Australia is one of the world’s great culinary destinations and, in this part of the world, gourmet experiences aren’t always confined to traditional settings. Of course, mouth-watering food is generally high on most traveller’s priority lists, however indulging in a spectacular meal whilst surrounded by Australia’s incredible scenery is another story altogether.
Whether you’re in the kitchen standing side-by-side with the country’s top chefs, learning the intricacies of food and wine matching, or enjoying an Aussie barbecue by a billabong, there are some absolute stand-out experiences that are a must for every foodie’s bucket list.
We’ve put together a few of our favourite foodie adventures across Australia – each offering an aspect of uniqueness and something that goes beyond the standard restaurant experience. If food is your thing, read on for inspiration for your next gourmet getaway.
1. The Ultimate Wilderness Picnic – Berkeley River Lodge, WA
Berkeley River Lodge not only offers luxurious accommodation in the beautiful surrounds of the Kimberley, but also a chance to discover some of the country’s most isolated locations. Take to the skies and indulge in the breathtaking scenery of the Australian wilderness.
Hop in the private and luxurious Bell 407 helicopter and tour the region’s famous natural features including the King George Falls and Kimberley Wetlands. Choose from 8 adventures which will take you through land, sea, and forest. As you hover over them, take the opportunity to capture some aerial shots to keep as a memento of your adventure.
During your tour, you will also have time to savour the delectable dishes the region is famous for. Take the Waterfall Adventure tour and enjoy a picnic by the picturesque Mitchell Waterfalls. Or order a hamper of gourmet food and wine prepared by the Lodge’s chef that you can enjoy at Mount Casuarina while you watch the sun sink over the horizon. Read more.
2. Meet the Chef – Pretty Beach House, NSW
Looking to add something extra special to your holiday? Pretty Beach House, a sophisticated private guesthouse by the bay, introduces you to the star of their restaurant – Chef Stefano Manfredi. This multi-award winning chef and his very capable team are renowned for their modern take on Italian cuisine and are recognised not only in Australia but on the international stage.
The exciting thing is that you can learn the secrets of Manfredi’s kitchen via an exclusive and tailored cooking class. Let one of the expert chefs of the Pretty Beach House restaurant teach you cooking skills you can use to wow your friends and family back home. Further savour the experience when you sit down and relish the meals that you have just prepared.
Enjoy this amazing gastronomic experience by booking the class prior to arrival. Fees also include a copy of Chef Stefano Manfredi’s cookbook. Start crafting the beautiful flavours of Italy and Australia in this extraordinary Meet the Chef experience. Read more.
3. Epicurean Food Experiences – qualia, QLD
Take a culinary journey unlike any other at qualia, a luxurious hideaway in Hamilton Island at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll be swept away in a glorious dining experience with qualia’s signature Talk and Taste events, where you can learn food history and traditions. You’ll also learn the nuances of pairing food and wine with qualia’s Executive Chef at the helm.
Dine on delicious Japanese bites and immerse in the time-old traditions of sake drinking with the Sake and Sashimi tasting. Savour the finest sake and sochus from the resort’s collection as it is expertly paired with Australia’s highest sashimi grade fish.
An exquisite balance of flavours and superb pairing is what you can expect from the Champagne and Oysters tasting. Learn how to shuck oysters like a pro and discover how the subtle flavours of the oysters complement the property’s selection of top Australian and French wines.
You can also enjoy an amazing Wine and Cheese tasting experience from an expert host. You’ll be presented with an array of top-notch Australian and international cheeses that you can taste alongside delectable local wines. Read more.
4. Rainforest Safari & Billabong BBQ – Silky Oaks Lodge, QLD
Situated adjacent to Australia’s iconic Daintree National Forest along the Mossman Gorge River, Silky Oaks Lodge offers a different take on dining among nature. Rather than sitting confined in a restaurant, relish the earth’s bounty among the lush foliage of the tropical rainforest through Silky Oaks’ Safari.
The safari is a full day tour which begins with a walk in Cape Tribulation National Park where a naturalist guide will teach you about the myriad flora and fauna which call the park home. A short drive to Myall Beach allows you to indulge in a relaxing stroll while the spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for postcard-worthy pictures.
Next, you’ll head to Silky Oaks’ private bush camp where you can delight in a traditional Australian BBQ lunch and take pleasure in a revitalising dip in a nearby freshwater billabong. You’ll end the safari on a high note as you go on an afternoon of crocodile and wildlife spotting in the Daintree River, of course that’s before heading back to the lodge to dine among the trees. Read more.
5. A Culinary Destination – The Louise, SA
Surrounded by lush vineyards and olive groves, The Louise is an idyllic luxury retreat that blends the best of nature, wine, and food. Here, you can indulge in splendid experiences of comfort and discovery amidst the renowned wine region of the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
What makes The Louise a must-visit for the discerning foodie is its co-located restaurant, Appellation. This celebrated world-class venue offers the finest cuisine that centers on the freshest ingredients sourced from farmers and growers located within a 30-kilometre radius.
At The Louise, every day is a chance to experience the bounty of South Australia in the expert hands of Appellation and its chefs. On any day, you can create your own four-course dinner from a selection of seasonal dishes. On Tuesdays, let the chef make the menu for you.
On select Fridays each month, take part in the Winemaker Dinners where you can savour exceptional wines paired to a five-course menu. On Saturday mornings, join one of Appellation’s chefs as they trek to the Barossa Farmer’s Market and shop for dinner provisions. Read more.