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Stay Longer at these Classic Victorian Country Pubs

Published
06 Dec 2021
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If you’re ever driving around regional Victoria, you’ll quickly realise how many exceptional and historic country pubs there are! 

 

We love these places.

Apart from the quality pub grub and much needed refreshment they offer, the atmosphere in these locations is right up our alley.

Even better, you can rest assured that there’s a G’Day Park near most of them, because to fully enjoy the region’s best food and drink, why wouldn’t you stay a little longer?

Enjoy this Top 5 of Country Pubs in Victoria! We know there are plenty more, so we've included the nearest G'day Park to stay in to help you 'do your own research!' 

 

Whether you’re in the Grampians to discover new food or wine or just to escape the hustle of the city, this is one country pub you need to make time for.

Wedged into the iconic backdrop of the Dunkeld mountainside, the Royal Mail has earned a reputation for being one of the best country pubs in Australia.

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With an impressive 30,000 bottle cellar, their fine dining restaurant Wickens is destination eating at its best, and regularly earns its share of coveted Chefs Hats. 

Executive Chef Robin Wickens places an emphasis on local produce, with multiple menu items sourced from the hotel’s impressive 1.2 hectare kitchen garden. A seven course degustation here is a must-do local experience!

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Taking advantage of its location amongst the southern Gariwerd (Grampians National Park), the restaurant offers floor to ceiling vistas of Wurgarri (Mount Sturgeon) and Mud-Dadjug (Mount Abrupt).

For those looking for a more subtle approach to their regional gastronomy, sister restaurant Parker Street Project offers a more casual, a la carte dining experience.

The Royal Mail also run kitchen garden tours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am, or for the wine buffs among us, cellar tours are conducted daily - just ask!

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The King Valley region is bursting with an abundance of adventure and unique places to explore. One of them is the Mountain View Hotel.

Set amongst beautifully established gardens and surrounded by Jessie’s Creek, you’ll struggle to find a spot here that doesn’t recall memories of a spectacular botanic picnic. Even the fairy lights that illuminate the garden at night are nothing short of sublime.

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It isn’t just the ambiance of the beer garden that the ‘MV’ hotel has going for it, with good food and wine central to everything they do.

European inspired, you’ll find plenty of Mediterranean influence here, with Pizzini and Dal Zotto Winery just a 7 minute walk away, relecting an Italian heritage that comes alive in the Valley.

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If it’s still on the ever-changing seasonal menu, try the gin cured kingfish with a glass of Pizzini’s famous Pink Prosecco! Superb.

BOOK MYRTLEFORD HOLIDAY PARK

 

With stunning views of the ocean and a huge deck to soak up the sunshine, it’s easy to see Wye (pun intended) this gastro pub has become a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

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A great place to stop in as you make your way along the Great Ocean Road, the Wye Beach Hotel is your quintessential Aussie pub pit stop – classic pub grub, amazing beach views and a relaxed atmosphere!

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With a focus on providing food and beverage from as many local producers as possible, the Wye Beach is all about being relaxed, family-friendly and unique, just like its position above the Wye River’s idyllic beachfront!

BOOK APOLLO BAY HOLIDAY PARK

 

Known as the Spa and Wellness capital of Australia, your next Daylesford escape needs to include the town’s oldest pub, The Farmer’s Arms. Built in 1857, this greenery-clad red brick building is hard to miss!

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Massage your way through a sophisticated, contemporary menu with enough for the fussiest of palates. An exhaustive wine and craft beer list also a stand-out when it comes to your rehydration needs.

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With country charm oozing from every nook of this building, The Farmer’s Arms has built a reputation for being one of the best, and most iconic pubs in Victoria.

BOOK EUREKA STOCKADE HOLIDAY PARK

 

If you’re Gippsland-bound on your next regional getaway, be sure to add the Tinamba Hotel to your list of pubs to visit.

Priding themselves on their passion, dedication and enthusiasm for great food and exceptional hospitality, this pub has reinvented themselves as a destination dining venue. 

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With that said, the pub remains as popular as ever with long-term locals who still use it as their go-to watering hole.

Built in 1870, owners Simon and Tania Johnson have owned the Tinamba since October 2020 and have continued the pub’s proud tradition of serving quality, locally sourced meals.

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Better yet, they were recently named ‘Best Regional Pub Restaurant’ at the 2021 Victorian AHA Awards for Excellence. What more can we say?! Go and check it out!

BOOK STRATFORD ON THE RIVER TOURIST PARK

We know there are plenty more high quality country pubs worth visiting in Victoria. 

Get in touch if you think we've missed one and we'll add them to our list!

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