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Australia has a restaurant culture that is dynamic. And, remarkably, it has come about in the space of a single generation. Australia has never been a more exciting place to eat and restaurants are driving this change. Melbourne’s vibrant café and restaurant scene has been leading the charge with Attica and Brae on the Great Ocean Road on the World’s 100 Best Restaurants List.
From Melbourne fly over an hour to Hobart. Here you can start your day at Salamanca Markets before taking the ferry ride to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) where they have an equally inspiring restaurant and their own winery and brewery producing wonderful things to drink. Don’t miss a boat ride to Bruny Island, the most southern part of Australia famous for its clifftops, cheeses and seafood. Or shuck oysters straight from the bay at Freycinet.
Any time of year, these cities have something on for the food lover but try to time your trip to one of these. For 10 days in March or April, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is one of the most popular including the world’s longest lunch and grazing along the river. Celebrity chefs love to flock to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape in November to enjoy the beach and explore new culinary trends.
And all of these cities have an exciting craft beer, spirits and wine scene if you want to try. The Yarra Valley outside of Melbourne produces some of Australia’s finest pinot noirs as well as exciting food and craft and micro-beer trails. The Margaret River, three hours south of Perth, has some of the world’s tastiest surf breaks along with its cabernets and chardonnays. Hobart has an award winning whiskey trail with its award-winning cool climate wines. And for one of the most legendary regions, no tour is complete without going to Adelaide and visiting regions from the Barossa to the Clare Valley.