The Best Food and Wine Experiences in Western Australia

Western Australia’s food is as diverse as it is distinct, with one common thread: uncompromising quality. From black earthy truffles to freshly caught lobster, and trophy-winning wine to unique freshwater marron and nutritious super-food chia that is exported around the world, one thing’s for sure: on a visit to Western Australia, you’ll eat well. Whether you’re looking for a fun food and wine adventure, or you’re a gourmet food enthusiast seeking out fine delicacies, you’ll find what you’re looking for when you explore some of the state’s most exciting food and wine experiences on your next holiday to the west!  The Best Food and Wine Experiences in Western Australia
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The Best Food and Wine Experiences in Western Australia

From fun food and wine adventures to gourmet food experiences, Western Australia offers something for every appetite


Western Australia’s food is as diverse as it is distinct, with one common thread: uncompromising quality. From black earthy truffles to freshly caught lobster, and trophy-winning wine to unique freshwater marron and nutritious super-food chia that is exported around the world, one thing’s for sure: on a visit to Western Australia, you’ll eat well. Whether you’re looking for a fun food and wine adventure, or you’re a gourmet food enthusiast seeking out fine delicacies, you’ll find what you’re looking for when you explore some of the state’s most exciting food and wine experiences on your next holiday to the west!

Rottnest Island, WA

1. Sample the state’s freshest seafood

Western Australia’s 7,456 mile (12,000-kilometre) coastline is the perfect ingredient for dishing up a huge selection of fresh seafood. Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour is where you’ll find arguably some of the best fish and chips you’ll eat anywhere in the world, while off the coast of ‘Freo’ just 12 miles (20 kilometres) to sea is Perth’s holiday playground, Rottnest Island, where sweet, plump scallops grow.

Head south to Albany to where the state’s only oyster producer cares for juicy Sydney Rock Oysters in beds submerged in the pristine waters of the Southern Ocean. About 280 miles (450km) north of Perth, around Geraldton, is where 6,000 US tons (5,500 tonnes) of giant rock lobsters worth AUD $282 million are hauled up each year.

Keep travelling north through Shark Bay to Exmouth for an abundance of tiger prawns, banana prawns and king prawns. Further north in beautiful Broome is where you’ll find our famous barramundi everywhere, from the five-star dining options at Cable Beach Club Resort to the fish and chip shop at Cape Leveque. Western Australia serves up the freshest catch-of-the-day in coastal towns across the state.

Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River, WA

2. Explore the Margaret River wine region

No trip to Western Australia is complete without a little indulgence in the renowned Margaret River wine region, a three-hour drive south of Perth. Home to more than 220 wine producers and 100 cellar doors, Margaret River produces just three per cent of Australia’s overall wine production, but twenty-five per cent of Australia’s premium export wine.

The wine in ‘Margs’ is good, and where there is good wine, there is good food. Visitors are spoilt for choice on where to dine. From sophisticated fine-dining to casual shared platters, wineries restaurants are a great place to sit with friends and while away and afternoon as you sip, eat, and enjoy views of bushland, hills of rolling vines, or the ocean.

Margaret River is the only region in the world that combines award-winning food and wine with pristine beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks, and ancient caves that date back more than 40,000 years. The region is also a biodiversity hot spot, just one of 34 in the world, germinating more than 2,500 species of wildflowers.

The Truffle & Wine Co, Manjimup, WA

3. Search for black gold: The Black Truffle

The Southern Forests town of Manjimup is where the Wine & Truffle Company produces more of the world’s most edible commodity than the rest of Australia combined. During the winter truffle season, Bella the black Labrador leads the hunt, using her snout to sniff out Perigord truffles in the roots of hazelnut and oak trees.

Enjoy lunch in the café where delicacies such as marron with truffle are served. Each year in June, the town hosts the Truffle Kerfuffle food and wine festival that celebrates the truffle. Manjimup and nearby Pemberton are both wine regions producing some excellent Pinot Noir, Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay.

True North, Kimberley, WA

4. Enjoy Australia’s food bowl

Food in Australia’s Coral Coast and Australia’s North West doesn’t get any fresher. In Carnarvon along the Gascoyne River, many of the local growers sell seasonal fruit and vegetables direct from their farms.

You can also visit some of the banana plantations and select from Western Australia’s best produce at the Carnarvon Growers' Market every Saturday between May and October. Top quality seafood is also on the menu with town supporting a thriving prawn, scallop, crab and fishing industry.

From May to October, freshly caught seafood can be purchased directly from the seafood factories.  Travel further north to the Kimberley where the successful 34,600 acre (14,000ha) Ord River irrigation area has resulted in extremely fertile soil that grows every kind of produce from asparagus to zucchini, including chickpeas, mangoes, bananas, melons, pumpkins, sugar and super-food Chia.

Wula Guda Nyinda Aboriginal Cultural Walks, Shark Bay, WA

5. Head out on a bush tucker tour

Western Australia’s rich aboriginal history dates back more than 40,000 years. From saltbush to sea parsley, a fascinating Indigenous cultural tour will introduce you to new bush flavours and natural remedies.

Bush tucker tours are run by a number of Aboriginal tour operators across the State. Join Kepa Kurl in Esperance, Wula Guda Nyinda at Monkey Mia, Bush Tucker Eco Tours in Margaret River, Koomal Dreaming in Dunsborough, or Urban Indigenous Tours from Perth to find out what native edible delights are around where you are.

A typical bush tuck tour will include a bushwalk to forage for native bush foods, plants and medicines whilst learning about their traditional uses. Learn about the six seasons of the Noongar people and how this influences what is eaten.

What to expect on a bush tucker tour

- Didgeridoo lessons
- Aboriginal art classes
- Bush tucker luncheon
- Personal story-telling from Aboriginal Elders