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

Kingsford Homestead, Barossa Valley

LOCATION: Gawler, SA  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Adelaide |  RATES FROM: $890 per night

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.

Read more about Kingsford Homestead.

 

2. Lake House | Daylesford, VIC

Lake House, Daylesford, VIC

LOCATION: Daylesford, VIC  |  GETTING THERE: 90 minute drive from Melbourne  |  RATES FROM: $448 per night

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.

Read more about Lake House.

 

3. Saffire Freycinet | East Coast, TAS

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia

LOCATION: Coles Bay, TAS  |  GETTING THERE: 2 hr & 30 min drive from Launceston  | RATES FROM: $1,800 per night

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.

Read more about Saffire Freycinet.

 

4. The Louise | Barossa Valley, SA

The Louise - Appellation, Barossa Valley, SA

LOCATION: Tanunda, SA  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Adelaide  |  RATES FROM: $525 per night

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.

Read more about The Louise.

 

5. Spicers Tamarind Retreat | Sunshine Coast, QLD

Spicers Tamarind Retreat, QLD

LOCATION: Maleny, QLD  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour & 15 minute drive from Brisbane  | RATES FROM: $359 per night

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.

Read more about Spicers Tamarind Retreat.

 

6. Sangoma Retreat | Blue Mountains, NSW

Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains

LOCATION: Bowen Mountain, NSW  |  GETTING THERE: 75 minute drive from Sydney  | RATES FROM: $500 per night

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.

Read more about Sangoma Retreat.

 

7. Thorn Park by the Vines | Clare Valley, SA

Thorn Park by the Vines, Clare Valley, SA

LOCATION: Sevenhill, SA  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour & 45 minute drive from Adelaide  | RATES FROM: $390 per night

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.

Read more about Thorn Park by the Vines.

 

8. Shizuka Ryokan | Daylesford, VIC

Shizuka Ryokan, Daylesford, VIC

LOCATION: Hepburn Springs, VIC  |  GETTING THERE: 90 minute drive from Melbourne  |  RATES FROM: $179 p/n

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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9. Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel & Restaurant | Central Coast, NSW

Bells at Killcare - Restaurant, Central Coast, NSW

LOCATION: Killcare Heights, NSW  |  GETTING THERE: 90 minute drive from Sydney  | RATES FROM: $350 per night

Located at Killcare Heights on the Central Coast, this tranquil and secluded property boasts luxury accommodation for adults, with 25 luxurious suites, villas and cottages set among beautiful manicured gardens. This coastal retreat also features an authentic regional restaurant featuring the cuisine of renowned Italian born chef Stefano Manfredi, one of Australia’s most celebrated and influential chefs. Dine in style from the elegant dining room and indulge in seasonal dishes inspired by the produce grown and harvested in the estate’s famous vegetable garden.

Read more about Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel & Restaurant.

 

10. Menorca Retreat at Villa Mallorca | Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Menorca Retreat at Villa Mallorca, VIC

LOCATION: Mt Martha, VIC  |  GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Melbourne  |  RATES FROM: $350 per night

Enjoy a delectable slice of Spain in this secluded and spacious Mediterranean style retreat, perfect for one or two couples as a romantic getaway or beach escape. Perched high on the slope of Mt Martha overlooking the bay, this two bedroom apartment offers not only an authentic Mediterranean character, but also opportunities to learn how to cook Spanish Tapas in private cooking lessons. Indulge in traditional Spanish dishes in the retreats very own wine cellar and tapas bar or, for the ultimate experience, hire your own personal chef to cater to your every culinary need.

Read more about Menorca Retreat.

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