12 HOUR GETAWAY IN THE RED HILL DISTRICT
The Red Hill district is one of the many beautiful secrets that the State of Victoria is famous for. Wineries, rugged landscapes and a bustling food scene are all big reasons why everyone from tourists to locals come and visit. If you're looking for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway, let our 12 hour itinerary take you to some of Red Hill's loveliest locations.
8 am-Rise and Shine
You’ll need to be up bright and early as you head out of the big smoke and into the wild for our Red Hill Adventure. Red Hill is conveniently located just over 1 hours drive from the center of the city of Melbourne. If you’re willing to pay rolls then the trip is both quick and easy. Due to its close proximity to the Melbourne CBD, Red Hill is the perfect location for a weekend getaway, allowing you maximum time to capitalize on all it's highlights.
9. 30 am Breakfast, the most important meal of the day
It might be a little too early to start drinking for the average Joe so start the day off right by heading to Dromana first. There are several great cafes and restaurants that offer breakfast and brunch fare. Grab take-away coffees and pastries and make the most of it by going for a walk on the beach. Alternatively, treat yourself to a tasty cooked breakfast at Dees Kitchen, Monkey Business or The Blackhorn Cafe.
10.30am Relax and unwind
Why not do something a little bit different whilst in Red Hill? The Red Hill Lavender Farm and Distillery are bound to kick you into relaxation mode. The property has plenty of attractions including farmhouse accommodation, perfect for getting away from city life. If you’re just stopping by, then the Farm Gate is worth visiting. With the new Main Ridge Harvest Cafe and Bake house open, you can enjoy delicious pastries whilst you do some gift shopping. Of course, all the goods are sourced from the farm’s lavender.
Want to get stuck into the theme of your weekend getaway? Car enthusiasts will love Charlie’s Auto Museum which houses old cars and automobile paraphernalia. Even if you’re not all that into cars, a step back in history is bound to entertain you for a while. A great way to see a bit more than just winery after winery.
11.30 am Morning tea at Main Ridge
If you didn’t fill up on pastries at Red Hill Lavender Farm then you’re in for a cheesy treat. Main Ridge Diary is a goat milk dairy farm that matches divine produce with award winning views. As you head to the main building you’ll be able to see some of the goats frolicking in the nearby fields. They’re shy but friendly, try and sneak a pat.
The farm door has been executed beautifully. Tasting plates, fresh produce, local wines and of course, Main Ridge cheeses are all available to taste and purchase. We strongly recommend having a coffee (or wine) and sharing the goat’s cheese tasting plate for two, an absolute bargain for $10.
If you’re interested in partaking in a farm tour, leave this stop for the afternoon.
1 pm Tapas at Green Olive
The Mornington Peninsula is filled with far too many tasty treats to just fill up at one place. Skip a heavy lunch and opt for Tapas at Green Olive, an local Olive, grape and produce farm.
There are a range of meat, cheese and veggie Tapas on offer and all are reasonably priced. Don’t forget to wash it down with some of their very own wines, including our favourite option, the wine tasting paddle. You can’t leave without trying some of their Olives which come in some beautiful paired marinades.
2.30 pm Bass+ Flinders
While wineries are one of the main reasons to visit Red Hill, stopping past a distillery is equally as exciting and a nice change of pace. Head to Bass + Flinders for a gin tasting experience that you won’t regret. If you have extra time in the Red Hill area, Bass + Flinders run a very reasonable Gin master class in which you can make your own gin.
Not into gin?
Skip the distillery and head to Red Hill Brewery, located in Red Hill south. The brewery offers a fantastic mix of their regular and seasonal brews and some American style, smoked BBQ, put on by Boomtown BBQ. You won’t be disappointed.
3.30 pm Get lost at Ashcombe
Time to get those brain cells working again by heading to Ashcombe Maze. A great stop for the adults and children alike, Ashcombe offers several mazes and gardens to lose yourself in. The Hedge Maze is the main attraction with over 1000 cypress tress to keep you guessing.
5.00 pm Dine at dusk
It’s no secret that Montalto is one of the Red Hill’s shinning stars. With expansive and picturesque surroundings, a fresh and innovative menu and award winning grapes to wash it all down with, Montalto screams perfection. End the day in style, with either a 2 or 3 course meal or a 6 course tasting menu and of course, some wine. Diners will feel as if they're truly left the city behind, with both luxury and sophistication, making Montalto the perfect end to your weekend getaway.
Heading to the Red Hill area soon? Already been? Let us know what your favourite spots are to visit and why.