There’s no better way to explore the hidden treasures of coast and country than in a campervan with the open road ahead.
If foodie treasures are your thing, Southern Gippsland is perfect for tasty adventures. With some of the finest food, wine, and produce in Australia, simply hire a campervan and set off to uncover the foodie adventures that await. This road trip circuit is sure to get your tastebuds tingling.
First stop: Inverloch
Begin your foodie road trip two hours south of Melbourne in the seaside town of Inverloch. More than 100 vineyards make their home in the Gippsland countryside, so a day (or two) sampling some of the region’s boutique wines is a must. Purchase your favourites along the way and you can sit back and relax with a delicious drop on arrival at Ingenia Holidays Inverloch Foreshore. Just a three-minute drive from the park, Vaughan’s Café Deli on Beckett Street offers gourmet cheeses, smoked meats and antipasto galore to create the perfect plate of nibbles to go with your wine. If you venture out for another day of wine tastings, be sure to stop in at Prom Country Cheese in Moyarra too. The farmer’s markets held at The Glade on Inverloch’s Esplanade on the third and fourth Sundays of each month also offers a treasure trove of tasty delights if you time your trip right.
Next Stop: Cape Paterson
Less than a scenic hour’s drive to the west, pull into Ingenia Holidays Cape Paterson and immerse yourself in the refreshing village atmosphere. With ocean frontage, your charcuterie board will go down nicely along with the setting sun. When it’s time to explore, Goshen Country, on Wilsons Road, grows the most divine organic fruit and vegetables which you can buy from their onsite produce store. For a real treat, head out of town to Lucinda Estate where the wine is poured with a side of country hospitality. Gippsland Cider Co. ciders are also made on site if you fancy a fruitier drop. Or you can always try both – you are on holiday after all.
Final Stop: Phillip Island
Saving the best for last, your next stop is Phillip Island. Here, charming eateries, fine dining restaurants, bars, pubs, and cellar doors appear at every turn (and most have water views). Pull into Ingenia Holidays Phillip Island and get ready to let your tastebuds lead you. The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is mandatory if you have a sweet tooth, Bass Strait Direct offers the freshest seafood, and Bassine Specialty Cheeses offers a café menu on top of a huge selection of local cheese and produce. If your drinks supply is running low, try Ocean Reach Brewing, Purple Hen Winery, or Phillip Island Winery to top up your collection. After a few days in foodie heaven, it’s time to head home with a fridge full of gourmet goodies to enjoy in the days and weeks ahead.