14 Unique Experiences for Foodies in Australia | Experience Oz + NZ

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.

Be swept away on a journey through the Dreamtime with music and dance performances including the Didgeridoo Journey, Night Fire Dance and Fire-making ceremony. These aren’t the only highlights of the evening as you’ll also be able to enjoy a buffet dinner serving up a selection of Tropical North Queensland’s best and freshest produce.

Think fresh prawns, bush spiced scotch fillet, char-grilled kangaroo burgers, Spanish mackerel and tropical fruit salad, and your mouth will be watering before you even arrive. This is the perfect combination of entertainment and food, which just happen to be two of our favourite things!

10. Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Lunch Cruise, NSW

Where?: The Rocks, Sydney NSW

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 3/5

There aren’t many destinations that will provide as iconic a background as the Sydney Harbour. Sightseeing cruises are a common sight in the harbour, but with this adventure, you’ll be able to experience a sail along this iconic waterway with a twist.

Aboard an authentic tall ship from the 1900’s, you’ll travel up and down Sydney Cove for spectacular views of some of the country’s most iconic man-made landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sailing past the gorgeous Mosman and Watsons Bay precincts, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the region while taking in fresh air from the deck.

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Sydney Tallships Lunch Cruise
Image: Sydney Tallships

If the weather allows, you’ll be able to listen as the engine stops roaring and the sails pick up the wind to guide you back to the cove, making for a truly unique experience. Pair this journey with a hot buffet lunch and you’ve got a match made in sightseeing heaven!

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With options to accommodate vegetarians and guests with food allergies, you can expect a small selection of dishes and sides, providing you with more than enough food to enjoy.

9. Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, TAS

Where?: Northern Tasmania

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 4/5

Pack your bags and get ready for a culinary adventure as you follow the delicious Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail through this picturesque part of Tasmania.

There are various trails to follow and a handful of accommodation options along the way, meaning you can spread this journey out over multiple days to conserve your energy and allow enough time for digestion before your next feast.

The Launceston to Launceston Trail is an ideal day out for the ultimate foodie with stops at a handful of local producers and stores between scenic drives through the spectacular countryside.

This trail will take you to a variety of places including 41 Degrees South Salmon and Ginseng Farm, Three Willows Vineyard, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Ashgrove Cheese to name a few.

Other trails include Cradle Mountain to Tarkine; great for lovers of beer and wine, Devonport Day Out; ideal for wine enthusiasts, MONA to Cradle Mountain (Route One & Two); for iconic stops and delicious food and drink, and the Spirit of Tasmania to Cradle Mountain; a family friendly journey following a small loop.

8. The Farm Byron Bay, NSW

Where?: 11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale NSW

Food Rating: 4/5

Scenic Rating: 3/5

The saying goes, “life is easier on the farm”, and this certainly seems to be the case at The Farm Byron Bay. The exception, of course, is for the hard-working staff maintaining the paddocks, cooking and serving.

Following the mantra ‘Grow, Feed, Educate, Entertain’ The Farm is a hub for all things food and farm. Tour around their organic and sustainable farm before enjoying a taste of their creations that are almost too good to eat. We say almost because they are delicious!