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Australia is world-renowned for its beautifully diverse landscapes, incredible wildlife, and laid-back lifestyle. However, it is also an ideal destination for discerning foodies and wine connoisseurs. Go on a culinary journey and taste the gastronomic flavours, fresh local ingredients, and world-class wine.

Enjoy fish and chips beachside in Noosa or have brunch at a funky cafe in Melbourne. Sample wine at Barossa Valley or experience a 7-course degustation menu in Sydney. Australia is sure to impress your palette.

With top world chefs leading the way with creativity, Australian cuisine offers the perfect blend of modern international food. And with over 60 wine regions to choose from, there is plenty on offer in this stunning part of the world.

Are you ready to discover the trendiest culinary escapes in Australia?

Tasmania

The 26th largest island in the world is renowned for its untouched nature, gorgeous beaches, unique wildlife and astounding landscapes. Discover 1617 beaches, 19 national parks, and 334 islands. Wrapped in the world’s cleanest air, it’s truly an enchanting destination for outdoors enthusiasts and nature lovers. But there is much more to discover in Tasmania – a whole world of culinary delights awaits you!

From an abundance of wine trails, whiskey distilleries, and local breweries. Farm-fresh produce, artisan markets, freshly caught seafood, and much more. Conquer the Cradle To Coast Tasting Trail and taste the best flavours of Tasmania. Pack a picnic and soak up the unforgettable views of Freycinet Peninsula. Enjoy a paddock-to-plate brunch in the historical city of Hobart, and the list goes on.

Margaret River

Uncover the culinary secrets of the world’s most geographically isolated wine region, Margaret River. Located in the southwest of Western Australia, this gourmet escape is one of Australia’s premium wine regions. Featuring white-sand beaches, tall-timber trees, friendly locals, ancient caves, friendly small towns, and unique wildlife.

Producing 15% of Australia’s wine, including the world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You can find over 200 wineries and cellar doors in the region, and some of the best Australian restaurants. It is a must-visit destination for any traveller searching for outstanding food and wine, combined with spectacular nature.

Mornington Peninsula

Located just one hour outside of Melbourne is Mornington Peninsula. This Mediterranean-style oasis is a favourite getaway for Melbournians. With 192 kilometres of coastline, there is plenty of natural beauty in this part of Australia but also no shortage of culinary brilliance.

With over 50 wine cellars to choose from, this region is best known for producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Stop into olive groves, explore the fruitful vineyards, and visit the lively local markets. Be sure to join one of the top-rated cooking classes on offer.

Pop into a local bakery, uncover the coffee culture and enjoy an alfresco lunch in the warm sunshine. Taste the creative flavours at the breweries and distilleries, or go winery hopping and savour a food and wine pairing. If you’re lucky, there may even be a food and wine festival happening too!

Adelaide

While Sydney and Melbourne are world-renowned for exceptional culinary experiences, the city of Adelaide should not be underestimated. Discover an array of hip bars and restaurants, and world-class vineyards. This part of Australia is filled with many culinary surprises.

Visit one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in the Southern Hemisphere. With over 70 traders, The Adelaide Central Market is a thriving food and culture mecca.

Outside of the city, you will find the stunning Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, the town of Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley. Each of these places is a foodie and wine lovers haven with exquisite fresh local produce and locally grown wine on offer.

Melbourne

Featuring rooftop bars, hidden themed bars, high-end restaurants, local coffee shops, brunch cafes, and more. Melbourne is a foodie and wine lover’s haven. Known as Australia’s culinary city with over 3500 restaurants serving over 70 different cuisines from different countries around the world.

Melbourne’s best dining precincts are Lygon Street in Carlton, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, and Acland Street in St Kilda. Visit Southbank, Chinatown, and Smith Street in Collingwood. Additionally, Little Bourke Street in the CBD, Docklands, and Chapel Street in South Yarra is also bursting with surprises.

Hunter Valley

Are you a sommelier or wine lover? Australia’s oldest wine region has over 150 wineries to choose from. The Hunter Valley is located two hours north of Sydney, it’s the perfect destination to take your senses on a winery tour.

Specifically, this region is renowned for Semillon and Shiraz but also produces Chardonnay which is also highly regarded by wine connoisseurs. However, the Hunter Valley is not only known for wine, but it is also one of the best-golfing destinations in the world. If you feel like some pampering, there is an assortment of spa and wellness facilities to choose from.

Between May and June, be sure to visit the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival.


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Sydney

Drawing visitors from all over the world, the capital of New South Wales is a melting pot of culture. Evidently, this can be seen in the exquisite food that can be found in this glamorous city. With over 20,000 restaurants, Sydney is the ultimate destination to experience Australia’s exciting food and wine scene. Discover the perfect blend of cuisines from all over the world, modernised with a twist.

Overall Sydney’s dining precincts can be found on King Street in Newton, Church Street in Parramatta, and Dixon Street in Chinatown. Furthermore, Norton Street in Leichhardt and Darling Harbour have a great selection of high-end restaurants. Additionally, Surry Hills has an array of wine bars to choose from. For some of the best views of Sydney, dine at the Syndey Opera House or enjoy a meal at Sydney Tower.

Yarra Valley

Explore Victoria’s oldest wine region, the stunning Yarra Valley. Discover rolling vineyards, secret gardens, and national parks. Located one hour away from Melbourne, there are over 80 wine cellars to discover. The cool climate is ideal for producing quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. With outstanding locally-grown produce, and an array of fine restaurants to savour, it’s an ideal holiday destination for food and wine lovers.

Andrew Morten is Founder of A Journey DownUnder. A Journey DownUnder creates bespoke, tailored trips to Australia and New Zealand.

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