You bloody brew-ty! The best breweries in Australia

Across the nation, breweries have sprung up like mushrooms.

Whether tucked away in backstreets or occupying prime positions, these hop-filled hangouts are must-visit material.  

There are so many great breweries in Australia that we can’t mention them all, so we’ve narrowed our list to those near BIG4 parks, with emphasis on smaller setups. Even then, we’ve had a few selection headaches.

What do you think of our lineup?

Breweries in WA

 

Little Creatures, Fremantle

One of the ‘godfathers’ of the Australian craft-brewing scene, Little Creatures has experienced considerable growth without compromising on its product. And its massive waterfront site is the place to be in Fremantle on a sunny day – or an ordinary one – with a bustling atmosphere all but guaranteed. Its staple pale ale remains a crowd favourite while the heavier IPA is one of the best in the country.

While in the region: Nearby Monk Brewery delivers delightful brews in relaxing surrounds.

Visit when staying at…Discovery Parks BIG4 – Woodman Point or Perth.

Little Creatures in Fremantle, WA, is the place to be on a sunny day.

Bootleg Brewery, Margaret River

Bootleg calls itself ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’, and that may have been true when it was established way back in 1994. Nowadays, breweries are drawn to Margaret River and surrounds like bees to a hive. Yet competition has not diminished Bootleg’s appeal. Its ales and lagers remain first rate and sitting among its idyllic, tree-lined surrounds on a warm day with beer in hand is hedonism at its best.

While in the region: Cowaramup Brewing and Cheeky Monkey are among other options.

Visit when staying at… BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River, BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park, or RAC Busselton Holiday Park.

Bootleg Brewery in Margaret River, WA, calls itself ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’.

Credit: Anna Terlick, Melting Moment Photography Busselton

Eagle Bay Brewing, Dunsborough

Among the rich pickings of South West WA breweries, Eagle Bay is up there with the best. Located on a working farm and affording spectacular views, the brewery follows the German Purity Law to produce five core beers, including a delicious ESB, as well as various specials.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park or RAC Busselton Holiday Park.

Located on a working farm, Eagle Bay Brewing in WA has five core beers as well as various specials to be sampled.

Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Feral Brewing Co., Swan Valley

Anyone who knows anything about craft beer is likely to have heard of Feral (think Hop Hog). Its booming brewpub in the heart of wine country makes for a magnificent day out with its spacious surrounds that include a beer garden and a tap room that showcases more than half-a-dozen beers. Outstanding.

While in the region: Stop by Ironbark or Mash breweries.

Visit when staying at…Discovery Parks BIG4 - Perth Airport or Discovery Parks BIG4 - Perth Vineyards.

Feral Brewing Co. in Swan Valley, WA, is a must-visit for any craft beer lover.

Credit: Feral Brewing Co.

Boston Brewing Co., Denmark

There’s loads to love about this family-run brewery. Sample an almighty selection of beers – all carrying names honouring the Great Southern region – led by an American-style pale ale and a nut-brown ale that’s bursting with flavours. These tasty brews are best enjoyed in a sweeping outdoor area that’s dog friendly and complete with a huge playground. And if you’re staying at the local BIG4 park, take advantage of the regular shuttle service that runs between your accommodation and the brewpub.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday Park.

The family-friendly Boston Brewing Co. in Denmark, WA features a sweeping dog-friendly outdoor area complete with playground.

Breweries in SA

Smiling Samoyed, Myponga

Tucked behind the main street of a small Fleurieu Peninsula town, this brewery has evolved from hidden gem to essential visit. So-named for the resident, ridiculously cute Samoyed dogs that wander between the benches, the rustic brewery is not just about pretty faces. Its selection of ales is packed with flavour: if you’re up for a challenge, try the Chilli Beer.

Visit when staying at… BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.

Up for a challenge? Try the Chilli Beer at Smiling Samoyed in Myponga, SA.

Prancing Pony Brewery, Mt Barker

The brews are for serious craft beer lovers; the quirky ‘Brewshed’ is for anyone who likes a warm, oft-bustling atmosphere. Prancing Pony is a prized Adelaide Hills attraction thanks largely to a tap range that gives the palate plenty to think about. You can’t go past the brilliantly named Hopwork Orange (American pale ale) or the India Red Ale.

While in the region: Nearby Lobethal Bierhaus is just as tempting.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Hahndorf Resort.

 

The Steam Exchange Brewery, Goolwa

Occupying an enviable spot within the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, this little treasure has just a handful of core beers, but it’s all about quality over quantity (the Steam Ale is very sessionable). On a sunny day, sipping on a beer on the deck while overlooking the water is hard to beat.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Port Elliot Holiday Park.

Soak up the sun and sip a beer on the deck of The Steam Exchange Brewery in Goolwa, SA.

Woolshed Brewery, Renmark

There is so much to love about this brewery: the century-old woolshed building, the glorious Murray River views, and the pleasant ambience. Oh, and there are tasty ales to savour as well. This is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing arvo.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park.

It's tough to beat the setting of Woolshed Brewery in Renmark.

Breweries in Victoria

 

Bright Brewery, Bright

With prime position in the town centre, Bright Brewery is well-suited to settling in for a few frothies. A generous selection is there for the tasting, including seasonal releases, but for the indecisive try the fruity deliciousness of the Blowhard Pale Ale. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this is a winner no matter the weather.

While in the area: Try Bridge Road Brewers ‘up the road’ in Beechworth.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

With both indoor and outdoor seating, Bright Brewery in VIC is perfect for all seasons.

Blackman’s Brewery, Torquay

A relative newcomer, Blackman’s Brewery punches out seriously tasty ‘crafties’ and serves them up in an inviting space. The wide variety of beers are named after members of the Blackman family, and the Reginald IPA stands out from the pack.

While in the region: Forrest Brewing Company is among a few notable options. 

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park or elsewhere along the Great Ocean Road.

 

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co., Yarra Glen

There’s a cluster of excellent microbreweries in the Yarra Valley but our focus is on one of the region’s stalwarts. The bright white façade of Hargreaves Hill’s historical building gives way to a cosy brewery that serves up a seriously good core range of brews, with its English special bitter (ESB) leading the way.

While in the area: Check out Coldstream, Napoleone, Watts River, etc, etc.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park.

Settle in for a drink inside the cosy Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co. in Yarra Glen, VIC.

Red Duck, Ballarat

This brewery had to make the list if only for the distinctiveness of its beers. Red Duck brews have tons of flavor, whether from the core range or seasonal varieties. The setup is more conducive to a wine cellar-door tasting experience rather than a sit-down-and-settle-in one, but don’t let that put you off visiting.

While in the region: If you’re after a more sociable experience, try the Athletic Club Brewery in the CBD’s heart.

Visit when staying at… BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park or BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park.

Red Duck in Ballarat, VIC, has a distinctive range of beers that make it well worth a visit.

Westside Ale Works, South Melbourne

We’ve steered our focus away from capital cities where breweries are a dime a six-pack, but we couldn’t go past this little beauty. Westside’s setting is so intimate that it’s like you’re drinking in a friend’s garage; a feeling enhanced by the overt friendliness of the brewery’s ex-pat American owners. Most importantly, its ever-evolving tap range is crammed with a wide variety of tasty brews.

While in the region: Where do we start? Among the many Melbourne breweries, special mentions go to Mountain Goat, Two Birds, and Dainton, which is just minutes from BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park.

Visit when staying at…Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park or Discovery Parks BIG4 – Melbourne

The super-intimate Westside Ale Works in South Melbourne, VIC, will make you feel like you're drinking at a friend's house.

Breweries in TAS

 

Shambles Brewery, Hobart

Spotted in vibrant North Hobart and within walking distance to the CBD, Shambles pours a series of full-flavoured beers from a menu that’s constantly changing. Indoor and outdoor spaces draw a crowd, and the appeal is enhanced knowing that another option –  T-Bone Brewing Co. – is just a couple of hundred metres up the road.

Visit when staying at…Discovery Parks BIG4 – Hobart or BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

The constantly changing menu at Shambles Brewery in Hobart, TAS, is worth checking out.

Iron House Brewery, Four Mile Creek

Ok, so this one isn’t near a BIG4 park but its location seemingly in the middle of nowhere – complete with stunning ocean views on Tassie’s East Coast – makes it well worth visiting. These guys make everything from beer to wine and whisky, and do it well. And a selection of light and dark beers means there is something for everyone.

Visit when…touring the East Coast between Bicheno and St Helens.

With a selection of both light and dark beers, there's something for everyone at Iron House Brewery in TAS.

Breweries in QLD

 

Fortitude Brewing Co., North Tamborine

There is so much to like about this brewery, including its positioning in the magnificent Gold Coast hinterland. The bar area is typically Queenslander with its emphasis on embracing the outdoors, while the combination of two labels – Fortitude and Noisy Minor – means an incredibly diverse offering of beers are up for grabs.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park or NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park.

Choose from a wide variety of beers at Fortitude Brewing Co.

Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh Heads

Twenty-plus taps, live music, and a communal space that encourages socialising are among the many reasons to pay a visit to this established Gold Coast brewery. Its core range is top shelf, complete with creative names that include My Wife’s Bitter, FIGJAM, and Hassle Hop. Yet 28 is the magic number here: it’s the name of Burleigh’s pale ale, and it never fails to please.

While in the region: Balter Brewing at Currumbin combines a warehouse-style setting with excellent beers and lists surfer Mick Fanning as one of its co-founders.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park or NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park.

 

Bargara Brewing Company, Bundaberg

With working tanks almost within arm’s reach, a visit to this brewhouse provides an authentic craft-beer experience. It’s not flash but that’s the appeal: it’s simply a great space with a vibrant atmosphere, all backed by a super selection of brews. Get the taste buds dancing by sampling the Rusty Roo red ale.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park.

Have an authentic craft-beer experience at Bargara Brewing Company, in Bundaberg, QLD.

Breweries in NSW

 

Stone and Wood Brewing Co., Byron Bay

The fact Stone and Wood has created one of the most iconic brews of our time – Pacific Ale – makes it worth visiting alone. Join a brewery tour to enhance the experience, and be sure to pop into the bathroom (guys only), as the ingenious urinals will likely get a laugh or two.

While in the region: Byron Bay Brewery might not be as famous as Stone and Wood but it is central.

Visit when staying at…Byron Holiday Park.

Join a brewery tour at the iconic Stone and Wood Brewing Co. in Byron Bay, NSW.

Thirsty Crow Brewing Co., Wagga Wagga

With its CBD location, a communal atmosphere, and a beer menu packed with all sorts of flavours and aromas, Thirsty Crow won’t disappoint. It’s dog friendly, kid friendly, and friendly in general and has plenty of space to go around. While it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, the Crow’s Vanilla Milk Stout is award winning.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park.

Dog friendly, kid friendly - you can bring the whole family along to Thirsty Crow Brewing Co. in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake

We might be biased, but we think this one deserves a mention. Camel Rock is a brewery inside BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park, minutes from Bermagui on the beautiful south coast. Housed in a heritage-style building, it’s story is only emerging, yet it sounds like holiday park heaven to us.

Camel Rock Brewery in Wallaga Lake, NSW, is a brewery inside BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park.

4 Pines Brewing Company, Manly

The brewpub in Manly had to be expanded to cope with the crowds, and is it any wonder? 4 Pines produces exceptional beers, whether part of its core range (we’re looking at you, pale ale and ESB) or the regular small-batch keller door brews.

While in the region: Sydney breweries are here, there, and everywhere. Among the many to visit are Young Henrys and Willie the Boatman.

Visit when staying at…NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park.  

A visit to 4 Pines Brewing Company in Manly, NSW, will show you why it's been expanded due to popularity.

Black Duck Brewing, Port Macquarie

Duck into this little gem and tell us this isn’t what a craft brewery should look like. It’s a non-descript giant shed minus the frills, but it does exactly what it needs to: serve up palate-pleasing brews in relaxing surrounds. Its eight taps cover popular styles of lagers and ales but deliver flavour without an excessive alcohol by volume (ABV)…mostly. 

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Bonny Hills Holiday Park.

The no-frills Black Duck Brewing in Port Macquarie serves up palate-pleasing brews in relaxing surrounds.

Longstocking Brewery, Pambula

Established just 18 months ago, this little craft brewery themes its beers around the Roaring 20s to produce such titles as the Bonnie and Clyde, and Fatty Arbuckle. Along with its various tap beers, Longstocking produces ciders and ginger beer, all served up in an inviting, all-weather setting.

Visit when staying at…Discovery Parks BIG4 - Pambula Beach.

 

Murray's Craft Brewing Co., Bob’s Farm (Port Stephens)

Among the biggest names in the craft-beer game, Murray’s is all class. Its brewery setting is inviting both inside and out, it conducts daily brewery tours, and runs a series of crowd-pulling annual events. And at the heart of it all is a mammoth collection of superb beers, many of which are far from the ordinary.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Karuah Jetty Holiday ParkBIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park, or Ingenia Holidays BIG4 Soldiers Point.

Sample an out-of-the-ordinary beer at Murrays Craft Brewing Co., in Port Stephens, NSW.

Breweries in NT

 

Six Tanks Brewery, Darwin

Need to quench a thirst in the Top End? This is your spot. Abundant taps serve up delicious craft beers from the local brewer as well as a host of guest breweries. The space is inviting, the food delicious, and the atmosphere ideal for a relaxing afternoon in the Northern Territory capital.

Visit when staying at…BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the NT at Six Tanks Brewery, Darwin.

Ok, give it to us – we’ve missed your favourite brewery, right? Or you have a story to tell about one of those on our list. We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below.

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When visiting these or any other brewery, please don’t drink and drive.

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2 comments on “You bloody brew-ty! The best breweries in Australia”

  1. Julia Atkins

    15 June 2017 at 10:54 pm

    You guys need to check out the Beer Farm, south west WA. Amazing venue and beers, recently won best International Lager and has hosted excellent events.

  2. Bardy

    28 June 2017 at 9:12 am

    You should give us a look at, we are the oldest brewery in Darwin. We are about to open a cellar door in the next month.

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