For five years, Graeme and Gabriela Clarke have been combining their chief pleasures, outdoor exercise and eating, through the business Walkabout Gourmet Adventures.
Tour locations range across rural Victoria, Tasmania, King Island - and Europe.
Graeme has been a keen walker since he was brought up on a Gippsland farm and Gabriela’s German cordon bleu talents have been fostered by recipes handed down from her grandmother.
The Clarke’s local tours run for three or four days, although patrons can go just for the weekend. Activities include bushwalking, cycling, canoeing, horse-riding, photography and painting. The next tour, for three days including next weekend, is to the Great Ocean Road.
The tour price - $325, includes equipment such as bicycles, accommodation at a local homestead and three meals a day - homemade muesli for breakfast, a French-style picnic with quiches, terrines, cheeses and salads for lunch, and a three course evening meal.
Organic and biodynamic ingredients are used where possible. The outdoor activities are optional, and the tour party size is restricted to 10.
Walkabout Gourmet Adventures also offers alpine walkabouts and tours to Crete, France, Spain, Germany and Austria.