Embrace harvest time around Australia
Autumn is harvest time in Australia which makes it the perfect time to celebrate the season’s bounty.
Pick crisp apples and pears in the Adelaide Hills from February to April or if you’re wanting to travel between March to May then head to the Tasman Peninsula or Batlow in NSW for a later apple picking season.
Harvest grapes in South Australia’s Barossa Valley or Tasmania’s Tamar Valley from February to April or head to Tumbarumba in NSW during March to April.
Alternatively, Queensland’s Lockyer Valley is ripe for harvesting various fruits and vegetables from April right through to October.
For something a bit different make your way to Western Australia’s Carnarvon between March and October for scalloping and prawning.
Food and wine regions to visit
Join in on a state-wide celebration of the culinary scene at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival; embrace a weekend getaway with wine, food and music in Halls Gap at the Grampians Grape Escape; and then head to the coast to join farmers, chefs, scientists, fisherman and foodies at the Apollo Bay Seafood & Produce Festival.
Local restaurants and vineyards in Central NSW showcase the best the region has to offer at the annual Maitland Taste, Orange Food Week. The Field to Forest Festival in Oberon also invites gourmands to enjoy rural vistas along its new self-drive wine and beer trail.
Gastronomes flock to South Australia for a few very good reasons: to dine on the culinary creations of world-famous chefs (think Hardy’s Verandah in the Adelaide Hills, Africola and Restaurant Orana in Adelaide), the chance to sip their way through the world famous Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions and for the Tasting Australia event in Adelaide and surrounds that’s held annually in autumn.
Wait for the heat of summer to soften before you scuttle over to Western Australia to the Mandurah Crab Fest where the native blue manna crab in WA is the headline act. You can also meet the down-to-earth farmers on a Genuinely Southern Forests Food & Farm Tour which celebrates the diverse array of local produce in southwest WA.