Published on 19th May 2017
by Linsey Rendell

Winter becomes much more inviting when crisp alpine air, slow-cooked meals and a roaring fireplace are involved. In partnership with Destinations Gippsland, here’s our guide on where to eat, drink and stay in Gippsland this chilly season.

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 graziers, vegetable growers and vintners. With these agriculturalists came artisan producers and chefs keen to harness their abundant surrounds.

The Baw Baw region in West Gippsland is a one-and-a-half-hour drive east of Melbourne to Warragul. 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 classic pub meals in historic buildings, the Baw Baw region won’t leave you hungry.

Hogget Kitchen

Restaurant

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

6 Farrington Close Warragul 3820
Thursday
11:00am - 11:00pm

3 Brothers And An Oven

Restaurant

Freakshakes with a side of pizza.

113 Queen Street Warragul 3820
Thursday
11:00am - 10:30pm

DRINK

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

The Shot House

Cafe

House-roasted coffee, almond milk and scrolls.

Shop 2 Village Walk Yarragon 3823
Thursday
9:30am - 4:30pm

Ripplebrook Winery

Restaurant

A slice of Italy overlooking the vineyard.

2755 Westernport Road Ripplebrook 3818
Closed Today

Brandy Creek Estate

Restaurant

Paella Sundays and three kinds of sparkling.

570 Buln Buln Road Drouin East 3818
Thursday
11:00am - 4:30pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm

The Walhalla Lodge Hotel

Bar

Have a cold one with the kookaburras.

Lot 2 Walhalla Road Walhalla 3825
Thursday
12:00pm - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

1719 Main Road Neerim South 3831
Thursday
12:00am - 12:00am

Itinerary

The Nature Graze Trail

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