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The Gastronomic Grampians!

21 Feb. 2022

From award winning wineries to cosy cafes and inviting pubs and restaurants make the most of your trip to the Grampians with some of our top foodie destinations.

Cafes and more

If you’re exploring the historic town of Ararat, drop into Moyston General Store for delicious coffee and a spot of lunch. Alternatively, if you’re on the go fill your empty Esky with home made sandwiches from Fred & Bet’s Cafe, deli items, small goods and fresh salads from Foragers Cafe and gourmet seasonal produce including preserves, honey and home-made ice-cream from Five Ducks Farm. If you’ve got some room in the Esky stock up at Grampians Olive Co. They offer an extensive range of tree to bottle goods and gourmet grazing in tranquil surrounds (open weekdays only).

The acclaimed Dunkeld Old Bakery serves up some of Australia’s best baked goods in Dunkeld and Izzy’s Cafe has tasty sweet treats for you those in need of a sugar fix. You’ll also find top-notch Italian-style pizza at Roxburgh House, inside a gorgeous old bluestone building in Hamilton.

If you’re in Great Western, pop into Salinger's Cafe. With an all day breakfast menu and a lunch menu you’ll be spoiled for choice. And in the heart of Halls Gap you’ll find delicious coffee and brekky at Livefast Lifestyle Cafe. These guys get busy, so be sure to get in early.

Wineries

Of course what’s a visit to the Grampians without a winery expedition? We’re home to some of the state’s oldest award winning wineries, so it’s worth dedicating a day to exploring them.

Make your own way with the Grampians Wine Map or arrange a personalised wine tour with Grampians Wine Tours. You’ll be fascinated to learn about the Grampians’ rich wine history born from the gold rush. With its labyrinth of underground cellars (the longest in the southern hemisphere at 3km!) and 165 years of winemaking tradition, historic Seppelt is a must. Next door you’ll find Grampians Estate, make sure you try their famous sparkling Shiraz. Or visit some of the newer wineries such as Calyfield Wines, Fallen Giants Vineyard and Miners Ridge.

Drop into Montara Wines for delicious local produce and live music, or for breathtakingly beautiful views visit Pomonal Estate. For some of the most acclaimed Shiraz in Australia don’t miss Mount Langi Ghiran. We’ve even gathered the region's best family-friendly wineries for those looking for a more adult-like activity with the kids.

Make sure to book ahead to secure a tasting and discover elegant cool climate wines with many varieties to sample. Find your favourite and settle in with a tasting platter and the captivating views.

Restaurants

The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld offers stylish modern comforts with glorious mountain views and two great restaurants - a great base for foodie exploration. Whether you stay here or not, be sure to book in to the two-hatted Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel for an unforgettable meal. Or for a more relaxed dining setting, book your seat at the table with Parker Street Project. Both dining experiences are dictated by the daily harvest from the property’s extensive organic kitchen garden. Their Kitchen Garden Tours are also a must for the food-obsessed.

Punctuate your trip with some memorable, hearty meals in friendly settings. The Great Western Hotel serves up the quintessential country pub experience. Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co pours excellent beers and brings a street-food-inspired fusion menu to Halls Gap and at Flame Brothers you’ll find the mouth-watering aromas coming from the Texas style bbq smoker set the scene.

If you’re looking for traditional Vietnamese food, head to Sen Restaurant. On the menu you’ll find Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), Banh Mi (Vietnamese Bread Roll), Bun (Vietnamese Vermicelli Noodle Salad), Rice Paper Rolls and more.

The Wander Inn in Wartook Valley offers grazing boards of local produce and more in a relaxing garden setting. While baa3400 in Horsham presents a great celebration of local produce. Expect colourful and delicious share plates heroing vegetables and premium Wimmera meat.

Gastronomic Grampians won’t disappoint so gather your foodie friends and get ready to sip and savour – The Grampians Way.