Get Inspired / Australasia / Australia Inspire Magazine - Food and Wine Trails SATC Photographer 0009735-364-c Mandala Wines Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Australasia / Australia Inspire Magazine - Food and Wine Trails story by: Inspire Magazine Die-hard foodies and wine lovers listen up! Australia has one of the world’s richest and most diverse climates for growing great produce, meaning the country is packed with fantastic food and wine trails to explore. Whether you’re heading on a weekend getaway or you’re planning to wine and dine your way through the country, you definitely won’t want to miss these amazing destinations. SOUTH AUSTRALIA You don’t have to drive much further than Adelaide before you’re in the heart of world-famous wine country. South Australia is home to a whopping 17 wine regions. In particular, the Barossa is famous for its wineries – join up with a tour for an insiders’ view on how local winemakers produce their popular offerings, or explore at your own pace. The Butcher, Baker, Winemaker route is popular among locals and visitors alike – you’ll find plenty of samples to tempt your taste buds along the way. Just a 20 minute drive from the SA capital, the Adelaide Hills are also worth a visit – it’s the perfect day trip. In this cool climate wine growing region, take some time to sample the locally-produced Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. VICTORIA The Yarra Valley is a wonderful spot for a weekend getaway – from farm gate fruit and vegetable sellers to boutique breweries, intimate wineries and cosy restaurants, the Yarra Valley really does have it all – and it’s easy to reach by car from Melbourne in about an hour. In the summertime, take advantage of Victoria’s fabulous sunshine. Stock up on supplies from one of the Yarra Valley’s local markets and pack a picnic to have in one of its beautiful green spaces – Yarra Ranges National Park and Dandenong Ranges National Park offer beautiful views. Call into one of the multiple local restaurants – many of the country’s finest chefs design the delectable menus at the Yarra Valley’s premium estates. NEW SOUTH WALES Don’t miss a trip to the famous Hunter Valley near Sydney, a beautiful spot to visit at any time of year. The Mediterranean-like climate here has made the Hunter Valley one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions – some of the oldest vineyards in the area date back to the 1820s. Today, more than 150 wineries produce their wares in the region – and they want you to come and see how it’s all done. From cellar door tours to romantic hotels and boutique B&Bs, the Hunter Valley is a brilliant place to plan an unforgettable food and wine-themed break less than a two hour drive from Sydney. QUEENSLAND In South East Queensland, the Gold Coast Hinterland offers fascinating foodie delights. Don’t miss a visit to the award-winning Mount Tamborine Distillery or the unique family-owned Witches Chase Cheese Factory. Further north, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is home to the spectacular Sunshine Coast Food Trail. For a memorable tour sign up for a ‘Spicers’ cooking class where you’ll get the best all-round experience – cook, eat, laugh and learn how to make truly incredible dishes from chefs who have led amazing culinary careers. Alternatively, let someone else do the hard work and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many stunning waterfront restaurants on offer. From fish and chips and beachside BBQs to luxury dining and boutique market stalls, this is a destination that truly offers something for every taste and budget. Feeling inspired? Get in touch with your local HOT holiday specialist to find out more about sunny Queensland. 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