The quintessential Australian truffle hunting experience is in the heart of Australian truffle country, The Shire of Manjimup. We’re the epicentre of truffle cultivation in the Southern Hemisphere and the region is dotted with orchards of oak and hazelnut trees, under which the truffles grow.
Truffle hunting is one of the most unique food and travel experiences in Australia. The anticipation is high as visitors follow the truffle dogs out amongst the oak and hazelnut trees, nosing out perfectly ripe truffles. Seeing visitor faces light up as they have a go at unearthing their first truffle is an experience that never gets old. Freshly dug, the smell is intoxicating. It’s a buzz to get to share that experience with visitors to our family property.
Where to go Truffle Hunting in Manjimup and the South West, Western Australia
Family owned and operated; Australian Truffle Traders is one of the few places you can experience an authentic truffle hunt in Manjimup, and the South West. Wilgarup River Farm is home to our family (Mel, Gavin and Brin Booth) and our ever growing pack of truffle dogs, also beloved family pets and on farm truffle grading facility. Each season we welcome visitors onto the farm for truffle hunts, amongst them chefs from around the world; including the likes of Pierre Koffman, Curtis Duffy, Janine Booth, Peter Gilmore, Maggie Beer, Guy Grossi, Mark Best, Pete Evans, Jack Stein, Annaliese Gregory, Simon Byrant and more.
The truffle hunting experience takes 2-3 hours. You’ll join our truffle dogs Molly, Gidgee, Max and Gunnah as they nose out the ripest of fresh truffles and even have a go at unearthing truffle yourself. It’s a chance to discover the art and science of truffle growing, learn how we raise and train truffle dogs, and get behind the scenes in the grading room. You’ll share in tales of a life in truffles that’s taken our family and truffles into Michelin starred kitchens around the world. There’s also opportunity to take your fresh truffle or some freshly truffled eggs home.
Limited availability, early booking is advised.
Season: June, July and August
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For a complete truffle experience book one of Dingup House’s truffle packages Get in touch with owner Chris to discuss their available options which often include accommodation in the heritage homestead, a rustic breakfast, truffle hunt at Australian Truffle Traders and a homecooked truffle dinner back at Dingup House.
Truffle Kerfuffle remains one of the best ways to experience truffle season in Western Australia. Held annually in June (postponed for 2022) it’s a weekend festival and celebration of all things Tuber melanosporum. Think truffle hunts, truffle food events and meals, wine and an incredible line up of visiting chefs. Book your accommodation and truffle hunts early to avoid missing out.