Experience No.044 in Australian Traveller’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences
WA’s East Kimberley region is the stunning location for celebrity chef-led cooking classes at Faraway Bay The Bush Camp.
Try not to get distracted by the same views that inspired Baz Luhrmann’s movie Australia. Several scenes were shot at nearby King George River, with the crew bunking down in the eight cabins onsite.
Journeying to the outback is an adventure in itself but learning tips of the trade from well-known Perth chef Chris Taylor and Masterchef’s Pete Evans is the chance of a lifetime. Leave the pristine chef whites at home because out here there’s dust and red dirt to contend with, even before you start cooking.
The hands-on classes for 12 people are part of a three-day all-inclusive package on offer only a few times a year. The chefs like to incorporate local ingredients into recipes – try boab roots and grilled calamari or Rosella flowers with grapefruit. Classes are scheduled alongside relaxation time.
With the open-air Eagle Lodge the stunning setting for classes and meals, learn how to cook and fillet the East Kimberley fish you caught that morning on the King George River before exploring ancient rock art in the area. Evans and Taylor will help you cook whole baby goat on the terrace campfire before joining you for dinner.
Where: Faraway Bay, The Bush Camp, 280km northwest of Kununurra WA. (08) 9169 1214, www.farawaybay.com.au
Did you know: Try not to get distracted by the same views that inspired Baz Luhrmann’s movie Australia. Several scenes were shot at nearby King George River, with the crew bunking down in the eight cabins onsite.