Are you looking for an Australian escape with a difference? Experience the freedom and creativity of Australia’s food and wine culture.
Deciding which city to explore can be difficult and it can be even harder to decide which culinary experiences to enjoy during your stay. To help you on your way, the team at Flight Centre has has compiled a list of food and wine events not to miss in each Australian state.
The Northern Territory is known for its unmasked beauty - something that is very apparent in its dining style. If you're travelling to Darwin be sure to visit the Mindil Beach Markets. These markets are filled with a range of cuisines including Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian and of course Australian cuisine, all served in a local style.
One Northern Territory food and wine experience not to miss is the Sound of Silence, situated in the Ayers Rock region. This wine and dine experience is part of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame and showcases local culture and stunning scenery, packed into four magical hours. Feast on Australian delicacies including kangaroo and barramundi and enjoy Australian wines as you watch the southern night sky.
Sunny and tropical Queensland is a great spot to enjoy beach and water activities such as fishing, snorkelling and sunbathing. If you're heading to Noosa in May, be sure to check out the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival where you can sample Queensland’s tropical wines and tropical seafood, along with many more culinary delights.
Queensland’s capital Brisbane is full of multi-cultural cuisines with local cafes and restaurants providing a range of culinary experiences for visitors to try. If you're visiting in October be sure to check out the Good Food Month, a month long festival celebrating all passions food and wine.
New South Wales
Enjoy the city views as you dine on the harbour front or take advantage of the many dinner cruises available. For a more relaxed meal, enjoy the fresh fish found at the fish markets, or grab your loved ones and enjoy local fish and chips at Manly Beach.
If you are travelling in April, be sure to check out the F.O.O.D Week (Food Of Orange District). This 10 day event showcases local chefs, producers and other groups who help provide the Orange district with its great reputation for wine and food.
Melbourne is a great destination for exploring hidden eateries. The city is a jigsaw of tiny laneways where you will find many hole-in-the-wall cafes, bars and restaurants. It's also well known for the Victoria Markets, a hot-spot for fresh produce and local recipes.
Not far from the city centre you can find world-class wineries in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, where you can treat yourself to a dining experience overlooking the beautiful vineyards.
For something a little different, Canberra is a hot spot for stylish inner-city restaurants and also home to the Fireside Festival in August 2014. This festival is all about warming your heart and filling your stomach with local food and wine next to the fire and it's guaranteed to lift your spirits and introduce you to a range of new restaurants you will be dying to return to.
Adelaide is highly regarded for its fine food and quality restaurants including several foodie hot spots such as Gouger, Melbourne and Leigh Streets, King William Road and The Parade at Norwood. If you're visiting over the weekend, be sure to check out the popular Adelaide Central Markets to sample some creative local cuisine.
Wine connoisseurs will also find plenty of Australia’s top beverages in Adelaide - the city is home to the Cellar Door Festival, South Australia’s biggest food and wine festival held each year in February.
If you're visiting in November, check out the many events held at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape Festival. A word to the wise; book your tickets in advance because many of the events sell out quick.
For a foodie holiday with a difference, Broome is a great place to make your culinary experience interactive. Try your hand at digging for black truffles or if you’re feeling adventurous, ride a camel along the white sands of Cable Beach and then enjoy dinner by sunset.
A great spot to enjoy Australia’s beautiful seafood, try fresh oysters in Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula where you can even try shucking your own.
Tasmania is a great place to toast in the New Year with the regions finest cool-climate wines on show at the Tasmania Taste Festival. While you're there be sure to visit some of the local islands; Bruny Island is home to some incredible cheese and berry farms that shouldn't be missed. If you’re interested in wine and food trails, follow the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail and see where majority of Tasmania’s premium wine is produced.
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