Once the Christmas rush dies down, Melbourne residents will be driving cars packed full of kids, luggage, surfboards and perhaps some camping gear out to the coast and high country to embrace the slower pace of the holidays and escape from routines. Yet there are some routines, like a great coffee and brunch, that are a little harder to give up. And while it’s hard to walk a block without running into a great cafe in the city, it’s going to take a bit more exploring to find your new holiday local out of town. We’ve got it all covered with a list of our favourite spots from Apollo Bay all the way up to Beechworth that are worth visiting for a coffee and a bite to eat, whether you’re on a quick day trip or a long summer holiday.

APOLLO BAY
Wickens Delicatessen and Provedore
1/137 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay
(03) 5237 1045
wickensprovedore.com.au

La Bimba
125 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay
(03) 5237 7411
otwayharvest.com.au

LORNE
The Bottle of Milk
52 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
(03) 5289 2005
thebottleofmilk.com

Moons Espresso Bar
108 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
(03) 5289 1149

Qdos Arts
35 Allenvale Rd, Lorne
(03) 5289 1989
qdosarts.com

Kafe Kaos
52 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
(03) 5289 2639

TORQUAY
Bottle of Milk
24 Bell Street, Torquay
(03) 5264 8236
thebottleofmilk.com

Sticks and Stones
61 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay
(03) 5264 7722
sticksandstonescafe.com.au

Pond
39 The Esplanade, Torquay
(03) 2612 0000
facebook.com/pages/Pond-Cafe

GEELONG
The Pickers Union
3 Mackey Street, Geelong
0447 531 844
facebook.com/thepickersunion

Fuel
2 Gore Place Geelong
0423 224 808
fuelcoffeefood.com.au

A Spot for Joe
33 Little Ryrie Street, Geelong
0451 419 855
facebook.com/pages/A-spot-for-joe

QUEENSCLIFF
Piknik
1195 Queenscliff Road, Swan Bay
(03) 5258 5155
piknik.com.au

Raw Ingredients
36b Hesse Street, Queenscliff
(03) 5258 5275
rawingredients.net.au

SORRENTO
The Sisters Kitchen Garden
149/151 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
(03) 5984 4646
facebook.com/pages/The-Sisters-Sorrento

Morgan’s Beach Shack
1 The Esplanade, Sorrento
Open for lunch and dinner from December 29 2013

DAYLESFORD
Buffalo Girls Coffee Bar
4c Duke Street, Daylesford
0423 250 713
facebook.com/pages/Buffalo-Girls-Coffee-Bar

Larder
57a Vincent Street, Daylesford
(03) 9348 4700
larderdaylesford.com.au

PHILLIP ISLAND
BEANd
4/159 Marine Parade, San Remo
0407 717 588
beand.com.au

Porter Republic
117 Marine Parade, San Remo
(03) 5678 5524
porterrepublic.com.au

Madcowes Cafe & Foodstore
3-4/17 Esplanade, Cowes
(03) 5952 2560
madcowescafe.com.au

BALLARAT
L’espresso
417 Sturt Street, Ballarat
(03) 5333 1789
ballarat.com/lespresso.htm

Vegas and Rose
96 Humffray Street North, Ballarat East
(03) 5332 4287
vegasandrose.com.au

Eclectic Tastes
2 Burnbank Street, Ballarat
(03) 5339 9252
eclectictastes.net

BENDIGO

Old Green Bean
179 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo
(03) 5444 3173
oldgreenbean.com

Brewhouse Coffee Roasters
402 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
(03) 5442 8224
brewhousecoffee.com.au

MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Dee’s Kitchen
19 Pier Street, Dromana
(03) 5981 4666
deeskitchen.com.au

Lilo Café
1/725 Esplanade, Mornington
(03) 5975 0165
lilocafe.com.au

Peninsula Pantry
43a Wondaree Street, Rye
(03) 5985 2628
peninsulapantry.com.au

HIGH COUNTRY
Coral Lee
8 Barnard Street, Bright
(03) 5755 5113
facebook.com/pages/Coral-Lee

Cafe Derailleur
38 Norton Street, Wangaratta
(03) 5722 9589
cafederailleur.com.au

Beechworth Provender
18 Camp Street, Beechworth
(03) 5728 2650
beechworthprovender.com.au