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Fancy a foodie’s retreat in the forest? Gembrook is a jewel at the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.

Built into Gembrook’s old car garage, you’ll find The Independent Restaurant and Bar, an airy Spanish-style eatery that brings city cool to this country village. Stylish and slick (and in handy proximity to Puffing Billy's last stop - Gembrook), the hall holds a beer bar and cafe serving modern Argentinian with an emphasis on share plates. There is also a private 24 seat dining room, sunny courtyard and a cubby house for the kids. 

Spencers Store is another great eatery in Gembrook. With a rustic and relaxed atmosphere you'll feel at home here - not to mention they offer lots of yummy homemade treats. Take a seat inside or enjoy the sun the in the courtyard dining area. 

If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with a vintage MG or some of the Bentleys that may have made their way up the hills into Gembrook in the 1940s and 1950s, a trip to The Motorist Collection Museum is a must. Chat to the owner about the ins and outs of collecting classic cars and sign up for a guided tour.

The Independent Restaurant and Bar
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