Australia’s local cuisine is influenced by a variety of factors that work together to create some of the most celebrated food experiences on Earth. Dine on extraordinary seafood, imbibe on award-winning wines, raise your glass to a spectacular view or try one of the world’s best whiskies – it is all on offer in Australia.
Have A Seafood Adventure, From Ocean To Plate
Australia is home to some of the world’s most pristine waters – one major reason why Australian seafood has a global reputation for excellence. If you are keen to sample some of Australia’s best seafood, start with Sydney Fish Market, an iconic local attraction in Sydney where visitors flock daily to see the bountiful supplies of fresh fish.
Alternatively, head to nearby restaurants like multi-award-winning Saint Peter, which showcases Australia’s sustainable approach to sourcing and eating local delicacies like marron and Sydney rock oysters.
On Tasmania’s beautiful eastern coast, at luxury lodge Saffire Freycinet or Freycinet Marine Farm, you can even pluck your own oysters and eat them directly from the sea. Or head to the Kimberley to experience the traditional hunt for mud crab with Indigenous custodian Brian Lee.
Australian Food And Wine Festivals
Australians celebrate their local produce and world-famous wines with a wide range of festivals. One of which is the annual Margaret River Gourmet Escape in November.
A highlight is the Gourmet Beach BBQ where you will dine on the shores of the Indian Ocean and enjoy cocktails, canapés and local produce cooked on the fiery grill as Castle Rock Beach at Dunsborough transforms into a stylishly laid-back waterfront restaurant.
The week-long Taste of Tasmania festival in summer is the ultimate way to enjoy the sunshine on Hobart’s waterfront. Dozens of stalls offer the best of local produce, accompanied by more than 100 street performers and musicians. The festival coincides with New Year’s Eve, adding to the atmosphere.
Live An Island Dream
Tasmania might be best known for its pristine wilderness, but it is also home to some of the world’s best whisky distillers, including Lark Distillery. Established in 1992, Lark’s Cellar Door & Whisky Bar, located in Hobart offers several memorable whisky tasting experiences.
You may also wish to discover Nant, located at Bothwell in the Central Highlands – an hour north of Hobart, or travel to Burnie on the island’s northern coast, where celebrated Hellyers Road Distillery offers behind-the-scenes tours.
Tasmania’s success in distilling is not limited to whisky, either; with Hartshorn’s burgeoning reputation for craft gin – not to mention vodka made using sheep whey – the island has become a hot destination for spirit connoisseurs of several kinds.
Enjoy The Aussie Style Of Al Fresco Dining
Year-round sunshine, picturesque locations and a laidback local lifestyle: it is perhaps not surprising Australia has developed a strong culture of al fresco dining. As a visitor, you will benefit from restaurants in memorable places, where the view is often an integral part of the dining experience.
In subtropical Brisbane, experience a cosmopolitan mix of eateries by the waterfront, such as Jellyfish, Customs House and Hello Please. In Perth, you will find breakfast on the balcony at Bib & Tucker or lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean at Odyssea.
Alternatively, take to one of the many rooftop dining locations in Melbourne – Rooftop at QT might be a good place to start. You can also choose to break away from the city entirely, experiencing outdoor dining with an element of adventure via the likes of Fervor in Western Australia.