Australia’s Food Experiences


Michael Harden

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Great food experiences are the measure of an outstanding holiday for many people



Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Margaret River, WA


The evolving food experience in Australia

The existence of so many great Australian food experiences speaks volumes about the Australian obsession with food. It’s a good obsession, one that craves interest and authenticity and pushes farmers, growers, chefs and artisans to produce a wider variety of food in both creative and traditional ways. It also means more interesting, more adventurous, more educational and more thrilling food experiences. Great food experiences are the measure of a great holiday for many people and the beginning of a new direction in life for those attuned to food’s transformative powers.


There was a time in Australia when a “food experience” would probably have meant going out for dinner or popping down to the local Chinese for takeaway. And while the experience of eating in Australian restaurants has diversified to a level where our dining scene’s become a point of national pride, a food experience in Australia has come to mean something entirely different.

Whether it’s due to the rise of TV cooking shows, an increasing awareness of eating healthier and more ethically or the swelling ranks of fresh food markets, the level of knowledge about food in Australia – how and where it’s produced, who’s doing the producing, how it’s cooked, who’s doing the cooking and with what ingredients - is quite remarkable.

With this increased knowledge has come a corresponding eagerness among food lovers to see first-hand how and where their food is produced and cooked and so Australia is now awash with an enormous variety of up close and personal food experiences. Whether it’s collecting oysters from the beautifully rugged coastline of Tasmania, setting off on a truffle hunt, complete with truffle hound, in Western Australia’s Margaret River region or taking cooking classes at a luxury retreat in the lush hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, these hands-on experiences are as exciting as they are diverse.


Coastal experiences

Saffire, Freycinet, TAS

Being an island continent, Australia is blessed with some of the best seafood in the world and so it comes as no surprise that some of the country’s best food adventures involve fish, shellfish and crustaceans.

With so much coastline, there’s obviously plenty of good fishing to be had in Australia. Everywhere you travel on the coast you’ll see recreational fisherman trying their luck. But while there may be plenty of readily accessible fishing spots, some of the most thrilling fishing in the country takes a little more forward planning. 


From the earth

There are plenty of good opportunities for food discoveries inland, too, including an ever-increasing number of guided tours dedicated to the current trend with foraging. With the profile of Australian native ingredients becoming more prominent in recent years, there are now more tours concentrating on Indigenous ingredients and so there’s a very good chance you’ll get to taste something you’ve never tasted before.

Hunting and gathering is all very well but it’s also handy to know what to do with all that produce once you have it in hand. There are no shortage of unique cooking experiences to be had across the country, from cooking demonstrations to roll-your-sleeves-up, hands on classes.

The existence of so many great Australian food experiences speaks volumes about the Australian obsession with food. It’s a good obsession, one that craves interest and authenticity and pushes farmers, growers, chefs and artisans to produce a wider variety of food in both creative and traditional ways. It also means more interesting, more adventurous, more educational and more thrilling food experiences for those of us who like to look and learn.

They’re experiences that make you hungry for more.

Great food experiences are the measure of a great holiday for many people and the beginning of a new direction in life for those attuned to food’s transformative powers.