A staple on every Aussies menu: meat pies. But not all pies are created equal. Some are definitely worth a detour around lunchtime. For others you might even make a road trip. Of the latter we’ve selected the five best in Queensland. Skip breakfast, start your engine and go get a pie.
The closed pie shop to our dealerships is also probably the most famous one in Queensland: Yatala Pies. A landmark along the M1 towards the Gold Coast for more than 130 years that sells more than 3500 pies a day, as well as hundred of sweet pastries. It’s more many the reason to leave the city end of the morning so they pass the shop around lunch time. You don’t even have to get out of your car when visiting; they have a drive-through! Whether you choose a traditional meat pie or go for one of their gourmet range pies, you can be sure it’s baked in their traditional ceramic pie oven.
Usually you want to get to your lunch spot as quickly as possible, but when you’re heading over to the Old Fernvale Bakery in Fernvale it pays off to take the touristic route. Head out of the city through the 31 (Mount Nebo Road) and you have the chance to first stop at Jollys Lookout for a fantastic view over the Brisbane Valley. Further up the curvy road you’ve got Mount Glorious Cafe for a good cup of coffee before driving through the D’aguilar State Forest on the Wivenhoe Somerset Road towards the bakery. There you’ll finally get the chance to taste one of their numerous awarded pies – reportedly more than any other shop in the state. Which beef would you choose? Wagyu, Angus or Charolais? Or do you go for a chicken mango, minted lamb or pork and apple pie?
Another nice mountain drive awaits on your way to The Outpost Cafe in Canungra. Of course you can just drive down the highway (past Yatala Pies), but it’s much more interesting and entertaining to take the 92 (Beaudesert Beenleigh Road) exit and turn onto the 95, which is Tamborine Mountain Road. On a Sunday you’ll have the chance to also visit the Tamborine Mountain markets, but on any day it’s a fantastic drive up and down the mountain. At the bottom you’ll find The Outpost Café, nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast hinterland. Their homemade pies have been drawing tourists for years to the repurposed army barracks. No additives in their fluffy pastry and locally sourced beef make their classics like chunky steak and steak and cracked pepper favourites, but don’t worry, the steak, bacon and Guinness won’t get you too drunk for the drive back.
You must be in for a road trip if you want a pie from Mocka’s Pies in Port Douglas, but we promise that they’re absolutely worth it. It’s practically the last pie shop before you head into the Daintree and the road ends, but nothing beats a kangaroo and red wine, spicy crocodile laksa or mixed seafood pie after a 1750 kilometre drive. Pleasing travellers for over 30 years you can be sure they know their pies up north. If you don't want to drive the whole stretch in one go, why not check out our list of glamping spots around the Sunshine Coast?
Ok, we’re cheating a bit for the last one because you’ll have to cross the border into New South Wales to get a pie from Humble Pie in Billinudgel, about 150 kilometres from Brisbane. Instead of the highway you can take the beautiful coastal road between Hastings Point and Wooyung though. After eating one of their specialty pies (or pasties) – which they have been baking since 1982 – you can continue your way down to Byron Bay or Ballina, from where you can drive to Evans Head over the beach! Back to the pies: classic steak is always a winner, but unique favours is what Humble Pie is known for, like curries lentil, Thai tofu or corn and asparagus. Adventurous.
Make sure that before you head out on your road trip, you visit your local Motorama service centre and make sure your vehicle is in perfect condition.
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