Many of Australia’s cities are being hailed from all over the world as some of the best destinations for food and wine aficionados. If you love food and wine, here are some of the top Australian destinations that should be on your holiday agenda. All across the country, you can find good eats pretty much anywhere you go. A wide variety of produce is grown all over and in different climates. Beef and lamb are raised and, as a result, Australia has one of the highest meat consumptions in the world. Fish, like barramundi and other seafood is, of course, very popular since the country is a continent and the oceans are never too far away. International cuisine has also taken a foothold in most cities’ dining scenes with many world renowned chefs setting up shop. Pavlova is Australia’s most favourite dessert, but if you want an edible souvenir, Tim Tam varieties of sandwich cookies are a sure bet. Wine plays a big part of the foodie scene in Australia and is a big business too. The wine industry has been going strong in Australia since the 1950’s. Since the country has so many different types of soil and varying climates, it is able to support over 100 varieties of grapes. Another drink you may not realise is very popular in Australia is coffee. In fact, Australians are very serious about their coffee. Tea is also popular because of so much British influence; however, “teatime” in Australia doesn’t always necessarily mean drinking tea, rather “Morning Tea” and “Afternoon Tea” are more like light snacks in between meals. As you can see, no matter where you go in Australia, you are likely to have some delectable culinary delights to choose from. Here are some other foodie adventures to think about when travelling throughout Australia:

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

A Chocoholic’s Guide to Brisbane

The Taste of Tasmania

Kangaroo Island Food Safari

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part One

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part Two

Tasting Australia Culinary Festival in Adelaide South Australia

You can find not just “good” but amazing eats in just about every city in Australia, and especially the major cities. Choose from cafes, specialty shops, international restaurants, fine dining, bars, fish markets, farmer’s markets, and much more.  For today’s post we will be highlighting the food scene in these 4 locations: Margaret River, Hobart, Mornington Peninsula, and the Eyre Peninsula.

Mornington Peninsula

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Cape Schanck Resort Photo Credit: VisitMelbourne.com

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Hot Springs Photo Credit: VisitMelbourne.com

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Cape Schanck Resort Photo Credit: VisitMelbourne.com

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SunnyRidge Strawberry Farm Photo Credit: VisitMelbourne.com

The Mornington Peninsula is a laid back holiday destination about an hour south of Melbourne. It is filled with farm land and lined with beaches. The resort atmosphere and availability of fresh seafood lends itself to being a real destination for foodies.

Getting to Mornington Peninsula

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Melbourne Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Mornington Peninsula Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Melbourne Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

As you can see, hiring a car in Melbourne  is easy and convenient because there are so many choices of Budget rental locations throughout greater Melbourne and surrounds. Be sure to tell your Budget agent your travel plans so that they can set you up with the right vehicle to keep you safe and moving along throughout your holiday plans. When you are on holiday in a big city like Melbourne, having your own vehicle gives you the freedom to choose your own itinerary and go where you want. Click on the link above to get a quick and easy rental quote.  If you choose to see the surrounds of the city you can do that too. Here are some other Melbourne holiday ideas from our blog:

Things to Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do Near Melbourne

Melbourne with Kids

Refresh and Relax on the Mornington Peninsula

5 Stops on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road – Road Trip

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Escape to the Countryside South Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges

Outdoor Rock Pools in Melbourne

Outdoor Pools and Baths in Melbourne

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part One

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part Two

Margaret River Region

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Margaret River Wine Region Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape Photo Credit: GourmetEscape.com.au

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Margaret River Wine Tour Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape Photo Credit: GourmetEscape.com.au

The Margaret River is one of Australia’s premier wine regions. It is located about a 3 hour drive south of Perth on the west coast of Western Australia. So, in addition to the beautiful vineyards, you also are close to the beach and some beautiful coastline and forests to the west with a great deal of protected parks and untouched woodlands and a system of caves underneath. The vineyards and wine growth in this region has boosted the food scene here. Many of the best chefs are drawn here because of the great location and beautiful weather.

Hiring a Car in Perth

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Perth Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are plenty of car rental locations in Perth where you can hire a car so you will find a Budget car hire location that is convenient for wherever your travels are taking you. When you hire a car, you can find the best places to visit and the best deals for your holiday. If you are in Perth City, then you can hire a car  there. Other Perth car hire locations include the Perth Airport car rental or the Perth South car hire location near Fremantle  or in Burswood. Then, there is Bunbury, a city in between Perth and the Margaret River Region. If you are coming to Margaret River from the south, you can also hire a car in Albany. When you are hiring a car, be sure to share your travel plans with the car rental agent so that they can give you the guidelines, roadmaps, safety restrictions, and holiday travel tips. This will ensure your best car rental experience in Western Australia. Click on any of the links to get a great rate quote for hiring a car or 4WD vehicle that will be the best one for getting around Western Australia’s rugged terrain. While exploring this region, check out some of our previous blog posts for ideas on what to do here:

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

National Parks near Perth Part One

National Parks near Perth Part Two

National Parks near Perth Part Three

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Four – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Five – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Six – Marine Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Seven – Nature Reserves

Hobart

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Hobart City Montage Photo Credit: (Wikipedia)

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View of Mount Wellington from Hobart Photo Credit: (Wikipedia)

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Taste of Tasmania Photo Credit: TasteofTasmania.com.au

Tasmania is known as the ‘Apple Isle’ but so much more than just apples grow there. You can also get freshly prepared truffles, walnuts, blueberries, pears, plums, gooseberries, raspberries, stone fruit, wine, and honey all grown or produced on the island. The food culture in the capital city of Australia’s island state is growing in popularity. Each year, Hobart hosts the Taste of Tasmania festival, a combination of New Year’s and food are both celebrated during this international draw. Year round, visit Hobart’s Salamanca Markets for shopping and dining options. Take an excursion to Bruny Island for sweets, treats, and freshly produced honey.

Hiring a Car in Hobart, Tasmania

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City of Hobart Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Hobart is in the southwest corner of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Since Hobart  is a hub city in Tasmania, there are two car rental locations in Hobart. You can hire a car in the city of Hobart  or at the Hobart International Airport.  If you plan to visit any destinations in Tasmania outside of Hobart, talk to your car rental agent about the type of vehicle you should hire out. Much of Tasmania is rugged terrain so you might need a 4WD vehicle. Also, when you let your agent know where you are going they can provide you with maps, local tips, and driving instructions. While in Hobart, check out these other blog post for tips on what to do on holiday there:

Things to Do in Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip

Tasmania’s Tasman National Park

5 Places to Visit in Tasmania

The River Run Road Trip across Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

The Freycinet Experience Walk

The Maria Island Walk

The South Coast Track

The Tarkine Rainforest Walk

Eyre Peninsula

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Seafood Trail Photo Credit: exploreeyrepeninsula.com.au

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Seafood Trail Photo Credit: exploreeyrepeninsula.com.au

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Seafood Trail Photo Credit: exploreeyrepeninsula.com.au

The main foodie attraction to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia is the famed Aquaculture Trail. It is also referred to as the Seafood Trail, and you can hire a tour or go on a self-drive experience through the aquaculture farms, fishing boats, and fishing ports along the route. The places that participate in the trail are Whyalla, Arno Bay, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Streaky Bay, Smoky Bay, and Ceduna. On the way, you can sample the freshest seafood, dine at the ocean side restaurants, sample culinary delights, or participate in an organised tour. If you love seafood, this is the mecca for the freshest seafood including oysters, abalone, prawns, mussels, tuna, rock lobster, and more. However, it’s not only about seafood. Gourmet eats like olives and olive oil, chocolate fudge, and local wine are all plentiful and available on the peninsula.

Hiring a Car in Adelaide

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Adelaide Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Tasting Australia events take place in and around Adelaide, but also in several other regions of South Australia. Having your own rental car to get around and keep up with your own desired schedule of events will make the experience much more enjoyable for you. There are 5 different car rental locations in and around Adelaide, so it is quite convenient to hire a car in Adelaide. There are car hire locations in Adelaide City, at the Adelaide Airport, in Adelaide North – Salisbury, Adelaide South – Reynella, and an Adelaide Trucks location close to the airport for hiring trucks, 4 wheel drive, and all-terrain vehicles. Check with your car rental agent about any driving restrictions for the area as well as driving tips and safety guidelines. Even though Adelaide is a major city, most of the surrounds in South Australia feature rugged terrain and a 4WD might be required to safely get around. Be sure to let your rental agent know where you are planning to go so that they can recommend the right vehicle for you and also offer up some maps, guidelines and tips from a local. While in South Australia, you might want to travel around and take in any of the following places we previously covered on our blog:

The Beautiful City of Adelaide, South Australia

Things to Do in Adelaide, South Australia

Take a Cool Drive through the Adelaide Hills

Strangest Places to Visit in South Australia

Coober Pedy, South Australia

Best Places in Australia to Dive with Sharks

Hop on Over to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Food Safari

A Getaway within a Getaway: Flinders Chase National Park

Visiting Barossa Valley

Bunda Cliffs

Murray River Region

The Coorong

Top 10 Nature Experience in Australia

The Southern Australian Loop Road Trip

The Arkaba Walk: A South Australian Walking Safari