Restaurant Australia

by Travelbag on 19 December 2014, 09:12AM

Australia’s food and wine has become one of its greatest assets with a range and quality of produce on offer that is second to none. Yet, remarkably, the appeal of Australian food and wine remains one of its best-kept secrets.

The country’s rich ethnic diversity has produced one of the most exciting and multicultural cuisines on the planet with creative chefs, wonderful winemakers and passionate producers working to deliver some of the world’s best food and wine experiences. We have picked out ten top treats that will whet your appetite for a trip Down Under.

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Picnic on Kangaroo Island

A 30 minute flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a nature lover’s paradise often called the Galapagos of Australia, as it is teeming with spectacular wildlife. What many people don’t know is that the island is home to a boutique food and wine scene, boasting delicious cheeses, honey from Ligurian bees and some of Australia’s best seafood. A picnic of local produce on one of the island’s spectacular beaches will be a definite holiday highlight.

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Foodie Road Trip from Melbourne

Melbourne is famous for being home to some of Australia’s best fine dining restaurants but you are missing out if you just stick to the city. A 45 minute drive away is the Mornington Peninsula, home to delicious local produce, great markets and fantastic vineyards. Relax among the vines for home grown wines matched with mouth watering creations made from local harvests. Continue on to the Great Ocean Road for spectacular surf beaches, wonderful wildlife encounters and more fantastic foodie treats.

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Dine Under the Stars at Uluru

Visiting Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s Red Centre is an experience that will stay with you forever. This spiritual landscape forms the backdrop for many outback adventures, such as Aboriginal walking tours, 4WD safaris, dot art painting workshops and camel rides. A very special way to enjoy the rock is to book the Sounds of Silence dinner where you dine under the canopy of the desert night, while your very own storyteller shares tales and helps you decipher the thousands of stars above. 

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Spear Fishing in the Tropical North

Most people who head up to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland head out to the Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest. Those who also make time to find out more about the region’s Aboriginal culture are richly rewarded. Join one of the Kubirri Warra brothers on their beach, mudflat and mangrove walk for an experience you will never forget. Linc and Brandon Walker will take you spear fishing and mussel hunting, sharing family traditions dating back thousands of years. 

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Live the BBQ Lifestyle in Sydney

Australians are famous for their legendary BBQs and a real Aussie holiday highlight is to buy some fresh fish and cook it up at one of the public BBQs, which are free of charge for people to use. One of our favourite spots for this is Bronte Beach in Sydney. Head to the Pyrmont Fish Markets in the morning, then jump on a bus to Bronte to cook up a lunch to remember. Spend the afternoon swimming in the surf and relaxing on the sand. 

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Truffle Hunting in the Margaret River

Originally a chilled out surfing town, Margaret River has long been a nirvana for wine lovers. Yet, this slice of Western Australia, just a three and a half hour drive south of Perth, has more than just quality wine on offer. The region is now famous for its artesian cheeses, chocolate, olive oil, mircobreweries, rock lobsters and black truffles! Join a truffle hunt at Wine And Truffle Co and help Sunny, the truffle dog, sniff out food’s Holy Grail.

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Get Cooking in Tasmania!

The Agrarian Kitchen, Tasmania’s first hands-on farm-based sustainable cooking school is just a 45 minute drive from Hobart in the gorgeous Derwent Valley. Set on five acres, all the produce is grown using organic principles and the cooking classes only feature local ingredients. This experience is a brilliant introduction to the passion and respect Australians across the country have for produce, and is a fun way to hone your cooking skills in stunning surrounds.

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Mad About Markets

Australians love nothing better than a good food market and across the country there are some real gems. Fantastic city markets include the fish markets in Sydney, the Central Market in Adelaide and the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. For a real slice of local life, head out to the more rural farmers markets. Here you will meet friendly locals and enjoy delicious local produce straight from the source. 

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Fine Dining

Australia is home to some of the best restaurants and if you love fine dining you are definitely in for a treat Down Under. There are restaurants to suit every taste, many of which have stunning views. As eating out is a popular pastime in Oz, do your research before you arrive and book ahead for the really special places. 

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Food Festivals

When you’re planning your Aussie holiday look to see what food festivals are taking place. They are a great way to live the lifestyle, meeting with locals and sharing their passion for good food and wine. Our favourites include the Margaret River Gourmet Escape in November; the Great Barrier Feasts held on Hamilton Island four times a year, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and Taste of Sydney in March, Tasting Australia in Adelaide in May, and Savour Tasmania in June.


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