The most weird and wonderful foodie experiences in Australia revealed


Tour around Australia and you’ll discover an all-you-can-eat-buffet’s worth of unique foodie experiences. 

You can picnic on an alpaca farm, eat oysters at a table knee-deep in the water they were farmed from and sit at a head-spinning dinner table that’s suspended from a towering crane. 

These are just a handful of experiences in the smorgasbord of weird and wonderful culinary experiences we present here, which take place everywhere from Tasmania to the Northern Territory via the Great Barrier Reef.

DINNER IN THE SKY – VARIOUS LOCATIONS 

The Dinner in the Sky dining experience sees dinner party guests seated at a table that’s suspended up to 50m (164ft) above ground

The Dinner in the Sky dining experience sees dinner party guests seated at a table that’s suspended up to 50m (164ft) above ground 

The Dinner in the Sky dining experience sees 22 dinner party guests seated at a table that’s suspended up to 50m (164ft) above ground from a crane.

‘Unbeatable views’ are served up with the meal, the website reveals (although the appeal may be lost on those with a fear of heights).

The experience takes place in various locations across Australia, but each December there’s a two-week-long ‘season’ of dinners hosted in Tasmania. How do you get a place at the table? You must join a mailing list to win a coveted spot.

‘SEAFOOD SEDUCTION’ CRUISE – TASMANIA 

Watch your guide dive for abalone and sea urchins on a seafood-themed tour with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Watch your guide dive for abalone and sea urchins on a seafood-themed tour with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

The full-day ‘Seafood Seduction’ cruise begins in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, taking passengers along the River Derwent and D’Entrecasteaux Channel to the southern end of Bruny Island, where a guide will dive into the water to hunt for seafood. 

Passengers can watch as the guide emerges with the fruits of their labour – abalone and sea urchins.

This fresh seafood is then cooked on the spot aboard the boat and served alongside local crayfish, mussels and salmon, paired with Tasmanian wines. This bounty is enjoyed against a beautiful backdrop – Bruny Island’s secluded bays and deserted beaches. 

To experience the tour, which is run by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, visit seafoodseduction.com.au.

OYSTER FARM DINING EXPERIENCE – NEW SOUTH WALES 

Sample fresh oysters in the waters of the Hawkesbury River with Sydney Oyster Farm Tours

Sample fresh oysters in the waters of the Hawkesbury River with Sydney Oyster Farm Tours

Love oysters? Then you’ll be in your element with Sydney Oyster Farm Tours’ ‘Immerse Yourself’ tasting experience.

First there’s a boat tour around the Broken Bay oyster farm on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. Next, you slide into a pair of waders and take your place at a dining table planted in the water. Here you’ll be treated to a feast of fresh oysters as you stand in the water they were harvested from. 

Throughout the day, you’ll chat with second and third-generation oyster farmers and learn about oyster harvesting and farming. They’ll even teach you how to expertly open oysters. The tour costs £104 ($195AUD/$132US) per person. Visit sydneyoystertours.com.

PICNIC WITH ALPACAS – NEW SOUTH WALES 

The Blackwattle Alpaca Farm in New South Wales offers a luxury picnic experience

The Blackwattle Alpaca Farm in New South Wales offers a luxury picnic experience

Here’s one for animal lovers – venture to the Blackwattle Alpaca Farm near the town of Murrumbateman in New South Wales to try out its unique ‘Luxury Bobo Picnic’ experience. 

As its name suggests, the farm, overlooked by the Brindabella Range mountains, is home to a herd of alpacas, 70 in total. Visitors can take the resident alpacas for a stroll around the ‘picturesque’ paddocks whilst learning about the inner workings of the farm from a tour guide. There’s also the chance to ‘pat, cuddle and take photos’ with the creatures, the farm’s website reveals. 

Post-tour, visitors are led to a ‘luxurious’ picnic spot decorated with pillows and blankets, where they’re presented with a sweet and savoury grazing platter. 

Tickets are priced from £95 ($180AUD/$121US) for two people. Visit blackwattlealpacas.com.au.

BRAE RESTAURANT – VICTORIA 

Brae (pictured) offers a menu that revolves around produce from its organic farm, which is home to an olive grove and beehives

Brae (pictured) offers a menu that revolves around produce from its organic farm, which is home to an olive grove and beehives

Lauded restaurant Brae is housed in a country cottage just outside the town of Birregurra, at the foothills of the Otway Ranges mountains in Victoria.

A regular on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, the restaurant’s ever-changing menu revolves around produce from its organic farm, which is home to an olive grove and beehives.

After your meal, you can explore the farm, with dedicated walking paths designed to let visitors discover where their food comes from. It’s easy to extend your stay too – there are six guest suites on site. Visit braerestaurant.com.

PORTARLINGTON MUSSEL TOURS – VICTORIA 

Portarlington Mussel Tours in Victoria offers a cooking demonstration and a speciality mussel-themed lunch

Portarlington Mussel Tours in Victoria offers a cooking demonstration and a speciality mussel-themed lunch

The historical seaside town of Portarlington in Victoria is thought to harvest around 60 per cent of Australia’s mussels. To learn about its seafood industry – and taste its wares – sail around Port Philip Bay aboard a 40-year-old wooden vessel with Portarlington Mussel Tours. 

The company’s ‘Classic Mussel Tour’ is run by Lance Wiffen, a fourth-generation farmer who has been in the business for 37 years, and his wife. Their three-hour tours offer the chance to see first-hand how mussels are cultivated and include a cooking demonstration and a speciality mussel-themed lunch. 

Mussels will be pulled up on ropes and harvested, cleaned, and cooked on the vessel, before they’re plated up and washed down with local wines and beers. The tour’s website notes: ‘If you happen to spy a few dolphins or make some new friends, then that’s an added bonus!’ 

Prices start at £122 ($230AUD/$155US). Visit portarlingtonmusseltours.com.au

WINE AND DINE IN A NEST – SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

Enjoy a 'little whimsy' with a wine tasting inside a wooden nest at Golding Wines winery

Enjoy a ‘little whimsy’ with a wine tasting inside a wooden nest at Golding Wines winery

The Golding Wines winery in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia offers a wining and dining experience with a twist.

Billed as ‘one of the most unique spaces you will find at a cellar door’, a ‘whimsical’ woven nest has been crafted on the winery’s estate. Groups are ushered inside to enjoy a six-course lunch paired with the winery’s award-winning wines.

Golding Wines says the nest ‘will have you reminiscing of childhood tree houses and remind you that there is always room for a little whimsy with your wine’. The experience costs £133 ($250AUD/$157US) per person. Visit goldingwines.com.au.

DINNER BY ULURU – NORTHERN TERRITORY 

Dine under the stars with a view of one of Australia's most iconic landmarks, Uluru, courtesy of these two gourmet experiences - the 'Sounds of Silence' experience (image one) and the ‘Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner’ experience (image two)

Dine under the stars with a view of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Uluru, courtesy of these two gourmet experiences – the ‘Sounds of Silence’ experience (image one) and the ‘Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner’ experience (image two) 

Dine under the stars with a view of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks – the distinctive red monolith of Uluru – courtesy of these two gourmet experiences, run by the Ayers Rock Resort in the Red Centre region of the Northern Territory.

The first event – called the ‘Sounds of Silence’ experience – begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine in a setting that overlooks Uluru. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table to dine on a bushtucker-inspired menu crafted using native bush ingredients.

A resident ‘star talker’ will decode the southern night sky, pointing out the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac and various features of the Milky Way.

The resort also offers a ‘Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner’ experience that offers guests more awe-inspiring views of Uluru and the nearby Kata Tjuta rock formations.

Guests can fill up on a ‘gourmet’ dinner hamper as they witness the ancient Mala story – a tale that’s central to the Anangu people who’ve lived by Uluru for tens of thousands of years – being re-told in a mesmerising light show that sees choreographed drones and lasers light up the night sky.

Visitors are said to ‘feel a powerful connection’ to the land as they listen to a traditional Inma (ceremony) soundtrack and narration in the local Pitjantjatjara language. Visit ayersrockresort.com.au

POP-UP DINING – WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

Above is the unique pop-up restaurant Fervor taking place at Gantheaume Point near Broome

Above is the unique pop-up restaurant Fervor taking place at Gantheaume Point near Broome

Roaming restaurant Fervor puts a focus on Australian produce, working with ingredients that include green tree ants, silver cobbler fish and native stingless bees.

The pop-up eatery appears in a wide variety of landscapes across Western Australia, from the Pinnacles Desert within Nambung National Park to rugged Breaksea Island. Chef Paul Iskov works in partnership with local communities for each dining experience, and it’s ensured that no trace is left on the land once the event wraps. Visit fervor.com.au

DINE ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF – QUEENSLAND  

Sleep and dine on the Great Barrier Reef with a stay at Reef Suites (above)

Sleep and dine on the Great Barrier Reef with a stay at Reef Suites (above) 

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, home to the globe’s largest collection of coral reefs. One unique way to experience it is with a ‘gourmet’ dinner under the stars at the ‘Reef Suites’ floating pontoon hotel.

After dinner, guests retire to underwater suites and fall asleep to a front-row view of nocturnal marine life passing by the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Visit cruisewhitsundays.com.

FEAST IN THE WORLD’S OLDEST RAINFOREST – QUEENSLAND 

Get to know the history of the Daintree Rainforest as you dine at the ‘Flames of the Forest’ experience

Get to know the history of the Daintree Rainforest as you dine at the ‘Flames of the Forest’ experience

The indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have been living in the Daintree Rainforest – the world’s oldest rainforest – on Australia’s north-eastern coast for over 50,000 years.

The ‘Flames of the Forest’ dining experience, hosted weekly, offers the chance to learn about their culture as you enjoy local foods that have been harvested from the land and sea. Throughout the evening, listen as two Kuku Yalanji brothers share stories, and the sound of a didgeridoo performance fills the air. 

Visitors arrive in the rainforest via transfer from Port Douglas, a town on the Coral Sea coast in the far north of Queensland. Visit flamesoftheforest.com.au/cultural-experiences.

‘SALT SOMMELIER’ EXPERIENCE – TASMANIA 

Foodies can sample Tasman Sea Salt at the Mayfield Estate on Tasmania’s eastern coast

Foodies can sample Tasman Sea Salt at the Mayfield Estate on Tasmania’s eastern coast

Take your seasoning skills to a whole new level courtesy of this ‘salt sommelier’ experience, which takes place in the Mayfield Estate on Tasmania’s eastern coast. 

Foodies can tour the estate’s saltworks, learning how locals harvest the region’s pure sea salt flakes from the Tasman Sea, before trying it themselves with a tasting experience. An array of carefully seasoned small plates are produced, demonstrating how the ‘robust’ salt flakes can transform dishes. 

To sweeten the deal, the setting offers wonderful views across the rugged Freycinet Peninsula. Visit tasmanseasalt.com/salt-sommelier

ATTICA RESTAURANT – VICTORIA 

You might sample barbecued saltwater crocodile ribs at Attica restaurant in Ripponlea, a suburb of Melbourne

You might sample barbecued saltwater crocodile ribs at Attica restaurant in Ripponlea, a suburb of Melbourne

Attica is a must-visit destination for fine dining – it’s a regular on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which says that the eatery ‘offers emotional, boundary-pushing Australian cuisine at its very best’. 

The restaurant, based in the Melbourne suburb of Ripponlea, notes: ‘We are proud to serve ingredients endemic to Australia, so you won’t find chicken or beef on our menus.’  Instead, smoked emu or barbecued saltwater crocodile ribs are among the dishes presented to diners, many of whom have booked their table three months in advance. 

The experience doesn’t come cheap, it’s worth noting – a multi-course tasting menu is priced at £192 ($360AUD/$245US) per person. Visit attica.com.au



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