Australia is a foodie’s paradise, as there are many influences from Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, and plenty of fresh and local ingredients to complement the world flavours. There is a broad spectrum of vibrant food destinations in Australia, from rural producers and regional restaurants to fine dining in the city and artisanal producers. Gourmet travellers are in for a real treat, as there is a range of mouth-watering food and wine to be enjoyed all over the country. The following are just some of the regions every food lover must visit.
Tasmania has been making a name for itself as an exciting culinary destination. Known best for its apples, Tasmania is also filled with wild mushrooms, berries, farm-fresh cheeses, specialist honey, salmon and rock lobster. The food industry here is sometimes described as “paddock-to-plate”, as much of the food is grown, produced and enjoyed in this small island state. Visitors are treated to cool climate wines, boutique beers, and more food and wine festivals that you could possibly attend in just one visit.
The Margaret River region is the jewel of Western Australia, and draws food and wine connoisseurs in with its many award-winning restaurants and producers. World-class wines, freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil, artisan cheeses, beef, chicken, venison, olives, seafood and fresh produce are what the area is known for. Come and enjoy everything the region has to offer by taking a wine tour or by attending the Margaret River Wine Region Festival held in autumn.
If it’s variety that you want, you’ll find it in Tropical Queensland. Boutique wineries, organic wine and coffee, abundant fruit, Australian bush tucker and Indigenous foods of the Outback are just some of the wonderful items on the menu. Juicy mangos, fresh seafood, roasted macadamia nuts, duck, crayfish, lobster and pineapples are some of the gourmet items that people travel there to experience.
The city of Melbourne is often acknowledged as Australia’s gastronomic capital, as it is truly a food- and wine-lovers paradise. The city showcases a dazzling variety of flavours and influences, and boasts plenty of amazing settings to enjoy them in, from dark laneways and cobbled streets to alfresco dining by the water. Since it’s so difficult to know where to start, there are plenty of day tours in Melbourne that can show you the best produce markets, cafés, gelati makers, chocolatiers and bakeries the city has to offer.
Gold Coast Hinterland
Simply by travelling an hour inland from the glamorous Gold Coast, you will notice that the scenery gets more beautiful and the pace of life slows considerably. Not only that, but the food gets more fresh and more delicious, too! The Gold Coast Hinterland is an emerging gourmet hotspot filled with fresh and local produce, and comes complete with an amazing wine circuit that will impress even the pickiest foodie.
If you want fabulous, first-class fine dining, then you absolutely must visit Sydney. The city has a huge range of fantastic restaurants that feature fresh and local seafood and produce, plenty of fantastic Asian-inspired cooking, a plethora of food markets, and old-fashioned British influences such as fish and chips and high tea.