Feast your senses the Australian way4 min read . Updated: 22 Sep 2020, 01:51 PM IST
- Tipple your taste buds on your next Australian holiday as we collate the country’s most incredible food and drink experiences, which you can’t get anywhere else in the world!
Trying the quintessential Australian food, Vegemite, or the famous Aussie Pies or Tim Tam’s are on every international traveler’s must-do list on a vacation down under. The country offers the intrepid gastronome the perfect opportunity to discover a new world of delicacies, savour new flavours and timeless favourites that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
As we all stay home-bound, use this down-time to plan your next Australian holiday. And, this time around, make sure it is not just about enjoying delectable dishes that you treat your palette to, but indulging in food and drink extravaganzas that take the experience right back to its roots.
We’ve come up with a list of must-iconic food and drink experiences that you just can’t miss.
Picnic on a Private Island on the Great Barrier Reef
Indulge in an intimate meal for two curated by award-winning chefs at the world’s most beautiful beach or sail away on a yacht or catamaran to a private island with a chef-prepared picnic basket! The Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef have an array of experiences to choose from which you can soak your soul and more literally, feet, into.
The pristine white sands of these virgin islands can appear unreal and are sure to take your breath away!
Embark on the Tasmanian Whiskey Trail
Tasmania is one of the few places in the world which have preserved the whisky heritage and still make it the old-fashioned way. Their distilleries have now opened their doors to visitors to give them a peek into the whisky-making traditions that date back over a century.
What sets every sip of this precious elixir apart the passion of the people, coupled with flavours of the island, from locally grown barley to pure waters, which are key to getting the right flavour blend. Must-visits include Cradle Mountain Whisky up in Cradle Mountain and Hellyers Road Distillery in Burnie for their single malts, Nant in Bothwell and Hobart’s Lark Distillery.
Go from sea to plate in Mandurah and Tasmania
As you cruise along the waterways and canals of Mandurah on the west coast and watch the dolphins and a variety of birdlife, the Wild Seafood Experience provides you with the opportunity to learn how to catch the Western Rock Lobster known as the crayfish. The experience ends with a fresh barbeque lunch, containing the crayfish you just caught!
Down south in Tasmania, Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s Seafood Seduction Tour takes you on a trip into the ocean to shuck for oysters, sea urchins and abalone, before digging into a fresh seafood meal prepared with the catch of the day, which is paired with local artisan cheeses, bread, salads and premium wines from the region.
Make your own wine in South Australia
Just an hour away from Adelaide Is one of Australia’s oldest and most renowned wine producing regions, Barossa Valley. Celebrate the regional flavours and blend your own wine at Penfolds, a winery of international repute, or stop by at Maggie Beer’s farm shop to tickle your taste buds with fresh produce from a local farm.
This region is filled with wineries of all kinds – from those producing world-famous wines to quirky boutique vineyards. You can go around Barossa on a bicycle, a vintage car, a helicopter or even a hot air balloon!
Soak in the Sounds of Silence in Uluru
Dine under the twinkling lights of the outback sky as the haunting sounds of a didgeridoo playing in the background for a never-to-forget dining experience! Uluru is known for Australia’s indigenous people and their timeless tales. So, what better way to dig into the traditional fare than here!
In the middle of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Sounds of Silence is a four-hour glimpse into the stories of Uluru through the food served as well as traditional dance performances giving you a peek into the fascinating Aboriginal culture.
Dine in the rainforests
Fancy a meal deep inside a secluded rainforest? Well, if adventure is your thing, this dramatic dining experience is absolute must-do. The Flames of the Forest near Cairns offers a unique meal under billowing canopies where you are led into the deep forest by flickering flame torches and candelabras.
The food itself is authentic fare, which pays homage to Tropical North Queensland’s brilliant fresh produce whipped up to create innovative dishes that will delight your taste buds.
Sip into the Melbourne coffee culture
This city’s unparalleled enthusiasm for coffee makes it one of the best destinations for coffee lovers for the range of brews and roasts that it serves up at numerous cafes that line its streets.
Melbourne’s is Australia’s Capital of art, fashion and experimentation and hidden amongst the quirky lanes and alleys of boutique stores and galleries are some of the world’s best coffee baristas!
Australia has something to offer for every taste. Come, sign up for this nomadic gastronomic exploration and plan your next vacation now! You can find some great tips to use this downtime to plan your next Australian getaway and make the experience truly unforgettable. Check out the tips here!