Published on 14th March 2017
by Linsey Rendell

Red Hill might appear a sleepy region, but scratch the surface and it becomes evident you’ll need several trips to do it justice.

The Red Hill area’s name comes from the rich red clay that’s been luring agriculturalists, graziers and vignerons to the region for the past 200 years. Red Hill used to be prominent dairy country. But in recent times farmers have switched cows for vines, and now cool-climate grapes such as pinot noir and chardonnay are a feature of the area’s real estate.

The region is also ripe with apple orchards, top-notch cafes, a fromagerie or two, and various small high quality, multi-purpose businesses.

Visually, Red Hill is stunning. Driving inland from Arthurs Seat through Red Hill and out towards Western Port Bay, the tree-lined roads dip through leafy valleys and open onto vast plains of farmland that extend all the way to the shimmering blue ocean.

Don’t forget to pack an Esky because there will be plenty of foodstuffs you’ll want to bring home. We hear Uber is a popular service in the hills, so there’s no need to debate over who gets to be the designated driver between cellar doors.

Welcome to Red Hill


From orchard to bakery, paddock to fromagerie, and garden to cafe – food in the hills is driven by local produce.

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Johnny Ripe


Traditional apple pies meet modern-day cronuts at this home-style bakery.

Merricks General Wine Store


An iconic 1920s homestead offering food, wine and art.

Green Olive


Come for a paddock-to-plate lunch, stay for a farm tour.


From walking tracks through native forest, to tree surfing and horse riding, Red Hill is rich with opportunities to interact with nature.


From an architectural home stay, to a design-savvy hotel, accommodation on the peninsula is easy on the eye. Check out even more places to stay in Red Hill.

Jackalope Hotel


Glamour and surrealism meet at this designer hotel.

Cape Schanck House


A grand beach-shack out of a futuristic dream.


Autumn adventures in the hills

Make the most of the cooler autumn weather by exploring Red Hill’s vineyards and orchards. There’s plenty of farm-to-table fare and cool-climate wines, along with cheese and sweets.