These Australian experiences are perfect for foodies

From sampling rainforest-infused gin in Byron Bay to a guided tour of Adelaide's biggest food market, here are some of the best culinary activities Australia has to offer - and they all cost less than 50 bucks!

A woman and two men sit at a table at the Cape Byron Distillery sampling glasses of gin.
  • Jetstar
  • September 2019

Australia’s food scene has never been hotter, and we’re not just talking about places to eat and drink. These immersive culinary experiences around the country promise a great time – at great value prices.

Raise a glass in Byron Bay

What does a rainforest gin taste like? The next time you’re in the Byron Bay hinterland, you can find out at Cape Byron Distillery opens in new window. With a handful of the 25 botanicals in Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin sourced from a rainforest on the property, the two-hour distillery tour (AUD $35) begins in the bush. While sipping on a Brookie’s G&T, you’ll see, smell and touch the native rainforest botanicals used in the award-winning local gin before heading back to the distillery for tastings. Don’t miss their delish macadamia and wattleseed liqueur, too. Bottoms up!

Go on a culinary journey in Adelaide

You don’t have to travel the globe to taste real deal paella, panini or pierogi – simply snag a spot on an Adelaide Central Market highlights tour opens in new window for AUD $35. You’ll get intel on the best stalls, meet some of the market’s 80 traders and sample to your heart’s content. Best yet, it’s a speedy 45 minutes so there’s plenty of time for pasta at iconic Italian bar Lucia’s Fine Foods afterwards.

A woman with a bag full of fresh produce wanders through the Adelaide Central Market.
A guided tour is the best way to see the sights and delights of the Adelaide Central Market.

Make your own ricotta in Coffs Harbour

Cheesemaking still not ticked off your New Year’s resolution list? Us neither. Luckily, an hour-long workshop dedicated to that very pursuit exists in the picturesque beach town of Coffs Harbour. And, considering ricotta is the easiest of all cheeses to make and requires no special equipment, it’s a useful skill to take home. In a kitchen at The Big Banana Fun Park, listen to expert Lyndall from The Cheesemaking Workshop opens in new window talk you through the process – which is as simple as heating milk, adding vinegar and ladling out the soft cheese – before giving it a go yourself. You’ll also learn (and taste) what you can then make with it: fritters, paneer, cheesecake and more, all for just AUD $45.

A woman smiles behind a row of shelves full of cheese at the Cheesemaking Workshop in Coffs Harbour.
An hour-long cheesemaking workshop in Coffs Harbour is perfect for beginners.

Taste-test Tassie oysters in Hobart

There’s no better place to learn about seafood than the pristine waters surrounding Tassie. Head to Barilla Bay Oyster Farm opens in new window, located five minutes from Hobart Airport, for their one-hour Gillespie’s Ginger Beer and Candy Abalone tour. Learn about abalone diving and drying methods, plus oyster farming from spat (that’s attached oyster larvae to the uninitiated) to table. Finish up with six plump fresh oysters washed down with local ginger beer – all for AUD $39.