Get ready to hunt, harvest and feast your way through Australia’s truffle season!

If you’re looking for something luxurious, a unique food experience or just gourmet truffles and delicious edible fungi, then why not forage your own?

So, create memories and revel in innovative takes on luxury this mushroom and truffle season with our list of the best mushroom and truffle hunting tours around Australia of 2023:

When is truffle season in Australia?

The truffle season in Australia runs from approximately June to September each year.

The Best Mushroom and Truffle Hunting Tours in New South Wales:

<strong>Experience Nature Tours</strong>
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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 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. For your mushroom foraging experience, guests are also advised to bring their own container to take home any finds.

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<strong>Diego Bonetto’s Mushroom Foraging</strong>
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Diego Bonetto’s Mushroom Foraging

Have you ever wanted to go foraging? Whether it be for mushrooms, weeds or even seaside treats, Australia’s foraging expert Diego Bonetto is your guy. With plenty of foraging and tasting workshops to pick and choose from, Diego will offer an educational food hunting experience with nature’s secrets. His workshops have been treasured by eastern European and Mediterranean cultures and, unsurprisingly, he has even 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!

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The Best Mushroom and Truffle Hunting Tours in the Australian Capital Territory:

<strong>The Truffle Farm</strong>
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The Truffle Farm

If you’re looking for a truffle hunting experience in Australia, The Truffle Farm is leading the industry with their entertaining and insightful truffle farming tours. Wandering through a forest lined with over 6000 oak and hazelnut trees, guests will be able to forage and taste the produce served as Australia’s best restaurants. Guided by Jayson and his trusted truffle dogs, you’ll learn all about the elusive fungi and how they became one of the most successful trufferies. Pending on the tour, you can also opt for a gastronomic truffle meal using the fine ingredient you picked!

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<strong>Turalla Truffles</strong>
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Turalla Truffles

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 dogs to learn of the magic of this amazing fungi and throw your palate a party by trying some of the hosts’ legendary truffle dishes. 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.

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The Best Mushroom and Truffle Hunting Tours in Tasmania:

<strong>Sirocco South</strong>
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Sirocco South

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. 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, try some local wines before you seize the opportunity to talk to its founder about the process of making their boutique tipples.

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<strong>The Truffledore</strong>
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The Truffledore

Nestled in the foothills of the iconic Cradle Mountain 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. 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.

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The Best Mushroom and Truffle Hunting Tours in Victoria:

<strong>MP Experience</strong>
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MP Experience

If you’re looking for a gourmet truffle hunting experience, this is for you. Based on the Mornington Peninsula, wild food hunters and brother and sister duo of MP Experience have five luxurious truffle tours to pick and choose from. Alongside their trusted truffle dog, you’ll be led around their truffiere where you can search and purchase your find. If truffles aren’t your thing, try the 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.

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<strong>Mushroom Tours by Cameron Russell</strong>
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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. This is a unique food experience you must try in 2023!

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The Best Mushroom and Truffle Hunting Tours in Western Australia:

<strong>Australian Truffle Traders</strong>
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Australian Truffle Traders

If you’re looking for one of the best places to go truffle hunting in Western Australia, the Booth family behind Australian Truffle Traders is for you. Their farm in Manjimup is the heart of Australian truffle country and has more produce than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere. Here, the Booth’s train the dogs for hunting as well as grow and supply 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!

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<strong>Truffle Hill</strong>
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Truffle Hill

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 firsthand 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.

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For more unique food experiences, why not harvest your way through these 10 Best Fruit Picking Farms in Australia. Or, experience nature in style thanks to these 10 Best Luxury Farm Stays around Australia.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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This article was first published on May 12 2021. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on May 31 2023.