Winchelsea has long been a popular stop for travellers to break their journey to the Great Ocean Road, South West Victoria and beyond. From a quick snack, to contemporary cafe food and dining options, the location at the entrance to the fertile and rich soils of the Otways means the produce favoured is second-to-none and you'll find many passionate food purveyors in the area.
Delve Deeper into the Past with your Devonshire Tea
Constructed in 1860, the old Winchelsea Shire Office is the setting for this lovely café and tearooms. The beautiful bluestone building displays reminders of days gone by, and retains an elegant old-fashioned charm. For morning or afternoon tea, enjoy fresh scones, jam and cream, homemade cakes and slices and choose from a variety of organic teas and coffee. Or visit for lunch and savour the seasonal menu of fresh, local produce. Vegetarian, vegan and raw options are all available. Outdoor seating, ample parking and disability access make this an ideal stop as you explore historic Winchelsea and the surrounding district.
Winchelsea Makers and Growers Market
The Winchelsea Growers and Makers Market offers a diverse mix of quality product from producers in the region. The market is run by volunteers from the community group Growing Winchelsea Inc. Buy directly from producers, processors and local artisans who sell their goods direct to the public near the source of origin. The market is a social celebration of all things good - food, family, friends, and conversation.
It's on the first Sunday of every month (Spring-Autumn), 9am to 1pm at Winchelsea Bridge, Main Street, Winchelsea
Otway Harvest Trail
The Otway Harvest Trail is a celebration of the seasons that bestow their rich bounty on a luscious part of Victoria. Offering farm gate produce, award-winning wineries, delicious food, hand crafted beer and artisan products.
The Otway Harvest Trail is your hub for Otway Ranges tourist information when it comes to food produce and things to do. Boasting an expansive membership base of businesses, groups and local producers, you will find abundant Otway Ranges breweries and wineries, markets and farm gates, and places to eat such as restaurants and cafes bursting at the seams with Otway Ranges food produce.
Many of the producers on the Otway Harvest Trail are within a stone’s throw of Winchelsea. Start your harvest trail in town at The Vault and Winchelsea Tea Rooms and Café, before continuing on your Otway foodie adventure.
Dinner with a hearty serve of history
Winchelsea Hotel was first constructed in 1864, and operated as a store and stables until at least 1903. Remnants of the original Victorian building remain inside and a rear outbuilding which is virtually unchanged since its construction c.1920 currently serves as the Hotel’s Function Room. In the late 1920’s a large part of the original building was destroyed by fire. However, it wasn’t until the 1930’s and 40’s that alterations and additions gave the Hotel subtle Art Deco overtones. Few changes were made to the building until a long and extensive overhaul of the Winchelsea Hotel began in 2005. Victorian Lead light doors and windows now add a warm glow to the timber interior. Recycled Jarrah and Red gum make for an impressive centrepiece of the interior. The Hotel, now known as The Winchelsea Tavern, has been painstakingly restored to an eclectic mix of its historic past with an added modern touch.
Discover Dining and Produce
Dinny Goonan Wines
One of a handful of families pioneering grape and wine production in the Otway hinterland, Dinny Goonan Wines have won numerous awards since the first commercial release in 2001.
Brown Magpie Wines
Brown Magpie Wines is a family owned winery and vineyard in Modewarre, which is situated in the Surf Coast hinterland of the Geelong wine region.
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The Farmer's Place
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Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery
In the Otway foothills Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery is a hidden delight. The Farm offers comfortable self-contained cabins for couples, with views over the berries to the valley beyond.