6. Country Cob
130-132 Mollison Street, Kyneton
Winner of Australia’s best pie, this unassuming bakery attracts pie aficionados from far and wide, giving it a touch of cult status. Baker Chan Khun had never eaten a pie when he emigrated from Cambodia in 2004, but his caramelised pork and pepper pie beat 1700 other pies from 345 bakeries nationwide.
Khun makes everything from scratch, including the flaky puff pastry. His curried scallop pie is also a winner (taking out the seafood pie category).
7. Parker Pies
88 Main Street, Rutherglen
In a red-wine zone like Rutherglen, beef bourguignon pie is mandatory. And Parker Pies make a ripper. Tender chunks of beef cooked low and slow with mushrooms in Rutherglen shiraz. This award-winning family business has a huge range of pie fillings, with more adventurous ingredients including venison, kangaroo, buffalo, emu and crocodile.
8. Hulm's Bakery
66 Murray Street, Colac
For many motorists, Colac is the town you drive through on the way to somewhere else in Victoria’s west, however Colac is also the home of several great pie makers including a wonderful 1950s time capsule called Hulm’s Bakery.
The flaky pastry-topped square pies are full of flavour and hold together right to the end. Don’t leave without trying a sweet treat from the cake cabinet, an ode to fresh cream and golden eggs. Grab a box of goodies and head over to the Memorial Square across the road for a picnic.
9. Lancefield Bakery
20 High Street, Lancefield
Baked in a wood-fired Scotch oven that’s more than 140 years old, the golden-topped pies at Lancefield Bakery are a perfect day-trip destination in their own right.
Head towards the Macedon Ranges, about 70km north of Melbourne and find out what all the fuss is about at this local haunt.
10. Dunkeld Old Bakery
97 Martin Street, Dunkeld
Baking with a wood-fired oven since 1887, this little back-street gem is often overlooked by visitors making a beeline to the much-lauded Royal Mail Hotel. But the Old Bakery is worth a look, particularly the super-rich beef bourguignon pies.