The newly crowned ‘Best vegetable pie in NSW & ACT‘ the Fitzroy Falls General Store is an unassuming dark horse on the Southern Highlands Pie Trail. With no listing on Google Maps and no information online on whether it was open, closed or in fact did pies, it was not until turning up in person after 25km of running was it confirmed it is not only in operation, but it is in fact award-winning.
Owner, operator, head chef and straight-talking pie queen, Sue Boivin has crafted a homemade pie-making machine in this remote and kitschy township of Fitzroy Falls. With the iconic waterfall lookout just down the road, many would zoom right past the old fuel pumps and eclectic roadhouse appearance. But after a walk (or run) through the Morton National Park, a fresh and hot homemade pie will just hit the spot.
The award-winning pie was, of course, all sold out on our visit. Still, there are many more pies to choose from, all made personally by Sue herself. The attention to detail is, no doubt, the secret to her success. Sue spoke of the Pie Time award received only days earlier, proudly displayed on the countertop. She was pleasantly surprised to win the vegetarian category stating “I’m not even vegetarian!”
- Distance: 25km
- Pie Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
We chose the Beef and Bacon Carbonara pie from the wide selection available and Sue generously gave us a vegetable pastie to give a sense to what the award-winning vegetarian pie tasted like.
- Pies: Beef & Bacon Carbonara; Vegetable Pastie
- Pastry: Pastry was divine. The pastry hand rolled by none other than Sue herself.
- Filling: The vege pastie was filled with flavour. The carbonara was extremely creamy surrounding perfectly cooked thick strips of bacon.
- Cost: $7
- Sauce tax: None. Local brand sauce available on the counter.