Why is there nothing like Australia? In award-winning chef Curtis Stone's words, "You can get from the city to the beach, country, ski fields and mountains all within one day. It's incredible!" But if the landscapes are good, the people are even better - "laidback, friendly and adventurous," he says, with "a unique sense of humor that is unlike anywhere in the world." Read on for a guide to Stone's favorite places to go and things to eat in Australia.
Curtis Stone's Favorite Beaches
Australia's beaches are special, says Stone. "The beaches are huge and mostly untouched once you're out of the cities...You can find beaches that go for miles with not another soul on them." Here's three of his favorites.
Top Foodie Destinations
What makes the Australian food scene unique? "We have so much young culinary talent rising up through the ranks," says Curtis. For Curtis' can't miss dishes start with Western Australia Marron Tail with Oyster Mushrooms dish from Vue de monde, the 9 course tasting menu at Sepia and the Oeufs en Gelee dish from Hubert. Also make sure to get outside for Australia's other culinary experiences. "Our (usually) good weather helps, along with the fact that Aussies are generally pretty excited about food - more and more so these days." Here's his favorite places to experience Australian food and wine.
Top Aquatic Adventure Spots
Ask Curtis his favorite Australian aquatic adventures and you'll get a long list. "Diving in the Great Barrier Reef to see all kinds of marine life, then there’s seals in Victoria and great whites in South Australia. Snorkelling at city beaches, swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, surfing at Bondi, kite surfing at Port Douglas, cruising Sydney Harbour – so much of our leisure activity takes place either on, in, or by the water."