Top-10 List: Our Favourite Food Experiences when travelling around Australia

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This list is our own personal top-ten Food Experiences we have experienced in our travels around Australia, mostly from our 2008 around Australia trip. See also our favourite drinking experiences.

Sultanas from Mildura, VIC

Mildura Rio Grande

We bought a bag of fresh sultanas from a roadside stall and have not stopped talking about them. If only we could drop back there and pick up some more.

Blue Swimmer Crabs from Cowell, Eyre Peninsula, SA

Cowell Statues

We were given heaps of crabs by our neighbours, which we made into an omelette. Make sure you pass through the Eyre Peninsula at the right time of year when the crabs are running.

Chilli and Lime Peanuts from the Humpy, Tolga, Atherton Tablelands, QLD

Childers Peanuts

If only we could have out time again we would buy a bigger packet. Who would have thought that some chilli and lime peanuts could have such a lasting taste in our mouths.

Halloumi Sheep’s Cheese from Kangaroo Island

Birds of Kangaroo Island

Sheep’s cheese is one of Kangaroo Island speciality products. It was our first introduction to this type of cheese, and we can’t get enough it since. 5.

Pie Floater, Adelaide, SA

South Australian Pie Floater

Pie Floaters are a uniquely dish found only in Adelaide, in South Australia. This dish comprises a meat pie turned upside-down in a bowl of thick pea soup. It is traditionally served with lashing of tomato sauce on top. 6.

Scallop Pie, Hobart, TAS

Flippers Hobart

We are partial to the pie, and particularly anything a bit different (see pie floater above). The Tasmanians have somehow become the experts at the Scallop Pie. It is not related to the Scallops from the fish and chip shops of Perth with are just potato cakes.

Oysters from Cowell, Eyre Peninsula, SA

Cowell Oysters

When on the Eyre Peninsula you cannot miss a dozen oysters or so, particularly at the wholesale prices. 8.

Breakfast with the birds, Port Douglas, QLD

Port Douglas Birds Habitat

At the Rainforest Habitat just outside of Port Douglas you can enjoy ‘Breakfast with the Birds’, a buffet breakfast inside the bird enclosure, which means that you have to share your table with some of them. This was very enjoyable, particularly for Olive, except when the birds started eating the food off our plates and drinking from our cups! There was a great spread of exotic tropical fruits. 9.

Bread from Colton on the Eyre Peninsula, SA

Bread Shop

Freshly baked bread from a roadside serve yourself wood-fired bakery. Honesty pays! 10.

Tropical Fruit Farm Tour, Cape Tribulation, QLD

Carwell Pies

At Cape Tribulation Clare visited an Exotic Fruit Farm for some tastings and a tour of the orchard. It was delicious, trying many fruits, some of which had never been heard of before. One, called Black Sapote, tasted like chocolate fudge, the flesh had the creamy consistency of avocado, was brown like chocolate, and sweet like fruit – very interesting.


* Food Experiences missing out on the top 10 are: Cardwell Pies (Cardwell, QLD), Ginger Factory (Buderim), Barramundi from the Wharf, NT

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