Discovering a region’s unique flavours and local produce is a highlight of most getaways. In this list, we present 16 of Australia’s best luxury retreats with onsite restaurants that take inspiration from their stunning natural surrounds and local vibe. Showcasing the freshest seasonal produce, all of the restaurants boast talented in-house chefs creating culinary masterpieces that deliver unparalleled dining experiences in the most spectacular of settings.
1. Southern Ocean Lodge | Kangaroo Island, SA
Southern Ocean Lodge is characterised not only by its mesmerising location upon a secluded cliff on Kangaroo Island but also by its exquisite dining experiences. Its restaurant utilises a “produce to plate” approach, treating guests to a sophisticated daily changing menu comprised of premium and fresh local ingredients. An excellent selection of diverse South Australian wines and beers complement the dishes that promote the unique flavours of the island. Truly a worthy stop in one of Australia’s culinary hot spots. Read more.
2. Spicers Peak Lodge | Scenic Rim, QLD
A stay at this luxe mountain retreat comes inclusive of meals and beverages, allowing you to savour Contemporary Australian cuisine inspired by the fresh local produce and regional wines of the Scenic Rim and Granite Belt in Southern Queensland. With its creative flair and focus on homegrown and locally sourced ingredients, it’s no wonder The Peak has received numerous accolades, among them two Chef Hats in the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide in 2017. Read more.
3. qualia | The Whitsundays, QLD
A luxury retreat on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, qualia boasts a distinctive style that’s both relaxing and indulgent. These characteristics are also evident in the retreat’s food philosophy that is centred on creating dining experiences with an inherent sense of place. Both of qualia’s on-site restaurants — Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach — boast produce-driven modern Australian menus comprising seasonal flavours paired with premium Australian and imported wines. Read more.
4. Capella Lodge | Lord Howe Island, NSW
One of Lord Howe’s most sensational dining destinations is found at Capella Lodge. The in-house restaurant at Capella features a regional approach to cuisine, showcasing the local harvest in every dish. Only the finest and freshest produce from the island makes its way to the contemporary Pacific-themed menu, which changes daily with the seasons. And all this is enjoyed amid spectacular views of the lagoon and surrounding mountains. For locavores, a stay at Capella Lodge is sure to be a memorable experience. Read more.
5. Spicers Hidden Vale | Brisbane & Surrounds, QLD
It’s not only the exquisitely restored cottages of this luxury country retreat that honour the history and beauty of its locale. The on-site restaurant, aptly named Homage, pays tribute to the land, as well as the local farmers and their produce. Homage utilises a “paddock to plate” philosophy, putting emphasis on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients on the daily changing menu. This is further combined with structured techniques and complex flavours of fine French cuisine, creating a signature style that has earned the restaurant a Chef Hat award from the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide. Read more.
6. Arkaba | Flinders Ranges, SA
Discover Australian wild bush luxury at Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Arkaba’s all-inclusive packages offer full access not only to the property but also to its unique culinary style. Championing the “buy local” principle, the retreat showcases the best and freshest of South Australia’s produce in its chef-prepared menus, tailored specifically to your preferences. Pair your meals with wines from its purely South Australian wine cellar and delight in an unparalleled gustatory experience amid stunning outback scenery. Read more.
7. Spicers Clovelly Estate | Sunshine Coast, QLD
The European-inspired luxury of this Sunshine Coast accommodation extends to its on-site restaurant, The Long Apron. The experienced kitchen team whips up innovative dishes created from seasonal local produce and cooked in a modern European manner with French influences. The result is a true gastronomic journey, one that has received recognition such as Chef Hats from the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide and the Top 100 Restaurants in Australia by The Australian Gourmet Traveller. Read more.
8. The Louise | Barossa & Clare Valley, SA
The Louise, in the renowned Barossa wine country, is known not only for its superb luxury accommodation. It’s also famous for being the home of Appellation, a world-class dining destination in South Australia. Guided by the rhythms of nature, the Appellation chefs bring their passion for real, fresh, and locally sourced ingredients to your plate. Complemented by an inspiring collection of over 500 wine listings, featuring iconic Barossa and international wines, this is a truly memorable dining experience. Read more.
9. Spicers Tamarind Retreat | Sunshine Coast, QLD
Spicers Tamarind Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland blends Asian inspirations and Western luxury to bring about a holiday experience like no other. This combination is also reflected in the menu of The Tamarind, the retreat’s on-site restaurant. It’s modern Asian cuisine effortlessly fuses sweet, sour, and spicy flavours with fresh local produce to create outstanding dishes and vegetarian options that cater to the most discerning palates. No wonder this Chef Hat winner in the 2017 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide also received the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide Readers Choice Award. Read more.
10. Cicada Lodge | Top End, NT
Cicada Lodge is a luxury eco-resort in the Northern Territory that delivers a unique blend of traditional and modern Australia through its accommodation and its food. Inspired by the outback, its onsite restaurant boasts a contemporary menu that focuses on local produce and the native tastes and flavours of the region. The Chef’s Menu is something to look forward to, with its sample of seasonal dishes that are truly unique to this part of the world. Read more.
11. Spicers Vineyards Estate | Hunter Valley, NSW
Fantastic food and wine complement every stay at this luxury retreat amid Hunter Valley’s vineyards and native bushland. The in-house Restaurant Botanica centres on seasonality and freshness, with ingredients sourced from local producers and even from its own vegetable and herb garden. This is the reason why its modern Australian menu, which is perfectly complemented with select wines from its award-winning wine list, should be on the list of every epicure visiting this beautiful region. Read more.
12. Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel & Spa | Central Coast, NSW
This boutique hotel on the NSW Central Coast has an in-house restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine that is focused on seasonality and sustainability. Its scrumptious dishes are made with estate-grown and locally sourced produce and are matched with an award-winning wine list. In-house guests enjoy cooked hot breakfast and freshly baked bread and pastries. Degustation menus may be arranged for lunch, dinner, and special occasions. Read more.
13. Spicers Sangoma Retreat | Blue Mountains, NSW
As an eco-certified luxury accommodation, Spicers Sangoma Retreat offers a holistic approach to relaxation and healing. And this is why the retreat observes a food philosophy of creating wholesome and hearty food, full of flavour, colour and a touch of spice. At Sangoma Retreat, guests are treated to a daily changing menu inspired by fresh, organic, and seasonal produce that is sourced locally. With its all-inclusive packages, you can enjoy delicious, freshly prepared food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read more.
14. Arajilla Retreat | Lord Howe Island, NSW
Relaxing the body and mind is not the only focus of Arajilla Retreat. This luxury accommodation on Lord Howe Island also aims to delight your senses. The Arajilla Restaurant treats you to scrumptious modern Australian cuisine that changes daily, letting you enjoy a variety of tastes and flavours throughout your stay. Food is prepared using organic vegetables, herbs, and greens from the kitchen garden and different kinds of fresh fish that are line-caught from the nearby ocean. Read more.
15. Pretty Beach House | Central Coast, NSW
An idyllic escape set high on an escarpment in the NSW Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach House features a range of beautiful flavours that can be relished in its lovely dining room. An Italian-inspired cuisine is offered to guests, with the menu changing daily depending on the finest produce available from local sources or what’s been picked fresh from the garden. The mouth-watering food is complemented by a wide range of premium wines, beers, and spirits hand-picked by the house sommelier. Read more.
16. True North | Kimberly & North West, WA
While cruising along the stunning Kimberley Coastline, you can sit back and savour a unique culinary experience aboard True North. On board this exclusive floating hotel, dining is focused on sustainable and organic Australian cuisine, featuring the best locally sourced ingredients and prepared using modern and traditional methods. What stands out about a gastronomic adventure on True North is that the galley doors are always open, allowing you to spend time with the chefs and learn a thing or two about food preparation, history, and technique. Read more.
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