Lonely Planet serves up 40 perfect culinary weekends in Australia and New Zealand

Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, Tasmania’s Bruny Island, South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula and New South Wales’ Tweed Valley heralded as amongst the best gourmet regions in Australia.

Meet the producers and celebrate the ingenuity and passion of Australia’s best food and wine regions

As many states and territories emerge from lockdown and as domestic borders look to reopen Lonely Planet has delivered the perfect culinary companion to weekends in food and wine country.

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“This book showcases why Australia is considered such a heavyweight on the global gourmet scene,” boasts Lonely Planet who celebrate Australia’s ultimate culinary experiences with the release of their latest title from the Lonely Planet Food imprint Gourmet Trails Australia & New Zealand hitting stores November 9th, 2020.

Having tasted their way around our massive country the team of Lonely Planet writers have delivered a definitive showcase of Australia’s epicurean regions tailoring itineraries that celebrate our vibrant local produce and the creative minds that deliver these culinary delights.

“With an abundance of hip restaurants, food markets, craft-beer breweries, microdistilleries, vineyards, coffee roasters, cheesemakers and culinary specialists you don’t have to go any further than our own backyard to experience world class produce,” says Lonely Planet.

“I think this may have been the best job I’ve ever done for Lonely Planet,” muses contributing author Chris Zeiher. “We collectively ate and drank our way around Australia to come up with these amazing weekend itineraries in some of our countries prettiest spots,” Zeiher says.

“Part of the joy of Gourmet Trails Australia and New Zealand is that we’re able to introduce you to the minds behind these businesses but also create these easy-to-follow itineraries to enable travellers to discover these places themselves and indulge in the same delicious experiences we had,” says Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher.

The Australian regions covered in Gourmet Trails Australia and New Zealand are…

· New South Wales – Byron Bay, Kangaroo Valley, Tweed Valley, Shoalhaven and Sydney
· Queensland – Granite Belt, Atherton Tablelands, The Gold Coast and Brisbane
· South Australia – The Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide & the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley
· Tasmania – Bruny Island, The Cradle Coast, Tamar Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley
· Victoria – The Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, King Valley, the Goldfields, Bellarine Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, and Melbourne
· Western Australia – Margaret River, Swan Valley
· ACT – Canberra
· Northern Territory – Darwin

“This is a celebration of Australia’s culinary ingenuity and, with domestic border restrictions starting to relax, now is the perfect time for travellers to experience it,” says Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher. “Whether it’s savouring fresh seafood whilst taking in the instagramable views of the South Australian coastline, to carb-loading at a brilliant bakehouse on the Gold Coast to being introduced to the intensity of a Tasmanian whisky there’s something for all tastes in this tome.”

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