During autumn the parks and gardens show their beautiful colours, but as well as taking in the stunning natural beauty there are some must-do experiences for those who are tempted by wonderful local produce. Here we have six of the best and all within a short distance of Armidale or Inverell.
Olives of Beaulieu is located near Inverell and is a family owned olive grove and tourist attraction, with cellar door sales of olive products and estate manufactured spices. Walk through an olive grove and see the different varieties, tempt your taste buds with olive oil tasting. Learn the health benefits of using olive oil products. Taste tempting morning & afternoon teas by arrangement. olivesofbeaulieu.com.au
Sunhill Dairy Goats Farm Tours Sunhill Dairy Goats make all our their own Farmhouse Goat Cheeses. Drop by for a tasting of the range or take a tour for the full Sunhill experience.
The goat cheese range varies: Goat Camembert, Traditional Feta, Marinated Feta, Chevrotin, Rolled Ash and Fresh Curd. Tour the farm and dairy operations at Sunhill Dairy Goats, have a cheese tasting and visit the farm shop. $10 per adult, children under 15 free. Approx 45 minutes. Group bookings and coaches welcome. Please make an appointment before arriving. Farm shop open daily 10-4 pm. Pick up your favourites goat milk soaps and skin care products. All handmade on farm from the girls. Sun Hill Dairy Goat
Wine Tasting. New England is the newest NSW district to be classified as a wine region. At around 1,000 m above sea level, the Armidale and Tenterfield areas produce cooler climate and high-altitude wines, while the Peel and Gwydir Valleys to the south and west produce warmer climate wines. Key producers include Toppers Mountain Wines, Why Worry Wines, ThunderRidge, Merilba Estate, Reedy Creek Estate, Deetswood Wines, Kurrajong Downs and Petersons Winery, an award winning winery and beautiful guesthouse located 5 minutes from Armidale petersonsguesthouse.com.au
Dobsons Distillery located 5 minutes from Uralla – award winning Gin and Whisky Distillery. Dobson’s Distillery is situated at Eastview Estate, Kentucky, in the sublime New England Highlands. Eastview is a winery, brewery and restaurant… but above all, it is a distillery. Dobson’s Gin was recently voted unanimously” Australia’s best Gin and Tonic “, from a field of 23 Australian gins. by Gourmet Traveller.”We pride ourselves on being a venue that is all about having fun…bringing joy to those who choose to share our unique restaurant and bars… Life is short and we try to enrich our guests experience at every turn” and they have the most entertaining website – do yourself a favour and loose yourself in their steampunk speakeasy vintage site www.eastviewestate.com
The Welders Dog in Armidale. Experience a huge range of craft beverages, local, regional, international craft beers and local award winning wines and spirits, Drink Less Taste More – that’s what they believe in. They are all about a culture of experience – the experience of new tastes, new brewers and a new atmosphere. They also believe in supporting independent brewers and local wineries and you’ll find an ever changing list of Australian producers on tap and in their fridge. For more information: www.theweldersdog.com.au
New England Foodie Tour – Want to let someone else sort out the schedule and take you to all the best local places, then head to the New England Foodie Tour website. They are a beer, wine, cheese and local produce tour showcasing the best New England has to offer. Tours starting from either Armidale, Tamworth, Uralla or Walcha. Tailor-made and set trails available. They run Wednesdays to Sundays each week for group sizes of 2 or more contact them for more information. Bookings essential on (02) 6778 488 www.newenglandfoodietrail.com