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5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit
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5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Trip.com
28 May 20214510

There is no shortage of hotspots for lovers of food and wine in Australia. Get the inside scoop on which Australian top culinary destinations foodies are flocking to.

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Byron Bay
East Coast Tasmania
High Country
Margaret River
Eyre Peninsula

Byron Bay

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Eggs available for sale at The Farm, Byron Bay by Destination NSW

Byron and the whole Northern Rivers Region has a rich farming history as well as being a place of for health and healing. In recent years many local businesses have developed a wide range of innovative, sustainable and award-winning products based on local produce that feed the restaurants in the Byron Bay area, New South Wales and beyond. Enjoy the local produce from hemp seeds to Milkadamia, solar-powered grown tortillas to Grilo - an energy bar made from crickets. Try anything once!

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Lunch served at The Farm, Byron Bay by Destination NSW

By having some of the best produce-centred eateries in the country, Byron Bay is proving that menus that are vegetarian-forward, organic and locally-sourced can be top quality, Instagram-ready and most of all, delicious! A few to get you started of your farm-to-fork exploration are; The Farm, No Bones plant-powered menu, The Folk, Three Blue Ducks, Barrio and Harvest Newrybar.

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East Coast Tasmania

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Stillwater Restaurant, Launceston, Tasmania by credit Nat Mendham

Tasmania's rich soil, pure air and clean water, inspires dedicated growers to produce a truly authentic food and drink experience. Tassie is a great place to learn about and try fresh produce as you can find it at farmers markets and in local eateries, from cheap and cheerful pubs to high-end bars and restaurants. You can even stop and buy from roadside stalls - you'll still find honesty boxes all around the state!

Launceston to Hobart is a great foodie trail to kick of your culinary adventure. On the way learn about local truffle farming, try fresh berries and sample some of the local cool climate wines in the Tamar Valley such a Pinot Noir or Sparkling, which are attracting the interest of wine makers from around the world. Continue your journey to enjoy the picturesque Freycinet National Park whilst tasting Tasmanian fresh oysters - we recommend trying the delicacies at the Bangore Wine & Oyster Shed!

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Timbre Kitchen, Legana, Tamar Valley, Tasmania by credit Kelly Slater

Tasmania’s clean, green environment is also ideal for producing cider, whisky and gin. Along your roadtrip you’ll find boutique breweries and distilleries showcasing wares at cellar doors where you can sample the produce and talk to the maker. Tasmania's quality food and wine is attracting foodies from all over the country, so why not join them for a delicious taste of the island state?

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High Country

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Jones Winery, Rutherglen, High Country, Victoria

Relish the High Country's homegrown produce at its freshest, or delivered to your plate by a passionate, innovative local chef and accompanied by a regional wine. Wherever you roam in the High Country Victoria’s distinct regions you'll find everything from meats, game, fruit, berries and nuts, jams, sauces and preserves. Meet the growers and find out more about their enthusiasm for this stunning region.

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Cycling through King Valley, High Country, Victoria

Set off through the King Valley by bicycle, pedalling between small village producers and filling your basket with goodies to take home. Knock on the cellar door of a family-run winery for a drop to accompany your feast before visiting the farms around Stanley to grab a box or pick your own berries, cherries, apples and chestnuts. Gorge yourself in Milawa, home to the Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre and the iconic Milawa Cheese Factory's impressive array of cheeses. Go for locally made mustards and herb vinegars at Milawa Mustards in the Old Emu Inn and not to forget Beechworth, with its renowned Beechworth Honey, top restaurants and cheeses from Larder. Sample handmade beers at Bright's boutique brewery paired with olives (or olive oil to go) from renowned local producers at Mt Buffalo and Gooramadda. Empty stomachs will be banished after a High Country foodie expedition!

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Margaret River

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Vasse Felix, Margaret River by Tourism Western Australia

Being one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, it’s no surprise that Western Australia produces such a profusion of fresh local flavours, succulent seafood, world-class wines and highly prized black truffle. The south west corner of WA is well-known and celebrated for its award-winning wines and gourmet cuisine that beckons foodie types from far and wide. To prove it, the Margaret River region won five of Good Food Guide’s top 10 restaurants in Australia in 2020! Not to mention that it is the major geographical wine region, with 5,017 hectares under vine and over 215 wineries.

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Olio Bello, Margaret River by Tourism Western Australia

Take a little time to meet the makers, and sample their unique community life in the vineyards. Then pair your chosen wine with a stunning view, artisanal local produce and good company to share your stories after a full day of adventure. Whatever your tastes, a premium local wine makes the perfect accompaniment to your Margaret River experience. Regional wine specialities are; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Here are some much-loved venues to get you salivating; The Common Bistro, Leeuwin Restaurant, La Scarpetta Trattoria, Little Fish, Flutes, Swings & Roundabouts, Rustico at Hay Shed Hill Winery, Voyager Estate, and many manyyyy more!

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Eyre Peninsula

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Experience Coffin Bay, Eyre Peninsula by Duy Dash & South Australian Tourism Commission

Nothing compares to the satisfaction of tucking into a meal you’ve sourced yourself, especially when some of the best seafood in the world is on the menu. With pristine waters to thank for producing some of the world’s best prawns, abalone, tuna, King George Whiting, snapper, mussels, octopus, squid and more, the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia rightly lays claim to being seafood capital of Australia. It’s the ultimate ocean-to-plate experience for seafood lovers where you can unearth cockles from pristine powdery sand, then 4WD through undulating sand dunes to your very own deserted beach where you can cast a line for Australian Salmon. Afterwards, don your snorkel and dive into the crystal-clear waters to collect fresh abalone just metres from the shore, all in time for lunch.

5 Aussie Foodie Regions to Visit

Image: Oyster Farm Tours, Eyre Peninsula by Jonathan van der Knaap & South Australian Tourism Commission

Coffin Bay is another must-stop where you can wade into waist-deep water (or by boat if you prefer to stay dry) and slurp what are arguably the world’s best oysters straight from the source on a working oyster farm. Take-in the Eyre Peninsula's truly unique coastal scenery as you see how oysters are grown, pick up some tricks of the trade, then devour what is plucked straight from the sea by the farmer himself. If you'd rather stay on land, you can dig into world-famous Eyre Peninsula oysters and local wine at Oyster HQ, right on the foreshore.

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