Published on 25th July 2017
by Linsey Rendell

Grab a jacket and pack a tote to explore the produce-laden region of South Gippsland. In partnership with Destination Gippsland, here’s our guide on where to eat, drink and stay in the region.

Over the past few years the fertile land of South Gippsland, known as Prom Country, has sprouted many local food champions. Historically, this has been dairy country and it continues to churn out excellent small-batch cheeses, along with high-quality wines from small acreage. But there’s a new wave of dedicated farmers, bakers, vignerons, brewers and provedores setting up shop, and their passion for the region is catching.

It’s only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne to the historic township of Loch. From the city, take the M1 east, before following the South Gippsland Highway deeper into this stunning countryside.

Welcome to Prom Country Gippsland

EAT

This region’s cafes are great supporters of local farmers, turning seasonal produce into comforting eats. Always say yes to a cheese course – you’re in dairy country after all.

Olive at Loch

Restaurant

Coffee, home-style meals and scones.

38 Victoria Road Loch 3945
Wednesday
9:00am - 3:30pm

Koonwarra Store

Cafe

Local wine tastings and homey meals in an 1892-built post office.

2 Koonwarra-Inverloch Road Koonwarra 3954
Wednesday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Lamezleighs

Cafe

Take your single origin coffee in a country garden.

62 Ridgeway Mirboo North 3871
Wednesday
7:00am - 5:00pm

DRINK

The South is lush with excellent liquids. Bookend cool-climate wine tastings with cleansing craft ales and intriguing spirits.

Grand Ridge Brewery

Bar

A charming pub with a solar-powered craft brewery downstairs.

Main Street Main Street Mirboo North 3871
Wednesday
11:00am - 9:00pm

Fish Creek Hotel

Bar

Steaks, beers and chinwags since 1939.

1 Old Warratah Road Fish Creek 3959
Wednesday
11:45am - 2:00pm
5:45pm - 8:00pm

DO

Take in the south’s idyllic rolling hills and native forest on a two-wheel trail, or opt for a culture-driven itinerary, meeting musicians and potters.

STAY

Hole up by a fireplace on a secluded farm, or situate yourself in town close to great country restaurants and live music.

The Wine Farm

Accommodation

A cosy cottage set among seven acres of vines.

370 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd Koonwarra 3953

Itinerary

Eating your way around South Gippsland

If you can tear your eyes from the lush landscape, there’s home-style cooking, full-bodied stouts and elegant pinot noirs to discover in this food-centric region.

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