Published on 17th July 2019
by Linsey Rendell

Spectacular forest walks, waterfalls and rolling farmland dotted with historic villages housing locally-made culinary delights. In partnership with Destinations Gippsland, here’s our guide on where to eat, drink and stay in West Gippsland.

The Baw Baw region in West Gippsland is bookended by the Strzelecki Ranges to the south and Baw Baw National Park to the north. It’s the perfect jumping-off point to the far-reaching expanse that is greater Gippsland, and it’s an alluring introduction to all that lies east.

Out here is an incredibly idyllic pocket of Victoria. From the undulating panoramas of pastoral fields in Neerim South to mountainous, rainforest-clad Noojee – you’ll find yourself constantly pulling the car over to eyeball the plentiful natural beauty.

The region has been prime dairy country for the past 100 years. These days the dairy farmers are joined by cheese makers, vegetable growers and vintners. With these agriculturalists came artisan producers and chefs keen to harness their abundant surrounds.

Warragul is a one-and-a-half-hour drive east of Melbourne. Start your gastronomic adventures here and then venture onwards and upwards into the more remote hamlets of this verdant region.

Welcome to West Gippsland Nature and Graze Trail

EAT

From excellent winery eats among stunning vistas to a farm-to-table breakfast spot, the Baw Baw region won’t leave you hungry.

Hogget Kitchen

Restaurant

Local produce, house-smoked ethical meats and natural wines.

Courthouse Restaurant and Garden Bar

Restaurant

Gastropub eats in an 1887-built courthouse.

Brandy Creek Estate

Restaurant

Paella Sundays and three kinds of sparkling.

DRINK

Locally roasted coffee, small-scale winemakers and cool pints among the hills. Drinks are sorted from first light to well-past sunset.

The Shot House

Cafe

House-roasted coffee, almond milk and scrolls.

Ripplebrook Winery

Restaurant

A slice of Italy overlooking the vineyard.

Cannibal Creek Winery

Restaurant

Elegant share plates and crisp wines, made by hand.

The Walhalla Lodge Hotel

Bar

Have a cold one with the kookaburras.

DO

Dense temperate rainforests and historic walking trails make for a nature-heavy sojourn in the ranges.

STAY

Between a modern farm-stay and a bed and breakfast hedged by tranquil forest, accommodation here is all kinds of cosy and serene.

Vivere Retreat

Accommodation

Farm accommodation with idyllic views.

Itinerary

The Nature Graze Trail

Slow your city pace, and recoup. Adventure in West Gippsland, where an abundance of bushwalks, comfort food and wine awaits.