Getaways for people who love food
It's the sweetest of spots - that moment when your senses zing with scent and taste. This magic combination leads wanderlusters to seek out destination dining around the world and locally. Especially with tastebud-tempting campaigns such as Yalumba's Book a Table, Embrace Australia, in conjunction with Escape, which encourages inspired dining as part of holiday exploration. So here, discover seven of the best getaways for every flavour persuasion to help you embrace the magnificent unknown.
The Tweed, NSW
When some of the most innovative chefs in the country get to work in Tweed's fertile farmland gastronomes are promised finely tuned flavours from one table to the next. Start your retreat at Cabarita Beach haven Halcyon House where a carefree stroll from your elegant room or suite takes you to award-winning restaurant Paper Daisy. Or if you fancy an evening in your suite, chef Jason Barratt's considered dishes can be delivered 24 hours a day. When you venture further afield, ensure you've booked an evening at Pipit, where chef Ben Devlin (ex-Noma and late of Paper Daisy) works magic with sustainable fish and native edibles over a central charcoal pit. And don't miss nearby Potager where the menu includes wild venison and Australian Bay lobster.
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Vineyard retreats don't come much better than The Louise. Set in one of the world's best wine regions, this luxe getaway has 15 designer suites with views over the vineyards and two ways to dine: in the acclaimed Appellation with its daily changing chef's tasting menu, and the more casual Three75 with a bent for burgers. For an intimate cellar-door experience, the Menzies Wine Room on Yalumba's Coonawarra vineyard is by appointment only, ensuring you're personally guided through top drops such as Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon. For the full experience stay over at the Menzies Vineyard Retreat set among the vines and enjoy a glass or two over a private dinner by a local chef.
Como The Treasury is Perth's must-stay luxury hotel in the city's revitalised historic heart. To celebrate its fifth birthday this year, the 48 -room hotel is offering a luxury retreat package. The $1125 Wildflower Experience includes a night in a Heritage Room and a six-course tasting menu paired with matching wines at rooftop restaurant Wildflower where head chef Matthew Sartori takes the six Indigenous seasons as inspiration to create fine dishes with locally foraged and farmed ingredients. What better way to explore Perth than by staying in one of its most elegant buildings?
Gold Coast, Qld
While you always have eight ways to dine at The Star Gold Coast until the end of April you can also join the food fun of their first 40 Days of Flavour festival. Dining events include a four-course progressive dinner, moving from Nineteen at the Star to the Garden Kitchen & Bar to Kiyomi to Cucina Vivo, with a post-dinner cocktail at a mystery underground bar. If you manage to tear yourself away from the hotel head on down to Burleigh Heads for flavour-packed Vietnamese fare at Jimmy Wah's.
Embrace the full Mona experience by checking into one of its eight luxury pavilions on the River Derwent. When you've finished marvelling at the artworks throughout the dens that are each named after an influential Australian artist or architect, head to Faro Bar and Restaurant where adventurous - and rewarding - dining meets eye-popping art. Back in the Hobart CBD Dier Makr offers a degustation where single words on a blackboard are your only hint at the fine menu to come. At Landscape Restaurant & Grill, meanwhile, in the Hunter Street waterfront precinct takes much of the inspiration from John Glover artworks, delivering dishes from the asado grill in the historic IXL jam factory. If you're feeling adventurous make your way to Van Bone in Marion Bay where head chef Timothy Hardy's set menu can include up to 14 courses of local fare sourced from small-scale organic farmers.
East Gippsland, Vic
When Mark and Victoria Briggs opened Sardine Eatery and Bar in Paynesville in 2017 they quickly added East Gippsland to Victoria's destination-dining map. The roll call of seafood straight from the sea includes hand-filleted sardines - of course - with the house-made sea salt sourdough. At The Esplanade Resort at Lakes Entrance,you can take in the views from your apartment's balcony before a spot of hydrotherapy in the spa. And in September the Wild Harvest Seafood Festival in Mallacoota celebrates the bounty of the sea and the land.
Kakadu and Darwin, NT
Head north, far north, for a taste of wild bush luxury at Bamurru Plains safari lodge where you can look out over the floodplains while savouring the likes of crisp-skinned barramundi with finger lime salsa among other bush tucker-inspired dishes. In Darwin, meanwhile, book into a Superior Lagoon Room at the Mindil Beach Casino Resort with a private deck leading straight into the swimming pool. Follow a dip with alfresco dining at the resort's Italian restaurant Il Piatto. Enjoy the sunset over a plate of the daily catch at the Darwin Trailer Boat Club's Bar & Bistro.
Originally published as 7 getaways for people who love food