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Archie Rose Distilling Co., RoseberyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. is Australia’s most highly-awarded distillery.

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Archie Rose Distilling Co., Rosebery CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. is Australia’s most highly-awarded distillery.

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From small-batch gins to fruity alpine schnapps, Caribbean-style rums to ultra-smooth whiskies, New South Wales has a vibrant distilling scene just waiting to be explored. Here are some of the state’s top distilleries, and where you can taste their wares.  

Discover the spirits of Sydney 

Founded in 2014, Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Rosebery, just north of Sydney’s airport, is Australia’s most highly awarded distillery. It produces a range of whiskies, gins, vodkas and rums, and the odd experimental tipple, such as a brandy made from smoke-tainted grapes. Enjoy cocktails at the bar and book in for a distillery tour or blend-your-own-gin class.  

In Sydney’s inner Eastern Suburbs, Brix Distillers uses only premium ingredients to create a variety of unique rums. Book in for a tour, rum spicing class or perhaps a Saturday cocktail lunch in its Surry Hills distillery.  

Go north for a nip 

Independently owned by astute herbalist distiller Philip Moore, Distillery Botanica in Erina on the Central Coast, north of Sydney, grows its own botanicals on-site and incorporates them in award-winning spirits, including Moore’s Dry Gin and Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. Taste the range, then take a stroll in the distillery’s charming garden setting.  

In the Byron Bay hinterland, Cape Byron Distillery is the home of Brookie’s Gin. It’s a spirit made with a variety of botanicals, including those found in the distillery’s rainforest setting. Learn more about the rainforest connection on the distillery’s excellent tour, which includes a tasting.  

A family-owned and -operated distillery pioneering paddock-to-bottle virgin cane rum, Husk Distillers in Tumbulgum on the far North Coast is also famous for its indigo-hued Ink Gin. Drop into the cellar door, opened in 2019, for a tour or a cocktail on the lawn, which boasts superb views towards Wollumbin (Mount Warning).  

Distillery Botanica, Erina CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a tour through Distillery Botanica, Erina.

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Distillery Botanica, Erina CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a tour through Distillery Botanica, Erina.

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Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum CREDIT: Destination NSW

Pure Cane Gin at Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum.

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Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum CREDIT: Destination NSW

Pure Cane Gin at Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum.

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Sip your way south 

With a collective goal to produce handcrafted spirits, four friends founded Wollongong’s first distillery in 2015. A Headlands Distilling Co. must-try is their Seacliff Vodka — a truly authentic Australian spirit made with local barley. Sample it on one of the free tours held on Fridays and Sundays.  

As the name suggests, the multi award-winning North of Eden micro distillery is located on a working farm in Stony Creek, a 50-minute drive north of Eden on the far South Coast. All its London Dry-style gins are made in 200-bottle batches and feature ingredients grown on the farm or foraged locally. With most of its bar/cellar door seating outdoors, sunny days are the best time to visit.  

Head west for a tipple 

Founded in 2018, Parrot Distilling Co.’s extensive range of gins pay homage to the fruit and wine that the Orange region, a 3.5-hour drive west of Sydney, is renowned for. Opened in 2020, The Aviary, its cellar door and bar, is the ideal spot to sample them.  

Just 45 minutes east of Orange, Stone Pine Distillery is Bathurst’s first micro distillery. Set in a historic homestead dating from the 1840s, the eco-conscious distillery’s cellar door is a suitably atmospheric place to sample its gins, spiced rums, limoncello, and more.  

Look further afield 

Situated in the heart of the Australian high country between Jindabyne and ThredboWild Brumby Distillery is the highest distillery in Australia and utilises pristine alpine water, organically grown fruit and native mountain botanicals for its schnapps, gin, vodka and gluhwein. Its distillery door also doubles as a café.  

Born out of co-owner Mark Burns’s quest to connect with his Scottish heritage, Aisling Distillery in Griffith, in the NSW Riverina region, specialises in small batch premium single-malt whisky, rum and gin. Pop in for a dram.  

And on Lord Howe Island, around a two-hour flight from Sydney, Lord Howe Island Distilling Co. creates award-winning spirits that use both wild and endemic island botanicals such as wild lemons planted by early settlers. It doesn’t have a distillery door (yet), but spirits such as its new-in-2020 Wild Guava Vodka are on high rotation at island bars; try The Crooked Post.  

Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Cafe, Snowy Mountains CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drink tasting at the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Cafe in the Snowy Mountains.

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Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Cafe, Snowy Mountains CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drink tasting at the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Cafe in the Snowy Mountains.

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