Truffle Hunts

Your hosts Denzil, Anne and Matt Sturgiss with truffle dogs, Dusty and Joker offer a unique experience of a “hands on” truffle hunt during winter. Hunt with the harvesters and truffle dogs as you help dig for the elusive fabled fungi from under the trees.

Truffle harvesting is essentially a winter activity as the cold kilojoules of the winter frosts are needed to fully mature the black winter truffle. The season runs from late May/early June through to the end of August and sometimes into early September – all subject to the prevailing weather conditions.

During the 2019 truffle harvesting season hunts will be on Saturdays only, beginning June 22 through to August 31st. Bookings essential.

Your experience includes the hunt, truffle tastings and an education session in The Truffle Shed.

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Start at 10.30am and finish around 1.30pm leaving time to further explore the Capital Region.

Cost: $80 per adult.  $20 for children aged 6 to 17.  5 and under free.

Fresh truffle for sale on the day.

Bookings restricted to around 16 to ensure a more personal experience.    

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Reservation and Payment

Bookings can be made via email to or phone to 02 48494605 or 0434 216 342.  Bookings close each week at 6pm on Thursdays.

Payment arrangements will be made via email on confirmation of booking.

Truffiere location

Tarago Truffles is a very accessible 50 minute drive from Canberra; an enjoyable two and half to three hour trip from Sydney or a 90 minute day trip from the South Coast.  We are at 173 Willandra Lane, off the Tarago-Bungendore Road, Tarago.  Be careful, your sat nav may try to take you to Willowglen Road (to the east of Tarago).  We are 7.2km from Tarago and 20km from Bungendore on the Tarago-Bungendore Road.  Also note that mobile phones do not always work in this area. 

Dress informal for winter conditions ranging from frosty mornings followed by sunny days to wet, windy and sometimes a little snow.  Clothing layers are a good idea with footwear flat, comfortable and enclosed. 


Tarago Truffles likes to minimise the chances of introducing disease or competing fungi so you are asked to clean soil etc from the soles of your footwear before coming on to the property and to also make sure your jackets, scarves and hats and bags are free from possible contaminants.  Before you walk through the truffiere gate you will be asked to step through a shallow footbath of a chlorine solution. 

Make a Weekend of It

Check the web sites of The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region – and to discover other activities you may like to experience across the region.