Known as Victoria's food bowl, The Murray region's combination of rich soils, sunny Mediterranean climate and river water for irrigation ensure an endless supply of fruit and vegetables, gourmet cheeses, nuts and excellent freshwater fish.
Start your foodie adventure with a self-guided tour of the Farm Gate Trail, passing through Yarrawonga Mulwala, Cobram Barooga and Barmah Koondrook. Make it a day trip or do the full three-day itinerary at your own pace, sampling everything from farm fresh fruit to artisan chocolates, gourmet cheeses and craft beers.
Choose from 40 wineries, restaurants and pubs along the Echuca Moama Food and Wine Trail, or hit the Backroads Trail where it's all about old-fashioned country hospitality.
Indulge in a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables, olives and nuts at roadside stalls, farmers' markets and cafes. Be sure to try some of the famous exports of the region, including Murray River Salt, Mallee lamb and fresh grapes – Mildura produces 75% of Australia’s table grapes. Fill your basket for the journey home or stay longer to sample the flavours cooked up by local chefs.
Cast a line in the river or load up the Esky with freshwater delights including yabbies, Murray crays, trout and the famed Murray cod.
A foodies getaway
Recharge and replenish your stocks in Mildura. Stefano's cafe and food store, 27 Deakin, is a good starting point. Then travel south to Swan Hill, the home of Australia's stone fruit industry and look out for farm gates along the Murray Valley Highway to stock up on nectarines, peaches, pistachios, almonds and olives.