Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn – New England

Taste New England with Hayden Quinn

Cook, author, presenter and MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn has travelled around New South Wales discovering delicious local produce and meeting passionate producers for season two of Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn. This week he’s taking a drive through the tablelands of the New England region.

“I love smoked fish, so a stop at Deano’s Springwater Smoked Trout is a must.”

Trout Farm in New England

Eight springwater ponds are stocked with rainbow trout, brown trout, yabbies and Atlantic salmon. Take a guided tour, throw a line in and catch your own fish from the dam, and pick up some of the delicious smoked produce.


“Alan Davis is a local legend and he can take you out panning for sapphires, which the New England region is famous for.”

Gemstone fossicking in New England

The rich soils of New England produce some of the world’s finest sapphires, as well as other precious stones like emerald, quartz and garnet. Join Alan – also known as the Rock Whisperer – and try your luck fossicking for these glittery gems. Tours can be arranged through Waterloo Station.


Rochford Organic Garlic grows some of Australia’s best garlic, and it’s worth stopping in to see Steve and grab some.”

Rochford Organic Garlic in New England

Specialising in Oriental Purple and Giant Russian or Elephant garlic, Rose and Steve have been growing garlic in the cold highlands of Tenterfield for more than 30 years. The low temperatures, hand planting and hand picking result in garlic that’s easy to peel and wonderfully flavoursome.


Waterloo Station doesn’t just have some of Australia’s best beef, they have stunning on farm accommodation too.”

Waterloo Station in New England

Set on 4,000 acres in the heart of the New England region, the historic Waterloo Station is the ultimate country escape. Stay in the grand homestead, restored shearer’s quarters, stockman’s cottage or the cosy schoolhouse. You can lend a hand on the farm, swim in the creek, fish for trout or just relax in front of the fireplace.