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Go truffle-hunting for 'black gold' in Western Australia

Go truffle-hunting for 'black gold' in Western Australia
Search for truffles with the help of a trained dog on a Western Australia tour. (Tourism Western Australia)

Let a truffle-hunting dog help you find edible gold on a three-night, four-day gourmet wine and food tour in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

The highlights include a search for Tuber melanosporum, or black winter truffles, prized for their distinctive aroma and flavor.

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The trip also includes a rental car in which to explore the Margaret River region, which has more than 120 wineries and miles of beaches.

Additional highlights include a stay at a beach resort and a visit to the iconic Leeuwin Estate for an introduction to Australian wine, food and contemporary art. 

Dates: Tours depart Perth three times a week through Aug. 23.

Price: From: $759 per person, double occupancy. Includes accommodations, some meals, rental car and insurance, truffle hunt and truffle and wine tastings. International airfare not included. 

Info: Outdoor Travel Adventures, (800) 554-9059

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