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

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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.

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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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10AM

Olive at Loch

38 Victoria Road
Loch VIC
0417 381 962
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Olive at Loch

Shake off the shackles of the city early to arrive at Loch in time for brunch. Enjoy a homey meal at this eclectic cafe and pack a few treats for the road.

11AM

Loch Brewery and Distillery

44 Victoria Road
Loch VIC
0414 590 474
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Loch Brewery and Distillery

Put your palate to work on a tasting paddle of finely crafted gins, before settling in for a pint of the brewery’s hand-pumped oatmeal stout.

12.30PM

Koonwarra Store

2 Koonwarra-Inverloch Road
Koonwarra VIC
(03) 5664 2285
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Koonwarra Store

Blink and you’ll miss this tiny town, though its shopfronts are worth exploring. Pick up local cheeses, olives and wine from this community hub, before ditching four wheels for two.

1PM

Great Southern Rail Trail


Leongatha VIC
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Great Southern Rail Trail

Take to this rail trail heading towards Meeniyan passing three old wooden trestle bridges on the way. You can pause at one of the town’s cafes for lunch, or continue all the way to the Fish Creek Hotel.

3PM

Waratah Hills Vineyard

20 Cottmans Road
Fish Creek VIC
(03) 5683 2441
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Waratah Hills Vineyard

Stop by this picturesque cellar door for tastings of its reds and whites, before settling in for a nibble and a glass overlooking the vineyard.

6PM

The Wine Farm

370 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd
Koonwarra VIC
(03) 5664 3204
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The Wine Farm

Return to your sleeping quarters for the evening. Lay out your collected provisions for a floor picnic by the fireplace, and perhaps ask your winemaking hosts for a bottle of their pet-nat (like Champagne, but frothier) to enjoy with dinner.