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It’s easy to get distracted by popular cheap eats, Melbourne CBD lists, or by the big, obvious tourist attractions when venturing away from home to discover a new, country town.

But how do we uncover a bit of the real place we’re visiting, if we a) haven’t had a personal recommendation or b) there are too many choices? We want to savour our precious time away!

Instead of meandering along, at the risk of settling for somewhere less than appealing, check these out and make up your own mind!

Here I have compiled a list of 5 favourite out-of-town restaurants in Victoria, Australia.

Coffin Sally. Port Fairy, Victoria.

Best. Pizza. Ever. I arrived with a rather large hens party one Saturday night to this recommended Pizza Restaurant in Port Fairy.

Not only did they welcome us with open arms, but they also catered to the stomachs of a party well into their 3rd  6th drinks. Pizzas range from Margherita, and Peperoni through to the exquisite combinations of the ‘Fijian’ ‘Potato’, ‘Salted’ and the ‘Whoops a Daisy’ (napoli, mozzarella, roast pumpkin, goats cheese, rocket). 

The main thing is the selection of pizzas all tasted fantastic, and we ate way more than was required.

Do I hear a Hell Yes!? Let the shenanigans begin!

The town of Port Fairy is a must see for anyone heading along the Great Ocean Road towards Adelaide. A pretty town with lovely houses and a historic atmosphere.  There’s plenty to explore, from galleries and cafés, to the nearby natural attractions.

Cafes in Victoria, Coffin Sally, Port Fairy
Coffin Sally, Port Fairy

For an in depth travellers guide to road trips along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, visit this post by RED AS VELVET

The Borough Dept Store. Korumburra, Victoria.

Korumburra is fast becoming an essential stop while driving through Gippsland. There’s brewery’s, op shops and notable cafes like The Borough Dept Store. Priding itself with a sustainable ethos, supporting local growers and producers, ‘The Borough’ aims ‘for the highest quality in everything (they) do’. The unique name comes from the former real department store, Parry’s residing in the building.

This is not only one of the best cafés in Victoria, but is also a cake shop, creamerie, wine store and weekly market. Ensure to stop in before this area of Gippsland becomes too popular!

Cafes in Victoria, The Borough, Korumburra
The Borough Dept Store, Korumburra

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Vue Grand Hotel. Queenscliff, Victoria.

A staple of Queenscliff, this pub in the middle of town has the feel of a local, while staying true to the ‘grand’ of its name. Built in 1881, this  well maintained and cared for historic hotel, combined with young, friendly yet professional bar staff and award winning pub style food and drinks, makes this hotel the perfect meeting place while visiting Queenscliff.  Options include a ‘Grand Dining Room’ and a ‘Peckish Street Bar’ which gives you an idea of the choices available in this iconic pub.

Queenscliff itself is an exquisite town, comprising of pristinely maintained houses and gardens on wide streets, while offering festivals and markets, making this town another to add to the must-see list.

Pubs and Cafes in Victoria, Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff
Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff

Timboon Distillery. Timboon, Victoria.

One of the main tourist stops in Timboon is the Distillery. It could be easy to drive through this tiny town, heading the back way to the Great Ocean Road, and not know where to stop without a recommendation. 

Beginning in the 1890’sdistilling wiskey, The Timboon Distillery now provides food, coffee and daily wiskeytastings.  The restaurant building isalso fitted out to blend in with the natual colours of the surrounding bush, addingto the charm and experience.

Known for the exceptional produce (including cheese), Timboon and the neighboring rolling hills are a must see for any regional traveller.

Cafes in Victoria, Timboon Distillery, Timboon
Timboon Distillery, Timboon

The Milko. Woodend, Victoria.

Woodend is a relaxed and friendly town at the bottom of Mt Macedon, north west of Melbourne.  Not yet hipster, the pretty town has a handful of country style and relaxed cafes, including ‘The Milko’, alongside its op shops, book shops and gift shops.

Another one of the best cafes in Victoria, The Milko is situated conveniently on the main road leading back to Melbourne, the decor, coffee, open spaces and friendly service provide a much needed top up before a drive back to Melbourne. Well worth the stop when choosing between the many cafes dotted along the main street.

Cafes in Victoria, The Milko, Woodend
The Milko, Woodend

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