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Enjoy food from the source

Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, SandigoCREDIT: Narrandera Tourism

You can pick nuts directly from Glendale Citrus & Hazelnut Orchard in Sandigo, near Wagga Wagga and Narrandera.

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Enjoy food from
the source

Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, Sandigo CREDIT: Narrandera Tourism

You can pick nuts directly from Glendale Citrus & Hazelnut Orchard in Sandigo, near Wagga Wagga and Narrandera.

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Eating seasonal food close to where it’s produced reduces food miles, is better for the environment and supports local producers. You could argue it’s more delicious, too. Here are ways you can enjoy food straight from the source as you explore New South Wales. 

Oysters 

The waterways from Hastings River to Merimbula on the NSW South Coast comprise the ‘Oyster Coast’ and offer countless opportunities to eat some of the world’s best varieties. At Jim Wild's Oysters, in the Shoalhaven region, Sydney rock and Pacific oysters are shucked while you wait. Don’t miss the award-winning Sydney rock species at Tathra Oysters further south. These are grown in the pristine conditions of Nelson Lake and available to buy from the company’s shop in Tathra. For a memorable day out, join Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tour on Pambula Lake and learn about oyster farming. Save the date for the annual Narooma Oyster Festival in Narooma — it’s a huge celebration of the culinary delicacy.  

Mushrooms 

Autumn is prime mushroom-picking season in NSW — make the most of it by joining Finding Feasts on its mushroom tours. These events include a half day of picking saffron milk caps and slippery jack mushrooms in the pine forests of the Southern Highlands, a 90-minute drive southwest of Sydney, followed by a cooking class.  

Fish 

Drop a line into the well-stocked lakes and dams of the Snowy Mountains region. From October until the June long weekend, you can also fish in most rivers and streams. Spring’s melting snow ensures the clear waterways are full of trout, Murray cod and golden perch. Join a beginners’ class at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa to learn the basics of fly fishing. Monaro Fly Fishing in Greenlands and Fly Fishing Tumut in Tumut offer angling lessons, too. At Eucumbene Trout Farm, cast a line and then cook your own fresh trout on one of the barbecues at the farm.  

Fruit and nuts 

At Glendale Citrus & Hazelnut Orchard in Sandigo, near Narrandera, in the Riverina region of southwest NSW, you can hop aboard a vintage tractor-drawn carriage for an hour-long private tour — and grab oranges and crack open hazelnuts, too. Don’t forget to pick up home-made syrups, cordials and other citrus and nut products from Barbara's Special Treats Van.  

At Pine Crest Orchard in Bilpin, in the Hawkesbury region northwest of Sydney, apples are available for picking from January to May, peaches from December to February and walnuts and chestnuts during autumn. Fill up on juicy mandarins from Watkins Orchard near Wisemans Ferry once May arrives, or get your citrus fix at Ford’s Farm near the Hawkesbury River.  

Head to Young, the country’s “cherry capital” and a four-hour drive from Sydney, for the National Cherry Festival during summer. Here you can sample the fruit from one of many farms in the area (such as Hill-Lock Orchard).  

Or pick your own punnets at Bidgee Strawberries and Cream, the Wagga Wagga property that’s home to 84,000 individual strawberry plants in the heart of the Riverina. Need a refreshment afterwards? Try the farm’s home-made strawberry sorbet.  

Tathra Oysters, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Freshly opened Sydney Rock Oyster at Tathra Oysters.

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Tathra Oysters, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Freshly opened Sydney Rock Oyster at Tathra Oysters.

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Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard Tours, Sandigo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Take a tour of Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, Sandigo in the Riverina.

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Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard Tours, Sandigo CREDIT: Destination NSW

Take a tour of Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, Sandigo in the Riverina.

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Markets 

Leaving the ingredient-harvesting to someone else and buy regional produce (such as Camilleri Berries) directly from the Foragers Market in the Illawarra region south of Sydney. It takes place in Bulli on every second Sunday of the month and each Friday in Wollongong.  

Honey 

The Urban Beehive can teach you how to source your own honey, so sign up for its beekeeping courses. The beginner class takes place in the company shop at Matraville, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, and covers the principles of backyard and rooftop beekeeping, how to light smokers, open beehives, handle bees and identify eggs, larvae, pollen and honey. The advanced level class is held in inner-city Woolloomooloo (with a practical component in The Urban Beehive’s apiary).  

Edible weeds 

There’s food underfoot and growing in surprising places around you. Find out more about these overlooked ingredients on a Wonderful Wild Weeds foraging tour at Sydney’s inner-city Centennial Parklands. Expert guide Diego Bonetto will teach you about dandelion, chickweed and the other ‘pests’ that grow in parks, reserves and gardens — and how they have nutritional, medicinal and salad-improving benefits. 

Indigenous ingredients 

Stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden by Sydney Harbour on the fringe of the city centre and you might notice the native mint, saltbush or fragrant lemon myrtle trees. To truly tap into the Aboriginal significance of the site, take an Aboriginal Cultural Tour to learn about the local Cadigal people, the Traditional Custodians of the area, as well as their resourceful use of native plants. The experience includes a chance to sample bush foods sourced directly from the garden, too.  

Fly Fishing, Tumut CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy the tranquil surrounds of the Snowy Valleys whilst Fly Fishing in Tumut.

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Fly Fishing, Tumut CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy the tranquil surrounds of the Snowy Valleys whilst Fly Fishing in Tumut.

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Centennial Parklands, Moore Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Floral displays adorning the flower beds located in Centennial Parklands Column Garden.

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Centennial Parklands, Moore Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Floral displays adorning the flower beds located in Centennial Parklands Column Garden.

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