The trees are in full blossom, the coastal sea breeze warm, and the sky a liquid blue singing with sunshine. Barwon Heads comes to life every spring with locals and visitors meandering along Hitchcock Street to soak up the coastal atmosphere in search of the perfect place to eat.
There are also families with little kids playing in the shallow waters and sandy banks of the river estuary, surfers flocking to Thirteenth Beach and kayakers gliding along the Barwon River. Spring in Barwon Heads offers the best vibes for day trippers, campers and extended spring/summer holidaymakers.
Although the best part of spring in Barwon Heads has to be all the fantastic outdoor eating spots in the area. There is an amazing feast of cafes and bars to lounge around in and enjoy a sunny spring afternoon.
Pull up a chair, order your favourite dish and spend the afternoon chatting with friends or go solo and people watch in the main street of Australia’s most iconic ‘Seachange’ coastal town. No more rugging up and sheltering indoors, it’s time to get out and take the spring in your step down the street to eat with the sunshine streaming down on you.
The best outdoor eating spots in Barwon Heads in spring
Right in the centre of Barwon Heads, there is a superb spot for outdoor eating at The White House. This beautifully decorated cafe and restaurant has a Balinese and Byron feel, friendly staff and enclosed play space in the back to keep the kids entertained. Their menu includes a host of tasty meals catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also yummy cocktails and premium coffee!
Jam-packed with heart and a cheerful welcoming vibe is the Starfish Bakery. Located on Hitchcock Street, there is outdoor seating available for you to lap up the spring sunshine for breakfast, lunch or brunch. This family-owned and operated bakery has been a Barwon Heads staple for over 20 years, providing the community and visitors alike with the most mouthwatering baked goods using local, seasonal and fresh ingredients. Try their squishy egg and bacon roll, strong coffee or one of their muffins – said to be the best in Victoria – with a crunchy top, soft and delicious in the middle, and full of flavour.
A beachside holiday isn’t complete without a trip to Coffetti Gelato. Here you will find homemade ice cream, delicious barista-made coffee, homemade cakes, sandwiches, baguettes, pastries and loads of other treats. They churn their own gelato and ice cream, which is natural, organic and fresh. There is a wide selection of flavours to suit any tastebuds. The friendly staff and lovely coastal vibe always bring locals and tourists back for more.
For a stunning setting try the 13th Beach Golf Links restaurant with al fresco seating overlooking the sensational golf course. There is a wood-fired pizza menu, an all-day menu and a special à la carte menu available. Don’t forget the scrumptious cocktail menu, and their bar is stocked with local wines and craft beers as part of their endeavour to proudly support local wineries and distilleries in the Bellarine Peninsula. Enjoy all this and more eating your spectacular meal amongst the space and fresh air of 13th Beach Golf Link’s vast open fairways.
The restaurant with arguably the best views in Barwon Heads is The Barwon Heads Hotel. From their picturesque outside seating area, there are stunning views of the river and ocean. There is something for everyone from drinks and a light bite in the sunshine, to a bridge bar and cocktail lounge, a sports bar and scrumptious fresh seasonal meals in the bistro. Join in the lively atmosphere for a fantastic spring day in the heart of Barwon Heads.
What an impressive selection of outdoor eating venues there is in Barwon Heads to put the spring back in your step and get outside in the sunshine. Come along and join in the coastal vibes and visit Barwon Heads in spring. You will be spoilt for choice, as Barwon Heads is the best place to be in springtime!