The Taste of Wimmera Mallee

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When it comes to experiencing the unique flavours of Wimmera Mallee, there is no shortage of delicious options. From award-winning bakeries to charming cafes and cosy pubs, the region has something to satisfy everyone. Here are some of the must-visit spots that deliver the taste of Wimmera Mallee.

Bakeries

For those with a sweet tooth, Sharp's Bakery Birchip is a gem. This family owned bakery has been operating since 1977 and is famous for its mouthwatering vanilla slices. In fact, they have been crowned champions at 'The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph' multiple times, most recently in 2022. With their dedication to quality and delicious treats, it's no wonder they bake more than 35,000 vanilla slices every year. Sharp's Bakery also offer a variety of bread, baked sweets, cakes and pies - it’s the ultimate country bakery.

Nestled on the main street of Wycheproof, Bakery on Broadway offers a delightful range of coffee, pies, salads and wraps. Open seven days a week, the bakery also boasts a variety of locally sourced products from the Mallee Country including renowned Lake Tyrrell salt and olive oil. 

Established in 1991, Kookas Country Cookies produce tasty home-style biscuits with handmade country appeal. From humble beginnings in the small town of Donald, this 100% Australian regional business has grown significantly over the years and is now loved by millions across the country. The delicious treats can be found in major Australian supermarkets, airlines, motels and local corner stores. Make sure to pop into Kookas Country Cookies in Donald when exploring Wimmera Mallee - you won’t regret it! 

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Pubs

If you're looking for a taste of history and traditional pub fare, the pubs in Wimmera Mallee won't disappoint. Built in 1848, the Hermitage Hotel in Harrow is believed to be at the heart of the oldest inland settlement in Victoria. The beautiful historic building, situated on the banks of the Glenelg River, is a step back in time. Whether visiting for dinner or lunch, the Hermitage Hotel offers a range of dining options and accommodation. Don't miss out on their popular schnitzel night on Thursdays and pizza night on Sundays.

With its inviting atmosphere, the Victoria Hotel Dimboola has become a favourite for both locals and tourists visiting this delightfully quaint town. The main bar offers a place to catch sporting events while enjoying a cold beer and the bistro boasts a mouth-watering menu. 

Proudly community-owned and operated, the Royal Hotel Sea Lake has been recently restored to its former glory. Guests can enjoy a drink in the main bar, sports bar or beer garden, or relax on the balcony and soak in the ambiance. The hotel's restaurant, 'The Juke' offers a unique dining experience in Sea Lake, featuring an elegant à-la-carte menu showcasing classic pub meals and a tempting brunch menu on weekends. 

Less than 20 minutes from the South Australian border, the Commercial Hotel Kaniva is a historic gem. Established in 1888 and recently refurbished, this pub offers traditional pub fare and warm country hospitality. Open seven days a week it's a perfect stop for travellers passing through the area or exploring the Silo Art Trail. You’ll find the Commercial Hotel near the famous big windmill - but book ahead - especially during peak times - as this destination pub is always popular.

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Cafes

For those in need of a good cup of coffee and a tasty treat, the cafes in Wimmera Mallee have you covered. The Sky Mirror Gallery Cafe in Sea Lake not only serves great breakfast food but also exhibits the works of award-winning photographers. With amazing coffee and quality local produce, it has become an unmissable spot for visitors to the region.

Halfway between Melbourne and Mildura, Caffeinated Chaos in Charlton is a great food trailer serving delicious coffee and sweet treats. The perfect roadside refuel!

Chrissy's Cafe in Murtoa is another charming cafe that opened its doors recently in March 2024. Known for yummy pies, hot food and great coffee, the cafe caters to various dietary requirements, including gluten-free. Whether it’s for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Chrissy's Cafe has something for everyone.

The Purple Starfish in Kaniva is a community-driven social enterprise. Run by volunteers, the Purple Starfish offers a wide variety of local produce, homemade foods, arts and crafts. Every dollar spent supports local producers, businesses and community projects.

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Takeaways

When you're on the go or want to enjoy a meal in the comfort of your own space, there’s a takeaway option in Wimmera Mallee to suit. Nhill Dine Inn is great with a variety of meals and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With an extensive range of cuisines on offer, you'll be spoilt for choice.

For those craving Vietnamese, Mr Le in Nhill is a must-visit. This affordable restaurant serves traditional Vietnamese dishes throughout the day, including banh mi, pho, noodle salad and fresh pastries. 

Little Guys Pizza and Cafe in Kaniva offers fresh home-style food that is bound to please. From wood-fired pizzas to Sunday brunches, the menu covers various dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free options. With ample space to accommodate wheelchair accessibility and large groups, it's a top choice for a delicious, hassle-free meal.

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As you explore the Wimmera Mallee region, take time to visit the amazing bakeries, pubs, cafes and takeaway spots. From award-winning vanilla slices to traditional pub fare and artisanal coffee, the flavours of Wimmera Mallee are as varied as they are delicious. Come hungry!

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