Some of Australia’s best restaurants can be found in NSW’s regional areas, many of which are rich in fresh local produce and an eclectic food scene that’ll make your mouth water. Check out the fine dining, cafes, bistros and gourmet pub fare on offer throughout the State.
Dining in the city may be memorable, but true connoisseurs know not to overlook the regional areas – especially in NSW, which is kept on the culinary map by great chefs with access to some of the country’s finest produce.
It’ll come as no surprise that the Hunter Valley lures more visitors than any other wine region in the country – and that’s because of more than just its 120 wineries. Hatted restaurants in the region include The Old George and Dragon Restaurant in East Maitland, and Emerson’s and Muse in Polkobin. Luxury properties including Peppers and Tower Lodge also offer in-house fine dining and restaurants at many of the cellar doors are great for long lazy lunches.
Newcastle, just over an hour from the Hunter on NSW’s Central Coast , is also a must for its superb food scene, sophisticated harbourside restaurants and several award-winning eateries, including Baccus.
Country NSW is also a great place to take your appetite. In Cowra, a region famous for its Chardonnay and fine gourmet produce, don’t miss award-winning Neila or the tranquil Japanese Gardens Café. Cab Savignon and Shiraz are the highlights in neighbouring Mudgee, where restaurant standouts include Elton’s, Sajo’s Lounge Bar and Roth’s Wine Bar.
Boutique wineries, a huge range of local produce and some unforgettable dining experiences also make Orange a top spot for gourmands to visit. Award-winning restaurants in the area include Lolli Redini and Racine at La Colline, but you’ll also find funky espresso bars, Modern Asian eateries, amazing delis and much more.
There are ‘Little Italy’ eat streets and areas to be found all over Australia, but NSW’s Griffith is arguably one of the best. Rich in Italian heritage, the city and its Riverina surrounds are well known as the ‘food bowl’ of Australia. Don’t miss the Mod Oz fare at the hatted Clock Restaurant and Wine Lounge.
There are also many fantastic restaurants located in the states capital, with Sydney's restaurants ranging from waterside fine dining to cheap eats in Chinatown.