Overseas feasting is all very well, but there are plenty of gourmet treasures waiting to be discovered in your own backyard. To help hungry holiday-makers out, we devised a list of essential home-grown eating experiences for Expedia’s travel blog – Out There Starts Here.
• Two-wheeled wine tasting Check out the wineries of South Australia’s Clare Valley by hiring a bike in Auburn (a 1.5-hour drive from Adelaide) and pedalling the 35km Riesling Trail, stopping at cellar doors and local produce shops along the way. The cool-climate offerings here are among the best in the world – make O’Leary Walker a priority for its excellent tipple and equally good views.
• Canberra Coffee Once regarded as the less exciting cousin of Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra has slowly been reinventing itself and now boasts a thriving coffee and café scene that could easily rival that of other state capitals. Must-visit spots include Lonsdale Street Roasters, which is so popular it can be found at two locations on the same road, and The Cupping Room on the corner of University Avenue and London Circuit – head here for one of their daily cupping sessions, or simply to admire the sheer amount of apparatus dedicated to the humble bean.
• Gourmet gelato There are several places worth checking out in Western Australia’s Margaret River, but Millers might be the most famous thanks to award-winning creations including raspberry with Belgian white chocolate and ginger-infused coffee with chocolate ripple. Made with full-cream milk, each scoop is deliciously smooth – see for yourself at the farm shop in Cowaramup.
• World-class fine dining No round-up would be complete without mention of two of Australia’s acclaimed fine dining establishments, which appear on the San Pelligrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 list. Leading the way at number 21 is Attica, located in the unassuming Melbourne suburb of Ripponlea and led by chef Ben Shewry who has a reputation for serving foraged ingredients, while Quay – with sweeping views of Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge – was most recently ranked number 48 on the list.
Tune in for more touring guides soon…