Great wine, plenty of seafood and fish and a harking back to indigenous meats makes Australia an exciting place to visit. Here’s our top ten guide to gourmet dining Down Under.
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- With over 60 designated wine growing areas you’ll never be far from something fruity or crisp in Australia. Wine production is as vast as the country but some of the most famous are: South Australia’s Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, Western Australia’s Margaret River and Yarra Valley near Melbourne which has an extensive list of pinot noirs, chardonnays and sparkling wines. More information can be found here.
- Australian’s love nothing more than a market and one of the best is Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market which is open from May-October each year. Reflecting the numerous cultures that reside in Darwin, and across Australia, you can pick up spicy Indonesian noodles or Thai satays from the stalls here.
- Seafood is eaten in abundance in Australia and if you head to Sydney you’ll find its Fish Market something of a food lovers paradise with over 100 different species available to buy every day. Lobster is a big favourite too, and is a speciality of Tasmania and areas of Southern Australia (which produces the rock lobster).
- Italian migrants introduced the expresso to Australia after WW2 and they’ve not looked back since. Their ‘flat whites’ are ordered all over the world. You’ll find a great cup of coffee in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. The latter boasts a number of artisan coffee roasters. Check out Lonsdale Street Roasters and Two Before Ten.
- Barramundi is Australia’s fish of choice and the wild variety can be found swimming in the Northern Territory from March-October. Fish for your own supper at Barra Lodge or visit The Darwin Fish Market for a taste of red snapper and mud crabs.
- Indigenous food to Australia can also be found on many an aspiring chefs menu. Emu, crocodile and kangaroo might be served with ‘bush tucker’ such as bush tomatoes, lemon myrtle and wild lime. To find out more on indigenous food see here.
- Fish and chips are heartily enjoyed by Australian’s and you’ll find some award-winning restaurants selling everything from a Calamari Cone in Victoria to Salt and Pepper Squid in Adelaide.
- Produce such as award-winning cheeses and olive oil can also be found across Australia. Wollundry Grove Olives in New South Wales is a mecca for anyone keen to sample the best oil and olives. Great cheese can be found at the Bruny Island Cheese Company in Tasmania. Head there to taste cheeses with names such as Otto, Tom and Nanna.
- Western Australia produces 4.5 tonnes of black truffles annually, making it the second biggest producer in the world. Western Australia produces 3 tonnes of it and connoisseurs should visit The Wine & Truffle Co at Manjimup in Western Australia for some up close experience.
- Lamingtons, Peach Melba and Pavlova are sweet treats Australian-style. Lamingtons, which are a chocolate sponge covered in chocolate and desiccated coconut, are constantly being updated and green tea and violet crumble and mango ginger tango versions feature on menus. See here for more details.
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