We’re shining the spotlight on the best Australian food and wine experiences and escapes. Whether it's gourmet fare you are seeking, the latest offerings from a culinary master, or a chat with a local producer at one of the myriad of markets around Australia, you will find an abundance of flavours to tantalise the most discerning of palates.
We've put together some tips for your next escape in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania to help you plan your next Australian food and wine experience.
Queensland boasts two World Heritage-Listed sites, stunning beaches, modern restaurants & cafes, and outback adventures, all rolled into one state.
Fresh juicy mangos, seafood straight off the trawler, roasted macadamia nuts or a curry camel pie from an outback bakery, all paired with boutique vineyard wines are just some of the mouth-watering temptations waiting for you in tasty Queensland!
Queensland Hot Tips:
- Visit Rusty’s Markets in central Cairns - Open Friday-Sunday
- Improve your cooking skills at The Tamarind Cooking School at Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa in the Sunshine Coast
- For the ultimate dining experience head to Esquire, which overlooks the Brisbane River and Story Bridge
- Visit the home of Bundaberg Rum and have a tasting
Commanding a third of the entire country, describing Western Australia as diverse would be an understatement. Head South of the State and discover tall forest trees, caves and wild flowers in season. Head North to the Kimberley for huge tides, outback experiences and warm tropical winters. There is plenty of variety to discover in Australia's West, and many ways to explore including Self-drive, Coach touring and Cruising.
Beyond the serene empty beaches, travellers will discover the area deserves its tag as a world-class culinary and viticultural destination.
Western Australia Hot Tips:
- Perth’s Oldest Wine making region, the Swan valley is a superb way to discover the wines and flavours of Western Australia, just 20 mins from the city.
- Margaret River Gourmet Escape – Join the celebrity chefs of the world and enjoy a weekend filled with fabulous food, premium wine in a stunning location. Held 20-22 November 2015
- Choose from a multitude of hotels, B&B’s and luxury resorts, in the Margaret River Wine Region & indulge yourself in one of the 150 wineries for a long decadent lunch making the most of the best local produce and vintages.
Once you arrive in South Australia, getting around is easy. With short driving distances and very little traffic, it makes sense to base yourself in Adelaide and discover the regions on day tours. Or pick up a rental car and explore at your own pace. South Australia is perfect for travellers seeking a blend of food & wine, stunning beaches, vibrant city sights and a dash of Murray River cruising.
South Australia Hot Tips:
- Visit Adelaide Central Market - Open Tuesday-Saturday
- Stay at The Louise in the Barossa Valley & visit its restaurant Appellation which sources 88% of their ingredients locally
- Go on a food safari at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island & sample organic delights from passionate producers
Sydney, capital of Australia's New South Wales, is one of the world’s most loved cities and it has a sunny and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination all year round. Relax and unwind with a holiday that’s packed with world-class events, big city shopping, gourmet dining experiences in and around Sydney. Or go further afield to explore the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains and more.
New South Wales Hot Tips:
- Check out the Eveleigh Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8am-1pm
- Dine at Quay, a contemporary glass box restaurant perched between the Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- The Hunter Valley is well known for its Shiraz & Semillon so make sure you sample the delights at Audrey Wilkinson & Wyndham Estate vineyards
Eat and drink your way through Victoria, from the renowned wineries of the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley to Melbourne's pop-up restaurants and the Murray's scenic riverside eateries. Tantalise the senses at inner city pubs, laneway restaurants, hatted dining rooms and homely country hotels. And wash it all down with a pint from a rustic craft brewery.
Victoria Hot Tips:
- Visit Melbourne’s famous Queen Victoria Market, open Tuesday to Saturday from 6am
- Dine on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto Tower at Vue de Monde
- Yarra Valley creates Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz - visit TarraWarra Estate to try these out!
Tasmania is a food lover’s nirvana, offering genuine paddock to plate experiences. With a strong tradition of small-scale production and organic farming, along with rich soil, clean water and pure air, Tasmania inspires dedicated growers to produce a truly authentic food and drink experience.
Foodies can learn how to prepare amazing plates at cooking schools, pick fresh produce straight from the source and sample a wide range of excellent dishes and products at food festivals and master classes.
Tasmania Hot Tips
- Check out Salamanca Market in Hobart every Saturday from 8am-3pm
- Dine at The Source located in MONA (Museum of Old & New Art)
- Renowned for its cool-climate Pinot Noir & Chardonnay make sure you visit Moorilla Estate & Josef Chromy Wines vineyards
As well as being fertile ground for artists and activists, the nation’s capital is breaking new ground on the food front with some of the region’s best vineyards and restaurants. Dine with mountain views or taste award-winning wines and fresh food among rural surrounds. 33 wineries are within 35 minutes drive from the city.
ACT Hot Tips
- Dine at Onred Restaurant, Canberra
- Check out Capital Regional Farmers Market every Saturday from 7.30am-11.30am
- The cooler climate produces premium wines including Riesling & Point Noir – visit Poachers Pantry & Shaw Vineyard Estate
For more info on Australia holidays, contact a Flight Centre travel expert today – 130 stores nationwide or call us on 0800 24 35 44.