Producing top-notch rum, gin and whisky for decades, in recent years Australia’s spirits scene has begun to boom. You’ll find everything from the traditional to the modern in distilleries dotted around the country. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to sip on something one-of-a-kind at this round up of best distilleries to visit in Australia or start planning with more inspiration below:
In recent years, Sydney has become a hotspot for urban distilling. Located in the suburb of Rosebery, Archie Rose is the most-awarded distillery in the country – head to the bar to taste the full range of gin, whisky and vodka as well as unreleased bottles.
Set atop a mountain overlooking the Gold Coast hinterland, Tamborine Mountain Distillery serves up boutique spirits made with native ingredients and flora. Here, you’ll find everything from apricot schnapps to eucalyptus gum leaf vodka. Try a sampling of the massive range in their tasting room, where you’ll treat your taste buds to a memorable journey.
Kangaroo Island is known for its abundant wildlife and incredible seafood, but it’s also home to one of the state’s best distilleries. Kangaroo Island Spirits creates small-batch, handcrafted Australian gin, vodka and liqueurs. Stop by the rustic cellar door or the tranquil Gin Garden to taste the award-winning spirits with a side of island hospitality.
Located in the rugged wilderness of the Tasman Peninsula, McHenry Distillery and Lark Distillery are two of Australia’s southernmost whisky distilleries. Here, you’ll find some of the world’s purest air. The crisp air combined with the property’s fresh water spring produces a range of smooth, uniquely Australian spirits. You can visit both cellar doors seven days a week for a taste of their pure Tasmanian gin and whisky. Don’t miss the Sloe Gin at McHenry, crafted using berries foraged from the hedgerows around northern Tasmania.
Bass & Flinders was the first distillery founded on the stunning Mornington Peninsula, just over a one-hour drive from Melbourne. Surrounded by the sweeping vineyards of the region, Bass & Flinders sticks to what it knows: grapes. This artisan producer has a vine-to-bottle approach, handcrafting their spirit base from the fruit just outside their door. The dedication to local grapes is what gives such a unique flavour to the brandy, gin and liqueurs on offer. Book your spot at the Gin Masterclass to blend a bottle entirely your own.
Whipper Snapper may have started with just a dream and an old shed, but this distillery has grown to be one of Perth’s best. Whipper Snapper’s whiskies are handcrafted, innovative and produced with 100 per cent local grains. Not only can you visit the tasting room, but you can also indulge in private whisky experiences and masterclasses. If you’d rather sit back and relax, just head to the on-site Whisky & Coffee Bar.