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Truffle Hunts in Australia - Winter 2018

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Published May 4th 2018
Underground treasures
Truffle Hunts in Australia - Winter 2018

Winter is truffle hunting season. Not the kind of truffles that you find in chocolate shops but the pungent, delicious and highly prized kind that grow underground. You may not realise that truffles are now grown in Australia in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.

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Many truffieres (place where truffles are grown) offer truffle hunts during Winter where visitors can learn more about these wondrous fungi. A truffle hunt usually involves a visit to a truffle orchard (often oak and hazelnut trees) with a guide and one or more truffle hunting dogs. Depending on the truffiere and the type of truffle hunt you choose, the hunt may include participation in harvesting the truffles, truffle tastings, brunch, lunch or dinner, cooking demonstrations, workshops and the opportunity to buy truffles and truffle-infused products. The Australian Truffle Growers Association website is a good source of information if you want to find out more about truffles before you go hunting.

So here's where you can go truffle hunting this Winter in Australia. It's a great idea to book early as the Hunts are very popular and sell out quickly.


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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The Truffle Farm
Majura

Within 15 minutes of the city and the airport, The Truffle Farm offers Truffle Hunts with tasting, Truffle Hunt & Brunch and Truffle Hunt & Degustation Lunch. See their website for bookings and details of what's included with each Hunt.


NEW SOUTH WALES

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Tarago Truffles
Tarago

Weekend hunts conducted during the season include the truffle hunt, truffle tastings and an education session in The Truffle Shed. See the website for more details.

Turalla Truffles
Near Bungendore, NSW

Located within 30 minutes of Canberra, Turalla Truffles offers several types of truffle hunts during the season: Truffle Hunt Only, Truffle Hunt - Lunch, Truffle Hunt - Brunch and Truffle Hunt - Cooking Masterclass. See their website for hunt dates and inclusions.

Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines
Bredbo, NSW

Truffle Hunts available during the season are the Family Truffle Hunt, the Truffle Hunt and Brunch, Truffle Hunt and Lunch and Truffle Hunt and Inspiration. See their website for details and dates.

Blue Frog Truffles
Sutton, NSW (just North of Canberra)

Truffle hunts will be available on Sundays from mid June to mid August, dependent on climate and evidence of truffle fruiting. See their website for dates and bookings.

Lowes Mount Truffiere
Oberon, Blue Mountains

At the time of writing Truffle Hunts for Winter 2018 are already fully booked, however you may be able to join a waitlist - see their website for details.


QUEENSLAND

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The truffle industry is fairly new in Queensland, however you can participate in a Truffle Hunt all year round at the Truffle Discovery Centre Stanthorpe, see their website for full details.


TASMANIA

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The Truffledore
Lower Barrington

Amongst their farm tours are the truffle hunt & harvest where you'll have the chance to dig up your own truffle plus enjoying a 4-course long table lunch. See their calendar for dates and availability.

Truffles of Tasmania
Needles (near Deloraine)

Truffles of Tasmania offers a very scenic environment where you can see the truffle operations in full swing during the Winter season. They also conduct some out of season tours. See their website for more information.


VICTORIA


Black Cat Cottage and Truffles
Wattle Flat (near Ballarat)

Amongst several kinds of truffle-related activities and events, Black Cat offers 'A Taste of Truffles' where you can talk to the truffle growers, see their truffle dogs in action, harvest truffles and sample a range of truffle infused treats. They also conduct private hunts for small groups and individuals see their events page for full details.

Red Hill Truffles

Located on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Red Hill Truffles offers truffle hunts, tastings and lunches, see their events calendar for all the options.

Truffle Treasures
Daylesford area

Several kinds of truffle hunts are on offer including lunches, a RHOM style event with dinner and even an archaeological truffle dig. See their events calendar for full details.

Yarra Valley Truffles

Yarra Valley Truffles' 2018 events include Truffle Hunts, some with lunch or dinner. See their events page for details and bookings.

Also Gourmet Pawprints run truffle hunt days where you can take your own dog along. See here for details.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA


The Truffle & Wine Co
Manjimup

Truffle Hunts are held during the winter months from early June late August. See their website for full details and bookings.

Australian Truffle Traders
Manjimup

Weekend hunts are available during the season and private hunts are available on request. See their website for further information and bookings.
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Such an unusual way to spend a day. We have so many wonderful choices these days.
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