The Best Food & Wine Destinations in Australia
Byron Bay: for farm to table food lovers
Byron Bay is more than just a superb beach holiday destination. It’s also home to some seriously good eateries.
At the top of every foodie’s list is The Three Blue Ducks (The Farm), and if it’s not it should be. The 86 acres of lush, rich farmland is home to free-roaming chickens, cows, and pigs, which they butcher themselves at The Farm, and row after row of organic produce, all of which is ‘created’ with the environment front of mind.
While all the food here is to die for you simply cannot go wrong with the crispy pork belly, the tender slow cooked beef brisket, or the spiced yogurt panacotta with rhubarb rosewater & almond.
After eating at the restaurant you can roam the farm, pick up some treats for later at the produce store (because you’re sure to want more of what this ingenious establishment has to offer), and just appreciate a good quality farm-to-table experience in general.
The best way to experience all the yumminess of Byron? Spend a long weekend sampling it all and, likely, departing your ‘beach’ holiday about 2 kilos happier.
Melbourne: for glitz & gourmet food lovers
The well-established Melbourne food scene well and truly lives up to the international hype it receives. There’s a seemingly inexhaustible number of delectable eateries to choose from, with everything from lavish restaurants to eclectic markets adorning the city’s streets offering up a wide array of enticing fare for foodies to appreciate.
Spend a weekend sampling the plentiful options and you’re sure to leave Melbourne with a full and happy belly.
Our ideal Melbourne foodie weekend would go like this: spend Saturday morning wandering Queen Victoria Markets with a coffee and a pastry in-hand followed by an afternoon strolling the streets and alleyways in search of boutique shops and hidden cafes where you can linger over out-of-this-world coffee and cakes.
On Sunday Take a lengthy degustation lunch at Gazi for some of the best Greek food outside of Greece, then, if you can stomach it, an evening of fine dining at Vue de MondeVue de Monde high above the city where you can admire the glittering city lights as you dine on level 55 of the Rialto Tower.
Margaret River: for the ultimate food & wine indulgence
To travel to Margaret River is to indulge. And indulgence comes in the form of world-class premium wines, the freshest of fresh seafood, creamy artisan cheeses, boutique breweries, and abundant fresh food producers. You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the country where food and wine pair so well together.
Spend your days touring award-winning wineries, sampling yummy treats, and taking in the fresh coastal landscape of the region.
If you’re in the area on a Saturday don’t miss the Margaret River Farmers’ Market where you can pick up fresh local produce, meet local producers, and sample some of the exquisite treats on offer like still-warm caramel tarts, beautiful miniature cheesecakes, nougat, and gourmet old fashioned chocolates.
Barossa Valley: for a gourmet weekend
Serving up what could easily be the best gourmet weekend getaway in Australia, the Barossa Valley is the perfect place for a bit of wining, dining, and relaxation.
With the Barossa dubbed ‘Australia’s red wine capital’, finding the perfect drop of crimson, or white for that matter, is a cinch. Savour some of the best food and wine in the region and take on a few local favourites.
Artisans of Barossa serves up the best of both worlds, and could easily steal an entire day out of our weekend it’s THAT good.
There are plenty of boutique accommodations on offer but for a real treat, both atmospheric and delicious, try the famous Maggie Beer’s The Orchard House.
Tasmania: for abundant food & wine
Tasmania has emerged as one of the most abundant and appetising food and wine destinations in Australia. You can travel virtually anywhere in the apple isle and your appetite, along with your inner wine connoisseur, is sure to be satisfied.
From the ample landscape of the Tamar Valley, the overflowing delicacies of Bruny Island, to Hobart’s vast Salamanca Markets, the food and wine gods have left no corner untouched by sheer deliciousness.
The east coast is a bountiful region to explore and satisfy your palate. Drive the coast from top to toe and you’ll experience everything from incredibly fresh seafood to award-winning dairy. Driving through some of the most fertile and celebrated land in the state, home to Tasmania’s champion vineyards, you’ll pass by more than a few stellar cellar doors where you can sample a fine drop or two.
Darwin: for lovers of exotic food
Australia’s up and coming food star, Darwin, is all about fresh fare and exotic flavours. With the city’s close proximity to Asia it’s no wonder the flavourful dishes from that region have a strong presence there.
The not-to-be-missed Mindil Beach Sunset Markets serve up everything from spicy Sri Lankan curries, sweet Thai treats, and rich traditional Indian favourites like dahl, to arts, crafts, and clothes. Potter around and you’re sure to find a unique treasure or two while you browse the wide range of food on offer – and try to decide which treats to feast on!
A sure bet is to grab a plate of seafood curry and a beer and watch the sun dip down behind the blazing red horizon. Pure perfection.
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