Bakeries are an important part of the Australian road trip tradition – there’s a classic Australian nostalgia to the wobble of vanilla slice, tart tomato sauce dripping off flaky pie crusts and soft pillowy finger buns. Caravanning Australia has put together a list of some of the best bakeries in the country for you to tick off along your adventures.
The Bakers Hill Pie Shop
Bakers Hill, Western Australia
This family-run business, opened in 1991, is famous for its wide selection of freshly baked pies, pastries and cakes. As its name suggests, it’s especially well-known for its pies. There is an incredible array of vegetarian options, such as the satay vegetarian pies and the famous spinach and feta pasties. Anyone seeking a classic pie can opt for the Ned Kelly pie, a steak and egg combination that will revive any tired traveller.
Located in the stunning country town of Trentham, this bakery is famous for its organic sourdough bread that is baked in a huge woodfired, 19th-century Scotch oven. Watch artisan bakers at work and try their delicious breads that have natural fermentation, woodfired baking and artisanal techniques to thank. On Sundays, there are workshops where you can mix, shape and bake your own sourdough with home baking equipment that is available to purchase. Don’t leave this bakery without a loaf or two in your bag!
The Bakers Duck
Toowoomba City, Queensland
Known for having some of the prettiest pastries in the area, this bakery is an Instagram favourite. It has an inventive, creative range of baked goods such as a lime and coconut meringue, twice-baked croissant, strawberry cheesecake pastries and Snickers flavoured cruffins. The sausage rolls aren’t necessarily as avant-garde but they still stand their own ground. Head into the bakery to check out the beautiful floral arrangements, by Belmont Botanical, that decorate the space.
Orange, New South Wales
Started in April 2012, this bakery is the baby of Racine Restaurant. Open six days a week, everything is handmade using the finest ingredients. Think organic sourdoughs, buttery pastries, cakes and biscuits that pay respect to French baking traditions – but with a twist. For example, instead of an almond croissant, you’ll find a version that’s filled with pistachio cream. There’s also a love croissant that was a special Valentine’s Day pastry but became permanent – it’s pink, filled with fresh raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone. Come with an empty stomach – you won’t want to miss out!