Australia, get ready to hunt, harvest and feast your way through the chill this winter.
If it’s ever occurred to you that you could beat the winter blues by foraging and munching on delicious edible fungi, you’re definitely not alone! Not only does it help rekindle a genuine connection with nature, it’s also one of the best ways to experience the land we call home like never before.
So, create memories and revel in innovative takes on luxury this winter with our list of the 10 best mushroom and truffle picking tours around Australia:
When is truffle season in Australia?
The truffle season in Australia runs from approximately June to September each year.
The Best Mushroom and Truffle Picking Tours in New South Wales:
Experience Nature Tours
Led by local forager Joanne Dodd every weekend of autumn in the forests of the Southern Highlands, here you’ll be learning how to identify and harvest pine mushrooms before indulging in a luxury forest cook-up where you’ll get to snuggle into a cup of hot coffee and get to taste the delicious fungi with some fresh local sourdough and local cool climate wines. Here you can also have a firsthand experience with unearthing Australia’s black gold alongside truffle dogs that are trained to follow their mystical scent. Book a truffle hunt with lunch to call it a day with a three-course menu featuring wine tastings, or opt to cook with Stefano Marvello to enjoy your harvest the Italian way.
Diego Bonetto’s Mushroom Foraging Tours
Take the forests of New South Wales on foot this winter and unearth delicious edible fungi with one of Australia’s leading mushroom foragers Diego Bonetto. A gentle guidance from this professional wild food hunter will teach you how to attune yourself with nature’s secrets and kindle within you a desire to explore an untapped connection with earth. His workshops have been treasured by the eastern European and Mediterranean cultures in Australia for over a decade, and have taught some of Sydney’s top chefs the art of foraging, making them a must-do seasonal activity for those who are keen on sharing stories and learning recipes!
The Best Mushroom and Truffle Picking Tours in the Australian Capital Territory:
The Truffle Farm
Canberrians are spoilt for choice when it comes to truffle hunting adventures. The Truffle Farm is the region’s leading business in truffle farming, running entertaining and insightful tours through the forest of 6000 oak and hazelnut trees. Book a Truffle Hunt tour for a taste of the truffles served at the country’s best restaurants while you watch the truffle dogs in action and listen to Jayson’s tales of how the farm became one of Australia’s most successful trufferies. For a more immersive experience, their Truffle Hunt and Degustation tour will guide you through a hunt on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this elusive fungi. Heading back executive chef Damian Brabender will then treat you to a delectable six-course degustation and a few secrets on cooking with truffles at home.
Only a 30-minute drive from Canberra lies Turalla Truffles: a farm complete with on-site accommodation, making for the perfect truffle-infused winter escape. Join a hunt with Damian and Lindsay’s jack russells to learn of the magic of this amazing fungi and throw your palette a party by trying some of the hosts’ legendary truffle dishes from a menu including the likes of truffled cheese, truffle butter, truffled cauliflower soup, pappardelle and truffled panna cotta. If you wish to make yourself more at home, book a stay at their Maury’s Cottage and feel free to experiment with your culinary skills in its newly renovated kitchen with the truffles purchased directly from the farm! Either way, Damian and Lindsay’s experience is sure to deliver.
The Best Mushroom and Truffle Picking Tours in Victoria:
Wild food hunters and brother and sister duo of MP Experience offer four luxurious truffle experiences that will blow your mushroom minds! Based on the Mornington Peninsula, Jenny and her dog will show you around their truffiere, giving you a chance to find a bulb of black gold in Red Hill’s rich volcanic soil. Learning how to distinguish its readiness for the market, you can even purchase your find! If you’re in for something extra special, book one of the limited spots on a gala truffle degustation with michelin star chef Romu Oudeyer. If truffles aren’t your thing, celebrate the mushroom with Max’s May Mushroom Meander, which will take you to renowned chef Max Paganoni’s favourite foraging spots in Red Hill for a demonstration on how to cook what you’ve found, and for a delectable two-course mushroom inspired lunch.
Mushroom Tours by Cameron Russell
With Russell in the lead, you’ll be able to drive yourself to some of the best mushroom picking areas the forager has discovered around the Mornington Peninsula in the last two decades. Put the fun in fungi and take off on a journey from Moorooduc Estate Winery with this light-hearted mushroom hunter before heading back to the grounds of the winery to enjoy your day’s finds cooked in their wood fire oven along with a glass of the estate’s property-made wines.
The Best Mushroom and Truffle Picking Tours in Tasmania:
Sirocco South Forage and Feast
Known as one of the ‘caped crusaders of Tasmanian food,’ Mic Giuliani’s forage and feast tours will be one paddock-to-plate experience to remember. Accompanied by Mic, depending on the season you’ll be foraging for safe and delicious mushrooms as well as native greens, wild asparagus, salt bush and more. An intimate tour of only six guests, here you’ll be able to cherish a true sense of luxury as Mic creates a six-course lunch from the day’s harvest and a combination of delectable seasonal meat and seafood. As you dine in on his innovative cooking, sip on the wines of the nearby multi-award-winning Bream Creek Vineyard, and seize the opportunity to talk to its founder about the process of making their boutique wines.
Nestled in the foothills of the iconic Cradle Mountain, just a short drive from air and sea ports, is The Truffledore; Ina and Timothy’s little slice of truffle heaven – where great food and country stay dreams unite. Not only can you book a cosy winter’s escape on this Cradle Country Farm, but you can grow familiar with the anticipation and excitement that comes with picking up on the distinct smell of a truffle wafting through the air on a crisp winter’s day – an experience the hosts liken to ‘waking up to your very first Christmas.’ Celebrate this awakening encounter with the culinary world’s most prized ingredient by enjoying a four-course long table lunch, and warm up with memorable conversations held over the happy clattering of cutlery.
The Best Mushroom and Truffle Picking Tours in Western Australia:
Australian Truffle Traders
With more truffles than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, Manjimup is the heart of Australian truffle country. Nestled on the borders of Manjimup’s famous Karri forests is the Australian Truffle Traders’ orchard of hazelnut and oak trees. The Booth’s being one of Australia’s most experienced truffle families; they handle everything from training dogs for hunting, to growing and supplying black truffles to chefs, restaurants and distributors around the world. Join Gavin and Mel and their hard working dogs on a hunt to experience the unforgettable moment of unearthing a truffle yourself, hear about how they came to be such a sought after ingredient, and get the chance to purchase your own straight from the farm to cook up a storm at home!
Along Manjimup’s Seven Day Road is Truffle Hill – Western Australia’s first truffiere, and one of the world’s biggest producers of the best and most aromatic black perigord truffle. A tour with these connoisseurs will get you into your stride in no time, as you’ll be foraging alongside their most experienced hunter Adrian Mielke and his truffle dogs, who have sniffed out over 55,000 kilograms of black gold. Experience first hand how they’re hunted and checked for maturity prior to their harvest before you head to the estate’s Tasting Room to pamper yourself with their food offerings complemented with a Truffle Hill wine.
If you’re eager for more opportunities to harvest your own food, check out our list of 10 of the best fruit picking farms to visit around Australia, or find out where the 10 best farm stays around Australia are to book a perfect winter escape!
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