Start with dinner at the end of the iconic Cunningham Pier at Baveras. The venue has come a long, long way since it was home to a family buffet restaurant (complete with singing robot mannequins) about 15 years ago. The only thing remaining from those early days are the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows that take advantage of the location on Corio Bay.
The menu features loads of fresh options. Our inner-procrastinator loves the ‘feed me’ option – the team will send a selection of dishes for your table to share when you can’t decide what to choose!
There are some real hero seafood options on the menu – which makes sense when you’re at the end of a pier dotted with fishermen. There’s something about seafood when you’re near the bay. Your sense of taste aligns with your sense of place and flavor is enhanced.
The drink list includes a good selection of local, national and international wines. Depending on where the night takes you, you can either finish with a coffee here or head upstairs for a cocktail or nightcap at City Quarter.
Head to Deakin Waterfront Kitchen (and sit outside if the sun is shining). The menu has a good variety and even kids options. (Is it wrong if a grown up feels like egg and soldiers?!!) It’s in the middle of the Waterfront precinct so there are options for a quick walk or some shopping in central Geelong or Pakington Street afterwards.
Little Creatures Brewery and Canteen has only been open in Geelong for a couple of years but has already become an institution. The food options cover a whole bunch of stuff to share and, naturally, it works really well with beer. If you’re into a bit of learning with your beer, book on one of the brewery tours to understand the brewing process and see the brewery in action.
It’s been Geelong’s favourite Italian for decades – even favoured by several of the Cats AFL players for their carb fix ahead of matches. Lipari embraces Italian culture and serves fresh, authentic and traditional fare in a gorgeous little restaurant full of character.
Head out to The Bellarine for brekkie at Mr Grubb café inside Oakdene Vineyards. There’s a heap of local produce featured on the morning menu and will leave your tummy feeling satisfied to spend the rest of the day exploring the Bellarine Taste Trail to collect a whole bunch of (edible!) souvenirs.
Visit wineries, provedores, farm gates and cafes as your taste guides your tour of the region. Wherever you are at lunchtime, there’s an option – from winery restaurants with amazing bay views, to hidden gems serving real food made with love. There’s even bakeries serving Australia’s best meat pies!