The Best Places In Australia For Food And Wine Experiences

Sep 26th, 2012 | By adrenalin | Category: Travel

Australia is known for many things – unsurpassed natural beauty, magnificent man-made wonders and vast vistas of untouched land. However, Australia is extremely well known for another top reason – food! This country is literally the melting pot of multiple cuisines. Here’s a list of the best places in Australia for the ultimate in food experiences!

1. Darwin

Darwin is famous for fresh flavors and fresh seafood; the best way to experience these flavors is by visiting the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Here you’ll find over 60 stalls offering every imaginable dish from the Asia-Pacific cuisine, such as spicy noodles and sizzling satays. Darwin also has some great restaurants such as Hanuman for Indo-Thai cuisine and Yots Greek Taverna for authentic Greek cuisine.

2. Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley, on the borders of Melbourne, is known for more than its waters, rolling hills and beauty. Here you’ll find fabulous gourmet restaurants which serve local pinot noirs and chardonnays comparable to the finest French and Italian wines. There are 55 wineries in this area. Several are family-owned vineyards, but there are big ones like the Domain Chandon and Chateau Yering.

3. Barossa Valley

With over 60 cellar doors, the Barossa Valley is known as Australia’s wine capital. Here you’ll find award-winning vineyards such as Wolf Blass, Peter Lehmann and Yalumba. What’s more, this is also Australia’s top cheese producing regions as well. Perfect match – wine and cheese; go on a wine and cheese tasting tour, visit historic wineries and enroll into a wine master-class to learn cellar secrets.

4. Coal River Valley

The scenic Coal River Valley is famous for its medal-winning chardonnays, pinot noirs and cabernets, all cool-climate wines. Visit the many wine cellars here, and sample fresh Tasmanian cheese and vegetable produce in vineyard restaurants.

5. Bondi

Bondi is famous for its beaches and its many beachside eateries. Be sure to visit the Bondi Pavilion that was built in the 1920’s, for a great icecream gelato. Check out some of the world-famous restaurants here, clustered around Hall Street, Bondi’s back streets and Campbell Parade. You’ll find them serving class gourmet fare and also great fish and chips!

6. Swan Valley

Swan Valley is WA’s oldest wine region; this region has won many awards for its wines. Be sure to check out the 30 international-standard wineries including the Houghton and Sandalford wineries. This area is famous for its many restaurants and gourmet food products such as the Swan Valley Chocolate and Swan Valley Cheese.

7. Cairns

Head to Cairns for the most wonderful tropical fruits you’ve ever tasted. Here you’ll find more than the banana – there are mangos, paw-paws, lychees, pineapples and many more. The rich volcanic soils in this region are responsible for Cairns being known as the ‘exotic fruit bowl of the world’. Cairns is also famous for its game meats, seafood, pasta dishes and organic bush foods.

8. Poachers Trail

This place abounds in country cafes, cool climate wineries, farm foods and local cheeses. Explore the scenic roads in the Canberra countryside while visiting the top vineyards. Be sure to eat at a local farm and enjoy a table set with fresh farm produce.

9. Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley has been producing fine wines ever since James Busby planted the first vines here in the 1830s. Today there are many wineries here, such as the award-winning Oakvale Winery. Make it a point to purchase gourmet delights such as cheese and chocolate directly from the vineyards and farms here.

10. Tamar

Tamar is known for its famous cheeses, berries and wine made of grapes that flourish beautifully in the fertile Tamar River valley. This area is rich in forests, farmland, numerous orchards and high-yield vineyards, owing to the rich sand. Be sure to sample world class wines and gourmet delights at Tamar’s restaurants, eateries vineyards and farms.

11. Melbourne

Melbourne is famous for its many international cuisine eateries. If you’re looking to taste a particular cuisine, such as Egyptian, Libyan, Nepalese, Tibetan or Afghani, here’s where you’ll find it. Melbourne has many award-winning restaurants offering exclusive gourmet delights to the gastronomic adventurer. A definite ‘not-to-miss’ foodie destination for anyone traveling to Australia.

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