There’s nothing we love more than escaping Melbourne and exploring Victoria with our pooch Indy. Located just 90 mins east of Melbourne, Loch is one of our favourite dog-friendly day trips. With gourmet food and drink and stunning scenery, you’ll find it hard to tire of this gorgeous country town.
Loch Brewery and Distillery
44 Victoria Road, Loch
Cellar door open 11am-4pm Friday-Sunday
The most famous landmark in town is, of course, the Loch Brewery and Distillery. Home to THE best gin in Victoria, this classic establishment features dog-friendly outdoor seating in its beautiful front gardens. We recommend trying their Loch Gin Flight or Loch Beer Paddle so you can drink a bit of everything.
Olive at Loch
38 Victoria Road, Loch
Open 8am-3pm Monday-Sunday
We always worry when we travel about what we’ll do if (or in Victoria’s case, when) it rains. Fear not, Olive at Loch not only serve scrumptious food but they also have dog-friendly covered all-weather outdoor seating! Their menu includes delicious country-style pies, frittatas, soups, scones and slices. And they also make a mean coffee and chai. While you’re there, be sure to check out their shop for local gifts and country fare to bring home.
The Rustic Cacao Factory and Cafe
32 Victoria Road, Loch
Open 10am-4pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
This relaxed family cafe and shop is famous for its chilli hot chocolate, homemade cakes and massive homestyle burgers. Put it this way, you won’t be going home hungry! Their outdoor area is perfectly suited to visiting pups with picnic tables and lush grass perfect for rolling. And you if you love chilli, you can grab some of their fiery chilli sauces and condiments in their produce shop.
The Gilded Lily Steakhouse Restaurant
35 Victoria Road, Loch
Open 12-2pm Friday, 12-230pm Sunday and 6pm til late Thurs-Sat
The Gilded Lily Steakhouse Restaurant is a recent addition to the gourmet food and wine scene in Loch and it’s already getting great reviews. The venue has a spacious beer garden where dogs are welcome on-lead. It’s a great place to stop for a glass of local wine or bubbles with friends. Stay tuned for a new beer garden menu ~ coming soon!
Loch Village Walk
Enjoy the history and beauty of Loch township with this short but sweet on-leash walk. Just 20 minutes for a round trip, the Loch Village Walk takes you through the lush greenery of Sunnyside park, Loch’s railway tunnel and railway sidings, Loch Recreation Reserve and the striking suspension bridge over Allsop’s Creek.
Cape Horn Lookout
Take a short drive south along the winding hills of Loch-Wonthaggi Rd and you’ll find a number of picturesque lookouts with views over the hills out to the ocean. Cape Horn Lookout even has a picnic table, making it a great spot to stop with your pup and watch the sun go down.
Want to turn your dog-friendly day trip into a weekender? Cinta Cottage offers self-contained dog-friendly accommodation for up to eight people in the centre of town. Spacious and modern, the cottage has everything you could need for a short stay.
Stay tuned for more destinations from our travel series. Coming soon!