As most would agree, great food and great scenery are often two of travel’s top priorities, so combining the two is an obvious match made in heaven.

Enjoying a delicious meal is one thing, however, enjoying it alongside some spectacular scenery or mixed with a wildlife encounter helps separate it from the standard restaurant experience.

Here are 14 foodie experiences across Australia that are set to make your mouth water and stomach rumble.


14. Breakfast with the Koalas

Where?: Various Locations

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 2/5

To kick things off we pay homage to one of Australia’s most famous celebrities; koalas. Start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast with some of Australia’s cutest residents at a handful of the country’s best wildlife sanctuaries and zoos.

Breakfast varies depending on where you go, for example, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo serves up a hot buffet breakfast complete with English muffins, hash browns, bacon and eggs with your choice of a hot beverage.

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Paradise Country Gold Coast Breakfast with Koalas
Image: Paradise Country

Heading north to Tropical North Queensland, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures serves a hot Aussie breakfast, including fresh fruit, from tables overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon. Something to note, Queensland is the only state where you can hold and cuddle a koala, just be sure to be careful with your clothing choice.

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Other places around Australia that do their own take on breakfast with the koalas includes Paradise Country on the Gold Coast and Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island.

13. ChocoVino at Hahndorf Hill Winery, SA

Where?: 38 Pain Road, Hahndorf SA

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 3/5

Combining two tantalising treats; chocolate and wine, Hahndorf Hill Winery know the way to our heart.

Matching a range of their aromatic boutique wines with some rich, delicious chocolates from around the world, this is sure to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Hahndorf Hills Winery Chocovino
Image: Adelaide Hills

Let your taste buds take a journey through this experience while you overlook the gorgeous views of Hahndorf’s surrounding vineyards.

For those who would prefer to skip the wine and concentrate solely on the chocolate business, you can indulge in the ‘Purely Chocolate’ experience. If you’re planning on visiting with a group of more than nine people, you need to call ahead so the team can organise the group tasting program.

12. Hot Air Ballooning & a Champagne Breakfast

Where?: Various Locations

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 4/5

For those looking for an added dash of romance, take to the skies in a serene hot air balloon ride before sitting back to enjoy a deliciously prepared breakfast accompanied by a glass or two (or three) of champagne or wine.

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There are numerous locations from which to enjoy this memorable experience, including the Hunter and Barossa Valleys, Cairns and Port Douglas, Melbourne, Canberra, Ipswich, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sydney and Alice Springs.

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Barossa Balloon Adventures Hot Air Ballooning
Image: Barossa Balloon Adventures

The type of scenery accompanying your journey will depend on where exactly in Australia you choose to take to the skies. Port Douglas and Cairns will provide contrasting views of both the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Sydney and Melbourne will showcase the gorgeous cityscapes, Alice Springs, the rugged red centre, and the Barossa and Hunter Valleys provide views of rolling vineyards.

The choice is entirely yours and capping things off with some food and bubbly is the ideal way to start the rest of your day.

11. Night Fire by Tjapukai, QLD

Where?: Cairns Western Arterial Rd, Caravonica QLD

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 3/5

Food intermingles with culture wonderfully in this popular Tropical North QLD experience.

Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture with one of Australia’s most popular cultural centres; Tjapukai. Visit in the evening for a night of entertainment and food with this all inclusive dinner and show package.