Great hospitality, great food, and great temptation!

High quality local produce is celebrated in many of Warrnambool’s best restaurants, cafes and bistros. The resulting food matches the best you can find in Melbourne, with a wide array of Australian and multicultural options. And the prices will make you smile. 

There are also plenty of interesting shops where you can can stock up on tasty delights. The local bakeries, butchers, delicatessens and fruiterers are exceptional.

The Great South West Food & Wine Group promotes the diversity and quality of the food and wine produced in the region - from the Otway Ranges in the east, to the South Australian border in the west, and the Grampians in the north

Basalt Winery Port Fairy

Basalt Winery

The rolling hills, rich volcanic soil and deep blue sea of Warrnambool is home to some of Victoria’s most well kept secrets. Some of the finest produce and foodie stories are being generated here.

Basalt Wines is a member of this forward thinking collective and offers daily tastings at the Cellar Door during spring (seasonal times apply, check for details) accompanied by some French/Spanish inspired tapas. The vineyard was establish in 2003 and for the several years has been actively involved in biodynamic conversion and production. The winery is located just 15kms outside Warrnambool in a little hamlet called Killarney settled by - you guessed it - Irish potato farmers in the 1850s. Drop in and try some of the biodynamic range.

Monday to Sunday: from 10am

Address: 1131 Princes Hwy, Killarney
Phone: +61 429 682 251

Order up - Restaurants & Cafes

Find a feast that fits your palate and budget. Warrnambool has an array of dining options from signature CBD restaurants through to casual cafes with stunning ocean views. Locally sourced fresh produce and wines are proudly showcased on many of the menus.

Groups and special occasions are expertly catered for with many venues offering decadent degustation menus and other venues offering the opulence of high tea.

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Allansford Cheese World

Allansford Cheese World

Across the road from the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory, in the heart of a major dairy farming region, Cheese World brings together a museum, free cheese tastings, a licensed restaurant, and a wide selection of local and regional wines.

Enjoy award-winning cheeses then step back in time! The museum is a tribute to the local region's hard-working farming families. It houses an extensive collection of farm implements and household items from everyday farm life in the early 1900s. 2016 commemorates the company's 125 year anniversary, and the Museum is featuring stories and artefacts outlining the company's major achievements from early beginnings to today. The 125 year historical display incorporates a timeline recognising the journey and transitions of the company and a pictorial information book featuring significant dairy farming families with early connections to the factory.

Cheese factory opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Address: : 5330 Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool
Phone: +61 3 5565 3130

Pickled Pig

Awarded with an Australian Good Food Guide Chef's Hat, the Picked Pig is bringing fun and contemporary flavours to Warrnambool, in an intimate black-and-white dining room.

Picked Pig offers a seasonally changing menu in an ambitious and well presented modern European style. Highlights include the pan-fried cured pork belly with pumpkin, pomegranate and radish for starters while sides such as the moreish roast pumpkin with chilli caramel are just as delicious as mains like the succulent lamb rack with eggplant, grains, cucumber and kale.

Degustation nights, which are popular with locals and tourists, are also available if you feel like sampling a bit of everything.

Address: 7 Liebig St, Warrnambool
Phone: +61 3 5561 3188

Pickled Pig in Warrnambool
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After dark - Bars

As the biggest city on the Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool has a diverse mix of after dark activities from bars with sink in comfy chairs, to raging dance floors and late night cocktails. For live music enthusiast, Warrnambool also plays host to local and travelling artists.

The Last Coach, The Loft, Ryan Hotel and Seanchai Irish Pub are just to name a few.