If you’re travelling around the state of Victoria, there’s no doubt at some point you’re going to need to make a stop for a rock solid parma, or a pot of the coldest beer available—and for that, you’re going to need a pub.
We’ve set out to find the best country pubs in Victoria, a place for you to fill your belly, to have a chat with some locals that know what’s what, or just to take a load off. These country pubs are the meeting place of their town.
So, let’s get straight into it. Here are the best country pubs in Victoria.
Healesville | Yarra Valley
If you happen to be having a conversation about the best country pubs in Victoria, no doubt eventually you’ll end up having a yarn about the Healesville Hotel.
Situated in picturesque Healesville in the Yarra Valley, the Healesville Hotel dates back to the late 1800’s and has many stories to tell.
On the menu, you’ll find a range of seasonal ingredients that make up the dishes to tear into. Locally sourced items include vegetables from Timbarra Farm, cheese from Stone & Crow Cheese Company, and rainbow trout from Buxton Farm.
There’s also accommodation on site, you can book here.
Ocean View Hotel
Kilcunda | South Gippsland
If you’re looking for the best view from a country pub in Victoria, you can’t go past the Ocean View Hotel in Kilcunda.
Looking out over Bass Strait, the Ocean View Hotel can be found right on Bass Highway and has been keeping the locals, and many holiday makers lubricated for years.
When you’re there, give the La Pampas – Argentinian BBQ Chicken a run, it’s the chef’s recipe and is sure to keep you going for a while.
Maffra | East Gippsland
The Macalister Hotel is Maffra’s oldest running business. And aside from parts that were rebuilt after a fire in 1922, there are areas of the pub that have been in use for 150 years.
The Macalister Hotel should definitely be on your list of country pubs to visit in Victoria, its location on the Macalister River make it perfect for a few later afternoon pots.
We recommend getting stuck into the Thursday night Pot & Parma deal, or the Sunday roast pork lunch special.
The pub also provides a courtesy bus to get you back to your accommodation safely.
It’s also nearby Lake Glenmaggie which is a great spot to waterski.
Thoona | Hume
Thoona is a town of just 127 people (according to the 2016 Census) so the Thoona Pub holds a fair bit of significance when it comes to the town.
You’re definitely going to find a throwback at this country pub. “Country hospitality in a relaxed, laid back family friendly environment” is what you can expect, alongside a selection of wines from nearby Glenrowan, King Valley, and Rutherglen.
There’s plenty of grog on tap, and there’s also space behind the pub where you can set up camp either with your tent, campervan, or caravan.
Meals are available at lunch Tuesday to Sunday at 12pm until 2pm, and dinner is Tuesday to Saturday between 6pm and 8pm.
Patchewollock | Mallee
Another from the small town files, Patchewollock is definitely home to one of the best country pubs in Victoria.
The Patchewollock Hotel serves a population of just 133 and has been serving thirsty locals since it opened in 1940.
The pub is most famous for the ‘Wyperfield steak’, named after the nearby Wyperfield National Park. The Wyperfield steak consists of a juice scotch fillet, which has two fried eggs thrown on top. Ideal.
Myrtleford | Alpine
You’ll find the Buffalo Hotel just off the Great Alpine Road on the way through the high country to Bright.
The pub has a recently renovated bistro, and friendly staff who are keen to get your hunger and thirst sorted as soon as possible.
Seniors get a free banana split apparently. Seems like as good a reason to take Nan as any.
More of the best country pubs in Victoria worth checking out:
- Fish Creek Hotel | Fish Creek
- Forrest Brewing Company | Forrest
- American Hotel | Echuca
- Mitta Pub | Mitta Mitta
- Farmers Arms | Daylesford
- Peppercorn Hotel | Yea
- Greendale Hotel | Greendale
- Royal Oak Hotel | Ballarat
- Hotel Shamrock | Bendigo
- Travellers Rest Hotel | Thorpdale (reopening soon following a fire)
- Bridge Hotel | Castlemaine
- Cambrian Hotel | Bendigo
- Victoria Hotel | Woodend
- Hunt Club Hotel | Merrijig
- Aireys Pub | Aireys Inlet
- Clarendon Hotel | Geelong
Looking for somewhere to rest your head? Head to our Accommodation section for more tips on where to stay around Australia.
Here are some more great yarns you should read:
- What La Nina Means For Regional Australia
- Step 3 | Find Out The Latest Regional Victoria Coronavirus Rules
- 5 Of The Best Airbnbs In Regional Victoria
- St Arnaud Is Now Home To The Newest Addition To The Silo Art Trail
- Gold Prospecting In Victoria, Where To Strike It Rich
Image credit: Visit Victoria