A winter escape to Oberon in the NSW Central Tablelands

In the foothills of the Blue Mountains — in the NSW Central Tablelands — lies Oberon. This region is known for farming, and wild mushrooms that people love to come and forage. But there’s also a very rare ingredient that grows out here — the one they call ‘black gold’ or ‘black diamonds’.

Black Truffles are grown at the Lowes Mount Truffiere — owned and run by Col and Sue Roberts. During truffle season, in the winter, visitors can join truffle ‘hunts’ — led by trusty Labrador Floyd — in small groups of no more than sixteen people. Rain, hail or shine, the truffle hunts are conducted. And it’s Oberon’s cool climate that makes it perfect for cultivating truffles.

Once the truffles have been collected, they are then washed and graded in the shed, before visitors can indulge in a truffle degustation, featuring soup — topped with truffle shavings, truffle honey and even truffle infused desserts such as panna cotta.

Visitors to the town of Oberon can continue their foodie tour at the Long Arm Farm Café. Featuring an incredible range of produce and meats — grown and reared at the farm nearby — the Long Arm Farm Café is famous for their bacon and ham and, in particular, their delicious bacon and egg rolls. They also make a range of delicious condiments, including relishes and pickles.

If you’re looking for somewhere scenic to stay, just out of town in nearby Hampton is the Bindo Creek Cabins. Consisting of four two-bedroom cabins, Bindo Creek boasts sweeping views out over the valley and of the Bindo Creek below. A plethora of wildlife abounds on this gorgeous property, including wombats and wallabies. And no matter where you are, there’s not a bad view on the property!