Experience an Australian gourmet escape

Tue, 17/06/2014 - 9:25pm
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Flight Centre has amazing Australia holidays that will allow you to experience the freedom and creativity of Australia’s food and wine culture.
Deciding which Australian city to explore can be difficult, even more difficult can be deciding which culinary experiences to enjoy during your stay.
To help you decide, we have compiled a list of food & wine events not to miss in each Australian territory….

 Northern Territory:

The Northern Territory is known for its unmasked beauty and that becomes very apparent in its dining style.

If travelling to Darwin be sure to visit the Mindil Beach Markets; these markets are filled with a range of cuisines, Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian and of course Australian cuisine, all served in a local homely style.
One Northern Territory food & wine experience not to miss is the Sound of Silence, situated in the Ayers Rock region. Sound of Silence is part of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, it showcases local culture and stunning scenery all packed into four magical hours. Feast on Australian delicacies including kangaroo and barramundi while you sample Australian wines and watch the southern night sky.




Sunny and tropical Queensland is a great spot to enjoy beach and water activities such as fishing, snorkeling and sunbathing. If travelling 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 other culinary delights. Brisbane, Queensland's capital, is full of multi-cultural cuisines. The local cafes and restaurants provide a range of cultural culinary experiences for visitors to try. If visiting Brisbane in October be sure to check out the Good Food Month – a month long festival celebrating all passions food and wine.




New South Wales:

Sydney is one of the many cities within New South Wales that boasts a relaxed outdoor and beach lifestyle; to match this, Sydney is also home to many outdoor and beach styled restaurants. Enjoy the city views as you dine on the harbour front, or take advantage of the many dinner cruises on offer. There are so many amazing inner-city dining options available in Sydney. For more of a relaxed meal, enjoy the fresh fish found at the fish markets, or grab your loved ones and enjoy local fish & chips on the Many Beach. If you are travelling to New South Wales in April, be sure to check out the F.O.O.D Week (Food Of Orange District); this 10 day event showcases local chefs and their restaurants, producers and their products and other groups who help provide the Orange district with its great reputation for wine and food.




Melbourne is a great Victoria city if you are looking to explore hidden eateries. The city is a jigsaw of tiny laneways where you will find many hole-in-the-wall cafes, bars and restaurants. Melbourne is well known for its Victoria Markets, a hotspot for fresh produce and local recipes. Not far from the city centre you can find world-class wineries in the Yarra Valley and Dadernong Ranges; treat yourself to a dining experience overlooking the beautiful Victoria vineyards. Canberra is one spot in Victoria where you can see how bush and parkland is so easily integrated into the city; this becomes a beautiful backdrop for the stylish inner city restaurants. If looking to visit Australia’s capital Canberra in August, don’t miss the Fireside Festival. This festival is all about warming your heart and filing your stomach with local food and wine next to the fire.
This month long festival will lift your spirits and introduce you to a range of new restaurants you will be dying to return to.


South Australia:

Adelaide is highly regarded for its fine food and quality restaurants; Gouger, Melbourne and Leigh Streets, King William Road and The Parade at Norwood are several hot spots that many foodies love to visit. If you are visiting Adelaide over the weekend, be sure to visit the popular Adelaide Central Market to sample some creative local cuisine.  Wine connoisseurs will 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.  


Western Australia:

You are spoilt for culinary experiences in Western Australia; if holidaying in Perth, visit the Swan River Vineyards for a day of wine testing. If you are visiting in November, check out the many events held at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape Festival; a word to the wise however, book your tickets in advance as many events sell out quick. 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.





Tasmania is a great spot to enjoy Australia’s beautiful seafood. Try fresh oysters in the Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, 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 in Tasmania be sure to visit some of the local islands; Bruny Island is home to world class cheese and incredible berry farms that shouldn’t be missed. If you’re interested in wine trails, follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route and see where majority of Tasmania’s premium wine is produced.