Feast and Forage: a Taste of Australia’s Freshest   

From fruit picking to truffle hunting, Australia offers dining straight from the source.

Why wait for your food when you can have it ASAP? That’s right, you can pick your food straight from the forest, trees or seas across Australia. Stretching from Perth to Tasmania, you can dig into some of the freshest and juiciest produce gathered straight from its source.  With truffle hunting and oyster shucking on the menu, you will surely be unable to resist these food-centric expeditions.

Truffle Kerfuffle (23–25 June)

Forage for one of the world’s most prized delicacies, the black Perigord truffle, at the annual Truffle Kerfuffle festival in Manjimup, a three-hour drive from Perth. Don’t miss out on the chance to join truffle hunts with resident hounds, tuck into meals prepared by some of Australia’s top chefs and hone your cooking skills with truffle master classes. You will be delighted to know that many chefs incorporate regional produce such as chestnuts, cherries and wine into their dishes. Soak in the festival atmosphere, catch free demonstrations and entertainment on the festival grounds, and learn about the farmers, producers, winemakers and community that make up the Southern Forests.

Tropical Fruit World

Less than an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast, you can check out the world’s largest variety of tropical fruits at the Tropical Fruit World plantation, which takes visitors on guided tours and unique fruit-pairing tastings. Have you ever tasted a cheese fruit or ice-cream bean? Intrigued? Sign up for a fruit-tasting session where your taste buds will be tickled by exciting and exotic fruity flavours you never knew existed.

And what’s a fruit farm visit without authentic experiences? Enjoy a taste of fruit-farm living by riding a tractor train and sampling seasonal harvests on a plantation safari.

Tasmanian Seafood Seduction

Savour the best of Tasmania’s produce at its freshest by embarking on the Tasmanian Seafood Seduction cruise. Starting from Hobart, the cruise, which takes up to 12 guests per trip, sails past breathtaking coastal scenery while you enjoy a range of fresh local produce including freshly shucked oysters and rock lobsters. Sit back, relax and breathe in the crisp air while your guide dives for Tasmanian abalone and sea urchin. Then be thrilled as the fresh catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast, paired with local gourmet produce and Tasmanian wine, beer and cider. Visitors will also get a peek into local aquafarming practices, with a visit to the Tassal salmon farm — benchmarked as the world’s leading salmon farmer.

A Self-Drive Adventure in Tassie

Deciding whether to go on self-drive route in Tasmania could be daunting as you’d want to cover wilderness, food scene and scenic trails. Hobart easily impresses anyone with that calm city vibe subtly hinting the beauty of Mount Wellington in its backdrop. As explained by a travel blogger, Jensen; Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary would be a great stop to greet the Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, Echidna and other unique wildlife.

There’s a reason why oyster lovers should visit Freycinet Marine Farm. Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park possess such incredible colors captured by Jensen. He accurately describes the rugged mountains, snowfall encounter, fresh produce and of course, he puts his talent capturing star trails into use in this trip.

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Places Visited by Jensen Chua


Curringa Farm


Mount Field National Park
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Richmond Bridge
TAS Live Abalone
Mount Wellington
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
Tahune Airwalk

 

Freycinet Marine Farm
Freycinet National Park
Ashgrove Cheese Farm
Table Cape Tulip Farm

 

Cradle Mountain-Lake St.Clair National Park.
Sheffield – Town of Murals
Launceston Cataract Gorge
Stars Trails and Milky Way @ Tasmania Gourmet Sauce Company

5 Reasons why Tasmania is the Ultimate Wanderlust Destination

From sparkling sapphire bays to fossil-rich limestone, Tasmania is brimming with natural wonders sure to take your breath away..

It may sit near the bottom of the globe, but with a treasure trove of natural wonders, it is hard to imagine anyone resisting Tasmania’s allure. Get bitten by the wanderlust bug as you explore more of what Tasmania has to offer.

Here are the top five reasons why the Apple Isle is the ultimate travel destination!

1. Wineglass Bay

Located within the Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world, boasts a sparkling sapphire basin and a crescent of soft, white sand. For a truly spectacular view, take a short trek to the Wineglass Bay lookout. While the uphill walk might be a bit of a scramble, the view from atop is well worth the effort. There are many more short walks across the park, suitable for all. These mostly lead to secluded bays, beaches and bird-filled lagoons.

PHOTO: Freycinet Experience Walk, Wineglass Bay CREDIT TOURISM AUSTRALIA

Adventurous travellers can try out the Freycinet Experience Walk, a four-day guided hike across the entire length of the peninsula. While on the walk, keep a sharp lookout for some of Tasmania’s native animals in action. If you’re lucky, you just might spot some native white-bellied sea eagles diving into the bay for food!

The bay’s calm and clear waters also makes it the perfect location for those who enjoy fishing, sailing or simply soaking up the coastal scenery

2. Freycinet Marine Farm

Food is the word on every Singaporean’s lips. And with Tasmania’s cool air and pristine waters, there can only be one thing on everyone’s mind — seafood!

PHOTO: Jetabout Holidays

Taste some of Tasmania’s freshest seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm, which rears everything from succulent Pacific oysters to Tasmanian Blue Mussels. For a truly immersive experience, the farm encourages visitors to sift for oysters straight from the waters. Just picture yourself ankle-deep in water and feasting on freshly shucked oysters!

3. Maria Island

Immense, raw and awe-inspiring — that is what walking through Maria Island feels like. The world heritage national park, located in a mountainous island to the east of Tasmania, is a sanctuary of stunning historic ruins and dramatic cliffs — and a goldmine for Instagram-worthy pics.

PHOTO: Maria Island CREDIT MARIA ISLAND WALK AND GREAT WALKS OF AUSTRALIA

Fossil Cliffs is a real-life Jurassic Park, containing fossils of ancient creatures that date back to 300 million years ago. Hunt for remains of extinct organisms like the Eurydesma, a giant thick-shelled clam, which can be found embedded in beds of rocks.

Another reason to visit Maria Island is The Painted Cliffs. This site is covered in beautifully patterned sandstone that comes in stunning shades of red, orange and yellow; sometimes all at once. Fishing for more “Likes” on your Instagram photos? This is the place to be.

4. Lavender Fields Forever

Sifting for travel ideas this December or January? Look no further than the world’s largest commercial lavender farm, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, located in northeast Tasmania. Be mesmerised by rows and rows of gorgeous lavender bushes that form a colourful palette against the brilliant blue skies.

Photo: Jetabout Holidays

And don’t just stop and smell the flowers, you can taste them too! The Woodcroft Café on the estate sells a range of lavender-infused desserts, like lavender fudge brownie and lavender ice cream, which you can enjoy while curled up on one of the farm benches or under a grand oak tree! Is there any better way to spend a fine summer’s day?

Those looking to do a spot of souvenir shopping can purchase Bobbie, Bridestowe’s resident lavender-filled teddy bear. Aside from its lovely colour and soothing lavender scent, these bears also make the perfect cuddle buddy.

5. Cataract Gorge Reserve

PHOTO: Gatekeepers cottage – Cataract Gorge Reserve CREDIT TOURISM TASMANIA

Located less than two kilometres from Launceston’s city centre, Cataract Gorge, framed by an ice-cold river, bushland and cliffs, offers an escape from the buzz of city living. Interested in a walkabout? There are two walking tracks that straddle the gorge. Cataract Walk is level while the Zig Zag Track is steep. Both offer stunning, clear views of greenery and water.

If you are travelling with kids, the gorge offers a free outdoor swimming pool and barbecues for a lovely family outing in the summer. Be sure to take a ride on the world’s longest single-span chairlift and keep a lookout for sociable peacocks, which can be found strutting about the gardens.


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Ready, Set, Eat A Guide to Tasting Tasmania’s Best

Get ready to feast and slurp your way through Tasmania, a true foodie’s paradise for anyone in search of top class food and wine experiences.

Tasmania is fast gaining a reputation for excellent food and wine. And with an abundance of rich soil, pure air and clean seas, it is not hard to see why. Embark on a culinary journey with this list of top dining experiences that will have you falling head over heels for the Apple Isle

Seafood Seduction

Your first stop? Hobart, the heart and capital of Tasmania. This region has access to seafood straight from the Southern Ocean so make sure to try some homemade fish and chips and seafood bites from takeaway stalls along Hobart’s iconic waterfront.

PHOTO: Mures Fish Centre Restaurant O&M ST JOHN PHOTOGRAPHY www.drinkteatravel.com

The waterfront also offers a range of award-winning restaurants, which have front-row seats to the finest harbour views. Most restaurants serve up modern fusion dishes so you can enjoy some seafood, served with a twist, like crispy-skinned salmon with tahini yoghurt.

Oyster lovers will also be pleased to learn that Hobart is littered with oyster farms. Whether you are hankering for freshly shucked oysters or looking to learn about the ocean-to-plate journey, these farms have it all. Oyster enthusiasts can venture further to Bruny Island, where locally owned farm, Get Shucked, offers molluscs so fresh you almost feel like the sea is kissing you.

From Paddock to Plate

From farms to hop houses, pick up tips on how the region’s meats, greens and brews are cultivated and cooked. The Agrarian Kitchen is a must-visit for fans of the paddock-to-plate experience. Located further south in the Derwent Valley, the farm-based cooking school has a lush vegetable garden and rare-breed livestock that are used in cooking courses. Participants can also knock back some premium Tasmanian wines along with their self-prepared dishes after each session!

Go Mad for Markets

Every Saturday, Salamanca Place in Hobart comes alive with the popular Salamanca Market, which sees some 300 stalls selling organic greens and gourmet produce, quirky collectibles and fresh blooms. A key attraction is Smith’s Specialty Pies, which specialises in delectable scallop pies. On Sundays, head to Bathurst St for the Farm Gate Market. This market is a favourite among locals for its fresh produce, which you can purchase while enjoying a cup of freshly roasted coffee and barbecued seafood.

Salamanca Market, Hobart, TAS CREDIT TOURISM TASMANIA & ROB BURNETT

Don’t forget to add Launceston, further up north the island, to your itinerary, particularly the Harvest Launceston Farmers Market, which runs every Saturday in the heart of the Tamar Valley. Stock up on gorgeous produce, from fresh berries to artisanal ciders and homemade preserves, while chatting to local farmers and providores!

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Highlights of this trip includes a full day tour of Seafood Seduction Cruise where you will enjoy a range of local Tasmanian produce from Wild Abalone, Rock Lobster, Oysters, Salmon to Sea Urchin! You will also join a day tour to Coal River Farm where you will experience Tasmania’s finest gourmet cheese and chocolate being made onsite and pick some of the world’s tastiest strawberries and other orchard fruits. Another highlight is a day tour to Cradle Mountain National ParkClick here to Book NOW!