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Australia's unspoilt landscapes produce an incredibly wide variety of fresh and alluring produce.

There's a freedom and creativity to our food and wine that helps us produce fresh and innovative flavours, including world-class wines, exciting ingredients and ‘fusion' food. But what really sets us apart is our stunning weather, outstanding natural beauty and outdoor dining lifestyle. You can enjoy some of the world's best food and wine in some of the world's most stunning surroundings. Australia does open air dining like nowhere else.

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The Best Cafés in Australia

The Best Cafés in Australia

Australians have become so obsessed with coffee that it’s hard to remember Australia was once a nation of committed tea drinkers. And while tea has hardly been relegated to the sidelines – there are tearooms and teashops in every capital city in the country – coffee is now the conversation. Where it’s from, how it’s roasted, who’s doing the roasting: these are issues of vital importance to discriminating coffee connoisseurs. Yet the café culture that has sprung up around this coffee bean obsession is about much more than a brew, with quality food an equally crucial ingredient in encouraging punters back. Here are some of the best cafés the country has to offer.

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Contemporary Bush Tucker in Australian Restau...

Contemporary Bush Tucker in Australian Restaurants

Native ingredients, are experiencing a revival. Embraced by the country’s leading chefs, they are transcending “bush tucker” status and being subtly integrated into contemporary restaurant menus. The shift has been especially noticeable in the past five years; it is part of the global trend to celebrate localism in food. The Australian chefs using indigenous ingredients most successfully are notable for their skill and restraint in incorporating them in dishes with flavours and techniques more usually associated with Europe or Asia. Such chefs are highlighting indigenous ingredients not just because they offer a point of difference, but because they taste so good.

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Best Restaurants for Uniquely Australian Food...

Best Restaurants for Uniquely Australian Food

Some of the newest ingredients landing on plates at Australian restaurant tables are thousands of years old, as Australian chefs turn to their own backyard for inspiration. That backyard, mind you, stretches over 6.5 million square kilometres (2.5 million square miles), so they have a bit of ground to cover. As Australian Aboriginals have known for 40,000 years, this vast, dry country is home to countless wild, native plants, herbs, nuts, seeds and berries across the six climatic seasons recognised in Aboriginal culture. Visitors to Australia can now sample the results of this inspiration on tables that range from the finest restaurant in the land to an outback country pub. Here are just a few.

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The Best Halal Restaurants in Australia

The Best Halal Restaurants in Australia

When you are travelling Australia, you will find a range of options for Halal cuisine. From produce in supermarkets, cheap and cheerful cafés to fine dining. If Halal dining is your requirement you will find a growing range of products and eateries throughout Australia’s cities.

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Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Over the past decade Australia has become a culinary destination par excellence, as the rest of the world is fast discovering. When it comes to fine dining and out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences, visitors to Australia are spoilt for choice. From sparkling harbourside dining and luxe lodge stays to dinner in the sands of an ocre-red desert illuminated by the southern night sky, Australia is a gourmet hedonist’s dream destination. Enjoy some of Australia’s best food and wine in some of the world’s most stunning surroundings.

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A coffee lover’s guide to Melbourne

A coffee lover’s guide to Melbourne

Melbourne is a city obsessed with coffee. Cold drips, aero-press and cupping are common words in the local vernacular thanks to a widespread passion for the bean, complemented by a number of leading provedores who call Melbourne home.

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Fish and Chips in Australia

Fish and Chips in Australia

Whether your idea of a good meal includes tablecloths and attentive service at a fine dining restaurant, or a take-away package wrapped in newspaper from the local fish and chips shop, the star of the show is the same: Australia’s fresh and flavourful seafood. Our island nation has a well-deserved global reputation for fronting up some of the biggest, juiciest and tastiest seafood on the planet, with hundreds of native species to choose from at any given time of the year. As a result, many restaurants can literally supply the ‘catch of the day’ – fish caught in local waters only hours earlier – much to the delight of local and visiting ‘seafoodies’ alike!

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Pizzini Wines, Victoria

Old World Flavours, New Vintage Wines
Enjoy a tutored wine tasting paired with local cheeses followed by a picnic lunch in the cellar door garden.

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Food and Wine Experiences

   

Australia’s Food and Wine Trends for 2016

Australia’s Food and Wine Trends for 2016

It’s no secret that Australia has fresh produce. What’s less well-known is that the country’s foodies are exceptionally innovative and creative so the food scene is dynamic and ever-changing. Here’s what food-and-wine loving travellers can expect in Australia in 2016.

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The Best Food and Wine Experiences in Tasmani...

The Best Food and Wine Experiences in Tasmania

It's easy to make a long list of Tasmania's great food and wine experiences, but not so easy to narrow them down to just five! Here are some of the best and most interesting, in no particular order.

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Secret food and wine gems in Tasmania

Secret food and wine gems in Tasmania

Tasmania is full of food and wine secrets just waiting to be discovered. In fact, there are so many hidden gems here that exploring the island is like one big treasure hunt with the most delicious rewards. From intimate organic bakeries favoured by locals, to food crawls by bus that take you on a gastronical adventure, there is plenty to explore! Tasmanian food and wine secrets can even be found in the cities, down a carriageway or around a corner. Finding them is half the fun; in true Tasmanian style, you’ve just got to have a stickybeak.

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Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Over the past decade Australia has become a culinary destination par excellence, as the rest of the world is fast discovering. When it comes to fine dining and out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences, visitors to Australia are spoilt for choice. From sparkling harbourside dining and luxe lodge stays to dinner in the sands of an ocre-red desert illuminated by the southern night sky, Australia is a gourmet hedonist’s dream destination. Enjoy some of Australia’s best food and wine in some of the world’s most stunning surroundings.

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Foraging Australian-style

Foraging Australian-style

One of the greatest groundswells in global food trends – food foraging - is moving more into the mainstream as individuals are seeking connection with their food sources and chefs are taking up the cause of integrating more wild foods into the way we eat. Keen home cooks and culinary tourists can now sign up for seasonal tours – some city-based, some in the country – where experienced guides show where to find food growing wild and how to identify plants that are both safe and delicious to eat.

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The Lane Vineyard, South Australia

The Gathering Indulgence lunch
Enjoy a guided wine tasting and a delicious two-course lunch with carefully matched wines.

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Australia's Fresh Produce

Find out where to source Australia's best local produce, from fresh seafood to native ingredients and abundant fruit and vegetables.

Australia's quality fresh produce

Australia's quality fresh produce

Traditionally Australia has been known for its ability to produce a prodigious amount of grain, high-quality wheat and barley, and for its sheep and cattle exports. But that’s changing, as producers learn to take advantage of a number of comparative advantages that set Australia apart from much of the world. Firstly, with so many different climate zones from tropical to desert, from temperate to downright artic, there’s nothing Australia can’t grow or produce.

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Foraging Australian-style

Foraging Australian-style

One of the greatest groundswells in global food trends – food foraging - is moving more into the mainstream as individuals are seeking connection with their food sources and chefs are taking up the cause of integrating more wild foods into the way we eat. Keen home cooks and culinary tourists can now sign up for seasonal tours – some city-based, some in the country – where experienced guides show where to find food growing wild and how to identify plants that are both safe and delicious to eat.

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Explore Australia's Fresh Seafood Festivals

Explore Australia's Fresh Seafood Festivals

Including our beautiful islands, Australia lays claim to over 60,000km of diverse coastline – and with such easy access to the ocean, it’s hardly surprising that fresh seafood features on almost every modern Australian restaurant menu. Summer is the best time to eat seafood – when it’s fresh, in abundance, and requires little preparation – but you can find seasonal seafood on restaurant menus all year round. Our nation’s celebration of seafood manifests outside of restaurants at a range of family-friendly festivals across the country, too; here are some of the top seafood festivals you won’t want to miss.

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Fish and Chips in Australia

Fish and Chips in Australia

Whether your idea of a good meal includes tablecloths and attentive service at a fine dining restaurant, or a take-away package wrapped in newspaper from the local fish and chips shop, the star of the show is the same: Australia’s fresh and flavourful seafood. Our island nation has a well-deserved global reputation for fronting up some of the biggest, juiciest and tastiest seafood on the planet, with hundreds of native species to choose from at any given time of the year. As a result, many restaurants can literally supply the ‘catch of the day’ – fish caught in local waters only hours earlier – much to the delight of local and visiting ‘seafoodies’ alike!

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Local produce key to Australia’s best food ma...

Local produce key to Australia’s best food markets

There is pretty much nothing Australia cannot grow or produce. Less than 10 per cent of its retail food is imported and two-thirds of its land is given over to farming. Head to the many spectacular city food markets and you will be amazed by the sheer variety and richness on offer from both land and sea.

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Find more produce and wine experiences around Australia

Food and wine trails across popular destinations such as the Clare Valley, Margaret River and Tasmania

Australia's Wine Regions

   

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

These wineries are not just venues to taste and purchase wine. They offer restaurants, events, art, as well as exciting behind the scenes tours, private tastings, wine education and gastronomy, all in some of Australia's most spectacular locations.

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Australia's Wine Regions

Australia's Wine Regions

Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions across the country and has developed a worldwide reputation for its award-winning wines.

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