Take one of the Australian food and wine trails and talk to the local providores - who will be only too pleased to share with you their boutique wines and beers, cheeses, chocolate, smoked fish or organic fruit and vegetables and to tell you their secrets to what makes their produce so special.
Amongst the early migrants to Australia were Italians, French and Germans, who brought with them their foods and cuisine traditions, and their love of great wines. Since then, people have come to live here from over 160 countries - each with their delicious specialities, food traditions and delicacies.
Of course, the tradition of feasting on fresh Australian foods began with the Aboriginals, dating back more than 40,000 years. Bush Tucker, as it is called, consists of fish, game meats, shellfish, fruits, nuts and berries, seasoned with unique Australian herbs and spices.
Not only can you taste food that has sustained Aboriginals in Australia for thousands of years, you can experience the ancient, and still current, methods of sourcing ingredients such as digging for mud crabs, fishing for barramundi, picking berries and more with the custodians of the land.
So, whether you’re in the mood for a perfectly cooked, fresh off the grass steak that won’t fit on the plate, Asian-fusion modern cuisine stacked in elegant nouveau style, a racy Riesling with hot chilli mud crab (caught yourself), or a crocodile sausage with a wattle seed sauce - you can experience it all here!
Take part in one or more of the many courses on offer and learn from the experts. There are cooking classes at markets and gourmet retreats where some of our top chefs will guide you through the techniques used in an array of cuisines.
In our cities to our smallest villages and tourist centres, our passion for coffee is everywhere so its not diffficult to find a great Cappuccino, Espresso or Latté. Try one of the thousands of cafes using Australia’s own grown or home-roasted beans to make a fabulous coffee and own coffee style, the flat white.
Taste the mix of cooking influences our migrants have brought to our tables in simple snacks like a takeaway gourmet pie to eat in the park with the city workers at lunch time or in a fine dinner where you’ll be treated to a 16-course degustation menu with matching wines from Australia’s wine growing regions.
The main wine regions in Australia are the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley in South Australia, the Yarra Valley in Victoria, the Hunter Valley and Mudgee in New South Wales, Margaret River in Western Australia and Richmond in Tasmania. While they produce the majority of the country’s wine, boutique wineries can be found in many of the places around this island continent.
Some of our Internationally Acclaimed Wine Regions
Further reading about Australian Foods and Wines:
Thought about working holiday in Australia? - Work in Australia.
Australia accommodation, including in the wine regions - Australia Hotels.
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Photo: Scotsman Hill Winery in Victoria