5 Australian food foraging experiences inspired by Noma's Rene Redzepi

For ten weeks from January 2016, René Redzepi is bringing his two Michelin star restaurant Noma to Barangaroo, Sydney. The menu is set to showcase native Australian produce, and has been designed exclusively for the Australian pop up. 5 Australian food foraging experiences inspired by Noma's Rene Redzepi
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Food foraging experiences inspired by Noma's René Redzepi

For ten weeks from January 2016, René Redzepi is bringing his two Michelin star restaurant Noma to Barangaroo, Sydney. The menu is set to showcase native Australian produce, and has been designed exclusively for the Australian pop up.


Redzepi has scoured the continent, travelling and tasting wild ingredients off-shore - in the Tiwi Islands off Darwin, Tasmania’s Flinders Island- and on the mainland - from Margaret River in Western Australia to South Australia’s Limestone Coast, Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, the New South Wales Northern Rivers region and more.

“Our menu is about the flavours of Australia,” says Redzepi. “The last few months have been about experiencing first-hand where produce comes from, then trying to recreate it in situ, adding our own touch.“

It was vital, Redzepi says, to see each ingredient in its native environment and to meet the producers, “We began by getting an understanding of the landscape,” Redzepi explains, “Visiting the people, seeing what they eat and how they cook, filling ourselves with those experiences and images. Then we went on to decide the direction of the food and the cooking style.”

René Redzepi joins a foraging tour in Tasmania

Koomal Dreaming Whiteland, Yallingup, Western Australia
Take a guided bushwalk with Josh 'Koomal' to forage for native bush foods, plants and medicines whilst hearing about their traditional uses. Taste traditional foods and flavours including kangaroo, emu, quandong (native peach), emu plum (native plum) and salt bush around the campfire. Whilst on the tour, you can journey into Ngilgi cave for dreaming stories and a unique didgeridoo experience.

Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Trails, Southern Australia
The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail introduces you to producers and products at their source. Enjoy the rich fruits of Kangaroo Island producers' labours in your own time in a natural unspoilt environment. Don’t miss the opportunity to spot a sea-lion on the island’s white sand beaches or the iconic Remarkable Rocks.

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Cooya Beach, Queensland

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Cooya Beach, Queensland
Cooya Beach is just a 15 minute drive north of Port Douglas and home to the traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people. Joing Linc and Brandon Walker as they guide you through mangroves, mudflats and sandy beaches to find shoreline plants used for food and medicine. The tour also includes the opportunity to hunt for crabs, mussels and other seafood.

Oyster shucking on the Tasmanian Seafood Seduction Cruise, Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, Hobart, Tasmania
Tasmania is mainly known for lobster, Pacific oysters, octopus and abalone. Take the Seafood Seduction boat tour around Bruny Island, enjoying fresh abalone, crayfish and oysters shucked straight from the sea whilst cruising along Tasmania’s pristine waters. Keep your eyes peeled for abundant wildlife, from wombats and wallabies to little penguins.


Mushroom Tours, Moorooduc, Victoria
Hunting wild mushrooms is fun but fraught with danger unless you know what is safe to eat. Mushroom expert Cameron Russell leads autumn mushroom tours along the winding lanes of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, teaching hunters to locate and identify half a dozen edible varieties including pine and field mushrooms. Just an hour away from Melbourne, you will also find more than 200 vineyards on the Peninsula, as well as some of Victoria’s most loved beaches.

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