Sip, savour and taste your way through the abundance of cool-climate cellar doors, restaurants and farm gates in the Moorabool Valley. This is a destination for foodies so make sure you pack your stretchy pants and your appetite. Spending the night? Here’s what we think should go on your itinerary.
Stays: Cottage chic
You won’t find any massive McHotels in the Moorabool Valley, but what you will find is charming cottages with dappled sunlight peeking through the branches of trees the moment you open your eyes. For a cozy night away from the city, I can recommend:
Barbie Mays - This gorgeous cottage sleeps 8 people and features high-quality modern facilities for cooking and relaxing, a kitchen and pantry stocked with basics, eco toiletries and fresh sourdough on offer for breakfast.
Cedar Cottage - A stay at Cedar Cottage promises cozy with a capital C. Set on 12 acres of land, this 1850s home is perfect for couples looking to escape the big city noise for a little bit of peace and quiet.
Barunah Plains Cool Cottage - This beautiful getaway is so confident of its coolness that it states it in its name (full disclosure: the cool part actually comes from the fact that is suits on the bank of a creek and stays cool in the hot summer months). Barunah Plains Cool Cottage blends old with new and offers a queen sized bed, open fireplace, pizza oven, claw foot tub, vintage bikes and more. The major drawcard of this spot? Warrambine Creek has its own resident platypus’!
Taste: Chocolate, wine not?
Moorabool Valley Chocolate
This family-owned and operated chocolaterie is a local institution and for good reason. Taste your way through truffles, pralines, fruit and nut clusters and more. As most of the chocolates are made fresh with no preservatives, it’s recommended that you eat them as soon as possible. And I’m sure okay with that recommendation.
Clyde Park Vineyard and Bistro - This James Halliday five-star winery specialises in all things pinot noir, shiraz, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Hot tip: Pair your wines with a woodfired pizza or an anti-pasto tasting plate. You won’t regret it.
Austins Wines: Austins pride and joy is its pinot noir, however in recent years they’ve also come to known for their riesling, chardonnay, shiraz and most recently, limited release varietals; cuvee and late harvest riesling.
Family Fun: Fairy Park
Fairy Park is a little bit vintage (it’s been in operation since the 1950s!) but that’s all part of the charm. Dedicated to all things ‘happily ever after’ this outdoor park is packed full of castles, cottages and caves to explore. Perfect for the young and the young at heart.