FOR many of us, the best part of a trip is definitely the food. And if you ask any self-proclaimed foodie, there’s no better way to experience a new place and culture than through its food.
A trip to Western Australia for one, will not be complete without having a taste of the local offerings. However, you might be thinking that due to its popularity as a wine region, there aren’t that many Muslim-friendly options to enjoy. Well, you’ll be glad to know that there are countless Muslim-friendly food options, not just in the capital city Perth, but across its regions as well.
Whether it is to settle a craving or exploring a new culture through food, a trip is always complete when its done one plate at a time. With Perth being so easily accessible via a 5.5-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, nothing stands in the way between you and your next food adventure!
To get you started on your food trail, check out this guide to find Muslim-friendly options for an epic gastro-adventure in Western Australia.
FRESHEST PRODUCE AT A LOCAL MARKET
What will make your trip truly unique is the availability of fresh produce, available at nearly any local market across the five regions of Western Australia.
If you’re in Perth, a trip to the Freemantle Markets is well worth the visit. Built in 1897, it is one of the city’s most significant landmarks and has rightfully earned itself a reputation as one of the best destinations in Fremantle for locals and tourists alike.
Housed in an historic, heritage-listed building, you will find more than fresh produce here. With a variety of events held for visitors of all ages, you’ll be sure to enjoy your visit here.
There are plenty of local markets situated in towns and cities outside of Perth as well, giving you a Muslim-friendly option, wherever you go in Western Australia.
If you’re heading to the South West, don’t miss making a day trip out of the Albany Picnic Provisions Trail where you can take a self-drive trip to Albany’s markets located at the town’s centre where you can meet with local farmers. This trail will give you an exciting opportunity to explore the South Coast while savouring in its bountiful produce at the same time.
INDULGE IN A WIDE VARIETY OF SEAFOOD
A bounty of seafood options can be found in Western Australia’s oceans and rivers, thanks to the incredible diversity of its marine habitats and inland waters – perfect for hungry Muslim travellers.
Must-try seasonal produce includes the famous Geraldton rock lobster, South West marron, yabby and trout, North West barramundi, Exmouth prawns, Rottnest scallops and Mandurah crab.
If you’re looking to add a little bit of adventure to your seafood experience, join the Wild Seafood Experience tour on their premium cray fishing boat an enjoy an afternoon of catching and learning about the Western Rock Lobster (crayfish) that is renowned internationally with Mandurah a centre for this most valuable export. The experienced crew will then cook up an epic banquet centred around the fresh catch and other fresh local seafood. Enjoy seafood skewers, oysters, octopus, crab, prawns and salmon, right in the middle of the calm waters.
On land, you can easily find a plethora of seafood options that meet your fancy. Located on the picturesque beach front of Cervantes is Lobster Shack. Situated just 17km from the famous Pinnacles National Park, this family owned restaurant will give you a taste of mouth-watering seafood dishes that will only make you crave for more.
GET YOUR FILL OF LOCAL FRUITS
Nature lovers will be happy to learn that Western Australia offers plenty of fruit-picking tours that offer tourists a chance to visit its expansive orchards and quaint farms. Join a tour to the Swan Valley Walk and Fruit Orchard to experience exquisite natural sightings of the Swan Valley where fresh apples, oranges, nectarines, persimmons, avocados and plums are grown and available for purchase.
During this tour, you will be able to see how fruits are grown amidst the hills of the valley and see how high-quality fruits are grown in an Aussie orchard. You can also enjoy an eco-walk through hundreds of trees, containing a variety of different fruits.
If you’re in the Coral Coast region, be sure to visit Carnarvon – the food bowl of Western Australia. Abundant tropical fruits and a vast array of temperate climate fruit and vegetables, Carnarvon is the regional centre and lush horticultural region. A drive along North and South Roads known as the 'Fruit Loop' reveals the heart of the horticultural industry where you will find seasonal fresh produce – the famous bananas that are simple called Sweeter Bananas.
In the warmer months, enjoy an abundance of fruits such as mangoes, grapes and watermelons can be found from pop-up plantation shops.
Don't forget to snap that perfect Instagram photo at Cactus Farm on South River Road too!
VISIT A LOCAL CAFE
Experience the famed Australian cafe culture spread across Perth and beyond to sip on the best quality coffees at the wide range of cafés offering vegetarian and vegan menu options.
Drop by Lane Cafe located in Rottnest Island to enjoy freshly roasted coffee and a wide range of gourmet breakfast and lunch options that caters to all dietary requirements. You can also enjoy freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies and acai bowls, making Lane Café an essential pitstop before you explore the wonders of Rottnest Island and begin to hunt for selfies with the world’s happiest marsupials – Quokkas!
If you’re visiting the South West, don’t forget to drop by The White Elephant Beach Cafe that is located right on Gnarabup beach, just 10 kilometres from Margaret River.
Don’t miss out from having a taste of their dishes, made with locally-sourced ingredients that brings to life the very best of the Margaret River region. From their delicious freshly-brewed coffee to their all-day breakfasts – everything is prepared fresh. Go for their delicious vegetarian options and enjoy your meal while taking in the beautiful views of the beach.
With this Muslim-friendly guide, we’re sure that you’ll be able to indulge in the best of what Western Australia’s food-scene has to offer.
For more details and destination inspirations, head over to Tourism Western Australia’s website at www.westernaustralia.com.
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