22 May 2017
Updated April 2022
How satisfying is biting into a freshly baked pie straight out of the oven?
Or a custard-filled tart just out of the fridge?
The comforting feeling of handmade food is exactly what we look for as the weather gets cooler.
Bakeries across Australia are delivering on this by serving up mouth-watering meat pies, cheesecakes, vegemite scrolls (yes, we said it), sweet macarons and we can't go on anymore - we're too hungry!
Check out our top bakery picks for your next big road trip!
BEST BAKERIES ON THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
OCEAN GROVE, GEELONG: The Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes
Since 1997, this family-operated business has been churning out prize-winning pastries and baked goods.
Officially judged Australia's Greatest Pie in 2020 and 2021, The Rolling Pin in Geelong has pie-making down to an art form! Producing everything from gourmet chicken carbonara pies to the great Australian lamington, this award-winning bakery will not let you down - whenever the time comes.
Our pick? The Country Lamb & Rosemary Pie (judged Australia's Best Gourmet Pie in 2016).
APOLLO BAY: Apollo Bay Bakery
Famous for its 'Great Ocean Road Scallop Pie', this bakery is also well-known for its line-ups of hungry road-trippers eager for a feed on the way to the world-famous 12 Apostles National Marine Park.
Offering a range of hand-made pies, pasties and sausage rolls, they also bake the best sourdough loaves from their own strain of wild yeast. Made from lactose bacteria harvested from the skins of local 'Otway Red' potatoes, it's a method that dates back hundreds of years. An iconic bakery in an iconic location - don't miss it!
Our pick? It has to be the 'Great Ocean Road Scallop Pie.'
BEST BAKERIES IN TASMANIA
HOBART: Daci & Daci Bakers
While Hobart is known for its amazing seafood, it's not all the city has to brag about.
Founded in 2011, Daci & Daci Bakers is a European-style bakehouse making fresh fig & walnut sourdough, Belgian chocolate cake and Moroccan lamb sausage rolls every day.
Boasting an opulent dining space for decadent breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas, why not immerse yourself in this artisanal European bakery in the heart of the Tasmanian capital.
Our pick? The Spinach, Leek & Feta Pastie.
BEST BAKERIES IN THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS
JINDABYNE: Trader Joe's Garage - Cafe
Although this is technically not a bakery, it is conveniently located right next to Discovery Parks - Jindabyne and has the best toasties and coffee on the mountain!
Well-loved for its double cheeseburger and its wood-fired pizza nights, Trader Joe's Garage - Cafe has the American diner vibe down to a tea and is the coolest spot to warm up after a hard day out on the slopes. The Bacon and Egg Baguette with large coffee is a deal.
Our pick? The Hawaiian Burger.
BEST BAKERIES ON THE MURRAY RIVER
ECHUCA-MOAMA: Moama Bakery
With three locations nearby, pop into any branch of the Moama Bakery for a bite to eat before embarking on your tour of the Port of Echuca.
Known for their family-friendly atmosphere, Moama Bakery is the best setting for a family lunch on the banks of the Murray River. Offering great food, great coffee and great service, we're sure you'll be raving about this place in no time!
Our pick? The Ned Kelly Pie.
BEST BAKERIES ON THE YORKE PENINSULA
WALLAROO: North Beach Kitchen
With a menu featuring blue-swimmer crab caught from the nearby Spencer Gulf, North Beach Kitchen in Wallaroo on SA's Yorke Peninsula is more than just a bakery!
Quickly establishing itself as a hub for anyone looking for quality food and beverage by the water, their all-day brunch menu has become a winner amongst locals. Get down to 'NBK' on your next trip to Yorkes!
Our pick? The Blue Swimmer Crab Scramble with Chilli.
BEST BAKERIES IN PERTH & THE GREAT SOUTH
SWAN VALLEY: Maison Saint-Honore
Maison Saint-Honore is a wonderful French patisserie right next to Pinelli Wines, making it the perfect place to indulge your inner foodie in truly beautiful surrounds.
While touring the vineyards of the lush Swan Valley, stop by here for an afternoon tea. The macarons alone will melt your heart!
Our pick? Salted Caramel Macaron.
BEST BAKERIES ON THE THE WARLU WAY
KARRATHA: Bakers Delight
Despite its status as a chain, when you're travelling in such a remote location, it's hard not to get excited.
Cheese rolls that feel like 'home' and iced fruit buns that will make your children smile are in ready supply here. For decades now, Bakers Delight has been delighting Australians with freshly baked bread and sweeter treats to share with the entire family. We've always been big fans.
Our pick? Chocolate Finger Bun.