The Lakehouse, Dayelsford
Jonah's, Palm Beach
Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Royal Mail, Victoria
Royal Mail, Victoria
Emirates One & Only, Wolgan Valley
Lovers of gastronomy know that any getaway worth its salt needs to be planned around three central themes: breakfast, lunch and dinner. From rustic farm stays through to quaint country cottages and charming coastal retreats, these edible escapes are sure to hit the spot.
This luxurious resort pairs stand-out accommodation with award-winning fine dining. The menu in the main restaurant changes daily, with local food heroes such as Mandagery Creek Venison, Oberon line trout and organic cheeses making regular appearances. Light lunches and afternoon snacks are served in the resort’s providore-style restaurant, whilst personalised in-villa dining lets you enjoy stunning cuisine served dish-by-dish from the comfort of your own suite.
From $2,700 per night
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, NSW
Boutique hotel, Bannisters by the Sea, is home to lauded seafood restaurant, Rick Stein at Bannisters. The food ethos at this AGFG hatted restaurant focuses on simplicity, with local produce including oysters and shellfish taking centre stage. For the best value, check out their seasonal packages which include daily breakfast and credits for Rick Stein at Bannisters, The Rooftop Bar & Grill and the Pool Bar.
From $340 per night
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook, NSW
The ultimate in luxury, Saffire Freycinet is a wellness retreat nestled in the midst of Tasmania’s jaw dropping landscape, overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the turquoise waters of Great Oyster Bay. Dine at the Palate restaurant and enjoy a mouthwatering degustation menu featuring some of the finest local fare Tasmania has to offer, whilst taking in the views of the island’s stunning East Coast.
From $2,100 per night
2352 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay, TAS
A traditional farmstay in the foothills of the Barossa Valley, The Dairyman offers self-contained farm accommodation alongside hearty traditional breakfast provisions straight from the farm, The Dairyman pride themselves on their free-range heritage pork and artisan farm butter and cream from their grass-fed Jersey herd. Pop into the farm shop before you leave and stock up on plenty of tasty goodies to take home!
From $285 per night (Minimum two night stay)
346 Tweedies Gully Road, Lyndoch, SA
Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel is a paddock to plate sensory experience with an everchanging menu that plays on locally grown and foraged flavours. Executive chef, Robin Wickens relies on produce harvested daily from the hotel’s organic kitchen garden. What is not found on-site is sourced from surrounding orchards, olive groves and wild pastures. Then there is the choice of architecturally-designed rooms to colonial-style cottages and a traditional homestead.
From $275 per night
98 Parker Street, Dunkeld, VIC
With Nordic food continuing its reign as the cuisine du jour, Bowral’s Biota is an excellent place to sample it. Indulge in a tasting menu crafted by Head Chef and Director James Viles, with each dish produced from locally sourced ingredients and paired with a selection of handpicked, small batch wines. Book in for a night in one of their sumptuous boutique suites.
From $119 per night
18 Kangaloon Road, Bowral, NSW
Located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Spicers Clovelly Estate is home to hatted restaurant, The Long Apron. Head chef Chris Hagan pulls together European-inspired menus that showcase the best of the region’s seafood and produce. And it’s easy to make a weekend of it – stay in one of the luxury or estate suites and book a spot in The Long Apron cooking school.
From $399 per night
68 Balmoral Road, Montville, QLD
A tranquil retreat set in six acres of country garden leading down the waters of Lake Daylesford. The restaurant is a must, with everything from house-baked bread through to their extensive charcuterie range. Take a seat in the sunlit restaurant, or relax with a glass of wine on the outdoor terrace and enjoy local meats, fresh water fish and heirloom fruit straight from the orchard. Bliss.
From $664 per night
4 King Street, Daylesford, VIC
The very definition of farm to plate, Brae sits on 30 acres with vegetable plots and an established grove of over 100 trees. Brae uses fresh produce from its own farm as well as that of local producers and growers. Their ever-changing menu takes its direction from the garden, and you can get the full experience and stay in one of their six eco-friendly luxury guest suites.
From $615 per night
4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra, VIC
Overlooking the gorgeous Whale Beach, the award-winning hatted Jonah’s menu will leave you spoilt for choice. Under the direction of new Executive Chef Matteo Zamboni and Head Sommelier Niels Sluiman, the focus here is on fresh, seasonal seafood and exceptional wine (there are over 1600 to choose from!). Book in for lunch and settle in for the night – you won’t be in a rush to leave.
From $746 per night
69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach, NSW
Surrounded by gorgeous, rugged coastline, the multi-award-winning Bells at Killcare looks like something straight from a postcard. Made up of a series of beautiful luxury cottages, elegant villas and lavish suites, head to the restaurant to enjoy homegrown and seasonal produce sourced from local farmers, fishers, growers and winemakers. From high tea through to Sunday family feasts, there’s menu here for every palate.
From $380 per night
107 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights, NSW