Our top picks for the best regional bakeries

The tantalising aroma of freshly-baked pastry wafting from a country bakery is the hallmark of any great Australian road trip. From piping hot meat pies to creamy vanilla slices and crusty artisan bread, award-winning bakeries around the country are serving up delicious baked goods. Here’s our list of the top regional bakeries to make a beeline for when you next hit the holiday road.

North End Bakehouse – Shepparton

The Best Vanilla Slice!!! Image from North End Bakehouse.

In the heart of Shepparton, Victoria, you’ll find Australia’s best vanilla slice 2023 – a melt in the mouth combination of crisp flaky pastry and creamy custard. Crowned the winner at the annual Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph in Merbein, North End Bakehouse is a beloved local institution. And it’s easy to see why, the delicate flavours and textures of their award-winning vanilla slice are nothing short of perfection. They’re also famous for their hot cross buns and fruit pudding, so don’t leave Shepparton without stopping for a delicious treat.

Where to stay

Once you’ve had your fill of the North End Bakehouse vanilla slice, relax in quality accommodation overlooking Victoria Lake and surrounding parklands – you’ll find options to suit all tastes and needs.

Banjo’s Bakery Mildura

Delicious sausage rolls. Image from Banjo’s Bakery Mildura.

For the best meat pies, Banjo’s Bakery in Mildura, in the Murray-Darling basin of Victoria, is a worthy regional contender. Baking fresh on-site every day, with their signature flaky pastry, Banjo’s gourmet pies range from classic beef to more exotic flavours like kangaroo and red wine, using the best of local ingredients. Try their famous Tasmanian curried scallop pie or a handmade spinach and ricotta roll for the perfect lunchtime snack.

Where to stay

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Mildura from award-winning motels to hotels set in peaceful garden settings and landscaped surroundings.

Paringa Bakery, Renmark

Be sure to try the “bee sting cake”. Image from Paringa Bakery.

Stop in the charming Riverland town of Renmark, South Australia, and visit the Paringa Bakery for a slice of sweet treat heaven. Paringa Bakery is famed for its delicious Bienenstich or ‘bee sting cake’, a German cream-filled dessert topped with caramelised almonds. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee while you relax on the banks of the Murray River.

Where to stay

Base yourself in nearby Barmera and enjoy spacious and comfortable accommodation at the Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland. Enjoy golf course views, a seasonal outdoor pool, and tennis courts. 

Tommo’s Pies, Darwin

So many different pies to try. Image from Tommo’s Pies.

For the best pies in Darwin, and something a little out of the ordinary, Tommo’s Pies is a must-visit for pie lovers in the Northern Territory. These award-winning pie makers have been honing their delicious craft since 1978, and their expertise shows. Sample their slow-cooked beef and bourbon pie or try a sticky ginger beef and honey pie with a touch of chilli. You can even grab a freshly made banh mi bursting with flavour or a classic scotch fillet steak sandwich.

Where to stay

Enjoy modern, resort-style accommodation in this hotel conveniently located close to both the city and the airport at Quality Hotel Darwin Airport.

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