Published on 19th May 2017
by Linsey Rendell

The perfect spot for a mid-winter getaway.

The pastoral plains of the Bass Coast in south-west Gippsland are home to farmers and growers of many persuasions. From sheep, cows, pigs and chooks, to nut and olive groves, market gardens and vineyards, it’s a veritable food bowl relatively undiscovered by weekend adventurers.

Low rolling hills of vibrant green pastures give way to a lush coastline studded with native seaside shrubs. The striking headlands and sandy coves hug the Bunurong Marine Park. The protected rocky platforms and underwater reefs support many species of plants and animals, as well as some prehistoric natural history – Australia’s first dinosaur bone was discovered here at Eagle’s Nest.

There’s a strong sense of community here, with the fruits of the farmers celebrated on cafe menus and in boutique grocers, as are the drops of the region’s winemakers.

Grasp any opportunity (and a handful of wood-fire sourdough) to try the creamy creations of the region’s cheesemakers (particularly the blues), and stock up on provisions for your pantry – you won’t find many of these small-batch makers in the city.

It’ll take you just shy of two hours to reach Kilcunda from Melbourne via the South Gippsland and Bass highways.

Welcome to Gippsland Coast – Kilcunda to Inverloch

EAT

Local farmers and producers are truly championed among the cafes, grocers and cellar doors of this fertile region.

Udder & Hoe

Shop

A pocket-sized grocer that champions local farmers.

Jjara's Farmgate

Cafe

Homey breakfasts and preserves made from the garden’s givings.

Vaughan's Cafe Deli

Cafe

A welcoming cafe with a strong cheese game.

Kilcunda General Store

Cafe

Sit on the deck and enjoy the view.

DRINK

From cool-climate wines in cosy cellar doors, to cold beers in prime-sunset locations – and good coffee in between.

Harman Wines

Restaurant

Sunday is wood-fired pizza day.

Coffee Collective

Cafe

Come for the coffee, stay for a doughnut.

The Bayside Lady

Cafe

There’s a retro caravan peddling drinks in the beer garden.

Ocean View Hotel

Bar

Watch the sunset on the deck, with a cold one in hand.

DO

Take to the Bass Strait’s sweeping coastline by foot, two wheels or four. There are walking trails and plentiful rock pools to keep the nature-curious active between meals.

STAY

From a penthouse by the ocean to an historic bed and breakfast, lodgings on the Bass Coast are peppered with saunas and fireplaces prepped and ready to keep you toasty after dark.

Kilcunda Oceanview Cottage

Accommodation

Bass Strait on one side and the centre of town on the other. Magic.

Eugenie’s Accommodation

Accommodation

Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

State Mines Hotel B&B

Accommodation

A stately B&B; rich in gold-mining history.

Itinerary

Kilcunda to Inverloch

The Bass Strait makes for a striking backdrop to a weekend away at any time of year. Indulge in delicious wines and provisions by passionate local makers between coastal explorations.