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HOT: Basils Farm, Swan Bay

HOT: Basils Farm, Swan Bay

Basils Farm is a gorgeous family friendly winery and one of our favourite places to eat out in the Bellarine Peninsula. It’s located in Swan Bay, just outside of Queenscliff and boasts sweeping views and a relaxed atmosphere.

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Basils Farmhouse Cafe and kitchen garden looks out over Swan Bay and Queenscliff.

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At the small cellar door too you can taste the latest vintages of Kiltynane and Basil’s Farm and the staff can help you select a bottle for lunch!

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On weekends the cafe tables (mostly outdoor, with a few indoor) are generally booked out as there’s only seating for 45 people maximum. But if you’re dropping in you’re welcome to take a picnic blanket and to find a patch of grass in the landscaped gardens.

There’s not a lot of shade in the grassy area so we rest along the organic kitchen garden’s fence line – also a good place for kids to bowl themselves down the hill!

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Other entertainment for kids include the farm animals such as chickens, ducks, sheep and llamas, a sandpit (which we can’t access it on our visit) and outdoor games. From September to April on Sundays there’s live music which adds to the relaxed ambience.

If you’re opting for a picnic the only menu items available are the ‘lighter choices’ which are mainly cheese and antipasto platters.

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For one adult and two children we share a Farmhouse Ploughman’s Plate for $24. It’s generously served with Victorian Salami, house-smoked Pastrami and Salmon, Duck Liver, Thyme, Basils Pinot Pate, Enterprize Double Brie, Olives, Homegrown and local Pickled and roasted Vegies with Bread and Dips.

From the children’s menu we also order a Ham and Cheese toastie ($9) and a children’s lunch box which contains crudites, fruit and bread ($9).

Basils Farm is a wonderful location for a relaxing breakfast or lunch in the Bellarine Peninsula. The food is decent, there’s enough room for kids to roam and the setting is gorgeous. If you’re definitely planning to visit or you have a large group then I suggest booking in advance, otherwise you will be confined to picnic blankets and a limited menu.

To find out more about the Bellarine and Geelong wine regions visit

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access (though some grass and unsealed paths);
  • High chairs;
  • Children’s menu;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Sandpit, outdoor games, farm animals, potager garden to explore;
  • free parking on site; and
  • bookings recommended for busy periods.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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