Explore the best gourmet food and wine trails in NSW

31 May 2013

Hunter Valley

New South Wales boasts some of the most fertile land and varied crops of anywhere in Australia – in other words, it’s a true paradise for foodies!

Join a self-guided food and wine holiday through some of its most famous agricultural regions, or take in one of the many food and wine events scheduled throughout the year – there is always something to tempt your tastebuds in NSW. From the Hunter Valley to the Poacher’s Way, these are some of our favourite gourmet journeys you can take across the state:

The Poachers Way

As one of the most established trails in Country NSW, the Poacher’s Way is worth the trip! Take your time as you make your way through the towns of Gundaroo, Hall, Yass and Murrumbateman and explore the Canberra wine district.

A highlight is the warm and welcoming Poacher’s Pantry, which is located just 25 minutes by car from Canberra. Here, you’ll find a cafe/restaurant, winery and even a smokehouse. A tasting bar is available, or you can enjoy a full meal from the delicious and contemporary menu.

The Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail

If you are looking for a memorable food and wine trail a little closer to Sydney, the gourmet farm gate delights of the Hawkesbury Harvest are well worth exploring.

This trail can be completed in a single day from Sydney – or alternatively, you can spend a weekend exploring the region at your leisure. During your exploration of Sydney’s rural heartland, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the state’s best food and wine, as well as plenty of welcoming B&Bs if you choose to spend the night.

You won’t want to miss out on samples of delicious goat cheese, wine and fresh produce along your journey!

100 Mile Diet

One of NSW’s most unique road trip itineraries is the 100 Mile Diet – we recommend that you complete this journey in four days, beginning and ending in Lithgow. As you travel through Lithgow, Cowra and Dubbo, you will be treated to some of the most appealing local produce grown anywhere in Australia.

From cellar door wine tours to farm-fresh produce – not to mention some the creative cuisine made from local ingredients at some of the area’s top restaurants and cafes – you are sure to find plenty of delicacies to tempt your tastebuds.

You won’t want to miss a stop in Mudgee, which has a well-deserved reputation for its excellent vineyards. And elsewhere, there are plenty of markets and local shops to explore as you continue your journey.

The Hunter Valley

How could we write about our favourite places to indulge in NSW-produced food and wine without mentioning the beautiful Hunter Valley?

As the state’s most well-known (and most visited) food and wine region, its reputation is well-deserved – and there are several ways to experience for yourself.

There are numerous food and winery tours to indulge in – the valley is home to approximately 150 wineries – and plenty of ways to get around. One option is to travel by bike, as there are several bicycle tours carried out through the region. Alternatively, you can book a group tour or even travel by horse-drawn carriage – the choice is yours!

If you are keen to get hands-on with the local produce, the Hunter Valley Cooking School is well worth a look – and you won’t want to leave the region without stopping at the delightfully-named Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, where you can grab a souvenir of your travels to bring home.