Have an occasion coming up in Summer? Plan ahead and browse our dining suggestions including the best cuisines and restaurants for Summer here.
Spring is now here, making for the perfect time to plan a weekend escape away from the hecticness of everyday life. Plan some time away where you can spoil yourself with good food and good times.
We’ve put together a list of our top picks for where you should head to experience some flavourful delights, and be able to relax in stunning surroundings.
Oakdene Vineyards’ award winning Executive Chef, Marty Chichester has turned this restaurant into a mu
st stop in the Bellarine Peninsula, serving up food with unprecedented execution and presentation. The Australian/European menu showcases the best of seasonal local produce and the menus are designed to give diners a unique experience.
As well as the restaurant, Oakdene Vineyards offer a quality cellar door, 230 acres of lush coastal farmland and an original 1920’s homestead offering three beautifully restored themed accommodation rooms.
For the quintessential Adelaide Hills dining experience, you can’t beat the iconic Maximilian’s Restaurant. Located just 12 minutes from the Tollgate, Maximilian’s offers al fresco dining overlooking the lake and vineyard, ideal for a beautiful spring day. After lunch, why not hit a few balls on the floating pontoon or sample some wines at the cellar door?
For accommodation, the nearby Hahndorf Old Mill Hotel will leave you feeling that you’ve left Adelaide and entered Austria, with it’s Austrian-inspired chalets that overlook the pretty creek.
The French-inspired Ca Marche overlooks the spectacular winery grounds and rose gardens and offers a menu to suit every diner. Be it a quick snack, a long leisurely lunch or a fine dining experience, The Restaurant at Cassegrain delivers high quality fresh organic produce and specials that change daily. The dining room is large and grand, while the verandah offers a refreshing cool breeze on warmer days.
While there is no onsite accommodation, Cassegrain Winery is located in close proximity to Port Macquarie and all that it has on offer. The Observatory Hotel is the North Coast’s most awarded hotel and is located directly opposite Town Beach.
Awarded two Chef Hats in the 2014 and 2015 Queensland Good Food Guide, The Long Apron is ranked among Australia’s top 100 restaurants. Delivering European-inspired cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, The Long Apron has been likened to a night at the theatre, where surprises never stop. Open for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner, The Long Apron will tantalise your tastebuds no matter the hour.
The Long Apron is located at Spicers Clovelly Estate, which has a range of exquisite boutique accommodations. Choose from the French Cottage, a Luxury Spa Suite, Spa Suite or Estate Suite and enjoy the contemporary French furnishings and magnificent grounds.
Caveau is located in the heart of Wollongong on Sydney’s south coast. Since 2005, Caveau has received one Chef Hat and is renowned amongst locals as the jewel of Wollongong’s dining scene.
The menu at Caveau is changed regularly to make the most of seasonal ingredients and keep the locals coming back. The seven course degustation menu is highly recommended.
For a truly special weekend break, combine your meal at Caveau with a stay at Tumbling Waters Retreat. This luxury accommodation is suspended on the edge of the Illawarra Escarpment and offers breathtaking accommodation perfect for a romantic getaway. For a walking distance stay, check out The Chifley Hotel, a new, ultra-modern hotel situated on the Wollongong foreshore.
One of the Mornington Peninsula’s premier dining experiences, Salix Restaurant offers warmth, privacy and elegance. The spacious dining room features floor to ceiling windows with uninterrupted views of the vineyard. The menu bases itself on the very best seasonal, organic and local produce, together with the ‘paddock to plate’ concept.
Work is currently underway at Willow Creek to provide guests a new boutique hotel allowing a further extension of the winery experience. In the mean time, the nearby Eastern Grey Hotel offers luxury accommodation set in nearly 40 acres of natural bushland. Perfect for a secluded weekend away.
Based in Brisbane’s West End, Tukka’s menu combines the best of Australia’s country and coastal ingredients with fragrant native herbs, spices and berries to produce the true taste of Australia. Tukka is more than just incredible food and not only does it give diners a look into the history of Australian fare, it celebrates it in a way that will have your tastebuds tingling.
Being located in the heart of the city’s West End, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. The Franklin Villa is one of the most iconic boutique hotels in Brisbane and provides luxury accommodation in a beautifully restored five level mansion.