Breakfast at the Red Door Café in Inverleigh. Two cooks, a biodynamic market gardener and a visual artist walk into a café. It’s not the start of a joke, it’s the birth story behind this fabulous little eatery in the Golden Plains countryside. Honest, good house-made food meets organic, fair-trade coffee and the merger is splendid.
Hit the Brisbane Ranges for a bushwalk. From Anakie Gorge Picnic Ground there are a few options depending on how energetic you’re feeling. We’d suggest you split the middle and do the moderate Anakie Gorge Walk, which will take just over a couple of hours.
Lunch! Head to Clyde Park Vineyard and Bistro for one of the famous wood-fired pizzas and (more than) one of the famous wines. Sample some of their Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Rose, then settle at a table either outside with views of the sweeping hills and their rows of vines, or inside among the barrels lining nearly every wall.
Spend the afternoon on a gourmet route around the Moorabool Valley. Try other wineries like Lethbridge or Del Rios. Moorabool Ridge offers wine and a whole range of locally-made preserves to stock up on. Moorabool Valley Chocolate is designed and made by a local chocolatier, and Camilo Olives make ultra premium olive oil that’s exported to the world at their farm which is also home to loads of wildlife.
Finish the day with dinner in a traditional country hotel. You deserve it after all that fresh air and nature. The Batesford Hotel menu includes hearty pub meals, old favourites, a couple of surprises and some ingredients sourced from the surrounding hills.