Queensland offers a
gourmet paradise with delectable, award-winning wines, organic produce
and fresh seafood. Follow a food and wine trail and you'll be sipping on
a Chardonnay or rolling a Shiraz around your mouth on a grape-fuelled
adventure. Pick up fresh produce straight from the tree, browse through
markets, or get creative at a cooking school!
blends fresh ingredients and uses European culinary traditions and the
light touch of Asian seasoning. You'll taste some of the best food in
the world and even the most discerning diner will be satisfied. With
fresh barramundi, mud crab, exotic crocodile meat, mangoes and macadamia
With an ever increasing stable of award-winning wines
available from all regions, the secret is out about Queensland's
flourishing wine industry.
Established in the 1860s, wine growing
has a long history in Queensland but the success of its wines is only
now starting to be realised on the national and international stage.
cellar doors, friendly wine makers, vineyard restaurants, gourmet food,
wine trails and cosy accommodation options help visitors make the most
of the major wine regions which stretch from the Gold Coast Hinterland,
through the Scenic Rim and out to the Granite Belt, around the Darling
Downs and Toowoomba, and up to the South and North Burnett. Further
north in Tropical North Queensland fruit wines are generating increasing
There are eight major areas in Queensland that boast a great selection:
- thanks to its strong Italian community, the Granite Belt has had a
long history of viticulture and winemaking. Its cool winter and spring
climates make it an ideal viticultural area and an attractive holiday
destination. The wineries of the region are small to medium size and are
owned and managed by families or individuals whose passion shows in
great Queensland wine.
Toowoomba and Darling Downs
- Wineries perched right on the edge of the Great Dividing Range or
nestling amongst rolling hills are some of the great finds in this area.
Stop for lunch, try some wines and take advantage of the great views.
Wine making traditions are strong in this region which produces award
winning whites and reds, tasty muscats and sweet table wines.
- Within a short drive of Brisbane there are a number of vineyards and
wineries have been established in the Scenic Rim which stretches from Mt
Cotton to the picturesque Brisbane Valley. You can explore this
picturesque area in a day, a weekend or longer, but you won't come home
Gold Coast Hinterland - a
spectacular wine region featuring boutique wineries and vineyards set in
the rainforest beauty of Mount Tamborine and the emerald countryside of
Albert River and Canungra. Although it's only half an hour from the
beaches of the Gold Coast, the area's temperate climate has ideal grape
growing conditions. Look for superb restaurants, cheese tastings,
gourmet picnics and vineyard tours at the cellar door.
- one of the most diverse and fastest growing wine regions is centred
around the Sunshine Coast with small boutique vineyards that handpick
their grapes and hand-prune their vines. Vineyards can be found high up
in the cooler climate Blackall Range, Kenilworth and Traveston areas
through to the milder climates in the valleys near the coast. A
diversity of microclimates allows a wide range of grape varieties to be
grown within the region.
South Burnett - the
gentle, undulating countryside of the Stuart and Boyne River plain in
the west and Barkers Creek in the east is the heart of one of the newer
wine making areas, the South Burnett, centred around Kingaroy. This
award winning region is the fastest developing wine area in Queensland
with 600 acres in 25 vineyards currently in the area.
- most do not expect to find a wine growing region this far north, but
the unique coastal dry winter/dry summer climate in Central Queensland
combined with prevailing sea breezes has created excellent conditions
for creating dry and easy drinking fruity styles perfectly matched to
the Queensland climate.
Tropical North Queensland
- The fruit wine industry in Tropical North Queensland has gone beyond
being the little cousin to the grape wine industry by producing some
award-winning wine with an abundance of flavour shown and consistent
quality. Located in and around the Cairns Highlands, the wineries use
tropical fruits such as mango, banana, lychee, pineapple, passionfruit,
black sapote, pitaya and other tropical fruits, as well as citrus and
the Australian native fruits including the Davidson Plum and Lemon
Queensland also has a vast array of markets for you to
purchase fresh produce straight from the farmers. It pays to get up
early with the sun, pack plenty of extra bags and don't forget a cold
pack in case some divine seafood or meat takes your fancy. Stroll around
the stalls and chat to the farmers, once you get past the weather
you'll discover a wealth of information about how to select, store and
cook your purchases.
Brisbane - head to The
Powerhouse at New Farm in Brisbane by at least 7am on a Saturday morning
and you'll discover locals armed with trolley bags snapping up high
quality produce and seasonal bargains on a regular basis. On the last
Sunday of each month the stallholders move to suburban Mitchelton. If
organic is your style the Green Flea Community Markets at Davies Park in
West End or the Northey Street Organic Market at Windsor will keep you
Gold Coast - foodies are well catered for
with the farmers markets at Banora Point, Bundall, The Spit, Miami,
Mudgeeraba and Tamborine offering fresh produce.
South East Queensland Country
- enjoy fresh food right where it is grown on the Southern Downs at the
Glengallan Seasonal Farmers Markets, 15km north of Warwick on the first
Sunday of each season. Don't forget to look for fresh seasonal produce
across the region on road side stalls.
- the Noosa Farmers Market on Weyba Road at Noosaville showcases some
of the Sunshine Coast's best produce every Sunday from 7am to midday.
All products are grown, reared, caught, baked or prepared by the stall
holder. You'll find farm fresh fruit and vegetables, breads, cheeses,
preserves, seafood, red claw, poultry, beef, lamb, coffee and the chance
to swap ideas with local producers. The Eumundi Markets are another
food lover's delight with everything from fresh produce to taste
sensations you'll find hard to resist.
- keep your eyes open for roadside stalls just off the farm. This area
is the fruit bowl of the Coral Coast and supplies chillies, tomatoes and
the sweetest of peas to southern states.
head for the local showgrounds located in the centre of town for the
Mackay Farmer's Market every Saturday morning from 6am at the
Showgrounds. This is the best spot to gather all local fresh produce and
freshly cut flowers.
Tropical North Queensland -
Rusty's Markets in Cairns are an experience that should not be missed
by market lovers. This is an Asian-type market experience with stalls
overflowing with exotic local produce and flowers.
For more information about markets you can peruse in Queensland, please visit www.queenslandholidays.com.au