Kristy’s Guidebook

Kristy

Kristy’s Guidebook

West Gippsland Foodie's Guide
Gippsland has some amazing produce and this list offers you the option to go low-key and local or venture wider to some of our favourite places to eat, drink and spend time with the people we love.
This local pub is brilliant. The front bar draws locals in for a beer, a game of pool and a counter meal and has a great atmosphere. The dining room is small and we recommend you book - especially if you are a group. The meals are simple, fresh and generous. You can't go past the scotch or fillet steak if you are a meat lover (Gippsland beef is the best) and the 'curry of the day' is a popular choice for our family. Good choice of vegetarian options and a good selection of pizzas. MY FAV: If you have a sunny afternoon, the beer garden is a lovely way to spend away a few hours. Enjoy a selection of 'taste' plates and a cold beverage. Yep, dreaming of a Ploughman's Lunch and cold 'Fifty Lashes' pale ale right now.
8
locals recommend
Yarragon Hotel
105 Princes Hwy
8
locals recommend
This local pub is brilliant. The front bar draws locals in for a beer, a game of pool and a counter meal and has a great atmosphere. The dining room is small and we recommend you book - especially if you are a group. The meals are simple, fresh and generous. You can't go past the scotch or fillet steak if you are a meat lover (Gippsland beef is the best) and the 'curry of the day' is a popular choice for our family. Good choice of vegetarian options and a good selection of pizzas. MY FAV: If you have a sunny afternoon, the beer garden is a lovely way to spend away a few hours. Enjoy a selection of 'taste' plates and a cold beverage. Yep, dreaming of a Ploughman's Lunch and cold 'Fifty Lashes' pale ale right now.
This little narrow cafe is tucked right next door to the Yarragon Hotel but the food, coffee and service is well known in these parts which means sometimes, you have to wait for a table. A brilliant selection of home made sweet and savoury meals and treats means you'll probably come here more than once and they make the BEST coffee in town and a mean Prana chai. We often get our meals 'to go' here and take them back to The Ridge House for a lazy lunch around the table, on the back deck, or pack up for a picnic. MY FAV: Quinoa And Pumpkin Patties with black rice salad. But honestly, I must mentioned their generous homemade sausage rolls - they are famous.
Cafe Piccolo
105 Princes Hwy
This little narrow cafe is tucked right next door to the Yarragon Hotel but the food, coffee and service is well known in these parts which means sometimes, you have to wait for a table. A brilliant selection of home made sweet and savoury meals and treats means you'll probably come here more than once and they make the BEST coffee in town and a mean Prana chai. We often get our meals 'to go' here and take them back to The Ridge House for a lazy lunch around the table, on the back deck, or pack up for a picnic. MY FAV: Quinoa And Pumpkin Patties with black rice salad. But honestly, I must mentioned their generous homemade sausage rolls - they are famous.
Cute local cafe set in a weatherboard house. You can pick up one local organic veggies and the best smoothies in town. Great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten meals and their homemade pies and relish are delicious. You can sit outside on a sunny day under shady trees and brunch the morning away. MY FAV: Vegan lemon slice and a spiced chai latte
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locals recommend
Fozigobble Café
79 Princes Hwy
6
locals recommend
Cute local cafe set in a weatherboard house. You can pick up one local organic veggies and the best smoothies in town. Great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten meals and their homemade pies and relish are delicious. You can sit outside on a sunny day under shady trees and brunch the morning away. MY FAV: Vegan lemon slice and a spiced chai latte
Heading into Warragul - this is one of our favourite places to breakfast. Food, coffee, service - amazing - and their take home treats make for a nice afternoon around the fire playing scrabble! MY FAV: Chilli eggs on gluten free toast. Kids love Dr Marty's crumpets with fruit and honey 🍯
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locals recommend
Main Street Cafe
43 Smith St
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locals recommend
Heading into Warragul - this is one of our favourite places to breakfast. Food, coffee, service - amazing - and their take home treats make for a nice afternoon around the fire playing scrabble! MY FAV: Chilli eggs on gluten free toast. Kids love Dr Marty's crumpets with fruit and honey 🍯
You're craving some local cheese. You need fava beans for your Gourmet Traveller dip recipe. You're dreaming of artisan chocolate. You're dying for an almond milk latte. Stella's Pantry is your place! This gourmet deli in Warragul is so lovely. You can stock up on local produce (they sell our Green Hills Honey 🍯) as well as quality imports. You can also get something to eat made with love and a decent hot beverage! MY FAV: These guys are the owners of Gippsland made chocolate WAHA. Super cute packaging and too cool for school flavours like fried almond smoked salt, will have you stocking up on some for local gifts for you and your friends. 🍫 🤤 Stacey is the owner and her and her staff are always willing to make your day better.
Stella's Pantry
10 Victoria St
You're craving some local cheese. You need fava beans for your Gourmet Traveller dip recipe. You're dreaming of artisan chocolate. You're dying for an almond milk latte. Stella's Pantry is your place! This gourmet deli in Warragul is so lovely. You can stock up on local produce (they sell our Green Hills Honey 🍯) as well as quality imports. You can also get something to eat made with love and a decent hot beverage! MY FAV: These guys are the owners of Gippsland made chocolate WAHA. Super cute packaging and too cool for school flavours like fried almond smoked salt, will have you stocking up on some for local gifts for you and your friends. 🍫 🤤 Stacey is the owner and her and her staff are always willing to make your day better.
This family run shop will bring you back to the days of the traditional fish n' chip shop / milk bar. It's a simple recipe - they cook their meals to order. If you pop in around 3.45pm, it is so cool to see local kids coming in to split $3 chips. Great option for a night in when you can't be bothered cooking. You can call and place your order, drive down the hill into town and hot fish and chips will be ready for you. Just don't try and pry open the paper for a sneaky chip on the way back the hill (do it before you get in the car 😉)
Yarragon Milk Bar
95A Princes Hwy
This family run shop will bring you back to the days of the traditional fish n' chip shop / milk bar. It's a simple recipe - they cook their meals to order. If you pop in around 3.45pm, it is so cool to see local kids coming in to split $3 chips. Great option for a night in when you can't be bothered cooking. You can call and place your order, drive down the hill into town and hot fish and chips will be ready for you. Just don't try and pry open the paper for a sneaky chip on the way back the hill (do it before you get in the car 😉)
OK, this place is a step up in terms if dining. Hogget Kitchen offers the best of West Gippsland's local and seasonal produce in a stunning sensory display (both on the plate and the views that surround you) that is worth the time you spend here. They use a 'nose to tail approach' when it comes to all the meat served and they do all the carving and butchering in-house - ensuring the best possible cuts of meat and the least wastage. The food is complemented by local wine makers and we can highly recommend anything by Bill Downie who is the 'rock-star' winemaker who lives down the road. MY FAV: Don't eat breakfast and go the 'set sharing menu'. At $55 for 2 courses and $65 for 3 courses it is a bargain given the skill and love that goes into the preparation of your meal. Lunch here is a lovely option with people you love and enjoy spending time with.
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locals recommend
Hogget Kitchen
6 Farrington Cl
22
locals recommend
OK, this place is a step up in terms if dining. Hogget Kitchen offers the best of West Gippsland's local and seasonal produce in a stunning sensory display (both on the plate and the views that surround you) that is worth the time you spend here. They use a 'nose to tail approach' when it comes to all the meat served and they do all the carving and butchering in-house - ensuring the best possible cuts of meat and the least wastage. The food is complemented by local wine makers and we can highly recommend anything by Bill Downie who is the 'rock-star' winemaker who lives down the road. MY FAV: Don't eat breakfast and go the 'set sharing menu'. At $55 for 2 courses and $65 for 3 courses it is a bargain given the skill and love that goes into the preparation of your meal. Lunch here is a lovely option with people you love and enjoy spending time with.
If you want to have a visually amazing driving trip through the rolling green hills of South West Gippsland then book this into your itinerary for half day trip. It is 50mins each way via the C425 (an exit you'll see as you head back to Melbourne via the M1 near Warragul) With a cafe, cake shop, dairy, wine store, dry goods, flowers and weekly Friday market, this is a beautiful space to spend breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon-tea and truly support locals. It is a collaboration of local business working together. Each business in the space is a different 'department' but they all share the same ethos - supporting local growers and producers, supporting organic and chemical free and aiming for the highest quality customer experience. MY FAV. Please please please, have a slice of one of Tasmin's home made cakes served with local cream or yogurt. And do not under any circumstances offer to 'share' your slice with one anyone. This is a personal experience to be individually delighted in. Savour this goodness.
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locals recommend
The Borough Dept. Store
63-67 Commercial St
8
locals recommend
If you want to have a visually amazing driving trip through the rolling green hills of South West Gippsland then book this into your itinerary for half day trip. It is 50mins each way via the C425 (an exit you'll see as you head back to Melbourne via the M1 near Warragul) With a cafe, cake shop, dairy, wine store, dry goods, flowers and weekly Friday market, this is a beautiful space to spend breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon-tea and truly support locals. It is a collaboration of local business working together. Each business in the space is a different 'department' but they all share the same ethos - supporting local growers and producers, supporting organic and chemical free and aiming for the highest quality customer experience. MY FAV. Please please please, have a slice of one of Tasmin's home made cakes served with local cream or yogurt. And do not under any circumstances offer to 'share' your slice with one anyone. This is a personal experience to be individually delighted in. Savour this goodness.
This is worth taking the detour off the Main shopping strip into this cute little side lane to visit The Shot House for all things coffee. They roast thier own blends and take making your coffee seriously. While you are here, check out the homewares and fashion shop --The Wardbrobe in the Lane -- and the local gallery -- Town & Country Gallery -- and support local businesses.
The Shot House
2 Village Walk
This is worth taking the detour off the Main shopping strip into this cute little side lane to visit The Shot House for all things coffee. They roast thier own blends and take making your coffee seriously. While you are here, check out the homewares and fashion shop --The Wardbrobe in the Lane -- and the local gallery -- Town & Country Gallery -- and support local businesses.
Awarding winning pies 🥧 are a reason why people stop in Yarragon Village. A family pie is a great option if you want to take back to The Ridge House for a meal in.
Yarragon Country Style Bakery
67 Hotham Street
Awarding winning pies 🥧 are a reason why people stop in Yarragon Village. A family pie is a great option if you want to take back to The Ridge House for a meal in.
This 1950's diner is a labour of love by the owners who are avid collectors of items from this era. It's like stepping back in time. Think sipping a milkshake and splitting your burger and fries with a loved one in a booth. This place is fun for everyone.
Jimmy D's Diner
83 Princes Hwy
This 1950's diner is a labour of love by the owners who are avid collectors of items from this era. It's like stepping back in time. Think sipping a milkshake and splitting your burger and fries with a loved one in a booth. This place is fun for everyone.
The town of Drouin is a 20 minute drive away and has a quaint main street you can stroll. It is a good place to stop for a coffee on your way to Ripplebrook Winery, Lardner Park Events or Korumburra. Coffee is good but it is the menu of croissants, quiches and French baguettes that makes this cute eclectic cafe a local favorite.
The French Pear Cafe
83-85 Princes Way
The town of Drouin is a 20 minute drive away and has a quaint main street you can stroll. It is a good place to stop for a coffee on your way to Ripplebrook Winery, Lardner Park Events or Korumburra. Coffee is good but it is the menu of croissants, quiches and French baguettes that makes this cute eclectic cafe a local favorite.
This place has many locals recommending friends and family to head here for a great meal out in a fun, casual atmosphere. We have not eaten here yet but it is on out Summer 2021 list!
Twenty20 Tapas
25A Moore Street
This place has many locals recommending friends and family to head here for a great meal out in a fun, casual atmosphere. We have not eaten here yet but it is on out Summer 2021 list!
Wineries to Visit
Looking for a day trip - we have some great wineries and wine makers you can visit. Some are closer than others so just check distance before you head out. Near or far, the country scenery is always worth the drive.
This place features in my West Gippsland Foodie's Guide Book. What makes this place so special is the collaboration between local chef, Trevor Perkins and two local wine makers -- William 'Bill' Downie and Pat Sullivan. Bill is a bit of a local rock star and people travel from all of the world to taste his Pinot Noir. They both make magnificent wine and it is hard to get onto their subscribers list so Hogget's is a great way to taste their wares. Hogget Kitchen has local wines by the glass and people are welcome to have a plate of charcuterie (which they make in-house) and a glass of wine on the deck or by the fire, depending on the weather! https://www.williamdownie.com.au https://patricksullivan.com.au
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locals recommend
Hogget Kitchen
6 Farrington Cl
22
locals recommend
This place features in my West Gippsland Foodie's Guide Book. What makes this place so special is the collaboration between local chef, Trevor Perkins and two local wine makers -- William 'Bill' Downie and Pat Sullivan. Bill is a bit of a local rock star and people travel from all of the world to taste his Pinot Noir. They both make magnificent wine and it is hard to get onto their subscribers list so Hogget's is a great way to taste their wares. Hogget Kitchen has local wines by the glass and people are welcome to have a plate of charcuterie (which they make in-house) and a glass of wine on the deck or by the fire, depending on the weather! https://www.williamdownie.com.au https://patricksullivan.com.au
This is a half-day trip but worth the drive. Approx 1-hour 15-minutes each way. Marcus and Lisa are a passionate wine making couple producing some of the best Pinot's in the region. I love their concept of growing wine in different 'dirt' locations. Best described from their website. "We make wines from patches of dirt somewhere along the coast between the penguins and the prom. We love Pinot Noir and the three distinct “Dirts” the vines are grown in. We strive to make wines with soul and harmony, that sing of the dirt in which they’re grown and that ooze the love we have for this wily grape. We would love for you to share the ride with us." If you take the C425/C432 route you can stop off at The Borough Dept. Store in, Korumburra (50-minute drive). Breakfast / Lunch at Udder & Co, Afternoon tea at Tamsin's cake store and more wine tasting if you want. It is all under one roof and set to be 'must-do' destination for local food and wine - see description in guide.
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locals recommend
Dirty Three Wines
150 Holgates Rd
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locals recommend
This is a half-day trip but worth the drive. Approx 1-hour 15-minutes each way. Marcus and Lisa are a passionate wine making couple producing some of the best Pinot's in the region. I love their concept of growing wine in different 'dirt' locations. Best described from their website. "We make wines from patches of dirt somewhere along the coast between the penguins and the prom. We love Pinot Noir and the three distinct “Dirts” the vines are grown in. We strive to make wines with soul and harmony, that sing of the dirt in which they’re grown and that ooze the love we have for this wily grape. We would love for you to share the ride with us." If you take the C425/C432 route you can stop off at The Borough Dept. Store in, Korumburra (50-minute drive). Breakfast / Lunch at Udder & Co, Afternoon tea at Tamsin's cake store and more wine tasting if you want. It is all under one roof and set to be 'must-do' destination for local food and wine - see description in guide.
This family run winery is about 1 hour away. Wines are definitely worth exploring (all wine is grown, made and bottle on site) but their cellar door is are open at certain times of he year. So please check their website before you make the journey. CELLAR DOOR OPEN DAYS 2019 Easter weekend, 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 April Queen’s birthday weekend, 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 June Melbourne Cup weekend, 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday, 2-3 November Summer cellar door from 27 December
The Wine Farm
370 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd
This family run winery is about 1 hour away. Wines are definitely worth exploring (all wine is grown, made and bottle on site) but their cellar door is are open at certain times of he year. So please check their website before you make the journey. CELLAR DOOR OPEN DAYS 2019 Easter weekend, 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 April Queen’s birthday weekend, 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 June Melbourne Cup weekend, 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday, 2-3 November Summer cellar door from 27 December
This is on my 'must visit' list. This family run winery has many award winning wines and this year achieved a 5-star entry in James Halliday's Wine-lovers’ bible - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019. Their cellar door looks like a fun place to visit. They often have live music and a selection of wood-fired pizza's to enjoy your wine tastings with. Check their website for Cellar door opening times. If you head out this way you can also visit Narkoojee in Glengarry. Another 5-star winery listed in James Halliday Wine Companion 2019. See more in guidebook description.
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locals recommend
Blue Gables Vineyard
100 Lanigan Rd
17
locals recommend
This is on my 'must visit' list. This family run winery has many award winning wines and this year achieved a 5-star entry in James Halliday's Wine-lovers’ bible - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019. Their cellar door looks like a fun place to visit. They often have live music and a selection of wood-fired pizza's to enjoy your wine tastings with. Check their website for Cellar door opening times. If you head out this way you can also visit Narkoojee in Glengarry. Another 5-star winery listed in James Halliday Wine Companion 2019. See more in guidebook description.
Another James Halliday 5-star rated winery in the hood. About 40-minute drive from The Ridge House their awarding winning wines, views and restaurant (byJorg) has many locals always telling me it is well worth a trip. Narkoojee’s Cellar Door is open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Winery tours can also be arranged. But always check cellar door times before you go as things can change in the county. Some food pics from my recent birthday lunch here with my family. All so tasty! Great space for large groups, families, kids and prams. Narkoojee, 220 Francis Rd, Glengarry North VIC 3854, Australia https://narkoojee.com
Narkoojee
220 Francis Road
Another James Halliday 5-star rated winery in the hood. About 40-minute drive from The Ridge House their awarding winning wines, views and restaurant (byJorg) has many locals always telling me it is well worth a trip. Narkoojee’s Cellar Door is open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Winery tours can also be arranged. But always check cellar door times before you go as things can change in the county. Some food pics from my recent birthday lunch here with my family. All so tasty! Great space for large groups, families, kids and prams. Narkoojee, 220 Francis Rd, Glengarry North VIC 3854, Australia https://narkoojee.com
This is a favourite place for us to spend a long lunch at and it is only 30 minutes drive away. Run by a second generation family from the Aeolian Islands, not only are they producing fabulous premium organic wines but their Italian menu, inspired by their Nonna Angelina, is the best! The woodfire pizza's are superb using fresh, seasonal food from local producers - one of them being our organic veggies from our farm next door -- Green Hills Farm. Bookings: ripplebrookwinery.com.au
Ripplebrook Winery
681 Gardner and Holman Road
This is a favourite place for us to spend a long lunch at and it is only 30 minutes drive away. Run by a second generation family from the Aeolian Islands, not only are they producing fabulous premium organic wines but their Italian menu, inspired by their Nonna Angelina, is the best! The woodfire pizza's are superb using fresh, seasonal food from local producers - one of them being our organic veggies from our farm next door -- Green Hills Farm. Bookings: ripplebrookwinery.com.au
A favourite among guests for a day out eating delicious local food and wine "made by hand from the ground up". This award-winning single estate winery is very cool in its modern design and the cellar door is a nice place to spend an hour or so wine tasting. It is an easy 30min drive from The Ridge House
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locals recommend
Cannibal Creek Vineyard - Gippsland Winery
260 Tynong North Road
7
locals recommend
A favourite among guests for a day out eating delicious local food and wine "made by hand from the ground up". This award-winning single estate winery is very cool in its modern design and the cellar door is a nice place to spend an hour or so wine tasting. It is an easy 30min drive from The Ridge House
Another lovely winery and restaurant are set on a magnificent estate in the undulating hills of West Gippsland. The restaurant and bar lounge is set in a modern building with floor to ceiling windows making it easy to while away several hours drinking in both the wine and the view. A hidden gem here is their luxury day spa with include a Turkish Hammam. This makes the perfect couples or girls day out. Spa, lunch, wine bar - it's my kind of heaven.
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locals recommend
Brandy Creek Estate
570 Buln Buln Road
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locals recommend
Another lovely winery and restaurant are set on a magnificent estate in the undulating hills of West Gippsland. The restaurant and bar lounge is set in a modern building with floor to ceiling windows making it easy to while away several hours drinking in both the wine and the view. A hidden gem here is their luxury day spa with include a Turkish Hammam. This makes the perfect couples or girls day out. Spa, lunch, wine bar - it's my kind of heaven.
Hiking Trails
From easy walks to serious hiking trails there is a lot to choose within a hour drive The Ridge House.
Lace up your hiking boots and head to Mount Worth State Park for walking tracks that weave through mountain ash and blue gum forest. Replete with fern glades, lyrebirds and the enormous Standing Giant, a 300-year-old mountain ash, the trails range from an easy 30-minute stroll to more moderate 3-hour hikes that take you through several sites of old logging sawmills from the early 1900’s. It is fun to find remnants of the sawmills slowly being hidden by the returning bush growth. There are great picnic amenities (including restrooms) which provide the opportunity to enjoy local food and wine you can buy from Yarragon Village.
Mount Worth State Park
301 Allambee Estate Rd
Lace up your hiking boots and head to Mount Worth State Park for walking tracks that weave through mountain ash and blue gum forest. Replete with fern glades, lyrebirds and the enormous Standing Giant, a 300-year-old mountain ash, the trails range from an easy 30-minute stroll to more moderate 3-hour hikes that take you through several sites of old logging sawmills from the early 1900’s. It is fun to find remnants of the sawmills slowly being hidden by the returning bush growth. There are great picnic amenities (including restrooms) which provide the opportunity to enjoy local food and wine you can buy from Yarragon Village.
Day Trips (within 90min drive)
Blue Rock has a lot to offer people who love to play in and on the water. Gorgeous fresh water makes it a lovely way to spend a warm day. Boat ramps and a beach area mean you can easily get access the water (fishing for bass is local fav) and the sheer size of the lake means you can spend the day splashing around in your own space. Great place to Kayak and SUP too! Pack a lunch of local produce because there is a large expanse of green grass, picnic tables, shelter, toilets and a new all-abilities adventure playground opened in Sept 2020. There is also a 3.5km (45min loop) walking track around the lake good for bikes and prams too. Great on a summer's evening because you can take a refreshing swim at the end. 20 min drive from Yarragon.
Blue Rock Dam
Blue Rock has a lot to offer people who love to play in and on the water. Gorgeous fresh water makes it a lovely way to spend a warm day. Boat ramps and a beach area mean you can easily get access the water (fishing for bass is local fav) and the sheer size of the lake means you can spend the day splashing around in your own space. Great place to Kayak and SUP too! Pack a lunch of local produce because there is a large expanse of green grass, picnic tables, shelter, toilets and a new all-abilities adventure playground opened in Sept 2020. There is also a 3.5km (45min loop) walking track around the lake good for bikes and prams too. Great on a summer's evening because you can take a refreshing swim at the end. 20 min drive from Yarragon.
Toorongo Falls Walk
Grocery
Here are the local shops we recommend for when you want to get your staples.
It’s a tricky right hand turn off the highway heading to Trafalgar but you can’t miss the big spuds and forks installation in front. This place is brilliant for fruit and veggies and has a large selection of food catering for dietary needs like vegan and gluten-free. If you’re looking for coconut yogurt, tofu burgers and kombucha, this is your Mecca.
The Spud Shed
It’s a tricky right hand turn off the highway heading to Trafalgar but you can’t miss the big spuds and forks installation in front. This place is brilliant for fruit and veggies and has a large selection of food catering for dietary needs like vegan and gluten-free. If you’re looking for coconut yogurt, tofu burgers and kombucha, this is your Mecca.
Located in Trafalgar (Traf - as the locals call it), this large community supermarket will cover all your needs. Tip: grab a coffee and pastry from our fav coffee shop in Traf, Cafe Life
IGA
5 McCrorey St
Located in Trafalgar (Traf - as the locals call it), this large community supermarket will cover all your needs. Tip: grab a coffee and pastry from our fav coffee shop in Traf, Cafe Life
We only shop here for two reasons. To buy the newspaper (which you can only get here) or for an odd one off item like milk or butter. It’s quite expensive so avoid a big shop here and the range is small but, it is run by locals so the service is friendly.
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locals recommend
YARRAGON VILLAGE SUPERMARKET
2 Campbell St
9
locals recommend
We only shop here for two reasons. To buy the newspaper (which you can only get here) or for an odd one off item like milk or butter. It’s quite expensive so avoid a big shop here and the range is small but, it is run by locals so the service is friendly.