Taste of Australia

Thanks to its multi-cultural background, Australia is a melting pot of foods and flavours.

There’s no need to travel far to experience the best food on offer in Australia, most of the time it’s in your own back yard. Here’s some of our favourites:

Mingling at Mindil

On the sands of Mindil beach at sunset is where you will find the best fusion of sights, sounds, smells and tastes as basic Aussie tucker collides with the more refined and mystical sensations of Asia. Darwin’s Mindil Beach Market (every Thursday and Sunday in dry season) offer cuisine from Japan, Thailand, (Timor), Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia in a relaxed and tropical setting. Take your time meandering amongst the stalls before selecting a delicacy, and strolling down to the sea to sit and “dine” whilst contemplating the vast and extraordinary sunset skies. Armchair travellers can visit stalls here.

Tastings at Tamborine

Michael and Alla Ward started the Tamborine Mountain Distillery as a hobby – with Alla using her grandmother’s recipes to brew distinct flavoured snapps. In 1998 they opened their doors to the public – and since then have collected more than 76 awards for their outstanding work, often using native flavours such as lemon myrtle, forest peppermint for something really different. Visit the cellar door, or go online, to place your orders.

In praise of poaching

The Poacher’s Pantry is just 25 minutes from Canberra CBD – but a world away from the cares of politics and national affairs. Incorporating the Wily trout vineyard and the smokehouse restaurant you can grab the makings of a picnic – smoked meats, poultry, game and vegetables – add a bottle of fine wine – and enjoy yourself in the tranquil surroundings with no fuss or bother whatsoever. For those unable to visit this great ACT getaway, visit the site now for some excellent recipes.

Mediterranean market

The mediterranean climate enjoyed by the Margaret River is partly responsible for its world-class wines and quality locally produced food. On the fourth Saturday of every month local food producers come together, at the historic old hospital site, for a truly special farmers’ market. Enjoy breakfast washed down with locally roasted coffee and pick up a wonderful array of fruit and vegetables, breads, meats and many more tasty treats for the week ahead. To find out what else is going on, visit Margaret River.

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