brewed coffee and a flaky pastry at one of the many seaside cafes in Queenscliff, or indulge in an award-winning pie at Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes in Ocean Grove. And we mean award winning. Australia’s best pie anyone?

The essence of Bellarine Cuisine

From its abundant seafood to its farm-fresh produce and world-class wines, dining out on the Bellarine Peninsula offers a culinary journey like no other. Whether you’re indulging in a gourmet feast at a vineyard restaurant, savouring freshly shucked oysters by the bay, or enjoying a casual meal at a seaside café, each dining experience encapsulates the essence of the region’s rich culinary heritage. So, pack your appetite and prepare to embark on a gastronomic adventure through the culinary treasures of the Bellarine Peninsula.