Al fresco dining at Pavilion Geelong, a waitress serves a couple sitting outside.

12 al fresco dining spots in and around Geelong

When the sun’s shining, al fresco dining is a must. And there are plenty of places to choose from in and around Geelong and out in the Moorabool Valley.

Below are some places to get you started on your next sunny visit to Geelong and the Moorabool Valley.

Al fresco dining: In and around Geelong

Edge Geelong

Relax in one of the many al fresco spaces at Edge Geelong. Whether it’s out the front or the undercover side deck, settle in and soak up the sun alongside stunning views over Corio Bay.

While you’re there enjoy a selection of contemporary, first-class dishes as well as some classic favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Where: 6-8 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

The al fresco dining at Edge Geelong, overlooking Corio Bay and Geelong Waterfront.
Edge Geelong

Eureka Hotel

Eureka Hotel is an old pub with a beautiful new look after a recent refurbishment. Al fresco dining let’s you watch the bustle of Little Malop Street as you dine on modern Australian favourites and quenching drinks.

They regularly host live music and big acts, keep an eye on the announcements at eurekahotel.com.au.

Where: 98 Little Malop St, Geelong

The exterior of Eureka Hotel, with the al fresco dining out the front of the building.
Eureka Hotel Geelong

The Geelong Boathouse

What better al fresco dining option than atop the bridge deck at Geelong Boathouse overlooking Corio Bay? Located in the prime spot on the waterfront, beside Cunningham Pier, grab seafood and chips and more perfect for those warmer days.

Where: 50-52 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong

Al fresco dining above Geelong Boathouse, overlooking Corio Bay and Cunningham Pier.
Geelong Boathouse

King of the Castle

A go-to brunch spot on Pakington Street, known as “Pako” to locals, is King of the Castle. Grab a spot at the front among the mural wall or head out the back for a slice of sunshine with your coffee – made from Padre beans.

The hardest part of your visit will be selecting from the extensive all-day breakfast and lunch menu, with plenty of favourites and new twists on the classics.

Where: 24 Pakington St, Geelong West

Little Creatures Geelong

Set in an old woollen mill, Little Creatures Brewery is Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory but for beer. The lane between the heritage buildings becomes the perfect al fresco spot, with colourful umbrellas and rustic tables.

Witness the brewing process in action and join a tour to get behind the scenes on the process. Enjoy a ploughman’s board or wander down Mystery Lane where you’ll find fun markets from time to time.

Where: 221 Swanston St, South Geelong

Little Creatures outdoor dining space, with rustic tables and colourful umbrellas in a lane.
Little Creatures Geelong

Malt Shovel Taphouse

An emporium of beer with a changing rotation of taps, roaming brew crews and beer appreciation classes with a great beer garden to soak up the sunshine.

Malt Shovel Taphouse is the perfect spot to settle in for a balmy afternoon and pair your beer with a dish from the rotisserie-focused menu – a specialty of the kitchen and the perfect complement to craft beers.

Where: Cnr Bellerine and Malop St, Geelong

Pavilion Geelong

On the airy, free-flowing ground floor, Pavilion cafe is soaked in natural light. With seating that spills out onto the promenade, welcoming foodies, families and furry friends, it’s the perfect spot for a sun-soaked meal out.

The menu is a considered fare of modern brunch, offering up a prawn and kimchi omelette and cauliflower and haloumi fritters beside more traditional chilli scrambled and various Acai bowls. Powered by Inglewood Coffee.

Where: 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Al fresco dining at Pavilion Geelong, a waitress serves a couple sitting outside.
Pavilion Geelong

Sailors’ Rest

For al fresco dining in a top spot, head to Sailors’ Rest and take in views of The Carousel, Cunningham Pier and out towards Corio Bay.

Choose to dine in the terrace or upstairs balcony and enjoy modern Australian far for lunch and dinner.

Where: 3 Moorabool St, Geelong

Sailors Rest al fresco terrace, with umbrellas, tables and views of the bay.
Sailors Rest

Tempo Kitchen and Bar

A new addition to the Geelong waterfront in 2023, Tempo Kitchen and Bar takes up a prime spot beneath the Novotel Geelong.

Al fresco dining extends onto the footpath, giving you a chance to glimpse the bay while dining on Tempo’s seafood and grill-style-focused menu that celebrates rich local produce and Victorian flavours.

Where: 10-14 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

The al fresco dining space at Tempo Kitchen and Bar.
Tempo Kitchen and Bar

Wharf Shed

You don’t get much closer to the gentle lapping of the waterfront than the al fresco seating at Wharf Shed. With seats lining the side and bay-end of the building, there’s ample seating to soak up the sun and sounds of the coast.

Here you’ll find everything from international flavours to street food and standard restaurant meals all in a relaxed setting. Carlton Draught comes straight from the tank and there’s more craft and standard beers on offer.

Where: 15 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Two people sit dining at Wharf Shed with the bay in the background.
Wharf Shed

Al fresco dining: Moorabool Valley

Austins Wines

Whether you pick the back deck or front terrace, both al fresco options at Austins Wines let you soak up the lush vineyard and rolling hills of the Moorabool Valley.

Cheese and charcuterie perfectly complement the award-winning wines and rotating kitchen pop-ups keep things exciting with everything from Asian to burgers a possibility. Tables are available and picnic rugs and pooches are also welcome.

Where: 870 Steiglitz Rd, Sutherlands Creek

The entrance and outdoor dining at Austins Wines.
Austins Wines

Clyde Park Vineyard

Clyde Park Vineyard sits atop a hill overlooking the valley and the vines that produce their delicious drops, crafted on-site. The view from the terrace dining area and the freshly woodfired pizzas will persuade you to stay all day. Let’s not forget it’s five-star rated by James Halliday.

Where: 2490 Midland Highway, Bannockburn

The al fresco terrace at Clyde Park Vineyard, with rooftop overhead.
Clyde Park Vineyard

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