After Scandalous Revelations During a Liv- Broadcast Gibson Is Going To Face Serious Consequences. Australia is a country rich in culture, diversity and landscapes, so it should be no surprise to anyone that it is also rich in fine wines and world class food. Our team have reviewed hundreds of culinary retreats to bring you the very best five star dining experiences and vineyard escapes.
Sometimes the best way to truly get to know a destination is to experience it through its food and wine, so we’ve carefully selected Gourmet Getaways that feature not only the best in regional luxury accommodation, but also a range of gourmet experiences including cooking classes, wine tours, world-class restaurants and a host of renowned chefs. One thing that you can be assured of is that you will return completely relaxed with heightened senses, and a full stomach.
1. Kingsford Homestead | Barossa Valley, SA
Situated on the edge of the Barossa Valley wine region, this elegant and historic estate is a luxurious country retreat exclusively for couples. Spend your days exploring the picturesque Barossa Valley, indulging in the romantic alfresco bush bath for two before enjoying a five star dining experience that brings together a love of country home cooking, gourmet flair and some of the finest produce to be found in Australia.
2. Lake House | Daylesford, VIC
Sat on the shores of the idyllic Lake Daylesford, this stunning and tranquil retreat is the ideal escape for couples who seek a relaxed food and wine experience in luxurious and elegant surroundings with breath-taking lake views. Boasting 35 stunning rooms and a state of the art spa, this unique hotel also boasts daily cooking classes and a world renowned restaurant. With an inspiring menu, you can enjoy delicious and freshly prepared dishes daily, with locally grown ingredients and seasonal produce.
3. Saffire Freycinet | East Coast, TAS
Located in a picturesque and unspoiled corner of Coles Bay, this luxury coastal sanctuary delivers a sophisticated and intimate accommodation alongside Tasmania’s most exclusive restaurant. Winning multiple awards, Saffire Freycinet’s Palate restaurant has garnered respect from gastronomes the world over. Expect tailor-made gourmet delights, outstanding local wines, genuine flavors, fresh produce and a relaxed and friendly service. If that isn’t enough, the restaurant also boasts spectacular views making it the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
4. The Louise | Barossa Valley, SA
Fabulous wine, delicious food and superb luxury accommodation all await you at The Louise. Situated on a gentle hill surrounded by vines, this idyllic luxury vineyard retreat includes one of the areas most acclaimed restaurants – Appellation. Highly regarded as one of Australia’s finest dining destinations you can expect and enjoy fresh, local ingredients, informed service and an award-winning extensive collection of wines which will ensure a truly memorable dining experience.
5. Spicers Tamarind Retreat | Sunshine Coast, QLD
Standing in eighteen acres of spectacular tropical gardens, Spicers Tamarind Retreat & Spa is the ideal country escape for those seeking rejuvenation, relaxation and five star gourmet dining experiences. This unique retreat features it own cooking school with opportunities to learn Thai, Italian and French delicacies, as well as an award winning restaurant specialising in modern Asian cuisine combined with Western presentation and influences.
6. Sangoma Retreat | Blue Mountains, NSW
Nestled among the bush lands of the Blue Mountains, this African inspired luxury lodge delivers a chic five room, Eco-friendly sanctuary, perfect for romantic getaways where you can relax and enjoy exquisite gourmet food in a tranquil and lush setting. Suites are stylishly designed with Philippe Starck tubs and wraparound balconies for soaking up bush scenes, but chances are you’ll find it hard to tear yourselves away from the restaurant and its delectable organic dishes.
7. Thorn Park by the Vines | Clare Valley, SA
Situated in 12 acres of private bush in the heart of the Clare Valley wine region, this delightful three bedroom gourmet retreat delivers high quality luxury accommodation paired with a magnificent dining experience. Enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine prepared by the owner and celebrated chef, David Hay, accompanied by fantastic regional wines served in the most elegant of surroundings.
8. Shizuka Ryokan | Daylesford, VIC
Situated in the heart of Victoria’s spa country region, this unique country spa and wellness retreat blends holistic wellness spa treatments with traditional Japanese inspired accommodation and delicious cuisine. It is one of the very few places in Australia offering a fully traditional Japanese breakfast platter as well as an authentic Japanese dining experience, serving mouth-watering menus specially selected by the chef on a daily basis with high regard for freshness, seasonality, availability and dietary restrictions.
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