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


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


Coffee, home-style meals and scones.

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

Koonwarra Store


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

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



Take your single origin coffee in a country garden.

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

The Gilded Lily


A steakhouse plating up the region’s finest cuts.

35 Victoria Road Loch 3945
12:00pm - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 12:00am


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

Grand Ridge Brewery


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

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

Fish Creek Hotel


Steaks, beers and chinwags since 1939.

1 Old Warratah Road Fish Creek 3959
11:45am - 2:00pm
5:45pm - 8:30pm

Loch Brewery and Distillery


Farmhouse beers, native botanical gin and whisky to come.

44 Victoria Road Loch 3945
11:00am - 4:00pm


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.


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


A cosy cottage set among seven acres of vines.

370 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd Koonwarra 3953


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.