14 Unique Experiences for Foodies in Australia | Experience Oz

14 Unique Experiences for Foodies in Australia

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

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

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.

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.

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13. ChocoVino at Hahndorf Hill Winery, SA

Where?: 38 Pain Road, Hahndorf SA

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 3/5

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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!

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10. Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Lunch Cruise, NSW

Where?: The Rocks, Sydney NSW

Food Rating: 3/5

Scenic Rating: 3/5

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

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.

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.

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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!

The Farm is made up of a collection of farmers growing and raising different produce and stock including flowers, cattle and vegetables.

In terms of ready-to-eat food, you can visit Three Blue Ducks, The Produce Store and The Bread Social for a snack or full meal that incorporates remarkably fresh ingredients.

7. Flames of the Forest, QLD

Where?: 29 Barrier St, Port Douglas QLD

Food Rating: 4/5

Scenic Rating: 4/5

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Flames Of The Forest
Image: Flames of the Forest

Couples looking to get out and enjoy a romantic yet delicious evening in Tropical North Queensland are in luck, as this experience is nestled in a magical spot with atmospheric lighting and is truly unique.

Flames of the Forest‘s Rainforest Dining Experience is set in the lush Daintree Rainforest under an ancient canopy and is decorated with twinkling lights and candles. Dinner is served under a marquee complete with chandeliers and candelabras with free-flowing wine, beer and soft drink.

The main drawcard for the evening is dinner. Spread out over six courses the menu is designed to provide you with a taste of some of the region’s best produce that is iconic of the tropics.

The menu is filled with an incredible selection that is set to make the evening unforgettable. Guests can enjoy such adventurous cuisine as seared kangaroo, smoked crocodile, coral trout or braised beef cheeks.

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6. Heli, Penguins & Dinner, VIC

Where?: Melbourne City Heliport to Phillip Island

Food Rating: 4/5

Scenic Rating: 5/5

Top Foodie Experiences in Australia Penguin Parade Phillip Island Nature Park
Image: Phillip Island Nature Park

For those willing to splurge on the ultimate experience, you can embark on a wonderful blend of scenery and food on a journey from Melbourne to the popular Phillip Island on a scenic helicopter flight with Microflite.

The flight itself isn’t the only jaw-dropping experience for the evening, as once you’ve landed on Phillip Island you’ll enjoy a guided tour taking you up close to the penguins as they shuffle ashore and waddle home following a big day in the surf.

This is with local operator Phillip Island Nature Parks, their popular Penguin Parade is one of the best attractions on the island.

After you’ve enjoyed the parade you’ll be whisked away to a delicious dinner at one of the popular restaurants on the island. Your dinner will consist of some incredibly delicious meals accompanied by some breathtaking views of the surrounding island.

At the conclusion of the evening, you’ll climb back aboard the helicopter and be flown back towards the city, taking in some of the breathtaking views of Melbourne’s twinkling cityscape along the way.

5. Oyster Shucking at Freycinet Marine Farm, TAS

Where?: 1784 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay, Bicheno TAS

Food Rating: 5/5

Scenic Rating: 4/5

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Freycinet Oyster Farm
Image: Saffire Freycinet

Seafood doesn’t get much fresher than what’s found on the Tasmanian east coast. Lovers of seafood will be right in their element, with some of the best seafood in the country on offer.

Located in the calm waters of the Freycinet Peninsula, the Saffire Freycinet Lodge and Freycinet Marine Farm offers visitors the chance to don the waders and stand in the middle of the water at a private table setting.

Visitors can also learn about the region and taste some of their prized Pacific Oysters straight from the water, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine.

This is an exclusive offer for guests of Saffire Freycinet, so, unfortunately, it isn’t available for members of the public to experience. If you have the opportunity to spend the night at Saffire Freycinet, shucking oysters at Freycinet Marine Farm should be one of the first things to do.

Freycinet Marine Farm offers visitors who aren’t staying at Saffire Freycinet the chance to stay on land and enjoy a tour of the farm. This tour will teach you about the processing, grading and delivery procedures, you’ll also be able to watch a shucking demonstration and enjoy a dozen fresh oysters and steamed mussels.

Seafood lovers craving a fresh and informative foodie adventure can enjoy this tantalising experience for the price of $50 per person.

4. Exmouth Sunset & Whale Watching Cruise, WA

Where?: Exmouth Marina, WA

Food Rating: 4/5

Scenic Rating: 5/5

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Ocean Eco Adventures Sunset Whale Watching Cruise
Image: Ocean Eco Adventures

Journey along the gorgeous Ningaloo Reef Marine Park to spend the evening with some of the tourists of the sea; migrating Humpback whales.

Available during migration season, this is a top-notch tour that is set to satisfy all of the senses. In addition to the breaching and tail slapping whales that you will hang out with, you will also be treated to a selection of fresh produce and gourmet platters on board Ocean Eco Adventures‘ luxurious vessel.

You can treat yourself to fresh Exmouth prawns and more as you watch these incredible creatures play in the water surrounding the boat as the sun goes down in this beautiful Western Australian region.

As an additional extra, you can also jump in the water for a snorkel (all equipment is supplied). A great option for those interested in whale watching, cruising, snorkelling and eating.

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3. Secluded Cay Escape with Nautilus Aviation

Where?: Cairns QLD

Food Rating: 4/5

Scenic Rating: 5/5

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Nautilus Aviation Secluded Cay Picnic
Image: Nautilus Aviation

Escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind to a secluded sand cay on the Great Barrier Reef. A romantic setting for a beautifully unique day in paradise, this Nautilus Aviation adventure is a must-do for those looking to combine picturesque scenery with a delicious meal.

For a total of 2.5 hours, you’ll journey from Cairns on a helicopter to Vlasoff Cay, an uncovered sand dune in the middle of the reef.

Passengers will be supplied with a gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy with sparkling beer and winemaking for an ideal combination.

You’ll also be given snorkelling equipment, a beach umbrella, picnic blanket and cushions for your comfort. An ideal getaway for a couple or small family looking to treat themselves, we all love a good picnic, and it only gets better when it’s situated in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.

2. Gourmet BBQ Dinner in Uluru

Where?: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT

Food Rating: 5/5

Scenic Rating: 5/5

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Uluru Dinner
Image: Visit Australia

Of course, dining near the most famous rock in Australia is an absolute must! This gourmet experience will treat you to the best of the Red Centre, including spectacular views of the setting sun and the fantastic colours it brings with it.

As the sun goes down you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of nibbles before moving along to the main course for the evening; dinner.

The night is made even more enjoyable with an evening overlooking Uluru while feasting on a gourmet Australian barbeque meal. The menu features a range of classics including steak, lamb sausages, chicken skewers, garlic prawns, salad and of course, the crowd favourite; dessert.

Wash the meal down with a selection of red and white wines, beer and soft drink and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

Operators AAT KingsGrayline and Emu Run Tours all offer tours with dinner near Uluru.

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1. Gourmet Seafood Cruise to Bruny Island

Where?: Departs Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS

Food Rating: 5/5

Scenic Rating: 5/5

Top Australian Foodie Exeriences Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Seafood Seduction Cruise
Image: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Tasmania is well known for its fresh seafood and getting your hands on some of the local produce is a must!

It’s not just a cruise to eat seafood, this adventure with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys lets you pull your own feed from the gorgeous waters around Tasmania.

You’ll be able to pull large, full oysters and watch as your guide dives for sea urchins and abalone all in preparation for your feast later in the day.

Come lunchtime, the anchor will be dropped into the calm waters of the bay for you to sit back and enjoy the views while your fresh seafood lunch is prepared on board.

Top Australian Foodie Experiences Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Seafood SEducation Tour
Image: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

An ocean to plate experience like no other, the meal is accompanied with a selection of local wines and beers to top off the perfect lunch. A must for those looking to combine sightseeing, dining and adventure, this cruise is a seafood lover’s heaven.

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Check out all of our top experiences in Australia online here and get ready to enjoy your next experience in Australia.

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Brittney Deguara

Experience Oz + NZ Travel Writer

Brittney loves travelling, so it's only fitting she's one of our travel writers! A go-to contact for all things travel in Australia and New Zealand, Brittney is always planning her next adventure away from the desk. If you have any story ideas or questions contact her at brittney@experienceoz.com.au

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