I was around 9 years old when I first started going to Inverloch. We used to go to my step grandfather’s holiday house during the summer, to stay in an old fibro house that always had a huntsman lurking in the outdoor dunny. Things have changed since those days. Inverloch has always been popular with holidaymakers, but the last few years it has seen a dramatic change in it’s landscape, with more and more luxurious holidays homes popping up. For those unfamiliar with Inverloch it is situated 145km from Melbourne. It has great beaches, with the Anderson inlet offering a calm, family friendly beach and the surf beach suited to the more adventurous, as well as plenty of walking and cycling tracks. Inverloch is also famous for having the most dinosaur fossils found in the state of Victoria! With more and more holidaymakers coming to visit, there is a big emphasis on good food, be it cafes, pub grub, quality local produce, festivals, etc. Inverloch is brimming with the good stuff! Let me share my favourite places.
(View of Eagles Nest from the Caves.)
Vaughan’s cafe and deli
Vaughan’s cafe and deli (Shop H, 10 A’Beckett street, Inverloch) comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike, and rightly so. The food is impeccable. They have an all day brunch menu and seasonal dinner menu, with an extensive drinks list, and have a fantastic array of deli goods on offer too which is perfect if you want to have a picnic by the beach. Their specials board frequently has little gems, as well as the usual suspects of avocado smash, a brunch stack and a version of eggs benedict. Vegan, gluten-free options and the inclusion of nuts are highlighted on their menu. Two mains, a beer and a sparkling water cost $51.50 (€34).
(Spiced pumpkin smash with beetroot tahini, halloumi, poached egg on sourdough.)
Inverloch Fish and Chips
No trip to a seaside town is complete without a trip to the chipper. Whilst there’s two fish and chip shops in the town, Inverloch fish and chips (4A Ramsey Blvd, Inverloch) has been my go-to for as long as I can remember. Four grilled flake, large chips, three dim sims, four crab sticks, two scallops and four calamari rings set us back $52 (€34.) You beauty!
(An array of fried and grilled goodies.)
If you’re after something a little relaxed, then The local (Shop 3/2 Williams street, Inverloch) is for you. Perfect for a bit of people watching whilst sipping fantastic coffee and trying one of their yummy cakes. Or if you’re wanting to get a little closer to a zen-like state, visit them on Saturdays for their early morning yoga. Two coffees and two cakes cost $16 (€10).
(Macchiato, latte, coconut lemon slice and berry crumble slice.)
RACV Resort- Zenith Lounge
Whether you’re staying at the RACV Resort (70 Cape Paterson-Inverloch Rd, Inverloch) or not, it’s worth spending an afternoon enjoying the views of the Bunurong coast at the Zenith lounge. Their afternoon tea is as spectacular as the views, dare I say. Two freshly baked, warm scones with jam and cream and a pot of tea cost $9.50 (€6). Views are priceless.
(Straight from the oven, fresh scones with jam and cream.)
Chapmans Free Range Butchery
If you’re looking to cook at home, then it’s worth paying Chapmans (32 Bear St, Inverloch) a visit for local Gippsland meat and produce. They’re relatively new kids on the block, but so far they’re impressing locals and visitors alike. They have a vast range of quality meat, as well as wines, pasta, spices and sauces. A marinated, butterflied leg of lamb cost $24.99 per kg (€16 per kg), which made for a delicious, homemade gyro.
(The inviting premises of Chapmans Butchery.)
Lastly, if you’re visiting Inverloch on a budget, you really can’t go past Foodworks Supermarket (10-12 Reilly Street, Inverloch). To buy a few basic essentials (eggs, milk, butter, bread) will cost approximately $15 (€10.)
*** I am not affiliated with any of the companies listed. I have not and will not receive any financial benefit for mentioning any of them. Overall, I just think that those listed are pretty awesome.