FOOD & WINE
One of the first things people rave about when they return from their travels is the food, and in Australia we make it a national pasttime. Whether it’s the best pie, most exquisite pub lunch or world-class restaurant, we love to eat when we travel.
The Top 100
If you want some inspiration, the 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences is the first port of call. For the first time in Australia’s culinary history, AT ranked and compiled together our top providores, producers and restaurants to provide the ultimate waistline-busting food and wine must-do list in Oz.
(We pay our own way and visit anonymously)
Bistro Guillame, Melbourne
Hawthorn Mosman, Sydney
Manly Pavilion, Sydney
Berowra Waters Inn, Sydney
Sutton Forest Inn, NSW
Bells at Killcare, NSW
Harrisons, Port Douglas
Stillwater Cafe, Launceston
Bella Vedere, Yarra Valley, VIC
A slew of city hotels are now offering sweetly stylish experiences in slick new surrounds, says Nikki Wallman. Here’s our appetite-whetting guide to the stays you can’t miss. Soggy club sandwiches. Poorly chosen wine lists. The buffet. Our hotel industry has hardly been the place of culinary genius in recent decades – but a few game changers have begun turning that around of late. Result: a new gourmet scene that’s really starting to cook with gas. “I think hotel guests really appreciate the convenience of having a great restaurant right in the hotel – we find that many of them...
We asked Australia’s top food and travel journalists to nominate the country’s best new food weekends (as part of 'The Hot List' issue, out now) . Here’s what they had to say If you’re in-the-know (or let’s face it, even if you’re not), you’d be aware that gourmet getaways are the holiday of the moment. But once you’ve eaten your way through umpteen courses at our most awarded restaurants, and sipped on the chardonnays, sauvs and chenin blancs of our most beloved wine regions, where does the next notch in your belt come from? Fear not, we asked six epicurean...
Globetrotting media personality Lyndey Milan has taken viewers on a culinary journey around the country with her television series Taste of Australia. Here, she shares some of her favourite foodie experiences 1. Mud-crabbing in the traditional way with delightful indigenous guide Dom Matsumoto who works out of Eco Beach Resort south of Broome. It’s 30 minutes by 4WD to Jack’s Creek. You’d never find it on your own. He was taught how to mudcrab by his father and is respectful of tradition, the land and the wildlife. When he catches a male mudcrab of sufficient size, he semi-smokes it over...
Megan Arkinstall discovers seven decadent ways for foodies and wine appreciators to spend a long weekend of pure indulgence. 1. Fresh oysters and champagne for breakfast: Coles Bay, Tas Imagine standing knee-deep in a stunning wetland sipping champagne and tasting prized Pacific Ocean oysters. Guests at Saffire-Freycinet can opt to don a pair of waders and do just that. Have a go at shucking and gain an understanding of the local ecology. But if oysters aren’t your thing there’s a bevy of other experiences where you can wine and dine – learn the art of winemaking, watch a cooking demonstration...
We've combed Australia’s cooking schools to find this top-shelf selection of cooking classes that are out of the ordinary in their food, philosophy and, of course, their locations (By: Greta Stonehouse). 1. The Agrarian Kitchen, Lachlan, Tasmania Where better to learn the art of cooking wholesome food than where it comes from. The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable, farm-based cooking school in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. One of the founders, Rodney Dunn, a former chef under Tetsuya, combines his passion for great cuisine with the pristine Tasmanian landscape – a foodie’s dreamland. See: The Agrarian Kitchen 2. Cape Lodge, Margaret River,...
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Foodies, looking for an excuse to follow your tastebuds this winter? Nikki Wallman finds five gourmet short-breaks that will have you licking your lips and checking your holiday planners. Join a new Barossa cooking school It’s one thing to feast on the riches of the Barossa; it’s another to tap directly into local passion, skills and knowledge that feed this gorgeous swathe of soil and vine. Good thing then that the ‘Food Luddite’, chef Mark McNamara (formerly of Barossa institution Appellation, on-site restaurant at luxury lodge The Louise), has just launched his Kitchen Studio. The range of small, hands-on cooking...
Australia’s wine regions offer guaranteed relaxing breaks thanks to scenic drives, gorgeous rural vistas, endless rows of romantically gnarled grapevines, and increasingly exceptional on-site restaurants. Alissa Jenkins finds the most delightful accommodation nestled among the vines, so you can stay where you play. 1. Chateau Yering Although this estate no longer encompasses a vineyard – it was subdivided from the winery (now named Yering Station) 15 years ago – this luxurious five-star property remains an icon of the Yarra Valley. Founded in 1838 by the Ryrie brothers, it was here the brothers planted vine cuttings that grew Victoria’s first vintage....
Ah, champagne: drink of fabulous socialites and extravagant occasions. We searched Australia high and low for our most sparkling champagne venues: places that celebrate unbridled dedication to its service, history, presentation… and flavour. Here, 10 of the best. By Edward Washington The Champagne & Oyster Bar, The Atlantic, Melbourne Open since mid-2011, The Atlantic has more recently added a dedicated champagne and oyster Bar. Designed by the Melbourne-based designer Blackmilk, Atlantic (and its underground bar, The Den) mixes classical elements with modern touches and the result is a streamlined interior that exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere – the perfect environment for a glass...
Food to challenge your tastebuds in fabulously far-flung locales: how about a taste of Australia's most adventurous (and luxurious) foodie safaris. (Part of from Natural Australia: 16 Ultimate Escapes) 1. The remote heli-picnic Dinner with a view is one thing, but being flown to the summit of a thunderous Kimberley waterfall to dine is another. Take a dip and then indulge in a distinctly non-standard picnic basket: freshly caught reef fish, oysters and king prawns. Don’t like flying? Stay on board your base, the True North cruise ship. See more: Ultimate Escapes: Kimberley 2. The fine desert feast At the Tali Wiru experience you...
Let your tastebuds come along for the ride on these walks and then reward them at one of these tasty cafes or restaurants. 1. Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach, Sydney, NSW (13 kilometres return, medium grade) See: Sublime harbour views, bushland and beaches. Do: From Taronga Wharf, walk uphill to join the path into Sydney Harbour National Park (you’ll see it). Follow it all the way past Bradleys Head and Taylors Bay to the southern end of Clifton Gardens Reserve. Stop for a dip, then rejoin the path at the beach’s northern end and continue to Balmoral. Eat: Anything at Balmoral...
Champagne, cupcakes, spa treatments… there’s nothing stuffy about today’s high tea, writes Tatyana Leonov. There’s something fabulous about sipping tea out of dainty crockery while nibbling on cute sandwiches and petite pastries, and you’ve got to admit, Aussies are leaders when it comes to leisurely activities. High tea (or afternoon tea) can be traced back to the 1700s – and Britain of course. Working men and women used to fill up on their afternoon break, sometimes in place of eating a late dinner. Then the rich got hungry. Picture the 7th Duchess of Bedford getting peckish in the afternoon and...
Foodies, here is your plan for the year ahead - cancel everything else... Kangaroo Island Feastival 24-28 April The 'Island' has been described as ‘Aussie bush meets the Mediterranean’ and, with its similarly crystal waters, excellent food culture and laidback lifestyle, we can understand why - especially when the island’s annual food celebration, FEASTival rolls around. With 30 events to choose, make sure you set aside at least one early morning to watch the sun rise at one of the island’s many beaches. Noosa International Food & Wine Festival: 15–18 May There’d be a fair few people willing to rank Noosa...
Experience No.063 in Australian Traveller Magazine's 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences. This honest, quintessentially Australian biscuit is a surprise gourmet inclusion for some. Some of the panellists absolutely loved them; others were not so keen. Jacques Reymond says they’re his “favourite biscuits” and Peter Russell-Clarke calls them “right and proper”. “An important and iconic link with our heritage, especially for what is still a very young country.” – Alla Wolf-Tasker Made by women for their men serving in the WWI trenches, the brittle treat was designed to last the long boat journey to Europe. Where lesser baked goods would have...
Steve Madgwick chats with the increasingly well-travelled Matt Moran about his foodie journeys, his newest restaurant and what he cooks when he’s feeling lazy. With your television series, Paddock to Plate, you seem to be covering a lot of Australia. What’s your favourite destination? It’s a bloody hard one. It depends if I feel like a warm climate or a cool one. I have to say that Broome is a very special place. I’ve been there twice, once in my early 20s – my first real holiday, at Cable Beach, before it was really discovered – and once a couple of years...
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