More than just a picturesque holiday destination, Western Australia is a gourmand’s playground. Thanks to the region’s Mediterranean climate, it is widely regarded as a premium source of fresh local produce, fine wines and brews. Planning a foodie holiday? Here’s a tasting platter to whet your appetite.
Visit the Southern Forests in Manjimup and indulge in some black Périgord truffles, one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world. Enjoy the earthy flavours on their own, or in delicious truffle honeys, oils and mustards.
Put together a fabulous Aussie seafood picnic when you pop into Geraldton Fish Market, which sources only the freshest seafood from its suppliers. A Coral Coast landmark that’s over 20 years old, it is where you can fill up your basket with oysters, smoked fish, freshly cooked prawns and even pickled octopus.
Enjoy a taste of marron, the region’s largest freshwater crayfish that is a staple on many restaurant menus. Grilled, gently butter-poached or barbecued, marron is known for its delicate, super-sweet flavour and succulent meat.
Get better acquainted with Perth's lively food scene with a discovery tour of lesser-known options such as Lalla Rookh (77 St Georges Terrace), which dishes up great Italian cuisine with an Aussie twist; Kitsch Bar Asia (229 Oxford St, Leederville), which unveils exciting Asian flavours weekly on Wok Wednesday and Top Secret Thursdays; and Gusto Food (86 Angelo St, South Perth), home to gigantic breakfasts like Pulled Pork Benedict and Scrambled Eggs on Toast.
Fremantle boasts several dynamic craft breweries and speakeasies, each of them a great spot to cool your heels. Visit Varnish on King (75 King St) to imbibe in the town's best range of whiskies, or add Petition Beer Corner (Corner of Barrack St and St Georges Terrace) and the Dutch Trading Company (243 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park) to your list of watering holes serving craft beers that range from conventional classics to tasty surprises.
Taste award-winning vintages in Margaret River, just one of nine sensational wine regions you can explore. You’ll find it all there — crisp Chardonnays, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons, and citrusy Semillon Sauvignon Blancs.
Planning a trip later this year? Coincide it with Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2017 (Nov 16 to 19), an annual extravaganza of food, produce and wine. This year, it returns as a four-day event to celebrate the famed region's 50th anniversary. Brought to you by presenting partner Audi, it will showcase new events and feature top chefs including home-grown culinary royalty Curtis Stone and Singapore-based chef Andre Chiang of Restaurant Andre. The Margaret River Gourmet Package will be available at the TWA booth at Travel Revolution Fair 2017.
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