Australia is all about the barbies and the beer, right?
Not quite. While there's no doubt that Australians do both well, there is so much more for food lovers in this diverse country. Australia has developed into one of the most celebrated wine-producing nations in the world, and its cities teem with restaurants doing delicious things with a wealth of fresh produce from land and sea.
Australia's food culture takes influences from across the globe, but always with a pinch of laid-back Antipodean attitude. Here are two itineraries that blend spectacular scenery, captivating wildlife and a true taste of modern Australia.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is known as one of the world's most perfect drives, meandering between quaint seaside towns, lush rainforest and towering clifftops. It also takes in some of Australia's most celebrated wine and food producing regions.
This itinerary starts in Melbourne, a city that can lay legitimate claim to having one of the world's best restaurant scenes. The city's delicious delights take in everything from neighbourhood noodle houses and boutique back street cafés to high-end shrines to the best of modern Australian cooking. Enjoy a glass of fine Australian wine in a cosmopolitan city centre bar, or take a tram to the seaside suburb of St Kilda for a sunset cocktail.
While based in Melbourne the itinerary also gives you the chance to taste Australian wines on a Yarra Valley Wine Experience. The views are stunning; the wines sublime. The day includes a long, languid lunch and the chance to sample some of the country's finest tipples.
After Melbourne take the Great Ocean Road along Australia's stunning South East coast, in the direction of Adelaide. You'll stop off in Lorne, a pretty coastal town where fresh seafood is the speciality. In fact, seafood lovers are in for a treat, as the route then takes in the charming fishing town of Port Fairy and Robe, famous for its freshly caught crayfish.
Your final destination is Adelaide, a compact, attractive and easy-going Australian city which is so fond of dining out it even boasts dedicated 'Eat Streets'. You can find excellent local produce at the city's famous central markets, and sample a range of fine local wines at any one of Adelaide's countless bars and restaurants.
Find out more about Flight Centre's two-week Great Ocean Road itinerary.
South Australia in depth
Visitors are starting to discover the many charms of South Australia, and food-lovers are leading the charge. It's easy to see why. A two-week South Australian itinerary starts in delightful Adelaide, a city that takes the pleasures of life seriously. Its museums, galleries and botanic gardens are worth a visit in their own right, and the city runs a calendar of arts festivals throughout the year.
But food is what the locals really like best. The city has entire streets dedicated to eating, flooded with the freshest local produce from the surrounding countryside and ocean. With world-class vineyards on its doorstep, Adelaide also has a nose for a fine wine.
After Adelaide the itinerary takes you to the nature lover's paradise of Kangaroo Island, and then on to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia's most celebrated wine-producing regions. Later the tour takes in the equally iconic vineyards of beautiful Clare Valley, where top-notch Riesling is the tipple of choice. The region features over 40 wine estates, many of which are family-run. There are plenty of opportunities to sample their wares.
You round off the trip back in Adelaide and the glorious sun-dappled suburb of Glenelg, a 1920s-tram ride away from the centre of town. Enjoy a spectacular South Australian sunset from a beachside café, or while eating the freshest fish and chips. A dolphin-spotting boat trip is a perfect way to round off a fortnight of good food, fine wine and adventure.
Find out more about Flight Centre's two-week South Australia itinerary.
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