Australia serves up a feast of first-rate gourmet food regions that are all cherry ripe for an indulgent break.
Whether it’s sampling abundant local produce at its absolute freshest or dining in style at a top-class restaurant, these gourmet food regions deliver a plethora of palate-pleasing options.
We’ve highlighted half-a-dozen of the best of them. It’s time to unleash your tastebuds.
1. The Murray region, VIC and NSW
Regarded as the ‘food bowl of Victoria’, the Murray region satisfies a hunger with bountiful tasty produce that can be enjoyed at farmers’ markets, along food trails, and at many enticing restaurants.
Start with the Farm Gate Trail, which incorporates the enticing locations of Barmah, Cobram-Barooga, Yarrawonga-Mulwala, and Nathalia. Collectively, they offer a wide assortment of fresh fruit and veg, olives, cheeses, and sweet treats. Alternatively, the Echuca Moama Food and Wine Trail includes dozens of operators and showcases more of the Murray’s succulent produce.
Or dine in style in Mildura. This thriving city earns many accolades for its delicious food, and celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri can take much of the credit. Langtree Avenue is the place to go – otherwise known as Feast Street – and Stefano’s is a top choice.
2. Huon Valley, TAS
Dine out on the Huon Valley’s rich offering of tantalising produce. About 30 minutes south of Hobart, this prized Tasmanian region is well-known for growing beautiful apples. However, bucket loads of other fruit as well as seafood, dairy products, beef, and preserves all excel here.
Welcoming towns are scattered around the Huon Valley and contain enticing restaurants, pick-your-own-fruit farms, orchards, and much more. Regular markets showcase a huge selection of this superb produce: try the Huonville Market on the first and third Saturday of each month.
The Huon Valley doesn’t just reward the tastebuds – the eyes can absorb glittering coastal views, green pastures, and other delightful landscapes.
3. Tropical North Queensland region
When it comes to first-class food experiences, Tropical North Queensland carves up. The Atherton Tablelands is a key area, considered the ‘fertile food bowl of the tropics’.
Prepare to try anything from macadamias and seasonal fruit and veg to beef and dairy products, or visit coffee plantations and ice creameries.
If you have an appetite for instruction, book a cooking class in the Atherton Tablelands. Try cheese or bread making at the aptly named Cheese Making and More at Lake Eacham, or learn all about the rich flavours of local fruit by attending a Rainforest Bounty cooking class at Malanda.
Visit when…staying at BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park.
“If you have an appetite for instruction, book a cooking class in the Atherton Tablelands. Try cheese or bread making.”
4. The Riverland region, SA
The Riverland region is the pick of the bunch when showcasing gourmet produce in South Australia. Its super selection is available at roadside stalls, boutique outlets, alluring restaurants and pubs, and even visitor information centres. A staggering assortment of seasonal fruit combines with nuts, hand-crafted chocolates, coffee beans, and much more.
The Riverland Farmers’ Market – held Saturdays in Berri – is the ideal way to taste your way around the region. However, the optimum time to visit is October when Berri hosts the Riverland Wine and Food Festival.
5. Swan Valley, WA
The Swan Valley delivers wonderful food experiences on a plate – the region is only 30 minutes from the Perth CBD. The range of home-grown produce is enormous: fresh fruit and veg, tasty cheese, premium preserves, and tempting sweets. In addition, the Swan Valley is a prized wine region.
Visit roadside stalls or choose from dozens of restaurants and cafes. Moreover, the Swan Valley has the honour of being named Australia’s first ‘humane food region’ – the RSPCA recognises it as ‘animal welfare friendly’. Take a taste tour by grabbing a Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail brochure: choose from a seemingly endless stream of outlets on this 32km loop.
“Take a taste tour by grabbing a Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail brochure: choose from a seemingly endless stream of outlets on this 32km loop.”
6. Central West NSW region
New South Wales’ Central West region earns many accolades for its sumptuous tucker. A food-themed touring route allows you to experience an astronomical assortment of gourmet greatness.
The 100 Mile Diet trail takes in Bathurst, Cowra, Dubbo, Mudgee, and Orange, and sampling mouth-watering food (and wine) is easy. The trail includes farm-gate suppliers, restaurants, cafes, farmers’ markets, and cellar doors that have an emphasis on local produce.
Isn’t it time you put yourself at the core of the action? Remember, appetising breaks begin at BIG4.com.au.
Note: local visitor information centres are a great source for trail maps and food and wine-related brochures when touring these regions.