It’s not all about the scenery on our tours – here’s the best things you can eat on a Go West Tour from Melbourne.
Go West Tours is a family-owned and operated tour company in Melbourne, Australia. Even after 22 years in business we are still committed to providing guests with an unforgettable experience – just as we were back in 2000.
If you are visiting Melbourne, we recommend you join us to explore the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Yarra Valley and more. Not only will you visit some incredible local attractions like the Twelve Apostles and see wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas. You can also taste some incredible food and local produce.
Here’s a list of the best things you can eat on a Go West Tour from Melbourne.
12 Things to Eat on a Go West Tour
Dooley’s Ice Cream
Located in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road, Dooley’s Ice Cream shop is a favourite with the many tourists who pass by. On our Great Ocean Road day tour from Melbourne we take a lunch break in Apollo Bay. It’s a great place to taste local produce and Dooley’s Ice Cream is no exception. We recommend you try the award winning flavours, as well as the unique ones like Vegemite. Then grab yourself a scoop to eat by the beach.
Cheeses at Yarra Valley Dairy
The cheeses at the Yarra Valley Dairy will truly melt in your mouth. The dairy shop is located in the century-old milking shed on the property. They specialise in soft cheeses and fetas – which you can taste on tour. On weekday tours we visit Yarra Valley Dairy to take their freshly made cheeses. Each one in the freshly-made range is truly stunning and will have your tastebuds working overtime.
Juices at Yarra Farm Fresh
At Yarra Farm Fresh, you can taste some of the locally made products that are stocks in the store. Their range includes jams, relishes, nougat, honey, chocolate, fruit, vegetables and fresh fruit juices. There is fruit juice made from all natural ingredients – and you can actually taste the flavour of the apples. For example, the Pink Lady apple juice tastes exactly like the Pink Lady apples it is made from.
Fresh fruit at Yarra Farm Fresh
Our first stop on the Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour from Melbourne is Yarra Farm Fresh. It is a working fruit farm and you can notice the fields of strawberries from the moment you enter the driveway. A visit to Farm Fresh is a chance to taste fresh seasonal fruit including strawberries, apples, pears, oranges, mandarins, persimmon and more.
Chocolate at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Enjoy an exclusive chocolate tasting at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. The chocolate creations are all hand made and many use ingredients grown on the property. Taste from a range of chocolates and be surprised at some of the interesting and unusual flavours. Afterwards, check out the displays of thousands of premium chocolates, plus watch the expert chocolatiers hard at work handcrafting chocolate creations.
Sorrento’s Vanilla slice
If there’s one thing Aussie’s love its a good vanilla slice. In fact, one quick Google search will reveal many, many lists of the ‘best vanilla slice’. One contender that regularly tops the list is the Vanilla Slice Cafe in Sorrento. Join in the Peninsula Hot Springs day tour fro Melbourne and you can grab yourself some slice when we stop in Sorrento for lunch.
Scallop Pie at Apollo Bay Bakery
Drive into Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road and you’ll be hard pressed to miss the big green sign – Famous Scallop Pie. In a town that is known for its fresh caught seafood, it’d be a shame to miss out on this one. The Apollo Bay Bakery is the place to get one – along with other tasting treats, cold drink and coffee.
Cheeses at Coldstream Dairy
On the Yarra Valley Gourmet Tours that run on weekends we visit the Coldstream Dairy to taste their delicious cheeses. Seated on the patio with views out to the farm and surrounding hills, we sample their finest creations. The Dairy specialises in cheeses made using Yarra Valley milk. In particular Italian-style handmade cheeses, fresh feta and yoghurt.
Fish and chips in Sorrento
Our Peninsula Hot Springs Tour is all about indulging. After a morning spent relaxing at the natural springs, we take a lunch break in the historic seaside town of Sorrento. It’s an excellent place to indulge in some locally caught fish and chips. An Aussie staple (born from our English ties), fish and chips by the beach can’t be beat!
Ice cream at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
If there’s one thing you always have room for in you stomach – its ice cream right? Even after a day of indulging in the best Yarra Valley food and wine, you’d be hard pressed to go past a scoop of the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie’s ice cream creations. Visit the cafe to taste some of their range, and grab yourself a scoop or two to enjoy on the ride back to Melbourne.
Country-style Meat Pie at Halls Gap
Visiting the Grampians is all about connecting with the raw Australia. Seeing kangaroos, learning Indigenous history and exploring eucalyptus bushland all contribute to this. But so does a good ol’ meat pie. The Grampians Bakery is the place to get a true country style meat pie. Just beware of the kookaburras hovering outside ready to grab a bite!
Gourmet Lunch at Rochford Wines
Our tour to the Yarra Valley features a delicious, gourmet lunch. It’s made with seasonal, fresh, local products in Isabella’s Restaurant at Rochford Wines. For lunch you can choose from four different main meals – each using fresh, in-season local produce – served with a glass of wine and tea or coffee. Because they use fresh local produce in their meals, the menu changes throughout the year.
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Written by: Leah Furey – Digital Content Coordinator @gowest.com.au