For fine dining with a scenic backdrop, you can't do better than to check out the restaurants of Dixons Creek. Strung out along the Melba Highway, an hour's drive from Melbourne, these bucolic getaways offer you the opportunity to savour a meal alfresco in the beautiful wine-growing countryside of the Yarra Valley. An ideal trip from the big city, the restaurants of Dixons Creek are a must for lovers of great food and fine wine alike – just remember to book ahead with Quandoo.
Most of the restaurants in Dixons Creek are located in the idyllic grounds of the region's wineries. At Shantell Vineyard you can team a delicious meal of grilled barramundi or pan-fried kangaroo fillet with a wine tasting and a tour of the estate. Meanwhile, the pairing menus at the De Bortoli winery's family-run Italian restaurant allow you to sample choice local food and wine in winning combinations. And there are places like DiVino at the Mandala Winery serving up flavoursome Italian recipes, just the thing to wash down with a fruity estate-grown semillon or aromatic pinot noir.