Gather the troops and embark on a country pub and watering hole adventure through the Macedon Ranges. Drive backcountry roads ablaze with autumn colours, discover off-the-beaten-track pubs and quench your thirst with a tipple or two. Nominate your designated driver, book accommodation and get ready to taste our region’s very own craft beer and cider, wine and gin in venues bursting with character and history.
Before you head out, don’t forget to print your Tarts&Tipples – Passport and fill with pie and tart stickers on your journey for our Tarts and Tipples Giveaway competition!
The first stop on your backcountry brew loop are two charming country pubs in the heart of Woodend.
Set in a historic hotel, Holgate Brewhouse is family-owned and has been brewing independent craft beer since 1999. Home to some of the best-known craft beers in Australia, Holgate offers classic pub fare and a state-of-the-art taproom boasting 16 taps of limited and special release beer.
A short walk from Holgate is the popular Victoria Hotel. Drop into their Rock and Wombat Bar where you can taste local ‘Rock ‘n’ Ranges’ craft beer – made by a community-owned, democratically-controlled brewing co-op. Don’t forget to try their Wombat Expresso Cocktail. Their pub restaurant has also been voted by Open Table Australia diners as one of the best!
Wine or spirits more your drink of choice? Both pubs showcase tipples from our local cellar and distillery doors so you can get a taste of the region. Their courtyards are also pooch-friendly.