Mulyan Garage Cellars, Cowra, NSW
The state of New South Wales has become a mecca for those willing to explore its culinary landscape. As well as the many annual festivals that are focused on crafting unforgettable experiences, the state continues to ascend as a dining destination thanks to the efforts of everyone from trailblazing young chefs to ambitious artisans. Although the state’s capital city of Sydney boasts an impressive roster of established restaurants, there are also a lot of lesser-known adventures that deserve a place on the national dining map.
Step inside the dark, damp entrance to a disused railway tunnel in the Southern Highlands and you’ll find a mushroom farm that is indicative of the many enticing experiences in NSW that connect us to the food we eat. Just 110km south of Sydney, Li Sun Exotic Mushrooms has breathed life into a forgotten railway relic, where the low temperatures and high humidity makes it ideal for growing shiitakes, oysters, wood ears and shimajis.
The best wild foods – from berries to beach herbs – have been harvested for more than 40,000 years. Immerse yourself in this ancient food culture with local bush tucker guides from Bush Tucker Tours who will teach you about indigenous history, heritage and culture. Booderee National Park is located at Jervis Bay on the South Coast of New South Wales between Nowra and Ulladulla. About three hours drive from Sydney. Explore the bush tucker trails on a guided walk through the Botanic Gardens. You will leave Jervis Bay wishing you lived nearby.