As recently as 25 years ago, beer in Australia was consumed more for its thirst-quenching properties than for its flavour or variety. Most breweries pumped out a similar product: ‘pale golden lager of moderate body…designed to be drunk as cold as possible’, as beer writer Willie Simpson puts it.
Times, thankfully, have changed. Australian breweries are booming, with early trail-blazers like Coopers and Matilda Bay Brewing Company joined by a plethora of exciting and diverse ‘craft beer’ operations around the country. Lovers of the amber fluid are no longer limited to boring bitters, but can take their pick from home-grown pilseners, US-style pale ales, cloudy ales and stouts – all of which are worth travelling for.
- Capital Country
- Central West
- Holiday Coast
- Hunter Valley & Coast
- Snowy Mountains
- Southern Highlands
- Tropical North Coast
- Mudgee Brewing, Mudgee
- The Little Brewing Company, Port Macquarie
Hunter Valley & Coast
- William Bull Brewery, Bilbul
- Kosciuszko Brewery, Jindabyne
Tropical North Coast
Most amazing natural wonders
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
With its rugged peaks, perfect lakes, icy cascades and alpine moors, this national park is unforgettable.
Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park
Australia’s longest fringing coral reef, Ningaloo, is part of this national park and is a mecca for snorkellers, scuba divers and whale-watchers.
Port Campbell National Park
The spectacular limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles, stranded in wild surf, are one of Australia’s most photographed sights.