There’s nothing like a holiday and a good dose of exploring to work up your appetite. Why not make your lunch or snack time part of your itinerary?
The sweet-tooths, connoisseurs and would-be agriculturalists in your family will salivate over this list of kid-friendly foodie trips across Australia, the perfect chance to gain an appreciation for local produce.
Chocolate – South Australia
To start this list with a bang, we couldn’t go past the old adage: ‘9 out of 10′ people love chocolate. The 10th is a liar.’ Why not go full Willy Wonka at Haigh’s Chocolate in Adelaide, where the whole family can enjoy a free guided tour of the factory? You’ll melt over the chance to learn about the history of Haigh’s and their cocoa plantations, witness artisanal chocolates being handmade and splurge with some chocolate tastings.
Honey – Victoria
Keep indulging your sweet tooth at Beechworth Honey. Sample their wide selection of this natural delicacy, from creamed honeys to eucalypt varieties. See a Queen bee up close, watch videos about beekeeping and honey extraction, and discover different ways to cook with honey. The chance to buy honeys and bees wax products also comes with an important lesson – read the displays, talk to staff, and learn about the environmental threat to our bees and the local conservation efforts to protect Australian honey.
Sugar – Queensland
The sugar high does not end there. Further north in the tropical heat of Queensland, visit cane plantations and factories for a firsthand encounter with the processes that bring sugar to our supermarket shelves. Mackay boasts several operational sugar mills and tours, including this one at Farleigh, as do Tully and Sarina. Be sure to visit during harvest and crushing seasons, from June to November.
Dairy – New South Wales
Moooo-ve back down south to New South Wales’ dairy country. Stop in at Bega, where they produce Bega cheddars, which have long been a family-favourite Australian cheese. Pop into the Heritage Centre to brush up on your dairy-making history and see if you can handle the ‘strong and bitey’ Bega Vintage. Uralla’s Sunhill Dairy will also bring a cheesy grin to your face. Meet the resident goats on their small acreage, tour the farm and milking operations and sample the cheeses and skin care products. Mayberry Farm in the picturesque Southern Highlands is also a favourite of ours.
Salmon – Tasmania
Swim upstream to the salmon farms of Tasmania. Try the self-guided walking track or listen to what a guide has to say on a bus tour of 41 Degrees South, an inland freshwater salmon farm. Not only will you enjoy the wetlands setting and get the chance to feed the fish, you’ll also witness a complex ecosystem at work. Swing by their ginseng plantation before buying some smoked salmon for dinner.
Fruit – Western Australia
There is something special about choosing and harvesting your own fruit. With so much on offer around Perth, you really have your pickings (pun intended) of fruit to sample. Collect some mangoes at Perth Mango Farm, or oranges at Golden Grove Citrus Orchard. And for the quintessential picking experience, go for the berries at Denmark Berry Farm. If you haven’t filled up on strawberries, try some of their famous icecream. Definitely contact the farms before you go – that way you can secure a booking and make sure your favourite fruit is in season.