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Eats from Canberra to the Coast

Lake George Winery, Lake GeorgeCREDIT: Destination NSW

From Canberra to the South Coast there are many vineyards to visit, like Lake George Winery.

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Eats from Canberra
to the Coast

Lake George Winery, Lake George CREDIT: Destination NSW

From Canberra to the South Coast there are many vineyards to visit, like Lake George Winery.

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The scenic route from Canberra to the South Coast, through farmland, towns and a coastal mountain range, offers plenty of great food and drink experiences. There are oyster-sampling kayak tours, award-winning cellar doors, one-of-a-kind producers and surprising brunch items (carrot cake oats, anyone?) you’ll want to try when visiting this region.  

Around Lake George 

Lake George Winery, a three-hour drive from Sydney, is one of the oldest grape-growing estates in the region. Located 700 metres above sea level, it boasts the perfect cool climate for its impressive vegan-friendly wines, which you can taste at the cellar door or on a Vine to Wine tour with owner Sarah McDougall.  

Make a sweet detour to Robyn Rowe in Murrumbateman for award-winning Belgian chocolates that are crafted by hand. For an elegant lunch, Grazing in Gundaroo, just half an hour from Canberra, offers local produce like pork belly with braised sugarloaf cabbage. It’s housed in a rustic 1830s building, formerly a traveller’s inn. Check in at Tallagandra Hill Cottages, to stay at a small family-owned winery, and head to Gundaroo Colonial Inn for casual pub fare.  

Around Murrumbateman 

Enjoy lunch on the deck of Smokehouse Restaurant at the family-run Poachers Pantry estate in Springrange, just a half hour drive from Canberra. Here, meats are cured and smoked in-house, organic produce is grown in the kitchen garden and wines are made in the Bruce family’s surrounding vineyards. Or head to the idyllic Four Winds Vineyard in nearby Murrumbateman, where you can build your own grazing platter from the deli fridge and match it with wine from the cellar door.  

Also worth visiting in this wine district: the acclaimed Clonakilla estate (don’t miss its shiraz viognier, which has won countless awards) and Shaw Wines, with its appealing cool-climate wines, hill views and acclaimed Olleyville restaurant.  

Braidwood to Batemans Bay

Set out for the coast and start the two-hour drive to Batemans Bay, stopping halfway in heritage-listed town Braidwood. Here you can have coffee and cake at the lush, plant-filled cafe Deadwood or a freshly made bakery lunch at artisan bakehouse Dojo Bread.  

After you’ve navigated the road through the mountains to Batemans Bay, take a kayaking tour with Region X. You’ll see the town’s famed oyster farms along the Clyde River Estuary. You’re also welcome to load your kayak with as many oysters as you like during your riverside journey. Drive south to the pristine beaches of Mossy Point and refuel with a coffee at eclectic The Mossy Cafe, which uses beans blended specifically for the cafe by local roastery Guerilla Roasters. Make plans for a seafood dinner at JJ’s at the Marina, which is situated right on the glittering waterfront. 

Clonakilla, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Please replace with this caption: Clonakilla is an award-winning vineyard in Murrumbateman, in the Canberra District wine region. 

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Clonakilla, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Please replace with this caption: Clonakilla is an award-winning vineyard in Murrumbateman, in the Canberra District wine region. 

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Poachers Pantry, Springrange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Food and drink at Poachers Pantry, Springrange.

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Poachers Pantry, Springrange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Food and drink at Poachers Pantry, Springrange.

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Batemans Bay to Narooma 

Pick up breakfast in the centre of Batemans Bay: Deli on Perry is a popular spot for coffee, light brunches and overflowing platters of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie and desserts. At the Bodalla Dairy Shed, taste a range of unique cheeses, which are flavoured with bush foods like saltbush and smoked gum leaf. Or order a milkshake or scoop of ice-cream (berry cheesecake or Kakadu plum, anyone?) made from the farm’s non-homogenised ‘living’ milk.  

Leave room for a late lunch at Quarterdeck in Narooma — the quirky tiki bar offers American-style barbecue ribs from its grill, locally harvested oysters, themed cocktails and pretty ocean panoramas, all to a soundtrack of atmospheric live music. Surfer-turned-chef Matthew Hoar heads the kitchen at The Whale’s restaurant, which serves ultra-local produce (including ingredients from its own ‘Whale Garden’) while also featuring breathtaking hilltop views.  

Narooma, Tilba and Bermagui 

From Narooma, drive 30 minutes south to the preserved heritage village of Central Tilba, at the base of the spectacular Gulaga mountain. Pick up mountain-ash camembert, vintage smoked cheddar and pecorino at the award-winning Tilba Real Dairy, and watch the artisan cheese-making process from behind the factory’s large glass windows.  

Stop for a lakeside lunch at family-run Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House — and make sure to sample a glass of the vineyard’s semillon, riesling, shiraz and other in-house wines before you go. Or head further south for a locavore lunch by another family business: Mimosa Wines. This vineyard, restaurant and cellar door is located on a picturesque hilltop in Murrah.  

In the Sapphire Coast town of Bermagui, you can spend the morning surfing, snorkelling or spotting the animal-shaped landmark that formed over millions of years ago at Camel Rock — then pick up mango and coconut cheesecake or savoury beetroot feta danishes from the beloved Neighbourhood café, or stock up your pantry with its bourbon molasses barbecue sauce or chipotle ketchup. Or grab a next-level pastry or a loaf of sourdough bread at Honorbread. After vegetarian fare? Boneless Cafe serves up rainbow noodle salads, carrot cake oats and hemp smoothies.

Clyde River Bridge, Batemans Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Clyde River Bridge over the scenic Clyde River, Batemans Bay

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Clyde River Bridge, Batemans Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Clyde River Bridge over the scenic Clyde River, Batemans Bay

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Blue Pool, Bermagui CREDIT: Destination NSW

The picturesque Blue Pool situated along the Bermagui coastline.

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Blue Pool, Bermagui CREDIT: Destination NSW

The picturesque Blue Pool situated along the Bermagui coastline.

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