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Eat up – from bushtucker to fine dining

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SOUTHERN HIGHLIGHTS, RED CENTRE & TOP END – 19 DAYS FROM £4,279PP

Discover national parks and gorgeous sunrises on this suggested itinerary between Adelaide and Darwin. 
 
Highlights include:

  • Fly with Singapore Airlines
  • Complimentary Singapore stopover*
  • Guided tour of Adelaide
  • Explore wine regions
  • Admire Uluru and Kings Canyon

Price includes international and internal flights, accommodation and touring. This itinerary can be enjoyed in reverse.


To find out more, go to austravel.com/oceantooutback or call 0808 278 3953 and speak to one of Austravel’s expert travel designers.

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Locals have known it for years but now the rest of the world is catching up: Adelaide is officially the No 1 place to eat in Australia after the Orana restaurant took the title of best dining experience in the country’s prestigious 2018 Gourmet Traveller awards.

Orana’s dishes aren’t just fabulous, they’re sprinkled with philanthropy, too, as the restaurant runs a foundation to preserve Aboriginal food culture and promote indigenous ingredients. This means delicious delicacies such as crocodile consommé and puffed kangaroo tendon – a sort of prawn cracker with attitude.

It’s difficult not to embrace gastronomy in Adelaide: it's packed with trendy bars, thriving markets, pop-up trucks and a foodie scene that includes Tasting Australia, ten days in April when some of the world’s top chefs take over the city for a creative cook-up.

Out of town, the options are equally tempting; in less than 20 minutes, you can be sinking your feet into the sand and enjoying unbeatably fresh seafood at cool beachside cafés. Alternatively, a 30-minute scenic flight brings you to Kangaroo Island. Renowned as Australia’s zoo without fences, get up close to kangaroos, koalas, sea lions and more. Head inland and you’ll find world-class vineyards such as the Sevenhill Cellars, in Clare Valley, where, alongside table wines, the Jesuit owners produce sacramental wine, as they have since 1851. 

The award-winning Orana restaurant in Adelaide uses indigenous ingredients in surprising ways to create dishes such as Coorong mulloway with native cherries and sea parsley

At Adelaide’s Tasting Australia festival, the world’s chefs show off their skills



Adelaide makes the perfect start to an epicurean adventure along the 1,800-mile Explorers Way, which takes you north to Darwin. Before you reach the Northern Territory’s vibrant capital, there’s the visual feast of the Red Centre and Uluru as well as the chance to sink a pint in a proper Outback pub. You can’t do better than the William Creek Hotel, surrounded by the world’s largest cattle station (at 17,500 square miles, it’s bigger than some European countries) and 120 miles from the next schooner of amber nectar at Coober Pedy.

Don’t miss iconic Alice Springs either, where you can experience authentic bush tucker. The fabulous Rayleen Brown uses only ethically harvested organic wild produce and has made it her mission to showcase indigenous ingredients. Try dishes such as kangaroo fillet with quandong plum glaze and bush tomato chocolate truffles at her Kungkas Can Cook café.

At Adelaide’s Tasting Australia festival, the world’s chefs show off their skills

World-class views of Uluru are matched by world-class cuisine at the exclusive Tali Wiru dinner



For romance, it’s difficult to top the Tali Wiru dinner, served in a spectacular setting at the top of a dune overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta. After a champagne reception with bushtucker-inspired canapés, you’ll sit down, as night falls, to dine on world-class cuisine matched with premium wines. As your eyes are drawn to the impossibly clear star-filled sky, this is a moment that you’ll never want to forget.

Dining is more multicultural in tropical Darwin but then, geographically, it is closer to Jakata than Sydney so winter doesn’t feature in the locals’ vocabulary. You can get the best Thai curry outside Bangkok at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, and the spiciest laksa outside Penang at Rapid Creek Markets. But there are also trendy tapas at PM Eat & Drink, which memorably fuses Spanish and Japanese styles, and gin cocktails infused with native green ants at Skycity's Sandbar, a location that reinforces its Aussie roots with knockout views over the Arafura Sea.

The excellence of the Northern Territory’s larder has even been endorsed by the world’s most famous forager, Michelin-starred chef René Redzepi. He says that mud crabs from Arnhem Land, in the northeast corner of the Northern Territory, were the best things he ate in Australia.

You can try seafood with a side order of one of Darwin’s flaming sunsets at countless waterfront restaurants. There's every style you could wish for, from long-standing, fine-dining favourite Pee Wee’s at the Point to the stripped-back simplicity of Rachael’s Seafood Shack, run by a former MasterChef Australia contestant. Don’t worry, they weigh only your suitcases on the way home.

Ten delicious taste sensations well worth stopping off for

  • Puffed kangaroo tendon, Orana restaurant, in Adelaide
  • Kangaroo loin, Tali Wiru dinner at Uluru, Ayers Rock Resort
  • Camel mettwurst, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna
  • Spicy emu ramen, Under a Desert Moon, Kings Canyon Resort
  • Magpie-goose breast, Something Wild, Adelaide Central Markets
  • Bush tomato chocolate truffles, Kungkas Can Cook, Alice Springs
  • Crocodile spring rolls, Red Ochre Grill, Adelaide
  • Spicy chicken laksa at Rendezvous, Darwin
  • Mouthwatering oysters in sleepy Coffin Bay
  • ANTicipation cocktail with NT Green Ant Gin, Sandbar, Darwin

World-class views of Uluru are matched by world-class cuisine at the exclusive Tali Wiru dinner