As the days get cooler and the nights longer, autumn provides a fantastic opportunity to rug up, get outside into the fresh air, and go mushroom hunting.
The timing and length of the mushroom season in Victoria depends on many factors, however May and June are considered to be fairly reliable for foraging, with many tours operating during these months. There are several tours and workshops on offer in Victoria this mushroom season, including on the Mornington Peninsula, the Geelong region and Myrtleford.
A quick (but important) note about wild mushroom safety: While Victoria has a good variety of edible, wild mushrooms, the region is also home to a number of mushroom species that can cause illness and/or death. These include the yellow stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus) and death cap (Amanita phalloides).
Cameron Russell will be running a series of mushroom tours at Moorooduc Estate during May and June 2018. During the tour, participants will learn about the different varieties of wild mushrooms and learn how to distinguish the edible mushrooms from the poisonous ones.
After the tour, participants will get to enjoy a glass of wine and sample some mushrooms from the wood fired oven (lunch is also provided for those who book the 'tour plus lunch' package).
Every Sunday starting on Sunday the 6th of May through until Sunday the 10th of June 2018.
Tour only starts at 10am Tour plus lunch starts at 11:45am
501 Derril road, Moorooduc
Two-hour tour plus glass of wine: $65.00 per person
Two-hour tour plus lunch and a glass of wine: $130 per person.
T'Gallant Estate will be holding a number of mushroom meanders during May 2018. These sessions will include a meander through the estate, where participants will be shown how to identify the different varieties of mushrooms that can be found on the Mornington Peninsula.
This will be followed by lunch, which includes a mushroom cappuccino, mushroom & gorgonzola wood fired pizza, and a glass of T'Gallant Pinot Noir.
Bookings are essential, and please note that this tour is limited to people aged 18 and over.
4 - 6 May 2018
11 - 13 May 2018
18 - 20 May 2018
25 - 27 May 2018
The tours start at 11am and 1pm, with guests asked to arrive 15 minutes earlier.
1385 Mornington Flinders Rd,
Cost is $49 per person.
This includes the mushroom meander, lunch and a glass of wine.
3. Max's May Mushroom Meanders - Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
Image source: maxsrestaurant.com.au
Max Paganoni, chef at the award-winning Max's Restaurant at Red Hill Estate will be running several mushroom tours during May 2018. Each tour will run for 4 hours, starting with a mushroom forage followed by a session learning about the preparation and cooking of wild mushrooms and then a two course mushroom-inspired lunch and glass of wine.
Places are limited and bookings can be made online.
Saturday 19th of May 2018
Sunday 20th of May 2018
Saturday 26th of May 2018
Sunday 27th May 2018
Tours start at 10.30am
Max's Restaurant at Red Hill Estate,
53 Shoreham Road
As part of the La Fiera Italian Festival in Myrtleford, a wild mushroom forage will take place at 10am on Saturday the 19th of May and Sunday the 20th of May. Join expert guide Franca Norris to learn about wild mushrooms and where to find them.
Booking are essential as there are limited places for this popular event.
Saturday, 19th of May 2018
Sunday, 20th of May 2018
Both sessions start at 9:45am for a 10am start
Cost is $40 per person.
For more information and bookings:
Visit the La Fiera Website. Bookings open 9am Saturday 5th May 2018.
Little Green Corner will be running a guided mushroom forage on Sunday the 3rd of June. The forage location will be decided close to the date, depending on where the mushrooms are growing this season, but will be somewhere in the Geelong region (Otways or Bellarine Peninsula).
As well as the mushroom hunt, the price includes lunch, a cup of tea, and a "warming tipple".
Sunday, 3rd of June 2018
10am - 1:30pm
Geelong region, Victoria
Cost is $95 per person.
This includes "Guided forage, lunch, a cuppa, plus a warming tipple".
String and Salt will be running a Mushroom Foragers tour on Sunday the 20th of May from 9am-3pm. The tour will include information on how to identify wild mushrooms that are safe to eat, and where to find them. The tour will also include foraging for wild herbs and roadside fruit and nuts, followed by a feast for all participants to enjoy.
Bookings can be made online, and please note that this tour is unsuitable for those under the age of 18 or those with mobility difficulties.
Sunday, 20th of May 2018
9am - 3pm
South Gippsland, Victoria
Cost is $165 per person.
This includes tour and a "wild harvested outdoor feast".
7. Mushroom Forays and Workshops with Alison Pouliot - Various locations in Victoria
Alison Pouliot is a natural historian and environmental photographer who runs a variety of workshops and seminars in New South Wales and Victoria.
This Autumn, Alison will be running a series of fungi-related forays and workshops, including:
Reade Smith from Reade's Weeds will be running a series of Mushroom Foraging tours during Autumn and Winter 2018 on the Mornington Peninsula. The tours run for 3 hours, and will begin with a forage through a pine forest followed by a BBQ picnic lunch cooked on-site.
Autumn/Winter 2018 (Dates to be confirmed)
Times are 10.00am to 1.00pm or 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Cost is $65 per adult and $25 for secondary school aged children.
Primary aged children and younger children are free.