Gulaga Gold Truffle Hunt – June 2024 (date to be confirmed)
Join us for a hands-on adventure and discover the art of truffle harvesting at Gulaga Gold, the Far South Coast’s first trufferie.
An experience that’s enjoyable for the whole family!
During the hunt, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside while learning about the history and culture of truffle hunting. And the best part? You’ll get to enjoy the delicious taste of this gourmet delight once your hunt is complete, accompanied by a wine-tasting session from the nearby Breakfast Creek winery.
So why wait? Book your truffle hunting adventure today and experience the thrill of the hunt for yourself!
A minimum of 20 Pax is required for the tour to go ahead. Refer to the website for full terms and conditions. scbuslines.com.au
- Gulaga Gold Truffle Hunt How it works
- Itinerary & Pick up information
- What to bring
- Fitness level
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Gulga Gold Truffle Hunt. The excitement of the hunt can be yours to enjoy, together with the very special pleasure that is to be found in the taste of this gourmet delight. See how this experience can be yours…
Truffle hunting is a popular activity that takes place during the winter months when the truffles are ready to be harvested. It’s an exciting and unique experience that allows you to witness the process of finding one of the world’s most sought-after culinary treasures. Dogs play a crucial role in truffle hunting, as their keen sense of smell is used to detect the truffles hidden beneath the ground.
- Scenic Bus Transfer with Sapphire Coast Buslines
- Gulaga Gold Truffle Hunt – 2hrs
- Truffle-infused Light Lunch
- Wine Tasting with Breakfast Creek Winery
Gulaga Gold Truffle Hunt How it works
As the sun sinks towards its winter solstice, and frosts leave their shimmering artwork on our oaks and hazels, in the ground beneath, our truffles begin to ripen. Their earthy aroma requires more than our noses to detect them beneath centimeters of soil so, as mankind has done for millennia, we turn to animals to do what we can not – in our case dogs.
The excitement of the hunt can be yours to enjoy, together with the very special pleasure that is to be found in the taste of this gourmet delight. See how this experience can be yours…
How it Works: Fiona or Alan will meet you at the highway and lead you on a drive past farms and through the Kooraban (meaning Koala) and Gulaga National Parks. You will see areas devastated by the Black Summer Fires, and compare these to those that were untouched.
Upon arrival at the secret location you will be led through a briefing on truffle lore, the history of hunting, the different ways of hunting truffles and you will receive tips as to how to end the visit with a good haul.
You will join forces with a trained Truffle Dog and its handler. This is the first year when most of our dogs have worked with groups. Please do not pet the dog or show it undue attention lest it lose interest in the hunt in favour of ball throwing or similar pursuits.
The dog will scan the rows, either by sniffing the air or the ground. If it notes the scent of a truffle it will indicate the spot without disturbing the soil. It will then be rewarded by its trainer. Each dog has a different reward, depending on its preferences.
You will be invited to smell and then gently remove the soil under which the truffle is hiding. Truffles are very sensitive creatures and, if disturbed while not yet fully ripe, will go into a sulk and offer no more enjoyment of their bounty.
When the truffle is found, a good sniff will tell you if it is prepared to sacrifice itself for our pleasure. That being the case it can be prised gently from its bed, popped into a bag and labelled.
If it does not seem ready to be disturbed, we will gently cover it up and place a marker and return later.
When our hunt is completed you will be shown how the truffles are treated after capture in order to maximise their beauty and value. You will get to sample their splendid and unique flavour in a range of foods. Purchase a truffle you find or one of the various truffle products made from our truffles.
Itinerary & Pick up information
Sapphire Coast Buslines is providing a central pick up & drop off service in Pambula, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Bega & Eden* (*Conditions apply on request)
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Jacket or warm clothing (can get chilly)
- Sun cream
- A medium level of fitness is required as there is walking involved.