There is a lot to love about the Mornington Peninsula. It has some great beaches, awesome wineries, fantastic golf courses, fabulously luxurious hotels and lots of beautiful back country to explore. An hour south of Melbourne, it’s the perfect spot to escape to when the hustle and bustle of big city life gets a bit too much. The Peninsula is renowned for its chardonnay and pinot noir, many fine examples of which can be found in the fabulous high-end restaurants that are located in the area. Restaurants that offer an exquisite range of Australian and internationally inspired dishes that champion local produce. Here are some of the best of them:
Not only is Ten Minutes by Tractor one of the best wineries in the region – producing award-winning pinot noir and chardonnay – it also has one of the best restaurants in the Mornington Peninsula on its property too.
Overseen by Head Chef Hayden Ellis, who has worked in some of the leading restaurants in the world, including The Fat Duck and the Ledbury in the United Kingdom and Vue de monde, Dinner by Heston, and Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne, the restaurant offers an inventive menu that reflects a strong connection between food, nature and wine.
Dishes like kangaroo en croûte with tarragon emulsion and roast Eugowra quail with smoked beetroot, sickle pod and white asparagus, are just a couple of the fine dining offerings to expect. While the wine list, hand-picked by Head Sommelier Xavier Vigier includes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris.
Located in the Cape Schanck Resort on the Mornington Peninsula, the Cape Restaurant provides a wonderful dining experience.
Just a short 15-minute drive to the gorgeous Bushrangers Bay, Peninsula Hot Springs, and historic Cape Schanck Lighthouse, the restaurant presents an intimate dining space with a vibrant open kitchen, mood lighting and private booths to enjoy a cosy meal.
Head Chef Jordan Clavaron has curated a multicourse set menu of five dishes that fuse traditional French cuisine with fresh local produce.
Local wines are matched to each course, while an optional cheese and caviar course will elevate your dining experience further.
By way of a leaving present, handmade chocolates, created on site, are handed out to diners to enjoy on the way home.
If you are in to paddock-to-plate style menus then Green Olive is the place for you.
A family friendly 27-acre farm in Red Hill, Green Olive is home to olive groves, vegetable patches and herb gardens, as well as Wiltshire sheep and Berkshire pigs.
This translates to a tapas share menu that offers dishes like minted lamb meatballs with house-made tomato relish, and pork rillettes with cornichons and red-onion marmalade.
In addition to what is served in the restaurant, they also sell a wide range of jams, relishes and chutneys made from garden crops.
Guests can also take a tour of the farm or do a workshop, such as sausage or pasta-making, as well as preserving and butchery.
Located on a stunning 50-acre property in Red Hill, that incorporates seven vineyards and more than 30 acres of vines, Montalto is another winery that offers an exceptional dining experience.
Boasting a deck that overlooks fabulous sculptures and gorgeous vines, they offer refined modern Australian dining with a stunning kitchen garden.
The food is so good here that since opening in 2002 they have been awarded 16 Good Food Chef’s Hats.
Under the current guidance of head chef Matt Wilkinson, the menu includes such delights as Jerusalem artichokes with ginger, sea urchin and shiitake. While all of their wines are available by the glass.
A range of their wines can also be sampled at their Cellar Door too.
Situated in the Jackalope Hotel, which is located within the Willow Creek Vineyard, the charmingly named Doot Doot Doot, is probably one of the most illuminating dining experiences in the whole world.
Featuring a ceiling with no less than 10,000 bright lights, which were installed by artist Jan Flook to represent wine in mid-ferment, the dining room is lavish to say the least.
The food too is a 5 course set menu extravaganza, which includes the likes of XO Morton Bay Bug, Wattle Crusted Kangaroo and a delicious Hapuku. Whilst the wine cellar incorporates no less than 1200 top quality bottles.
Extending from Manly to Palm Beach, Sydney’s Northern Beaches are a beautiful area of New South Wales coastline. Known for its pristine beaches and laid back vibe, this area is between a 30 to 60 minute drive from Sydney the CBD. This makes it a popular day trip destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of New South Wales’s capital city. When in the Northern Beaches there are a number of fabulous restaurants you can eat at. From fine dining establishments to notable eateries that showcase terrific themes or views, they provide an excellent alternative to Sydney’s culinary scene. Here are some of the best of them.
For a delicious meal with a Middle Eastern twist head to Coya.
Located on Carawa Road in Cromer, the restaurant offers an exotic degustation dining concept to those who they describe as ‘ adventurous foodies’.
Served within a vibrant setting, that features blond wood tables positioned under bright yellow pendulum lights, rich toned walls and plenty of green plants, their food is a delight to the senses.
Crafted by head Chef Ashraf Saleh and inspired by the subtle flavours of the Middle Eastern region, expect to see dishes like king prawns, lemon and garlic chicken with saffron rice, chermoula spiced beef cheeks and pan-fried barramundi, presented to you with flair and panache.
One of the coolest restaurants in town can be found at the Manly Pacific Hotel.
An Okinawa inspired, Japanese Rock ‘n’ Roll bar that showcases fantastic views of the ocean, Daniel San, is a unique beachside establishment that celebrates quirky and modern Japanese culture.
We are talking flashy neon lights, classic rock pin-ball machines and arcade games, as well funky disco balls, all played out against a backdrop of rock ‘n’ roll music.
Serving delicious Japanese street food their casual dining menu features a range of authentic and innovative offerings from their Japanese Robata Grill including Grilled Yuzu Miso Salmon and Massaman Beef Curry.
Boasting vintage-chic décor that includes marble-topped tables and elegant banquette seating, Banco Manly is a trendy new hotspot on the Northern Beaches dining scene.
Tucked away down a quiet back alley on Whistler Street, the venue conveys a relaxed and intimate ambiance that renders itself as the perfect spot for date night.
With a heady mix of mood lighting and hip hop tunes, evenings are memorable at Blanco.
The exceptional food menu includes lamb shoulder croquette, ham hock terrine and slow-cooked pork belly. While a signature Hassle da Truff with Hennessy, truffle butter, coffee liqueur, salted licorice and smoked caramel, is one of many delicious cocktails they offer.
Indian food is one of the fastest growing cuisines in Australia and one of the best providers of it can be found in the Northern Beaches at Terrey Hills.
Having recently been voted Australia’s Best Indian Restaurant, Urban Tadka, is a must visit destination.
Located on Mona Vale Road, it serves up mouthwatering dishes, in a sophisticated venue with contemporary décor, that features inviting red and black tones.
Showcasing authentic tandoori and Mughlai fare, which has been giving a fabulous modern twist, Urban Tadka takes you on a culinary journey of discovery through North India.
Their enticing menu of traditional dishes and Indian ‘tapas’ like tandoori-smoked prawns, Karara Nihari Beef and Lobster Lasuni Teekha, will leave your tastes buds dancing ‘Bollywood style’ with delight.
One of the most exquisite dining experiences in the Northern Beaches might also be one of the most difficult to find – literally.
The Cumberland is an exceptional bar and restaurant in the heart of Manly. Accessed by descending a spiral staircase which, believe it or not, lies behind an antique 1920s fridge door in the Cove Deli, it has a distinctly, exclusive, speakeasy vibe to it.
A beautiful place to drink and dine, The Cumberland presents a stylish setting of ornate and vintage furnishings. It offers some 250 whiskies, as well as a fantastic wine cellar and three different cocktail lists.
In terms of food, the upstairs Cove Deli services the bar by sending down delicious charcuterie and cheese boards via a custom-made dumbwaiter. While the bar also has a small kitchen that serves up stunning Spanish tapas.
The Margaret River has so many wonderful wineries, it would be a crime to visit the region and not enjoy a visit to at least one of them. The problem is which one? Located just over 3 hours drive south of Perth, it’s a hugely popular region for most holiday-makers to Western Australia. There are so many fabulous wineries and gourmet breweries in the area, that not only offer the most fantastic vintage of Chardonnay and Pinot, but also have excellent restaurants, and lie within the most exquisite of settings. Frankly its almost an impossible choice! But fear not, we have scoured the area to find for you all of the best wineries in the Margaret River. Here are a selection of them.
The O.G. of Margaret River’s wineries, Vasse Felix was the first to open in the region way back in 1967 and still remains one of the best today.
Boasting a stunning cellar door, fantastic art gallery and excellent restaurant, the venue perfectly fuses together an intoxicating, rustic vibe with contemporary design, to create a truly wonderful spot to spend an afternoon.
Their award winning wines are sold around the world, with the 2017 Tom Cullity Magnum being a must try. Their 2020 Heytesbury Chardonnay, and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, are also very distinguished as well. You’ll definitely want to take one or two bottles home with you.
Previously known as the Freycinet Estate, until it changed its name in 1991, the Voyager Estate is one of the region’s leading wineries. Having recently moved to full organic certification, they now offer sensational wines which you can enjoy without any guilt!
Planted over 113 beautiful hectares, their vineyards create a veritable who’s who of wine. Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon, Merlot – they are all here and a lot more.
In their Wine Room they offer an award-winning tasting that is usually accompanied by a delicious share platter. While if you book a tour of their estate, they will allow you to fill your glass straight from the barrel!
Another of the Margaret River’s founding wineries is Cape Mentelle, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. One of the nation’s most iconic producers of red wine, they were the first Margaret River winery to win the prestigious Jimmy Watson trophy at the Melbourne Wine Show in 1983.
Contained within 140 hectares of vines which lies across four sites, Cape Mentelle’s main operation lies in the Estate Vineyard, which can be found in Wallcliffe.
It is responsible for its most popular labels, which include the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Zinfandel. All of which you can try onsite.
If you love nothing more than a good cellar door than Amelia Park wines is the place for you. Named as one of Australia’s best cellar doors in Margaret River by Gourmet Traveller, this place offers a magnificent wine experience.
The entrance to the tasting room makes quite an impact, leading you past a dimly lit row of barrels filled with cabernet, out to sweeping views of the vineyards on the beautiful Wilyabrup Valley.
The quality of the wines and level of service here are top notch, with their 2021 Pinot Gris, 2020 Amelia Park Chardonnay and 2021 Amelia Park Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, being particularly in demand.
Another company nestled in the heart of the stunning Wilyabrup region is Pierro. Established in 1979, it came slightly later to the party than other some of the other vineyards on this list but is no less deserving to be on it.
Best known for making some of Australia’s best Chardonnay, this estate is less showy than others, with its cellar door conveying the winery’s rich history in a soft and somewhat understated way.
Perhaps this is because they like the wine to do the talking for them? And that it certainly does. Because one glass of their 2020 Pierro Chardonnay, or 2018 Pierro ‘VR’ Chardonnay will tell you all you need to know about its brilliance.
The locals in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney takes their breakfast very seriously. From Manly to Palm Beach there are a massive range of cafes, eateries and restaurants that offer a delicious selection of varied breakfast options. From beautiful flaky croissants to indulgent buckwheat pancakes, the ubiquitous avo smash, or a full on big breakfast, the range of dishes available satisfies all tastes and budgets. If you are staying in the area, or indeed are coming up from Sydney specifically to eat your morning meal, here is our selection of some of the best breakfasts in the Northern Beaches that are well worth a visit:
Situated just over the road from Narrabeen Beach, the Oceans Narrabeen café aligns a fantastic breakfast menu with a stunning beachside location.
Contained within a quaint beach shack which boasts a chic, yet quirky interior of recycled décor, and expansive front windows that lets the fresh salty ocean breeze flood in, this café is a real local favourite.
Run by married couple, Carlie and Jeremy Maudson, it offers hearty, well-made food and gregarious service. Their breakfast menu serves dishes like ricotta pancakes, eggs benedict on corn and sweet potato fritters, and their version of a full breakfast, which they call the ‘Oceans Lot’.
It’s a great place to enjoy your first meal of the day, before or after a walk on the nearby beach.
If pastries are your breakfast of choice then you’ve got to head over to the Rollers Bakehouse.
Nestled in the heart of Manly, behind The Corso, these guys excel in producing the most wonderfully decadent and satisfying pastries.
And we are not just talking regular apple Danishes and cream buns. We mean options like their eggplant, hummus, jalapeño and zaatar croissant, which is simply to die for!
The perfect breakfast snack to take over to the park or beach, all of their croissants and other pastries are rolled, and baked, daily in house, so they are always fresh.
They also have an excellent coffee menu too. With the turmeric latte being especially popular. Follow this up with a stroll along Manly Beach with your delicious take-away coffee in hand – what could be better ?!
If the thought of decadent pastries for breakfast seems a bit too much for your stomach to handle, then a visit to Ruby’s At The Beach might be more to your likening.
An ethical eatery based in East Mona Vale, not far from the location of the iconic ocean rockpool, Ruby Lane aims to serve the most nutrient-dense food in the Northern Beaches.
Perfect for those with gluten free, dairy free or other specific dietary requirements, their breakfasts comprise of only sustainable produce. Sourced from local suppliers, that provide them with organic ingredients, that have not been refined, bleached or enhanced in any way.
In terms of their menu, this translates to dishes like their ‘Real Food Pancakes’ that are stuffed with chia and buckwheat, banana and coconut yoghurt, and their Ruby’s ‘Benedict’ which comes with smoked trout, and a sauce that includes an emulsion of good oils and the rather intriguing MCT brain octane.
Rather aptly named, considering it is located on the corner of Albert Street and Moore Road, this is another health-minded café to consider.
Situated in the suburb of Freshwater, this paleo-friendly cafe has a rustic and beachy feel that is instantly appealing.
Always busy, usually with hipsters and health conscious individuals who embrace clean eating, the menu is delicious and well thought out.
Dishes like the smoked salmon frittata or protein stack offer great sustenance and flavour bombs aplenty. While their ‘Healing Bowl’ which features coconut scrambled eggs, black beans, asparagus and enoki mushrooms is a real house favourite.
If you are dining with the kids then the Flying Fox in Mona Vale is a brilliant choice.
Featuring toys, play activities and a fenced-in playground, as well as undercover seating and a ‘Cubs Club’ menu, this is one of the most family-friendly cafes in the whole of the Northern Beaches region.
There are plenty of brekkie options for the kids to eat, but once they have finished and are off playing, you can really take your time to enjoy their modern, Australian Bistro fare.
Their beautifully presented dishes, like the deluxe avocado on toast, eggs rancheros and the breakfast bruschetta, as well as very good coffee, provides a great way to start the day.
If you are heading to Seminyak and are looking to indulge yourself in some of the regions more exclusive fine dining options then you are going to be in for a real treat. Located on the west coast of Bali, Seminyak is a ritzy and rather sophisticated beach area that houses a number of high-end boutiques, galleries and some of Bali’s most deluxe hotels. It also possesses a number of excellent, exclusive restaurants too that serve a wonderful selection of cuisines from all around the world. If you need inspiration of where to go, here is a selection of some of the best of them.
One of the best known restaurants in Seminyak is Sardine.
Boasting exquisite views of rice fields it is an iconic venue that draws tourists from all over Bali.
Centrally located in Petitenget, its traditional Balinese décor, complete with dimmed candlelight makes this an excellent restaurant for date night.
The restaurant showcases a menu that is completely organic and served from ingredients harvested at the local farm. It offers some of the best fresh fish on the island too, including miso grilled triggerfish, pan-seared scallops with ravioli and banana leaf steamed barramundi.
Housed in a quaint bamboo thatched pavilion, the menu changes daily, so you could visit here every day and have a complete different, yet equally as wonderful, dining experience.
It is said that all roads lead to Mama San. Which while geographically true (it lies at a spot where 4 roads meet) it also is metaphorically true too, given that it is a major player on the Seminyak dining scene.
You will need to make a reservation well ahead, such is the popularity of this place, but it will be eminently worth it.
Offering exceptional Asian fusion-inspired cuisine, the restaurant’s décor takes inspiration from colonial Britain in Shanghai circa 1920, featuring marble top mah-jong tables, Chinese artwork and gorgeous tan leather Chesterfield lounge chairs.
Fully air-conditioned, the restaurant is located right at the start of the main strip of shops that run its course from Seminyak to Oberoi.
If you are looking for top notch food to satisfy a big hunger then Sarong is a solid bet.
Owned by celebrity Chef Will Meyrick, aka The Street Food Chef, who also owns Mama San, this restaurant was awarded the title of World’s Hottest New Restaurant by Conde Nast.
Located in the vibrant district of Petitenget, the extensive menu caters to all tastes.
It has a reputation for serving Asian, Indonesian Thai, Sri Lanka, and Indian meals in ‘hearty portions’. Though dishes are highly spiced as a matter of course, so you might need to ask the wait staff to tone down the chili a bit.
If you do find the food a bit on the hot side, the watermelon mojitos are the perfect beverage to cool yourself down with.
Another great restaurant for date night or special celebrations is Metis.
Sitting on the corner of where Petitenget Street starts, this venue is not just a high quality place to dine, it is also an exceptional art gallery and lounge as well.
Boasting spectacular views of the rice paddy fields and lotus ponds opposite, this Seminyak restaurant presents exquisite French Mediterranean haute-cuisine in an al fresco and indoor setting.
A wonderful 5 star dining experience created by Head chef Nicolas ‘Doudou’ Tourneville and executive chef Dove Sudarsana, some of the dishes you can enjoy include roasted quail, pork belly and a fantastic seafood platter that includes lobster.
An institution in Seminyak institution, La Lucciola offers a fine dining experience right on the beach.
A sophisticated restaurant that is entered through the magnificent Petitenget temple, the venue is housed within an impressive double-storey pavilion, with an eye-catching tropical Balinese Alang Alang style roof.
Located close to the Samaya Bali Resort, the restaurant is always busy until late at night. Which is not surprising considering it serves a delicious menu that features international fusion and Mediterranean cuisine.
If you can, try and secure a booking here at sunset, as the stunning colours of dusk over the water will make your dining experience all the more magical.
Ever notice how the best rooftop bars in the Sydney CBD are often full of city workers? That’s because they represent excellent places to de-stress after a hard day in the office. But which are the best rooftop bars to go to for a spot of dinner and some cocktails? Check out our recommendations below for some of the freshest and hippest rooftop bars in the Sydney CBD:
Based in Circular Quay, Bar Ombre also offers a rooftop terrace with excellent views of the Harbour Bridge.
Situated on the top level of the Gateway Dining Precinct, this stylish bar is part of the Salt Meats Cheese group. It boasts a vibrant setting with lots of bright decorative furnishings, that are offset by plenty of green plants.
With a daily happy hour and a dedicated spritz menu, this place is always popular straight after work. Not least because it makes its own house-made cheese and offers delicious antipasto and share plates that include cured meats, wood-baked focaccia, fried calamari and prosciutto with grilled eggplant.
Their cocktail menu, which is inspired by Europe, includes such delights as Forget Me Not and the particularly delicious Smokin’ Nights.
Boasting one of the best rooftop bars in the city The Glenmore Hotel has been an Aussie icon for over 100 years.
Located in The Rocks, the views of Sydney Harbour are quite magnificent.
Also featuring a pub in the floors below, the cocktail bar is always busy. Especially around 5pm when hoards of hungry and thirsty suits come here to deconstruct their working day.
Offering a range of beautifully curated cocktails and an excellent menu of food, the atmosphere is also fun and engaging. While the level of service from the bar staff is easily world class.
How does cocktails with sunset views of Darling Harbour sound to you? Well at The Rooftop Sydney that is exactly what you get.
Located on Sussex Street, on the top level of the recently refurbished Shelbourne Hotel, this Hamptons inspired venue is the perfect spot to wind down after a hectic day in the office.
Offering some of the most exquisite views of Darling Harbour you’ll see anywhere in town, the venue presents a relaxed and beautiful décor of rattan lounges, hanging chairs and verdant palm trees.
A retractable roof protects you from inclement weather, so you can come here all year round. Which is just as well really, because their range of cocktails, champagnes and light bites will ensure you will definitely want to.
You can’t beat a good rooftop pool party, and one of the best of them in town can be found in the Pool Club at The Ivy.
Located in George Street, right in the heart of the Sydney CBD, this venue boasts a distinctly Santorini style, complete with cabanas and designer chic striped loungers.
Offering an excellent brunch or lunch menu during the earlier part of the day, at night the Pool Club at The Ivy transforms into a happening hotspot. Pumping out banging tunes and funky beats, spun by the coolest DJs.
A great spot to dance the night away, their signature cocktails include the ‘swim good’ – a mix of Absolut Elyx, Americano Bianco, fruit salad wine cordial, grapefruit and soda, which apparently was inspired by Frank Ocean.
On the top floor of the Republique Hotel you will find Taylor’s Rooftop. A hip and lively rooftop bar on Pitt Street that is well known for its vertical garden.
Another venue with a retractable roof; like the Pool Club at The Ivy, this place also features resident and international DJs who fill the dancefloor with both the latest mixes and old skool classics.
The vibe at this Sydney CBD venu is also fantastic here, especially on a Saturday night. Due in part, no doubt, to a fabulous cocktail menu that includes salted caramel Espresso Martini and a spicy Margarita.
Food options are pub inspired – think chicken schnitzel, beef brisket nachos and chiko spring rolls – and are absolutely delicious.
Darwin might not have any Michelin star rated establishments to boast about yet, but don’t let that cloud your judgement. The multi-cultural city is blessed with a wide selection of outstanding restaurants, which cover pretty much every genre of food you can imagine. Here is our recommendation of some the best restaurants in Darwin that we reckon are definitely worth a visit:
A multiple winner of ‘NT Restaurant of the Year’ from the Australian Hotel’s Association Gold Plate Awards, Pee Wee’s at the Point is a bit of an institution in Darwin.
Located in the East Point Nature Reserve, this establishment offers a spectacular alfresco dining setting, with tables facing the bright lights of the city from the water’s edge.
Proudly showcasing the best of local and Australian produce, dishes like as kangaroo carpaccio, coconut-crusted crocodile tail and nut-crusted wild-caught barramundi are served up with brilliant execution and precision.
The food here is simply magnificent, and if you are able to procure a table at sunset, you will be in for a truly unforgettable experience.
If you love steak then Char Restaurant is the place for you.
Located very close to the Vibe Hotel, on the corner of Knuckey Street and the Esplanade, this fabulous glass-fronted steakhouse strives to produce dishes that sit on the finer side of dining.
Its setting in the beautifully renovated heritage-listed Admiralty House certainly does its part, but it is the food that really shines.
Owned by John Kilroy who also runs the acclaimed Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill in Brisbane, the Darwin joint offers an amazing gastronomic steak cuisine experience.
Whether it be an eye-fillet, rib fillet, tomahawk or sirloin, you’ll be smacking your lips with delight come the end of the meal.
Offering a taste of south-east Asia in the heart of the Darwin CBD, Hanuman Restaurant presents delicious Thai and Indian food in a relaxed, spacious dining room with high ceilings and ornate Asian wood carvings.
Run by successful restaurateur Jimmy Shu, the menu is a seamless offering of Thai and Indian dishes. Their oysters with zingy chilli sauce and chicken chettinad sits hand in hand with lamb korma and South Indian goat curry to provide a selection that should appeal to all.
Bursting with spice and flavour this place is always busy, though with lots of seating both indoor, and outside on it timber deck, you can usually find somewhere to plonk yourself.
Enjoying a prime position overlooking the lagoon of the Darwin waterfront, Wharf One Food & Wine has a lot going for it even before you tuck in to your meal.
As each table offers sensational water views the atmosphere here is relaxed and congenial. Which sets you off on the right track to indulge in its popular wood-fired tapas menu.
Dishes like wood-fired prawns, with radish salad and chilli jam, and gin-cured Atlantic salmon are exquisitely plated. While the wood-fired NT barramundi with miso and pickled daikon is one of many fabulous mains that are available.
For a banquet fit for a king why not try the Boston Bay roast suckling Berkshire pig feast? You’ll need to be joined by 9 other people, and will have to order 24 hours in advance, but the food experience you will have is nothing short of incredible.
Another place meat eaters will love is Cove.
Part of Mindil Beach Casino Resort, this recently refurbished eatery caters primarily to carnivores.
Overlooking a stunning swimming lagoon, the menu offers prime cuts of beef from all over Australia.
Championing itself as Darwin’s Hottest New Steakhouse, their Black Angus eye fillet from Byron Bay is one of their most popular dishes.
The wine list here is also impressive. While the beer and cocktail menu should cater to even the most discerning of tastes.
The Darwin brunch scene is a very competitive one. From the waterfront, and the heart of the CBD, to suburbs like Parap and Brinkin, there are a host of fabulous cafes, bistros and restaurants that offer a sumptuous range of dishes, which truly reflect the cosmopolitan makeup of the city. If you are looking for somewhere to eat once the breakfast rush finishes, we have scoured the region to assess all the different options out there. So here is our shortlist of some of the places that can easily lay claim to offering the best brunch in Darwin.
If you are looking for a spot of serenity in which to enjoy your brunch then Eva’s café is the place for you.
Situated within the beautiful George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, the café itself is located in a former heritage-listed church building. It features a stunning outdoor deck that looks out to the greenery – which makes for an excellent setting in which to enjoy your meal.
The Allpress Espresso coffee here is top notch, made by baristas who are highly skilled. While the food menu celebrates local produce through delicious dishes like a Vietnamese Noodle Bowl and the good old fashioned steak sandwich.
Address: Gardens Rd, The Gardens NT 0820
If you are looking for a brunch spot right in the heart of the Darwin CBD then the Curve Restaurant & Bar is an excellent choice.
Not far from the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade it offers a great range of small, large and ‘in between’ plates to satisfy any level of hunger.
Dishes like Australian Teriyaki Prawn Skewers, the signature Curve Burger and Chef Prem’s Curry (Malaysian), feature the freshest in local and Australian produce.
Cooked exquisitely and beautifully presented, the restaurants relaxed, and congenial atmosphere provides an excellent dining experience that will set you up nicely for the rest of the day.
Address: 7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
Located in Parap, the rusty corrugated iron aesthetic of The Cyclone Café might not be the sexiest of facades. But when you realise, it is a reference to the devastating Cyclone Tracy that hit Darwin on Christmas Day in 1974, it starts to make sense.
Signifying the tin that flew off roofs during the cyclone, and thus posed the greatest danger of all to the local residents, the café has a relaxed and friendly vibe.
Serving excellent coffee and a global menu of brunch eats like burritos and smashed avo with feta and dukkah, it’s a lovely place to discover what makes Darwinians such a resilient bunch.
Address: 8 Parap Pl, Parap NT 0820
If you are in to healthy diets and healthy living but still want to enjoy the delights of a brunch meet up with friends then head on over to the Karma Café.
Catering to health conscious individuals, the café is located in Parap, which is close to both Mindil Beach and Fannie Bay.
Offering everything from smoothie bowls, protein snacks and fresh fruit juices to salads, smoothies and raw cakes, Karma offers ‘clean’ foods that are bright and colourful.
Not only do they taste amazing, they will make you feel, great too!
Address: 119/12 Salonika St, Parap NT 0820
One of the newer establishments on the Darwin brunch scene is De La Plage.
Found about 25 minutes north of the CBD, the laid back café is both a family and dog friendly venue.
Housed in a previously disused surf club storeroom, it features a wide, grassy area, with decking, colourful beanbags, hammocks and umbrellas, that allow you to take in exceptional views of Casuarina Beach as you enjoy your meal.
The comprehensive menu caters to all tastes and includes homemade kimchi, free range pulled pork burger and a particularly good Rueben.
You could easily sit at the café and chill out there all day. If you do, they also offer sunset platters (on Friday and Sunday) that are quite wonderful too.
Address: Surf Life Saving Club Lot 9316 Darribah Road, Brinkin NT 0810
In a city as frenetic as Melbourne, a spa experience is a welcome distraction. After a busy couple of weeks at work there is no better feeling come pay day than checking yourself into a luxury spa. Everyone likes to be pampered and to escape from the stress and responsibilities of their daily life, and Melbourne has no shortage of places to do this. Offering pretty much every type of massage style, and treatment, you could think of, many of the best spa experiences near the Melbourne CBD are in the luxury hotels that are dotted around area. Here are some of our favourite places:
If you are looking to dive into an escape of sheer lavishness and luxury then the Spa at Crown Towers should be your port of call.
Located within the Crown Melbourne Hotel, they offer a range of facials, massages and other treatments by La Prairie and Subtle Energies.
This includes the Detox and Adrenal Boost Journey, which features a foot ritual and meditation, and a revitalising body scrub, mud wrap and massage that uses exotic ingredients like tulasi, wild turmeric and Indian lime.
All of their treatments that last over an hour, involve spending time in the Aqua Retreat. A state-of-the-art facility that includes a steam room, vitality pool and blissful Swiss shower.
Address: Level 3, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
Want to feel like a Hollywood star? Then MISS FOX Melbourne will help you do just that.
Awarded the prestigious title of the world’s Best Beauty Salon at the World Spa Awards in 2019, this deluxe Beverley Hills style day spa and beauty salon, is nestled in the heart of Little Collins Street.
It’s quite a bit more expensive than the other establishments in the area, but then having won that distinguished award they have probably earned that right to be. Though they do back it up with an outstanding spa experience.
If you fancy a splurge, the spa’s ultimate package, the ‘Dream Within A Dream Ritual’, will regal upon you eight different treatments, as well as a spa lunch, artisanal teas and bottomless champagne. Lasting 4.5 hours it will set you back upwards of $900. But it will be worth every cent.
Address: 1/285 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
If you think the Chinese have the right idea when it comes to opulent spa and wellness treatments, then you will want to book in for a session at the Chaun Spa.
Housed in The Langham hotel, their treatments will also give you access to a range of exceptional bathing facilities too.
This includes a fabulous steam room and sauna, a gorgeous saltwater pool and a wonderful outdoor deck that showcases sweeping views across the city.
The massage menu champions traditional, time-honoured, Chinese techniques. While their multi-treatment options combine body wraps, with plumping facials and mud masks. The effects of which are accentuated by a muscle-loosening, tri-bathing ritual, which is completed prior to heading into the session.
Address: The Langham, Melbourne, Level 9/1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
Spas are all about rejuvenating and reconnecting with the best version of yourself. One of the best places to do this near the CBD, is at the Sheraton Melbourne hotel.
Also based on Little Collins Street, this classically-inspired day spa offers guests a tranquil escape via a number of excellent treatment packages.
Their massage services, which includes couples massages, are inspired by Swedish, Balinese and Polynesian techniques, which are performed with a range of aromatherapy or certified organic oils.
The spa will also soothe your tired body and mind, with a range of other fantastic body treatments and facials, that will leave you in a total state of rapture.
Address: 27 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Describing itself as a ‘Japanese Oasis’, the Sakura Lounge and SPA is nestled down at Warburton Lane, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD laneway precinct.
It provides a great option for those who want a total spa experience at a cost that won’t break the bank.
Offering traditional and authentic Japanese massages, mind blowing foot treatments and a collection of wonderful hydrating facials, booking in for a session here is a real treat for your mind, body and soul.
The 2.5-hour Decadent Detox package, which includes a foot treatment, chocolate body treatment and hot-stone massage, is just one of the many fabulous options available to you.
With complimentary tea and sweets thrown in for good measure, and with sushi and champagne available as optional inclusions, you will end your session at Sakura feeling like a brand new person.
Address: 8/10 Warburton Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne has so many fantastic fine dining restaurants the choice can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, if you are staying in a luxury hotel within the Melbourne CBD, there are a number of excellent establishments you can visit in the immediate vicinity. Below are our recommendations for some of the best restaurants in the Melbourne CBD.
Movida is a true trailblazer in the Melbourne dining scene.
These were the guys who first introduced Spanish tapas and raciones to Australia, simultaneously kickstarting the passion for share plates that has been so embraced by foodies in the city.
Tucked away quietly in a lane near Bourke Street that is notable for its vibrant graffiti, the restaurant is run by Head Chef Frank Camorra.
The flagship Movida restaurant, now forms part of a group of other Spanish gastronomic venues overseen by Chef Camorra – Aqui, Next Door, and Bar Tini being the others.
Each venue offers different styles of Spanish cuisine. With the likes of Cecina, Raiz de Apio and Carrillera de Buey being amongst the most popular dishes available at the original restaurant.
For a top, and rather decadent Michellin Star experience, head to Vue de Monde.
Located 55 floors up in the Rialto Towers, this is one of Melbourne’s most renowned fine-dining restaurants. Managed by celebrity chef Shannon Bennett, the restaurant offers sensational 360 degree views of the city – which sweep from the Docklands to the Dandenongs.
You are seated at tables that are covered with kangaroo leather and presented with a set menu that changes every day, but usually features between 14 to 17 courses.
Some of the exquisite dishes that sometimes appear on it include marron tail curry with a bisque made from native lemongrass, sea urchin with a bunya nut emulsion and cured South Australian kangaroo with native mountain pepper.
In its truest form Embla is a wine bar. But the food is so good here that many people come primarily to eat.
Contained within an intimate dining space and radiating a laid-back vibe they offer modern Australian dishes that will tantalise your tastebuds.
Dishes like Beef carpaccio, Celeriac Hasselback and John Dory Rillettes will have you hankering for more, whilst the Chocolate Ripple-Misu is the stuff of dreams.
The restaurant, which is located a short walk from the W Melbourne hotel, is noted for the outstanding service and consummate professionalism of their wait staff. While their extensive wine menu provides plenty of choice to please most palettes.
Undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants, Flower Drum has been dishing up fantastic Cantonese cuisine since 1975.
In China, the translated term for ‘Flower Drum’ is a traditional dance that is noted for its beauty and elegance. This concept transfers well to the restaurant, which features red carpets and panels of Chinese art that adorns the walls.
Producing the industry standard for fine dining Chinese cuisine, their selection of dim sum will blow you away. While other dishes like crispy pork ribs with a crunchy garlic crumble and quail san choi bow will transport you straight to Shanghai.
Close to the Stamford Plaza, Yakimono is the one of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne.
Proudly offering ‘one of the most electrifying dining experiences’ in the city, the restaurant is owner Chris Lucas’s visionary take on Tokyo.
Set across two levels, this high energy eatery is a celebration of food cooked over fire.
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion quarter, on the first floor of 80 Collins Street, it features cyberpunk décor and a huge open kitchen – where jumping flames and sizzling meats create quite the theatre.
The food here is exceptional and the cocktails, which are named after various suburbs of Tokyo, will titillate you.
From elegant restaurants in some of the best luxury hotels on the Central Coast, to sophisticated diners and eateries that showcase stunning views, the Central Coast has some excellent places to eat. Whether you are day tripping from Sydney, or here for a while longer, here are some of the best restaurants on the Central Coast for you to visit.
Located in the Crown Plaza Terrigal and offering sensational views of the main beach, the Seasalt Restaurant provides an exquisite dining experience.
Together, Executive Chef Simon Quick and Executive Sous Chef Dana Chantler have devised a well thought out, international menu that draws upon the multi-cultural background and experience of their team.
Offering fresh seasonal menus that highlight the very best of local produce, including herbs grown in their own garden, the menu is a very accomplished one.
Included are dishes like Jack’s Creek sirloin, hot steaming pippies and a decadent dessert share plate that you will want to keep all for yourself!
On the drinks list, they offer a number of wines from the Hunter Valley, as well as a cocktail menu that has many classics.
There is a lot to like about the prospect of dining at Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf.
An award winning 40 year old restaurant that has been run by three generations of the Cregan-Clayton family, it offers a relaxed dining experience of sustainably-sourced seafood, in a setting with spectacular views over Brisbane water.
A waterfront eatery with a real sense of community spirit, dishes like tempura banana prawn cutlets, whole Szechuan pepper snapper with crunchy chips and coleslaw, and chilli blue simmer crab served Singaporian-style, shine off the menu.
Expertly cooked, the restaurant, which is based in Woy Woy, also has an excellent wine list that has been awarded One Wine Glass by both Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards And The Good Food Guide.
Located on a 25-acre property among gum trees that overlook a picturesque dam, Saddles is an idyllic restaurant that offers a lovely dining experience.
Created by its owners Hayley Hardcastle & Cameron Cansdell, the restaurant blends elements of casual and formal dining to create a homestead style setting. Where a traditional sandstone fireplace and piano bar, merge seamlessly with saddle bar stools and a quaint wrap around verandah.
Adopting a rustic approach to food, the menu sports what Hayley describes as being ‘comfort food that feels elevated whilst being accessible enough you can eat it every day’.
Sumptuous delights like BBQ kangaroo loin with baby leeks and ‘san choy bow-style’ king prawns with desert oak spice, only serve to confirm this.
Widely touted as one of the best restaurants on the Central Coast, Barrett’s Restaurant is the flagship eatery of the Pullman Magenta Shores.
Located in Magenta, about 90 minutes’ drive north of Sydney, the restaurant is set in a modern bistro style venue that overlooks the manicured fairways of the onsite golf course.
Boasting a contemporary Australian menu that is loaded with plenty of fantastic local seafood dishes, the food showcases high quality seasonal and local produce, that is cooked with skill and presented with exceptional flair.
Boasting 250 seats and seven distinct drinking and dining areas, The Bon Pavilion is undoubtedly the biggest and grandiose venue in Gosforth.
Overseen by renowned chef Sean Connolly, the all-day restaurant falls somewhere between fine dining and gastropub. Showcasing décor that includes a large, feature mural by celebrated artist Lisa King and a wonderful, grandiose sweeping staircase, it has a distinctly New York air about it.
From 6.30am until midnight the food options are exceptional – drawing inspiration from Australia’s modern, multicultural make up. The ‘Bottomless Brunch’ is something to look forward to, while the dinner menu has too many highlights to mention.
Onsite there is even a takeaway wine shop, complete with a resident sommelier, who can advise you on the best bottle to buy.
For those in the know, the Blue Mountains serves up some of the best cafes and coffee in NSW. Whether you need one to kickstart your morning, or perk you up in the afternoon, there are plenty of places to get a decent brew. Here’s where we think you can buy the best cafes in the Blue Mountains.
Set on the main street of Leura, the Red Door Café is a great choice for those who seek a healthier options when it comes to their coffee.
Featuring red and black décor, artwork from local artists, green hanging vines, a very large mirror and of course a red front door, the café has a fresh, youthful vibe to it.
A mix of 80s rock and 90s techno seems to be the music of choice here. While the organic coffee ranks up there as the best in the Blue Mountains.
The food is good too, with plenty of plant-based options to complement their excellent range of meat dishes.
Given their name they probably wouldn’t like us making reference to them, but Anonymous deserves to be on this list.
Located in Blackheath, not far from the Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges this café is a must stop if you are heading the Megalong Valley.
Their delicious coffee is produced from Campos and single origin beans. It might be a little more expensive in comparison to the offerings from other local cafes, but it still represents excellent value for money.
Anonymous also have an extensive tea list featuring brands from around the world, and their sumptuous and innovative food menu stylishly celebrates locally sourced, seasonal produce.
The Blue Mist Café is the kind of coffee shop you will instantly take a shine to.
Not only are the prices pretty good, the staff are always friendly, and the atmosphere is very congenial. Most importantly the coffee is terrific too.
Situated in the Wentworth Falls village, not far at all from the Grand View Hotel, the café has comfortable booths on its ground level, as well as a lounge suite on the upper level. Where you will also find a second-hand bookshop too.
The perfect place to relax and enjoy a leisurely hour or so, the food options here, especially the ricotta hot cakes, are very, very good.
Boasting not one, but two espresso bars in Springwood and Katoomba, as well as its own roastery, Cassiopeia is a serious coffee brand.
Launched in 2006, its owner, Zac, is a genuine coffee aficionado. Regularly travelling to Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, and Kenya to source the best coffee beans to bring back to Australia.
Also distributing its coffee beans to other cafes, both in the area and all over the country, a Cassiopeia coffee features coffee beans that have been lightly roasted. Thus allowing the fullest flavour of the beans’ origin to emerge.
It is a must try coffee for anyone passing through Springwood or Katoomba.
Talking of the Cassiopeia brand, The Laneway in Leura is one of the many cafes in the Blue Mountains that use their gourmet coffee beans.
Situated just off the main street of Leura, down a secluded laneway (hence the name), the coffee is, as you would expect, fantastic. As is the café’s ambiance.
The kind of place where the staff, after a couple of visits, will know your order without you having to say anything, this establishment is also lauded for serving exquisite, toasted sandwiches, as well as a selection of other tasty foods.
The best breakfast in Canberra is a very hotly debated topic, with many locals fiercely loyal to their favourite one. Whether you are looking for a full fry up, or something a little more sophisticated, there are many cafes who can easily lay claim to offering this. Here are a few of our favourite picks:
Braddon is an uber-cool area in Canberra. It is where quirky cafes, cutting edge contemporary Australian restaurants and artisanal coffee roasters are housed in a series of industrial buildings centred around Lonsdale Street.
One of the first cafes to take residence there was the Sweet Bones Bakery. And many people advocate it is still the best.
Contained within a cool rock ‘n’ roll setting, close to many of the best luxury hotels in Canberra, the café takes vegan food far beyond the next level.
Committed to serving outstanding dishes that are vegan, cruelty-free and absolutely delectable, their all day breakfasts, which include a ‘Big Breakfast’ with coconut bacon, tofu scramble and hummus, is the stuff of dreams!
Address: 8/18 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612
Enjoying a beautiful setting within the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Pollen is one of the most delightful eateries in Canberra.
Stylishly furnished with blue and white décor that includes fabulous textiles by Juanita Flett, the café seamlessly integrates with its surroundings.
Their menu, although small, offers plenty of flavour, with dishes ranging from classics like Eggs Benedict to more exotic offerings like the Healthy Breakfast – which includes a plate of poached eggs, chickpeas, paprika, tomato, feta, eggplant moule, za’atar, fried basil and dukkah all presented on flatbread.
Boasting a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and very good service, this is a fantastic breakfast establishment in which to kick start your day.
Address: Clunies Ross Street, ACT 2601
Not far from University Avenue and close to the Ovolo Nishi Hotel, The Cupping Room is a quaint cafe that is a popular spot to bring your dog.
Serving magnificent ONA coffee, as well as very accomplished hot chocolate, the ambiance in the café is relaxed and congenial.
Their menu is real comfort food too – with their French Toast being served with a decadent mix of an oreo crumb, berries, banana, milk icing and mascarpone.
Given this, and how many cute pooches are around, dog lovers will definitely want to stay here for a while.
Address: 1/1-13 University Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601
Located in the vibrant heart of the district of Belconnen, Chatterbox offers an ingenious menu of half or full serves.
The perfect way to cater to all levels of hunger, the café also has plenty of options for those with vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free dietary requirements.
These include the likes of toasted banana bread, a Paleo breakfast and even a ‘full plate’ for carnivore guests with huge appetites.
The coffee here is exceptional too and draws crowds from all over. So its always a good idea to arrive at this family friendly venue earlier than you would like to eat.
Address: 40 Cameron Ave, Belconnen ACT 2617
Located on the Kingston Foreshore, the Local Press Café is a real favourite amongst, well, locals.
Not only does this rustic, health-conscious, establishment showcase fantastic views of the foreshore, it also offers up inventive contemporary Australian food, under a ‘healthy body, healthy plant’ ethos.
All their dishes feature preservative-free and unprocessed whole foods, many of which are locally produced, and all of which are ethically-sourced.
Their delicious all-day breakfast menu includes the fabulous Salmon Scramble, which is one of their most popular breakfast dishes.
A sumptuous arrangement of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, pickled fennel and onion, horseradish and herb yoghurt, radish and caperberries, all served on fresh grain sourdough – which could well be the ‘healthy’ breakfast of champions.
Address: 35 Eastlake Parade, Kingston ACT 2604
The best Japanese restaurants in Perth can also claim to be among the best Japanese restaurants in Australia too. Such is the quality of the food and overall service they offer. From tempura to onigiri, and sushi to yakitori, there are thousands of exquisite dishes available in Perth for you to explore and sample. Below are some awesome places where you can get them.
First they made a splash in Japan, then they caused a stir in America and now Furaibo has become a sensation in Perth.
Australia’s first location for this critically acclaimed brand is a real hit amongst lovers of top notch Asian cuisine.
Nestled in the heart of Raine Square, within the Perth CBD, the restaurant is a popular after work hangout.
It’s a modern venue with an industrial-chic kind of vibe, that offers over 100 exquisite Izayaka-style share dishes. Some of the best of them include their specialty skewers and chicken wings, both of which will have you smacking your lips with delight.
As well as an extensive range of local and Japanese beers, they also offer a wide selection of sake and delicious cocktails too.
Address: Raine Square, 300 Murray St, Perth
Restaurant Jun has enjoyed cult status in Perth for a few years now.
Tucked away down an alleyway in Hay Street and accessed down a set of stairs that take you to basement level, it is an easy spot to miss. But when you do manage to find it you are in for a treat.
Founded by owner Tadashi Hashigusuchi, the restaurant offers some of the freshest and most authentic Japanese food in Perth.
Specialising in kushiyaki (grilled skewers) and yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), their Karaage Fried Chicken is hugely popular.
If you are staying at the Duxton Hotel this is a great restaurant to visit. As it is located not far from it.
Address: 568 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
Founded by Robert De Niro, celebrity chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa and the noted film producer Meir Teper, Nobu is a major player on the Perth dining scene.
Situated in the Crown Metropol Perth, the fine dining restaurant is synonymous with excellence in all aspect of your gastronomic experience.
Set within a lavishly decorated dining room, this is the place in Western Australia to enjoy an Omakase. Their exceptional set menu features numerous types of Zensai, Oysters, Tiradito, Specialty Tempura and Toban Yaki. As well as signature hot dishes like Duck Umami and Scallop Jamon.
Marrying the best of local produce with scintillating Japanese flavours, fine dining at Nobu should be on every foodies’ bucketlist.
Address: Crown Metropol Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100
Talking of Nobu, Chef Koji Harada, who used to work there, now has a new project. The wonderful D’s Authentic Japanese restaurant.
Found about 20 minutes outside of the Perth CBD in Connolly, the restaurant champions a philosophy to serve food that ‘represents good health’.
Crafting dishes that are perfectly balanced with delicate textures and rich flavours, Chef Koji Harada’s menu is entirely seasonal. Which means it is likely to be different from one week to the next.
Some of the dishes you might see available include the likes of Ishikari, Dengaku Garden and Beef Tataki. All of which are guaranteed to send your taste buds in to overdrive.
Address: 13/1 Glenelg Place, Connolly WA 6027
For a really sumptuous Japanese feed head on over to Marumo.
Renowned for being one of the best value fine dining experiences in Perth, Head Chef Moe Oo has created a seven course omakase menu that is so popular, there is a 3 month waiting list for reservations.
Somewhat surprisingly the three-hour experience takes place in a restaurant tucked away within the rather undistinguished Nedlands shopping village.
But what the restaurant may lack in terms of locational glamour, it certainly makes up for in the quality of its cuisine.
Each dish is passionately crafted to perfection, so all you need to do is sit back, relax and revel in the gastronomic brilliance.
Address: 22/145 Stirling Hwy Nedlands 6009 WA
From Blaxland to Katoomba and Leura to Blackheath the Blue Mountains has plenty of superb places to eat, within some truly magnificent settings. If you are planning a visit there check out our recommendations for some of the best restaurants in the Blue Mountains. Which one do you most like the sound of?
A multi award-winning venue in Katoomba, Darleys is the epitome of elegance and style.
Situated within the Lilianfels Resort & Spa, the restaurant boasts impressive décor, with a beautiful fireplace, ornate crystal chandeliers and stunning artwork, creating a luxury ambience. Through leadlight windows the dining room also showcases breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains.
With food to match the exquisite views and setting, the hatted restaurant offers award-winning contemporary Australian cuisine with a touch of old world style.
Entrees like scallop sashimi, and mains like a toothfish bouillabaisse, provide an unrivalled dining experience. While their robust wine list features an extensive choice of international labels.
Address: Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba 2780 NSW
Drawing inspiration from the sheer natural beauty of the Blue Mountains landscape and its rich indigenous history, Arrana skillfully incorporates native ingredients and stories into its innovative menu.
Located in Springwood, about a 20 minute drive from the national park, the restaurant has a very romantic, fine dining feel about it. Soft lighting and a warm space create a relaxed environment in which to enjoy your meal.
Offering two degustation-style seasonal menus that are paired with optional wines, dishes like spanner crab and pork jowl are beautifully presented with immaculate service.
As fine dining experiences go, this one will not disappoint.
Address: Shops 9-12/123-125 Macquarie Road, Springwood 2777 NSW
Located inside the magnificent Hydro Majestic Hotel, it is very difficult to decide what is the most unique selling point of The Wintergardens Restaurant.
The spectacular views of the Megalong Valley are a huge drawcard. While the airy, and delightful light-filled dining room, complete with ornate fireplace and grandiose décor is one of the best settings within the whole of the Blue Mountains.
The food of course is of the highest order too. Created by Chef Mate Herceg, offerings like caramelised wild Canadian scallops, Oberon organic lamb loin and brandy snap cannoli shine off the menu like a lighthouse in fog.
Whatever its USP, one thing is for certain, the overall dining experience at The Wintergardens is nothing short of exceptional.
Address: Hydro Majestic, 52-88 Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath 2780 NSW
Another Katoomba favourite, the Echoes Hotel Restaurant occupies a magnificent position nestled on the outer edges of the Blue Mountains National Park.
Showcasing stunning views of the craggy cliff edges and verdant rainforest valleys, this stylish restaurant and bar ticks all the boxes for a wonderful dining experience.
The food menu features Mod Oz cuisine with a strong Asian influence. Made with local produce, dishes feature big, bold flavours that err on the side of decadence.
Cashew nut crumbed grass fed Riverina lamb racks, truffled mushroom wontons and pan roasted five-spice spatchcock are just some of the dishes you can order. All served in a relaxed and friendly setting, with service that is courteous and professional.
Address: 3 Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba 2780 NSW
Located at the heritage listed Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, the Grand Dining Room is another venue that will blow you away with its outstanding setting.
Resplendent with soaring columns, gorgeous stained glass windows and lofty gilded ceilings, it is one of the last remaining Victorian dining rooms in Australia still operating as a commercial venue.
Created by Executive Chef, Stefan Klaunzer the seasonal a’la carte menu champions fresh ingredients, sourced almost exclusively from the Blue Mountains and the Central West region of New South Wales.
A replica of the original dining room built in 1886, (with a few minor adjustments for modern convenience), reservations are essential if you want to dine here.
Address: The Carrington, 15/47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780 NSW
In recent years there has been a bit of a pizza revolution on the Central Coast. From Terrigal to Woy Woy a number of excellent restaurants and pizzerias have opened up, selling a wide range of exquisite thin crusts, deep pans and classic calzones. Here is our selection of the best pizza that you need to try next time you are visting the Central Coast of NSW.
One of the oldest pizzeria’s in town, La Fiamma has been serving up authentic Italian pizza from a setting within the Ettalong Markets since 2007.
Through their wood-burning oven which fires up at 400 degrees they are on a mission to bring ‘real pizza’ to the Central Coast.
Making their sourdough pizzas the traditional way, with time honoured techniques that Napolitan and Sicilian masters have been using for centuries, they use only flour, yeast, salt and water. Rolling it out and shaping it by hand.
Served in a protected courtyard and a dining room with views of the wood-fired oven, their signature pizza, La Fiamma, features mozzarella, parmesan, Italian sausage, salami and baby spinach salad.
Address: 189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257
After recent refurbishment, Rhonda has transformed itself from an evening entertainment venue into an accomplished seaside Italian restaurant.
Not far from the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific this exciting transformation has taken place under the guidance of executive chef Richard Wagemaker.
Offering classic Roman-style, thin crust pizzas, the dough is handmade with 5 Stagioni wholemeal flour, which has been perfectly milled by granite grindstones.
Cooked in a two tonne pizza oven, which has been insulated with volcanic rock from Mt Vesuvius, Rhonda offers authentic pizzas Italians would love.
Boasting an open roof seating area, the pizzeria also serves a lovely range of cocktails to accompany your meal.
Address: 3/5 Kurrawyba Ave, Terrigal NSW 2260
Another company who have forged an excellent reputation for themselves when it comes to making top quality pizzas is Remy & Co.
Established in 2014, and located within a laneway in Erina, all their delicious offerings are created in a Moretti pizza oven.
Light, fluffy and handmade, their crusts are all gluten-free. A cross between a traditional Italian and Neapolitan base, their toppings feature the best in local and imported products.
The Salsicca, (pork & fennel sausage, mushroom, red radicchio, truffle oil, & orange balsamic glaze) and Diavola, (pepperoni, mushroom, fior di latte, nduja, & chilli) are two of their best sellers.
On a Sunday, you can even enjoy them with some live music.
Address: 2 Ilya Ave, Erina NSW 2250
It only opened a couple of years ago, but the Tropicana Pizza Pizza in Woy Woy has already established itself as selling some of the best pizza on the Central Coast.
A retro pizza joint, its features neon signs and checkered tablecloths and music that reflects an 80s and 90s vibe.
With the help of a local dough expert they have crafted an excellent pan pizza, which requires the dough to be fermented overnight.
Offering classic dishes that have been jazzed up and modernized, their ham and pineapple is spiced up with pickled jalapeños, while their Caesar salad is served with kale.
Address: 61 Trafalgar Ave, Woy Woy NSW 2256
Located in Wamberal, the Lagune Artisan Pizza Company prides itself on being the Central Coast’s official home of true Neapolitan pizza.
Made by pizzaiolos who were trained in Naples and are AVPN-certified, their pizzas are all crafted from handmade dough.
Cooked in a wood-fire oven that reaches temperatures of 450°C, the pizzeria entices with the fresh aroma of their cooking.
Staying true to AVPN requirements, they use only the finest Fior de Latte mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes. Their pizza toppings also feature ingredients like Calabrese salami, San Danielle prosciutto and Sicilian pork sausage.
Address: 80 Ocean View Dr, Wamberal NSW 2260
In a city as beautiful as Sydney, it is only natural to want to visit a rooftop bar. Luckily there are hundreds to choose from. So if you are angling for a night of cocktails, champagnes, wines and delicious gastronomy with an epic view, here are some of the best rooftop bars right across Sydney to visit. No matter what part of Sydney you live in, there’s literally something here for everyone. If you’re in the centre of Sydney looking for some after work drinks, also check out our guide to the best rooftop bars in the Sydney CBD.
Located in Darlinghurst, on top of Hyde Park House, Slims Rooftop offers sensational, uninterrupted views across Hyde Park.
Aside from the views, which are accentuated by the westerly sunset, the cocktails here are a major drawcard.
Sitting alongside all the usual suspects like Margaritas, Aperol spritz, Bloody Mary and Espresso Martinis are other inventive concoctions like the Million Dollar Mermaid – a mix of Ketel One Vodka, lychee liqueur, Blue Curacao, lychee juice and lime, that will blow your mind.
The craft beers are exceptional too, while the food menu features contemporary Asian fusion style ‘izakaya’ share plates, that you won’t want to share!
Nestled on the edge of the CBD, this is a wonderful place to unwind after the completion of your working day.
A couple of years ago the Royal Hotel in Paddington underwent a major refurbishment.
Included within this was the rooftop Elephant Bar and Dining, which still seems to have been kept somewhat under wraps.
Perhaps not for much longer though because this stunning space is steadily developing a reputation for being the place to go for after work drinks.
Its terrific views of the city provide an excellent backdrop in which to watch the sunset with a cocktail or champagne in hand. Whilst the coastal themed décor, complete with animal prints, creates a relaxed ambiance in which to view it.
The bar also has a retractable roof, which makes this destination an all year venue, and a Mediterranean inspired food venue with a terrific assortment of light bites.
Craft beers are very much in vogue at the moment in Sydney, and Elm, the rooftop bar at Taphouse, in Darlinghurst, is a great place to try some.
An open-air, all weather joint that offers superb views of the surrounding area, the bar presents 20 craft beers on tap – with a focus on ales and porters – from around the world. They also have a range of outstanding cocktails too.
Their food menu can be described as ‘upmarket pub’ and features the likes of andouille sausages, smoked brisket and chicken wings. While the atmosphere is always blessed with intoxicating laid-back vibes.
One of the coolest rooftop bars in town can be found on top of the Cauliflower Hotel.
While a congenial pub lies on the floors beneath it, The Forgotten Cask is a rooftop rum bar that will transport you straight to the West Indies.
Replete with appropriate palm trees and tropical décor, this place is a haven for those who love rum, as they offer over 100 labels from around the world.
In keeping with the theme, each of their cocktails is named after an infamous pirate, including the Red Beard and the William Kidd.
The food menu is suitably Caribbean too, with classics like jerk chicken wings, spiced barramundi tacos and cauliflower curry all being available.
Nick and Nora’s is a legendary rooftop bar in Parramatta.
Perched 26 stories up in the SKYE Suites Parramatta, Nick and Nora’s is an opulent Art Deco rooftop that showcases awesome 270-degree views that spread from the Blue Mountains on one side of the horizon to the Harbour Bridge on the other.
Inspired by Nick and Nora Charles, the fictional murder-solving duo from the 1930s detective story ‘The Thin Man’, this venue boasts over 900 spirits and 50 different types of champagne.
It also presents flamboyant cocktails made with liquid nitrogen – many of which take their name from original characters like ‘The Femme Fatal’ and ‘The Snitch’.
Radiating a decadent post-prohibition vibe, the food menu includes a range of charcuterie items like oysters, gin-infused olives and tequila-compressed watermelon, as well as a variety of exceptional imported cheeses and cured meats.
They even have a selection of high quality Cuban cigars, for those wanting to channel their inner Fidel Castro.
Perth is renowned for having a vibrant dining scene. Offering a wide selection of outstanding restaurants, cafes and bistros, all manner of cuisines are available here – to match the city’s rich, multi-cultural make up. If you are looking for ideas for where you can eat, check out our recommendations for some of the best restaurants that the beautiful city of Perth has to offer:
Balthazar is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Perth. Located on the bottom floor of the ‘Lawson’ apartments, a gorgeous Art Deco apartment block in the heart of The Esplanade, this CBD establishment (located just a 4min walk / 350m from the beautiful Como The Treasury hotel) serves up a fantastic selection of gastronomic delights which champions local produce.
Set within a relaxed, yet elegant dining space, their a la carte menu includes dishes like duck breast with fennel, pumpkin and croissant sauce, and kangaroo with blueberries, goats curd and macadamia.
The kind of place were businessmen and families can dine seamlessly side-by-side; Balthazar also offers a fabulous range of unique wines that perfectly match their highly accomplished cuisine.
Address: 6 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000
As luxury hotel dining goes, few establishments in Perth can match the Firewater Grille in the Duxton Hotel for the exquisiteness of their offering.
Open every day for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, the restaurant boasts stylish décor and river splendid views. Located on the lobby level of the hotel, which is adjacent to the Perth Concert Hall, the Firewater Grille allows guests to enjoy an interactive dining experience.
Entrées like squid carbonara and mains like Black Angus tomahawk dry-aged steak are waiting to be enjoyed beside a cascading water feature that is almost as captivating as the food.
The restaurant also has a stunning ‘retro style’ cocktail bar where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink.
Address: 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
The Heritage Wine Bar is well known for being one of Perth’s best wine bars. Offering over 100 outstanding wines, all of which you can buy by the glass.
However it is also a regarded as one of the best places to eat in Perth too.
Boasting a classic look, with flawless white linen tablecloths and bentwood chairs, the restaurant’s decor has a noticeable European flair to it. Something which is evident in its menu too.
Where dishes like chicken and rabbit terrine are paired with distinctive Western Australian elements like wattle seed and Geraldton wax.
An intimate and refined venue, the restaurant offers food that is bursting with style and flavour. A combination which has quite aptly seen it being awarded a coveted hat in the national Good Food Guide.
Address: Brookfield Place, 131 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia, 6000
One of the oldest hotels in the city, having originally opened its doors in 1897, The Melbourne Hotel also has one of the best Chinese restaurants in Perth too.
Located at the west end of the CBD, close to Parliament House and Kings Park, the Grand Orient brings to you an authentic taste of Asia.
Offering an intoxicating fusion of Cantonese aromas and flavours, made from contemporary and traditional cooking techniques, dishes like Szechuan Lamb Fillet and Kung Pao Cuttlefish shine from their ‘Taste of the Orient’ set menu.
The restaurant’s old-world setting makes a lovely setting in which to treat yourself to an exquisite lunch or dinner.
Address: 33 Milligan St, Perth WA 6000
Every city in Australia has a great Italian restaurant and Il Lido is right up there among the best in Perth.
Boasting a fabulous beachside location, in a former 1930’s seaside art-deco building on Cottesloe Beach, Il Lido offers sensational Italian food and gourmet coffee.
Contained within a stylish space that features art deco accents and wall-to-wall wine racks, their menu is a foodies’ delight.
Dishes like blue swimmer crab linguine and spaghetti with nduja, white anchovy, mascarpone and lemons will elevate your tastebuds to new levels of ecstasy. While Oyster Sunday with ‘the King of Oysters’ Jerry Fraser is not to be missed.
Address: 88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011
There is nothing like a lovely, leisurely brunch, especially in a city like Melbourne, that is blessed with so many wonderful cafes. Whether you are dining on your own with a good book or catching up on all the latest gossip with friends, here are some of the best brunch spots in Melbourne to check out.
An institution in Melbourne, The Hardware Société, is on a mission to redefine what brunch can be.
Located in the laneways of the CBD, this rustic-chic café boasts a congenial vibe and excellent service.
Their menu features a range of classic dishes like French toast, eggs benedict and croissants that are cooked with an impressive mix of love and perfection.
For those feeling a little more adventurous, some of their more innovative creations like gin cured salmon with buckwheat blinis and croquet madams with pork rillettes and apple sauce, may well catch your eye.
Address: 10 Katherine Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
If you like to take lots of photos of your food to post on Instagram then Brighton Soul is the brunch spot for you.
Found on Church Street in the vibrant heart of Brighton’s café and restaurant scene, this venue offers up some of Melbourne’s most visually appealing culinary delights.
You’ll find Japanese Salmon Sashimi and Mexican Tiger Prawn tacos on their international menu. As well as seafood laksa and lobster tail. All of which features vibrant colours that are beautifully presented in creative ways.
Contained within a relaxed, yet unassuming exposed brick interior setting, the café has a drinks list, that includes the equally eye-catching, and innovative, blue algae cold brew.
Address: 129 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186
If you like to enjoy your brunch in a beautiful setting then Higher Ground offers that and plenty more.
Located on Little Bourke Street, in the centre of the Melbourne CBD, this stylish café is housed in a stunning, heritage-listed, former power station.
It features exposed-brick walls, which is beautifully contrasted by lush greenery, to form a pleasant setting in which to dine.
Radiating somewhat of a churchy feel, with high ceilings and multi-level dining, Higher Ground specialises in offering a range of upscale bites.
Dishes like ricotta hotcakes and crab eggs benedict are among their most popular offerings. While their coffee is widely acknowledged as being exceptional.
Address: 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
One of the best fine dining examples of brunch in Melbourne can be found at the Prior Thornbury.
Situated in the centre of High Street Thornbury, about 15 minutes away from the Melbourne CBD, this refined neighbourhood cafe features a stylish contemporary interior that creates a relaxed dining experience.
The menu showcases the work of Nick Korceba who was previously the Head Chef at Maha.
It features a range of exquisite dishes like cheesy polenta, black tahini salmon and a nourish bowl that is out of this world.
But if you really fancy a decadent treat, the chocolate salted crumpets will bring a massive smile to your face.
Address: 637 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
Operator25 is quite aptly named considering it is located in the old telephone exchange building – a gorgeous 1900s heritage listed property in the Melbourne CBD.
Specialising in brunch and excellent coffee, this funky venue has a sleek and modern interior with artsy décor that creates a very causal and relaxed vibe.
Close to the W Melbourne Hotel, it offers seasonal and temporary Asian inspired menus. Some of their dishes, like salmon aburi and roasted teriyaki mushrooms, often feature, along with other favourites like chia pudding and sweet potato waffles.
Whatever you choose to eat, the quality of the food is always excellent. Whilst the service is fast and very friendly.
Address: 25 Wills St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Byron Bay is one of Australia’s most iconic beachside destinations. Every year more than 2 million visitors come to this beautiful part of New South Wales. Renowned for its laid-back vibe, great surf and fabulous brunch scene, Byron Bay also has a reputation for being a centre of excellence when it comes to coffee. Here’s our pick for some of the very best cafes in Byron Bay:
It might have a rather understated shopfront but ask any local and they will tell you that Sparrow is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Byron Bay.
Nestled right in the heart of the main strip, Sparrow serves up delicious Allpress Coffee, as well as a selection of fresh juices and the ever popular coconut water.
It’s usually busy here, but the vibe is always warm and friendly. Not least from the staff.
They also offer some excellent pastries. And if you are in a hurry you can always pre-order your drink via their very own coffee app.
Address: 1B Byron Street, Byron Bay
Enjoying possibly the best location in the whole of Byron, Beach offers sensational views of Clarkes Beach from the beachfront just off it.
A very classy café which has a warm and relaxed ambiance, they rather aptly serve up the Byron Bay Coffee Company’s organic ‘beach’ blend. If you are ordering a takeaway you may even get to see dolphins splashing about whilst you wait!
Should you wish to dine in the though, rest assured the food here is delicious. Head chef Simon Palmer has developed an excellent menu that proudly showcases dishes that champion local produce and coastal flavours.
Address: Clarkes Beach, 2 Massinger Street, Byron Bay
One of Byron’s most iconic venues, The Roadhouse is a coffee shop by day and cocktail bar at night.
Boasting a sprawling terrace, this light and airy whole-food café has a somewhat rustic, yet chic charm that perfectly personifies the essence of Byron.
Serving Allpress coffee by the gallon load to ever appreciative locals, The Roadhouse also offers up a delicious whole-food menu, a range of excellent woodfire pizzas in the evening and a wide selection of exceptional cocktails.
Expect to queue for a little while to get in to the establishment, such is the café’s popularity. But don’t be too discouraged by any line up because it is definitely worth the wait.
Address: 6/142 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
Another place that is always busy with its fair share of locals is the Bayleaf Café.
Known for its excellent vibe and charming interior décor that radiates a certain bohemian essence, the food is very, very good here. Taking the form of fresh, organic eats that satisfying even the most discerning of palettes.
The coffee is exceptional as well.
Blackboard Coffee is the house blend, and they offer full menu of soul satisfying options specifically roasted for them.
If you fancy something a little different, especially on a hot day, their Coconut Cold Brew served with dried flower petals should excite you.
Address: 2 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Although it is a little off the beaten track, a trip to Folk is definitely worth it.
Situated in a holiday park, this local coffee shop has actually featured in Vogue! It is a beautiful café that serves ethical, local and organic produce in a pleasant setting that incorporates lush greenery, custom made timber benchtops, interesting artwork, pottery and other such quaint adornments.
Offering a plant-based menu, where all the food is made in-house, their coffee of choice is Dukes Coffee Roasters. Which is always delicious and immaculately served.
If you fancy something a little different though, why not try one of their fantastic flower garnished smoothies?
Address: 399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay
The original Gold Rush Colony is sadly no longer with us due to the devastating bushfires that ripped through the town of Mogo at the end of 2019. Thankfull, the beautiful town of Mogo has survived and has bounced back. There are some wonderful and interesting things to see and do in Mogo, and if you are in the region you really should try to drop into this lovely township and support it’s people and businesses.
The town of Mogo was founded in 1851, and is located 287km south of Sydney (about 4 hours drive). Here are just a few of our favourites things that we love about Mogo, and why we think it’s well worth a visit if you’re staying or travelling through the South Coast of NSW. Mogo has alot of things to offer tourists, and is perfect for a day trip if you’re staying in the region for couples, families, or even a group of friends. Take a look for yourself …
Mogo Wildlife Park is an award-winning privately owned zoo which is situated about a 10 minute drive from Batemans Bay.
Set within 81 acres of dense, rural bushland, the zoo features Australia’s largest collection of exotic animals.
Dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, they provide a safe haven for over 200 animals across 47 rare and exotic species. These include Snow Leopards, Gorillas, Sumatran Tigers, Cheetahs, Giraffe and Zebra.
Specialising in interactive animal encounters, the wildlife park offers you the chance to feed the likes of white lions and tigers, as well as have up-close-and-personal encounters with the likes of Meerkats and Red Pandas.
Address: 222 Tomakin Rd, Mogo NSW 2536
An institution in town, Lots of Lollies has been satisfying the sweet tooth of locals and visitors alike since 1995.
Located at the Batemans Bay end of the Mogo Village, this Mogo Lolly Shop offers over 500 different varieties of lollies sourced from all over the world, including some of your childhood favourites you probably haven’t had for years.
They also serve a delicious range of homemade ice cream and over 40 flavours of fudge which they make locally.
Beautifully set up to appeal to all of your senses and radiating a real feelgood factor, it is a must visit attraction for any visitor to the area.
Address: 44 Princes Hwy, Mogo NSW 2536
Located just 5km from Bateman’s Bay, The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden showcases spectacular display gardens, as well as stunning water features and even a sensory garden.
A lovely spot for families, schools and community groups wanting to enjoy the region’s unique and beautiful bush environment, the gardens features two major collections.
The Living Plant Collection, which is made up of regional plant species found across numerous ecosystems, and the Herbarium Collection. A heritage listed collection of over 14,000 dried plant specimens that have been collected over a 30 year period.
Suffering notable damage in the most recent bushfires the botanic garden is slowly fighting back. Which is all the more reason to go visit it and offer your support.
Address: Deep Creek Dam Rd, Batemans Bay NSW 2536
Mogo has an eclectic range of shops to peruse.
This includes a fabulous collection of arts, crafts, homewares and collectibles, clothing and other store selling specialty items.
One of the establishments you might find most interesting is Gypsy’s of Mogo. They offer ornate decorative pieces for your home, that include lamps, giftware, soft furnishings and wall art.
Hidden Treasures is another great shop that is notable for its mosaic bowls, wall art, furniture, beautiful lamps, water features and garden sculptures. While Juela Mogo is an excellent jewellery studio that makes custom handmade pieces.
If you are looking for a place to eat, some of the best food in town can be found at the Courtyard Café.
Enjoying a beautiful outdoor setting with a centrepiece fountain, as well as a pleasant air conditioned indoor space, the Courtyard Cafe offers an excellent place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Offering a casual dining menu of Australian favourites, the cafe is known for its excellent food, great coffee and exceptional service.
Hearty fare like toasted foccacias, fresh sandwiches, frittatas and gourmet pies and sausage rolls will more than satisfy you.
While their giant chessboard can entertain you, before or after you have eaten your food.
Address: 44 Princes Hwy, Mogo NSW 2536
If you’re heading to the South Coast of NSW, then we recommend that you put Mogo on your list of Must See places to visit in the region.
Here are some additional resources that will help plan your trip to Mogo and the Eurobodalla shire:
Canberra is blessed with an excellent range of dining options. From trendy bistros and cool cafes to the plushest of fine dining restaurants. Serving up every kind of cuisine you could think of the nation’s capital has a plethora of places to enjoy a fabulous meal. Check out our favourite recommendations for some of the best restauarants in Canberra:
Situated in the Burbury Hotel, right on the door step of Parliament House, Buvette serves up the kind of exquisite cuisine few other restaurants can match.
Using the freshest quality ingredients, they offer seasonal menus that champion locally sourced produce in a French inspired style.
Dishes like 7-hour lamb shoulder Perigourdine and 36-hour slow-cooked Angus beef short ribs grace the menu; along with exceptional charcuterie boards, share plates, grills and other gourmet appetisers. Their desserts are decadent and delightful too.
Set within a sophisticated space that wouldn’t be out of place in the streets of Paris, the contemporary décor of the restaurant pleasantly enhances your dining experience.
Address: 1 Burbury Close, Barton, Canberra ACT 2600
If the line from the David Bowie song instantly pops into your head then Rebel Rebel is doing as intended.
Renowned for its excellent food, cool David Bowie-inspired décor and its overall value-for-money, Rebel Rebel is a casual wine bar, cafe and bottle shop in Newacton that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
Run by Head chef Sean McConnell’s the menu offers a fantastic selection of culinary delights like blue mackerel with romesco, capers and cos, fried quail with harissa and lemon, and beef tartare with anchovy, pickles and hot English mustard.
With Bowie music playing on shuffle, it’s a fabulous place to linger for a while. The food is so good, you may even be dancing in the street on your way home.
Address: 23 Marcus Clarke St, Acton
For a taste of Italy, with a touch of style, head on over to the Capitol Bar & Grill.
Located in the QT Canberra, in the heart of the city centre, Head Chef Josh Smith-Thirkell proudly showcases his visionary take on farm-to-table dining.
A creative culinary genius who crafts exceptional quality dishes and bold, mouth-watering flavours, his menu includes Canberra truffles and natural oysters shucked to order and served on ice.
The robust wine list and innovative range of cocktails are well thought out enhancements to these sumptuous dishes.
While the low lights and glossy black décor creates an elegant atmosphere in which to dine.
Address: 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601
Awarded one hat status by the Sydney Morning Herald on no less than 6 occasions, Courgette is one of Canberra’s most impressive restaurants.
Owned by celebrated chef, James Mussillon, this is another French inspired restaurant that will delight your tastebuds.
The deluxe restaurant perfectly balances a relaxed ambiance with a sophisticated demeanour. Guests are seated on opulent lounge style chairs and served artisanal dishes that are decorated with brightly coloured flower petals.
7 course degustation meals are presented for dinner which include the likes of Barbeque Glazed Rainbow Trout, Cowra Lamb Loin and Frozen Elderflower Meringue.
Paired with choice wines from across the world, Courgette is an experience not to be missed.
Address: 54 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra
Located within the Crowne Plaza Canberra, in the heart of the city’s CBD, the Red Salt restaurant serves exemplary Australian cuisine in a relaxed, yet elegant setting.
Championing local products made with exceptional skill, they offer a hearty range of classic dishes like Pan Seared Tasmanian Salmon with roasted chat potatoes and Grilled Chicken Breast with seasonal greens.
They also offer a great selection of gourmet pizzas, while their Wagyu beef burger is one of the best going around town.
Best of all you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy their food, and if you do go there you’ll get to enjoy an excellent wine list too.
Address: 1 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601
Melbourne is renowned for its excellent dining scene, which serves up pretty much every cuisine you can think of. From trendy cafes and boutique bistros to the most exclusive of fine dining restaurants there are plenty of places in the city to enjoy a lovely meal. If you’re looking for some inspiration on some of the best restaurants in Melbourne, then check out our favourites below:
Drawing inspiration from his Italian-Indian heritage, Creative Culinary Director, Adam D’Sylva has created a wonderful menu that showcases the freshest of local produce.
The signature restaurant of the W Melbourne hotel, this stunning restaurant offers contemporary Australian cuisine in a stylish CBD location.
A mix of modern classics that have been given a twist, and exotic dishes that delight with their innovation, the menu includes the likes of Corn Fed Chicken Cotoletta and Asparagus & Ricotta Tortellini.
Its drinks menu features some of Victoria’s best wine labels, as well as an avant-garde range of cocktails. All of which are served in a relaxed, yet elegant setting.
Address: 408 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
One of the most pioneering restaurants in Melbourne, Movida is an iconic Spanish gastronomic venue.
Located on a graffiti-covered lane near Bourke Street, this is the restaurant that started the trend for share plates in Melbourne. Congruently introducing Spanish tapas and raciones to Australia too.
Under the guidance of Head Chef Frank Camorra the establishment now includes 3 other venues – Aqui, Next Door, and Bar Tini.
Each venue is different, but they all share the same philosophy of championing Spanish gastronomy.
At the original restaurant the menu includes such culinary delights as Carrillera de Buey, Cecina and Raiz de Apio. While the likes of Champagne Y Cava, Cerveza and Blanco and Tinto wines are on the drinks menu.
Address: 1 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Located in the Stamford Plaza Melbourne, in the heart of the theatre district, Harry’s Restaurant showcases a range of European and Asian inspired classical dishes.
Their signature menu offers a ‘Taste of Singapore’ with such delightful offerings as Singapore Fish Curry and Singaporean Laksa.
However if you fancy something a bit more Australian then the 250g beef Porterhouse steak should fit the bill nicely.
Located on Little Collins Street, near Chinatown and most of Melbourne’s popular attractions, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Its casual setting is the perfect place to dine before taking in a show or heading of to the MCG for a sporting event.
Address: 111 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
If you love fusion food, few restaurants can match Anchovy when it comes to pushing the envelope.
Head chef and co-owner Thi Le perfected her craft over several years of working in Andrew McConnell’s restaurants. Drawing on this experience she has created an innovative menu of South East Asian inspired dishes that work wonderfully well.
Tempura Vegemite, bánh bèo served with a cured pork relish and bánh mì with fillings that include jungle spice pork sausage and crisp fried egg, will surprise and delight you.
Desserts like custard apple ice-cream teamed with gingerbread granita should also excited you.
Located in Richmond, about 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, the restaurant is always busy, which creates a lovely atmosphere to dine in.
Address: 338 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Vic
If you love cricket, then there is no better place to eat in Melbourne than The Cricketers at The Hotel Windsor.
Open for lunch and dinner, this cricket themed casual pub dining establishment offers all the usual, hearty favourites like fish & chips, a club sandwich, chicken parma and a selection of steaks.
It also serves up a weekly rolling menu of housemade curries, as well as a great selection of tap beers.
Not far from the MCG, The Cricketers Bar hosts a collection of cricketing artifacts and memorabilia, loaned to them by the Melbourne Cricket Club, which will keep any aficionado entertained for hours.
In addition to this, there is usually some for of cricket being shown on the various televisions that are dotted around the venue.
If you want to completely relax and unwind on your Tropical North Queensland holiday then Port Douglas is the place to go. Many of the luxury hotels there have outstanding day spas and wellness centres that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a fabulous range of treatments. Here are some of the best day spas that Port Douglas has to offer:
Offering direct access to the beachfront of Four Mile Beach, this deluxe 5 star hotel is close to Alexandra Reefs.
Boasting a fantastic lagoon swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course, the property also features the magnificent Escape to Vie Spa.
Priding themselves on providing bespoke treatments that connect science and nature, the spa offers a range of therapies based around the Pevonia and sensory organic iKOU range of products.
Their state-of-the-art spa suites, serene relaxation areas and beautiful grounds are all geared towards helping you become more at peace with your inner self.
Address: Mitre St, Port Douglas QLD 4877
Located just a 10 minute walk from Four Mile Beach is the Niramaya Villas Spa.
Contained within a 5 star rated holiday villas accommodation, the property offers soothing massages and treatments that will quickly banish your stress away.
Through their expertise of the ancient arts of healing they have created a programme of therapies that will restore you to optimum balance.
These include aroma relaxation, deep release massage, hot stones and facials. All of which are performed in a tranquil setting that will instantly put you at ease.
After your spa session you can enjoy a wonderful meal or cocktail at the onsite Niramaya Restaurant & Bar.
Address: 1 Bale Dr, Port Douglas QLD 4877
With beautiful tropical gardens and a location just 300 metres from both Four Mile Beach and the main shopping area of Port Douglas Village, the Hibiscus Resort And Spa will already have you in a becalmed frame of mind.
But their spa and wellness centre – The Deep Retreat – will see you even more relaxed.
A brilliant sanctuary of serenity, this boutique style resort offers treatment rooms heavily influenced by Balinese style design.
Experienced therapists provide a range of holistic beauty treatments including scrubs, wraps, deep massages and a Vichy shower – all of which will pacify the very core of your being.
Address: 22 Owen St, Port Douglas QLD 4877
Set within 147 hectares of lush tropical gardens The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is an exceptional 5 star luxury hotel. Its Kaia Day spa is one of the leading spa’s in Tropical North Queensland.
Run by the same team who manage the Niramaya Spa Experience, the Kaia Day spa provides a selection of therapies including facials, body treatments and massages, performed by consummate and experienced professionals that tailor their services to your particular need.
Their 120 Minute Tropical Dreaming Package, a delightful combination of an hour long aroma relaxation and an hour long spa facial, is particularly popular.
Address: Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD 4877
If you are looking for a complete sensory treat, then The Spa at Oaks Port Douglas Resort is definitely for you.
Boasting fantastic state-of-the-art facilities, they offer spacious treatment rooms including some designed specifically for couples.
Their menu of therapies based around French products showcases both relaxing and deep tissue aromatherapy massages, as well as customised facials.
They also have a number of signature packages including the blissful ‘pina colada’. As well as those designed for men, women, couples, children and even groups.
In addition they also offer a selection of beauty services too like waxing and grooming, body exfoliation and nail and hair care too.
Address: 87-109 Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD 4877
We’ve all been there! Searching for a pizza joint because only a pizza will satisfy your hunger. If you find yourself doing this in Brisbane then you are in luck. There are quite a few restaurants, near many of its luxury hotels, that offer a superb slice of authentic Italian pizza. So why not try the following?
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Emporium Hotel South Bank is the exceptional Julius Pizzeria.
Offering wood-fired pizza and hearty Italian main dishes in a chic, art deco, warehouse-style setting, this establishment is the little brother venue to the outstanding Beccofino in Teneriffe.
There is no inferiority complex here though, as Julius Pizzeria has well and truly established itself as a prominent player in the Brisbane pizza scene.
Offering a traditional menu where the emphasis is on the simple things done perfectly, this restaurant does not take bookings. So don’t be surprised if you have to wait a little while to get in.
It will be worth it.
Address: 77 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Very close to Queen Street Residence, Tartufo in the Fortitude Valley has created an impressive menu of pizzas and other Italian favourites.
Inspired by the culinary influences of Naples, Umbria, Tuscany and Abruzzo, the restaurant prides itself on making an authentic Neapolitan pizza with the best quality of ingredients available.
Served in a smartly designed red and black dining room, their Margherita is soft and thin and has a perfectly balanced ratio of toppings.
While their signature offering, the Pizza Tartufo boasts a delicious crust stuffed with pork sausage and truffle paste.
Address: 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
A short drive out of the city to Stafford Heights, the Prova Pizzeria serves traditional wood-fired pizzas on a Stefano Ferraro oven that has been imported all the way from Italy.
The chefs are classically trained as well. Taking the form of seasoned pizzaiolos who spin the dough majestically with their hands. As a result the pizzas they produce are truly sensational.
Their prosciutto e funghi (with tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, leg ham) and maremonti (mozzarella, garlic prawns, pancetta, pepper, parsley, lemon) are two much loved favourites.
While their selection of antipasti and wines are as sumptuous as they are extensive.
Address: 61 Wilgarning St, Stafford Heights QLD 4053
Another place that offers authentic Italian pizzas crafted by traditional Italian chefs is the Colle Rosso in Red Hill.
Situated just minutes from the Brisbane CBD and Suncorp Stadium, they serve up a wonderful range of red and white base pizzas that are topped with fresh, locally sourced toppings, as well as ingredients that can only be sourced from Italian suppliers.
Pairing value for money with a high quality meal, their menu showcases authentic and regional Italian cuisine, as well as mouthwatering dishes that put a twist on classic, traditional recipes.
Oh and if you are wondering what Colle Rosso means, well its Italian for ‘Red Hill’.
Address: 191 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill QLD 4059
A stone’s throw from the Eastwood Apartments, Superfly Pizza offers a delightful menu of exclusive hand-stretched pizzas.
You might have a bit of trouble finding them, as they are located in a secluded laneway in Woolloongabba. But once you do, you are in for a treat.
As well as all the classics like margherita, mushroom and meat lovers, they also offer a rotating selection of more exotic pizzas like pumpkin & blue cheese, beef stroganoff, and smoked salmon with a dill & ricotta base.
Their menu is small; sometimes they only feature 7 pizzas. But they are all delicious. They also cater to vegans too.
If you really want to feast yourself, then make a booking at their Sicily Banquet – where you can treat your taste buds to 3 courses of top notch Italian gastronomy.
Address: 17 Gibbon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Sydney is home a wide range of fantastic restaurants, serving up pretty much every type of cuisine you can think of. You name it and Sydney has got it. But where are the best restaurants in Sydney to enjoy a mind-blowing meal at? Check out the following recommendations for inspiration.
If you are looking for the quintessential Sydney dining experience then it’s hard to look past Quay.
Located in The Rocks area of Sydney, the restaurant offers fabulous 270 degree views of the Harbour Bridge, all the way round to the Opera House, which sets the perfect tone for your dining experience.
Under the leadership of Executive chef, Peter Gilmore, Quay has created a rather theatrical tasting menu that champions rare vegetables and native produce.
Expect to see the likes of Ossetra caviar, red speckled peas and Japanese Tennouji turnips served on custom designed ceramic plates produced by the geniuses at Red Shed Pottery. It’s quite the dining experience!
So you love seafood! But have you ever had it in the way they serve it at Saint Peter?
This Paddington favourite takes seafood to a whole new level with incredible offerings like sea-urchin crumpets and grouper-head terrine.
The brainchild of the insanely talented Head Chef Josh Niland, the menu champions a ‘fin-to-scale’ approach. Which basically uses parts of fish that most other restaurants throw away.
Aided by his fish butchery, which is located close to the restaurant, and a dry-ageing room which is located onsite, the restaurant is pushing the boundaries of seafood – in a manner you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
The flagship restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, the Mode & Kitchen Bar can be described as a casual, fine dining bistro.
Championing modern Australian cuisine in a stunning setting, the restaurant fuses excellent cooking techniques with the freshest of ingredients to produce a simple yet refined dining experience.
Located in the vibrant centre of the Sydney CBD, close to the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the restaurant was recently awarded a Chef’s Hat for the second year in a row by the Australian Good Food Guide.
Their signature dishes include the ever popular Chef’s Coorong Angus T-Bone. While those with a sweet tooth love their frozen pavlova.
Sitting on the eastern edge of Darling Harbour, within the 5 star rated Hyatt Regency Sydney, is an exciting restaurant that will take you on a gastronomic food journey around the world.
Drawing inspiration from popular dishes across Europe, North America, Asia and closer to home Jackalberry adds a touch of style to international classics like Scotch Fillet Steak, Teriyaki Salmon Poke Bowl, Slow Cooked Ribs, Gnocchi and Mee Goreng.
Offering a drinks menu and décor that matches this global theme, the restaurant has something to suite all tastes and preferences. Which makes it a great choice of restaurant for families and larger groups.
On the global gastronomy scene French cuisine has long been considered a leading player. Likewise on the Sydney dining scene, the French inspired restaurant of Atelier has forged itself a market leading reputation par excellence.
Located within the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, it aptly sits alongside other high-end restaurants in the area.
One of four restaurants in the hotel complex, Atelier is a French-inspired grill that serves dishes skillfully crafted from a combination of classical cooking methods and a contemporary culinary vision.
Showcasing three interactive food stations that boast the freshest locally sourced produce, the restaurant also has an excellent wine list to match their gastronomic offerings.
Byron Bay is one of the hippest towns in the whole of Australia. Their dining scene is pretty cool too, boasting lots of excellent restaurants, bistros and cafes that offer an exquisite assortment of international cuisine. If you are wondering where some of the best restaurants in Byron Bay are then check out these recommendations.
If you like your meal with a healthy side of nature, sustainability and eco-friendliness then head on over to Forest.
Located in the Crystalbrook Byron Hotel, this stunning restaurant works very closely with local artisans and farmers to produce fabulous dishes that champion local ingredients.
More than 80% of Forest’s ingredients come from within a 3 hour driving radius of the hotel. While they also only use sustainably sourced seafood and free-range proteins.
Expect to see Spencer Gulf mussels and Yamba chilli prawn bucatini on their menu, while their drinks list features over 30 sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines. As well as a range of delightful cocktails like a Paradiso with Brookie’s Dry Gin and the rather theatrical Fairy Dust Martini.
Address: 77-97 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481
One of the trendiest hangouts in the whole of Byron, Miss Margarita is where the in-crowd meet. And for very good reason too because this funky Mexican cantina serves an awesome range of Nachos, Tacos, Enchiladas, Fajitas and Burritos that will transport you straight to Oaxaca!
Located in the heart of Byron, just off from the main beach, the cantina is a beautiful setting with artistic vintage tiles and other Mexican themed décor. Successfully blending the flavours and essence of Mexico with Byron’s famous, relaxed beach nature, ‘Miss Margs’ as the locals call it is casual dining at its best.
Address: 2 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
You know you are on to a winner when you can merge location, with a great atmosphere and sensational food. And that is exactly what the Beach Kitchen at the Beach Hotel Resort does.
Just 50 metres from Main Beach, the recently refurbished restaurant, offers a fantastic selection of dishes that celebrate local food artisans.
Excelling in pizzas, some of their most popular offerings include beetroot and field mushroom, and Potato & Sobrasada. They also serve up a mean steak too, as well as excellent fresh local oysters and shell on prawns.
The drinks menu at their bar is extensive, while the venue also showcases live music performances. Which always creates a wonderful atmosphere.
Address: 1 Bay Ln, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Another great restaurant right next to Main Beach, Loft encapsulates the Byron Bay vibe arguably more than any other venue.
From a relaxed seaside terrace it offers up a superb range of locally sourced foods crafted by celebrated head chef Craig McFarland. His modern, Australian, all-day casual menu features such delights as Chilli caramel pork belly or Seared Hiramasa Kingfish.
While their exciting, yet refined cocktail menu adds spiced chai infusions to Whiskey Sours and paper bark smoked agave to Manhattan Twists.
Loft is definitely the kind of place to sit and linger. To settle in for a while with friends and wile away a few happy hours just being ‘Byron’.
Address: 9/4 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Inspired by the Mediterranean, The Mez Club takes you on a culinary journey from Morocco to the Greek Islands, via France and Spain.
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Jonson Street, amongst many of Byron’s most popular bars, cafes and restaurants, The Mez Club offers an exceptional dining experience.
Served in a beautiful and elegant setting that has been inspired by the kind of architecture you would see in Marrakesh, dishes like panzanella salad and Moreton bay bug grace their menu.
Their drinks menu too is robust, and the atmosphere here is always relaxed and congenial.
Address: 4/85-87 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Locals in Noosa take their coffee very seriously. Such is their love of coffee; it seems as if there is a café on every street corner. All offering their unique, specialty house blend, in quaintly decorated premises that stirs the soul. But which ones are the best? Check out our list of recommendations to find out!
Named after the popular surfing spot that produces the most outstanding waves, the Little Cove Coffee shop similarly produces outstanding coffee.
About a 15 minute walk along the scenic boardwalk that runs from the Noosa Main Beach, this quaint and rustic roastery is located on Weyba Road.
It boasts a charming setting with exposed-wood ceilings and specialty coffee crafted from the green bean to the cup.
Made from top notch Arabica beans, the coffee is roasted to perfection. The café also serves a great range of light bites too.
If you decide to get the coffee to go, then be sure to head on back to the boardwalk to enjoy it with sensational beach views.
Address: Shop 4/205 Weyba Road, Noosaville.
Over in Noosaville, close to where many of the Noosa luxury resorts are located is First Batch.
These guys live and breath coffee. And in particular the pursuit of coffee excellence. Not only do they share the expertise of their world class baristas through classes and the sale of equipment, they also produce a magnificent cup of java for you to have onsite.
Presenting their coffees as a Blend, Single Origin Espresso, they source and roast the highest quality of coffee.
Best of all, if you are a visitor and you want to enjoy their coffee at home, they offer free national delivery on all orders over $20 from their website.
Address: 2/8 Venture Drive, Noosaville
You can’t talk about coffee in Noosa without making reference to Clandestino.
Located in the Belmondos Organic Market in Noosaville’s industrial neighbourhood, these guys are experts at their trade. What they don’t know about the process of making excellent quality coffee is just not worth knowing about.
Their most popular house blend is Magneto which uses a mix of organic coffee beans sourced from the mountains of Papua New Guinea, Central America and Africa.
At any given time their full espresso bar has four grinders on the go. All of which serve up a fabulous range of coffee in a relaxed space with cool, friendly vibes.
Address: Belmondos Organic Market, 2/59 Rene St, Noosaville QLD 4566
If you are in to people watching then get yourself over to Café Le Monde.
Located in the heart of Hastings Street amongst all the designer boutiques and deluxe 5 star Noosa resorts, this uber cool coffee shop is the perfect place to wile away an hour or two.
Their signature house blend is a mix of certified organic arabica beans from Colombia, Mexico and Honduras, which has been designed and roasted for them by the Brisbane based company Fonzie Abbott.
They offer a delicious rotating menu of locally sourced, single origins, as well as single estate coffees as espresso and filter coffee.
The $1 Oyster Hour every Thursday is something else to look out for.
Address: 52 Hastings Street Noosa Heads, QLD 4567
Moto is a coffee shop like no other.
Created out of a passion for fabulous coffee, as well as great food, beers, music and motorbikes, a visit to Moto is ultimately about having a fantastic time with mates.
Located in the Noosa Junction, they offer a bespoke version of the Clandestino roast brand that you will only find at their establishment.
Made from Indonesian beans, it’s a smooth and strong coffee blend that is as warm and friendly as the café’s atmosphere.
If you love really cool motorbikes, this place will be your Disneyland, as they have loads of fantastic models on display for you to appreciate.
Address: 66 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads QLD 4567
The Gold Coast boasts one of the most vibrant and eclectic dining scenes in the whole of Australia. Everything from sophisticated fine dining, to hip, trendy bistros can be found here, serving up pretty much every cuisine under the sun. If you are looking for a place to eat on the Goldie, then check out these awesome venues.
Fancy indulging in a signature, fine dining Italian experience? Then the a la carte, and degustation, menu at Vanitas is the place for you.
Located in the plush 5 star Palazzo Versace hotel, this AGFG Hatted Restaurant is close to Main Beach. It offers a refined menu that champions the freshest local produce in a constantly evolving seasonal selection.
A perennial favourite, the Aquna Murray cod, asparagus, cured egg yolk, finger lime, Murray cod and coconut nage with basil, puffed cod skin, native herbs is exquisiteness on a plate.
Paired with a fabulous selection of fine international wines, this is one of the most unique gastronomic journeys you can take on the Gold Coast.
Address: 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217
Located right on Burleigh Beach and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows which perfectly showcase ocean views, Rick Shores should be the destination of choice for anyone who loves seafood.
Inspired by pan-Asian flavours, the restaurant is close to the deluxe Swell Resort Burleigh Beach, as well as most of Burleigh’s main attractions.
Their Moreton Bay bug with Sriracha, mayonnaise and lettuce, literally flies out the door. Such is the popularity of this house favourite.
To keep things fresh the menu changes regularly, as does it award-winning drinks list. But the quality of food and the friendliness of its service never waivers.
Address: 3/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
If you love a restaurant that showcases flavours from around the world then Bazaar at the QT Gold Coast is your kind of place.
Located in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise, close to the beach and all of the area’s main attractions, Bazaar takes you on a culinary journey from the Middle East to Latin America and beyond.
In keeping with the hotel’s 5 star luxury demeanour the restaurant is stylishly designed with sophisticated décor and ornate accents.
The food, as prepared under the guidance of Executive Chef Greg Benney, showcases slow-cooked meats and fresh seafood peppered with innovative spices, that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.
Address: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Run by executive chef Chase Kojima, Kiyomi is a fantastic Japanese restaurant that is located within The Star Gold Coast at Broadbeach.
His second venture, after the much loved Sokyo in Sydney, chef Kojima has created a sensational menu that offers a contemporary, yet authentic taste of Tokyo.
Blessed with artisan presentation his dishes are an invitation to happiness. Meals like lamb chops with plum wine and eggplant and grilled octopus with green sauce and watermelon, set a standard few other restaurants can match.
The venue is intimate and homely, and the wine and cocktail list is very impressive. Though the restaurant might be in a casino. Its definitely not a gamble to come here.
Address: Lobby Level The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach
Located in the recently revamped lobby on the ground floor of the Hilton hotel in Surfer’s Paradise, Ms Margot’s Bar & Eats offers tasty food with a side of hip Gold Coast vibes.
Showcasing the flurry of activity, outside on Orchid Avenue, via its floor to ceiling windows, the restaurant serves up a delectable share-style menu that features seafood, pizza, cheeses, antipasto and various other hor d’oeuvres.
Their impressive cocktail menu has over a dozen specialty drinks, as well as your favorite classics. While those with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice when it comes to desserts.
The best thing about this place is that you do not need to book a table. Walk-ins are always welcome, and you shouldn’t ever have to wait too long for a table.
Pizza is one of the Sunshine Coast’s favourite foods and Noosa is home to some of the finest purveyors of them. Whether you are looking for gourmet thin crusts with a range of exotic toppings, or a good old fashioned deep pan meat lovers, there is a pizza joint in Noosa for everyone. Check out these recommended places below!
Located in the vibrant heart of Hastings Street, near many of the main luxury hotels in Noosa, the El Capitano Pizzeria & Bar make pizzas with a difference.
Each of their organic sourdough bases are made with fresh milled Australian certified organic flour and are fermented for 72 hours before being hand stretched to order.
Using vegetable, meat and seafood toppings that are locally sourced, their pizzas also feature low food miles, no bulk processing and no refund sugar. So not only do they taste great, they are much healthier than some options you get from other pizza vendors!
In addition to their pizzas, they also off a range of fantastic wines, craft beers and cocktails.
Address: Upstairs, 52 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567
Located in the deluxe Seahaven Resort, a stone’s throw from the main beachfront, Zacharys Gourmet Pizza is a bit of an institution in Noosa.
Offering a considerable choice of both classic and gourmet pizzas their Inferno (sambal chilli, jalapeno peppers, salami, onion, capsicum) and Main Beach (roasted avocado, bacon, roma tomatoes, sweet chilli, yoghurt, bbq sauce) pizzas are real crowd pleasers.
There are plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options too, whilst their drinks menu features some wonderful cocktails. All of which you can enjoy in a stylish relaxed setting in the heart of Hastings Street.
Address: 15 Hastings St, Noosa Heads QLD 4567
Situated within the tranquil locality of the Noosa Hinterland, Orange on Sunrise is a real gem for lovers of really good pizza.
Specialising in traditional and gluten free hand-crafted pizzas, this award winning pizzeria is regularly voted as one of the best pizza places on the entire Sunshine Coast.
Made with fresh ingredients their pizzas are consistently excellent, with their Ocean Supreme, consisting of smoked salmon, prawns, scallops, cream cheese, spinach, red onions and capers, being one of their most popular.
The restaurant has limited seating, so it is advisable to book. Though there is always the takeaway option if you fail to get a seat.
Address: 1 Kingsgate Dr, Tinbeerwah QLD 4563
If you have got a real hunger on then Cinque Terre is the place to head to.
The portion sizes are so big here, you could be forgiven for thinking they confused your order with of a party of lumberjacks!
We are talking whole fishes and pizzas the size of car wheels (well almost!).
Located near Sunshine Beach, just outside of the main strip of luxury hotels in Noosa, this awesome family-friendly restaurant has a distinct nonnas vibe to it.
The food is really first rate too. The pizzas of course are excellent, and the homemade lasagna, ricotta and spinach ravioli, mushroom gnocchi and arancini stuffed with porcini mushrooms are so good you’ll be rubbing your belly with appreciation.
Address: 54 Duke St, Sunshine Beach QLD 4567
For good, authentic Italian fare look no further than the Noosa Italian Restaurant & Pizza.
Enjoying a beautiful location on Noosa’s waterfront marina, it might not be the canals of Naples you are looking at, but the food will make you feel like you are eating there.
Their Truffle Risotto and Pistachio Crumbed Lamb Rack in particular will have you shouting ‘magnifico’, while their extensive range of wines provide excellent pairings.
Located just 5km from most of the luxury hotels on Hastings Street, the views you do get of Noosa Heads are also inspiring.
Address: 2 Parkyn Court, Noosa Marina, Tewantin QLD
Whether you fancy sharing a charcuterie platter, grabbing a quick artisan croissant or pastry, or just simply want to chow down on a delicious big, fat juicy burger, Cairns has a wide range of eateries to partake in brunch. Check out our selection of some of the very best brunch spots in Cairns that we recommend you check out:
Located in the 5 star rated Crystalbrook Riley hotel, on the Esplanade in Cairns, Paper Crane offers an Asian dining experience like no other.
Combining Thai, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese flavours you will instantly be whisked away to the vibrant, frenzied streets of Asia with their sensational offerings.
Dishes like Sake and soy braised duck with Chinese pancakes, tempura-battered soft-shell crab or their signature dry-aged beef, are all served with a dash of theatre; while fragrant flavours of Thai basil, chili, ginger and coconut radiate from the kitchen.
The hotel also offers a wide range of beers, wines and signature cocktails to compliment these meals in a setting that is decorated with neutral tones and stylish Asian décor.
Address: Ground Floor, 131-141 Esplanade, Cairns QLD
Anyone who serves an all day brunch 7 days a week has to be worth visiting and thankfully The Chambers doesn’t disappoint.
Nestled in the heart of the Cairns CBD and housed within a building that was once a bank, the cafe prides itself on showcasing a constantly evolving menu to suit all palettes.
Containing all the best Aussie classics like Smashed Avo, Zucchini Fritters and Fresh Crab Salad, their sizeable brunch menu also includes smoothie bowls, fresh fruit juices and freshly baked chocolate eclairs, custard tarts and brownies made by in-house pastry chef.
If you can, try and secure a seat on the terrace, for a true Tropical North Queensland experience.
Address: 21 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870
The Cairns hotel scene has some fabulous places to brunch and one of the best of them can be found at the Shangri-La The Marina.
With a beautiful harbour location, opposite the Reef Fleet Terminal, this stunning 5-star luxury hotel offers a quintessential Tropical North Queensland menu of fabulous seafood and old gold Australian barbeque.
Whether you like your meat smoked, charred, seared, grilled or roasted, or if you would rather nibble on a charcuterie platter whilst sipping a cocktail this place has you covered.
The Backyard Wagyu Beef Burger and the vegan, friendly Fable ‘Pulled Pork’ Burger are two dishes you can enjoy against the beautiful backdrop of the Marlin Marina, and the surrounding mountains by the Trinity Inlet.
Address: Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870
Just 12 minutes outside of Cairns, near the beautiful Holloways Beach, lies Two Blocks. A specialty brunch venue, this is an excellent place to go for vegans, vegetarians and those with gluten or dairy intolerances.
Offering a selection of innovative sweet or savoury dishes made from fresh and seasonal produce, prepare to be blown away by their ricotta donuts served with miso butterscotch, orange puree, dark chocolate and toasted almond streusel. Their coffee is heartwarmingly delicious too!
Two Blocks is so popular that at the weekends they are walk-in only. But if you are able to secure yourself a table, the chances are you will want to linger for a while.
Address: 117 Oleander St, Holloways Beach QLD 4878
For a little bit of brunch indulgence head on over to Coco’s Kitchen + Bar at the luxurious Pullman Cairns International.
Located opposite the Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, a relaxed and yet sophisticated experience awaits you.
With a menu that promotes the clean and honest flavours of Tropical North Queensland’s local produce, you will love offerings like the fennel & cumin watermelon steak, pea puree, cucumber, coriander, lemon & fetta salad.
For those wanting something a bit ‘heartier’ their Wagyu beef burger on a toasted brioche with steak fries are sure to delight.
Address: 17 Abbott St, Cairns 4870
If you like your wines or cocktails accompanied with spectacular views, then Brisbane is the place for you. Boasting some amazing rooftop bars, that showcase fantastic panoramic views of the city and the river, Queensland’s capital takes your evening out to another level. Check out these recommendations of some of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane that you could visit.
With its 180 degree views of the Brisbane skyline and outstanding menu of cocktails The Maya at Fortitude Valley is a fabulous venue in the heart of the CBD.
Inspired by a Mexican vibe, this stunning, open-air venue, replete with cacti, is so good it will have you shouting ‘Arriba!’ long before the night is out.
Their watermelon margarita is legendary – the perfect drink to have on a balmy evening, whilst you watch the sun set over the city.
But once the sun has gone fully down, their magnificent selection of mezcal cocktails, other margaritas and tequila; along with a mouthwatering range of light bites like snapper tacos and wagyu steak asado, will transport you to somewhere in the middle of Yucatan.
Address: 757 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
If you would rather head to the Mediterranean instead, then Iris is the place to go.
Located on top of Hotel X in the heart of the Fortitude Valley, this establishment is presented by the same mob who run Donna Chang, Blackbird and the wonderfully named Boom Boom Izakaya. So you just know its going to be fantastic!
The views of the Story Bridge are incredible, while its setting includes a swimming pool, wisteria and olive trees and mood fairy lights. There are even private cabanas for larger groups.
Its menu of delectable cocktails and delicious Middle Eastern mezze and tapas are suitably exquisite. While the tunes spun by the DJs are sure to lure you on the dancefloor.
Address: 458 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Arguably the best views of all rooftop bars in Brisbane can be found at Fiume.
This lofty establishment is situated in the luxury 5 star Crystalbrook Vincent hotel, which can be found within the riverfront hotspot of Howard Smith Wharves. It showcases sensational views of the CBD, river and wharf that will take your breath away.
Boasting a delicious range of cocktails that feature liqueurs from the Mt Tamborine Distillery, you will feel like a movie star as you sip on a wattle toffee espresso martini, or a wild plum spritz next to the eye-catching infinity pool.
The food menu includes such mouth-watering light bites as Moreton Bay calamari fritti, and nduja pizza topped with spreadable salami, fior de latte, honey and rocket.
Address: 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
One of the newest spots in town, the Cielo Rooftop Bar is inspired by the Italian Riviera.
Located on Brunswick Street, six levels above La Costa in the Fortitude Valley, this venue is only open from Thursday to Sunday. But its reputation definitely precedes itself.
Featuring a cocktail menu curated by the team at Sydney’s much vaunted ‘Maybe Sammy’ – Australia’s number 1 bar – their drink selection is as much theatre as taste. Think beverages served with a puff of smoke.
The likes of a Portofino (vodka, mango, passionfruit, maraschino, orange curaçao, lemon and a tropical bubble) or Santorini (tequila, mezcal, aperol, mango and lemon) are just a couple of the many wonderful cocktails they offer.
Address: Rooftop, 209 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
High above the city in The Point Hotel you will find Eagles Nest.
Another joint that is only open for part of the week (Friday to Sundays) this stunning rooftop bar overlooks Kangaroo Point from 12 storeys up. So the views you get are magnificent, especially at sunset, or later in the evening when the Storey Bridge is lit up.
The bar serves a range of signature cocktails including the sumptuous Raspberry Lynchburg (Jack Daniels, Chambord, Lime Juice, Gomme, Raspberries, Sprite).
It also has a fine selection of Champagne, wine and craft beer, as well as a splendid tapas style bar.
Address: 21 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169
Brisbane’s reputation as a foodie paradise has grown significantly in recent years. From Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern and French to Chinese, Mexican, Thai and Latin American, there are plenty of fine dining restaurants & chic bistros in the city now. Here is our take of some of the best restaurants that the city of Brisbane has to offer:
Recently voted ‘Queensland’s Restaurant of the Year’, Hellenika offers simple, yet delicious and authentic, home-style Greek dishes that will take you straight to Lefkada, Syros or Amorgos.
Located within the luxury, 5 Star Calile Hotel in the heart of Fortitude Valley, this stunning poolside al fresco restaurant serves up an exceptional range of Mediterranean classics.
Their dolmades are to die for, whilst their slow-cooked lamb, spanakopita and zucchini chips will have your mouth salivating like a waterfall.
Priding themselves on serving meals made from the freshest of produce, the restaurant also offers a hand-curated selection of some of the finest wines you can buy in Brisbane.
Address: Level 1/48 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Located within the heart of the Brisbane CBD, in a gorgeous 1920s Neo-Georgian building, luxury hotel restaurants don’t come much better than The Inchcolm by Ovolo.
Close to the Queen Street Mall and South Bank, this fabulous restaurant is a throwback to the golden age of bistro dining.
Whether you fancy light hor d’oeuvres of caviar served with specialty house condiments and blinis, or a dozen oysters Kilpatrick. Or a more complete meal like Moreton Bay Bug Spaghetti or Potato Gnocchi in a creamy mushroom ragu with truffle oil and pecorino, The Inchcolm offers a sensational dining experience.
Their range of cocktails and fine wines are pretty amazing too!
Address: 73 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000
Joy is what you will experience when you eat at the Joy Restaurant in the Fortitude Valley.
This tiny restaurant in Bakery Lane, has just 10 seats. But as they are booked out 3 months in advance this should go a long way towards telling you how good the food is.
There is no menu as such, rather you are presented with either a Japanese-inspired short or long form degustation meal, that will treat every one of your senses.
Run by husband and wife team Tim and Sarah Scott, Joy offers a unique dining experience where all dishes are prepared in full view of the diners. Therefore tantalizing them with the sights and smells of the preparatory process, while merging both the front and back of the house into one intimate gastronomic environment.
Address: Shop 7/690 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
One of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane, The Terrace is also an excellent place to dine.
Located in the middle of Southbank, at the top of the Emporium Hotel, this fabulous restaurant features a retractable ceiling which allows you to dine al fresco or under cover depending on the weather – while showcasing magnificent views of the Brisbane River and the city.
From Brioche Waffles with brown sugar mascarpone, poached rhubarb and passionfruit for breakfast, to Coconut Poached Chicken Salad at lunch and Prawn Pad See Ew over dinner, the restaurant serves an exquisite range of dishes from 7am until 9pm. Which is just about the right time to indulge in one of their incredible cocktails.
Address: Emporium Hotel South Bank, Level 21/267 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
You will be a happy boy or girl if you eat at Happy Boy in the Fortitude Valley.
Situated at the northern end of the Valley, this quiet, unassuming restaurant serves up authentic regional Chinese food – made on an imported wok burner from Hong Kong that burns so hot, its flame is clear.
Always busy, this is a place to come to in large groups with family or friends.
Their excellent share menu features a fantastic range of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes. All of which are paired with some exquisite Australian wines.
Be sure to try the fried rice when you are here!
Address: East St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! In Brisbane you will find a fantastic range of breakfast options across the numerous trendy cafes, hip bistros and luxury hotels within the city. Here are some of the best of them. All of which will set you up nicely for the day ahead.
Ever had a Latin American style breakfast? Well that is exactly what you can have at Petrichor.
Inspired by the mouthwatering flavours of Latin America and in particular Colombia, these guys offer ‘Food made with love’.
We’re talking classics like huevos rancheros and arepas stuffed with pulled pork that will really make your heart sing!
If that is a little too adventurous for your tastebuds so early in the morning, their avo smash on sourdough or spiced pumpkin pancakes are sure to be a hit.
Those with a sweet tooth will love their artisanal cakes. All of which are all baked on the premises.
Address: 1/33 Racecourse Road, Corner Allen Street & Racecourse Road, Hamilton QLD 4007
For a terrific all day breakfast inspired by the exotic flavours of Southeast Asia head to the Pawpaw Café in Woollongabba.
A real favourite amongst locals, their signature hash cakes are sensational! Served with poached eggs, smashed avocado, haloumi, turmeric hummus, dukkah and beetroot relish, your only issue will be deciding which delicious element to try first.
Boasting a relaxed interior which is beautifully decorated in a style to match the menu, other specialty dishes include their croissant eggs benedict with plenty of bacon and pink pitaya pancakes – which they serve with vanilla bean ice cream, fresh berries, maple syrup, berry coulis and white chocolate crumble.
Address: 898 Stanley St E, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
The farm-to-plate revolution is growing in popularity in Brisbane, and nowhere is this more prominent than at Farm House in Kedron. Championing a philosophy that also supports local produce the café has a real country barn presence to it.
At the weekends there are often long queues to get in. But that can only mean one thing. The food they offer is amazing!
Two, much loved favourites, include the breakfast gnocchi, which is served in a delicious chili sauce with parmesan, thick-cut bacon and free-range poached eggs and their wonderful one pan ricotta hotcakes.
Address: 9 Somerset Rd, Kedron QLD 4031
One of the best breakfast settings in Brisbane can be found at Chapter IV in Paddington.
Located in a magnificent Queenslander, just across from the Antique Centre, the café boasts a verandah which showcases stunning views of Rosalie and the city. It also has a children’s playroom, so adults can enjoy their meal in peace.
Serving up their take on all the classics, their all-day breakfast offerings include generous portions of French toast, waffles, eggs benedict, fritters and hash cakes. Their green buddha bowl is one of the most popular items on their menu too.
Address: 180 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064
For a quirky breakfast experience head to the Billykart Kitchen in Annerley.
Tipping its hat to the old billy karts that used to glide through the area in the 1950s, this sleek café is located in an old corner store which boasts hardwood floors and a really cool, retro coffee machine.
Featuring a seasonal menu created by TV chef Ben O’Donoghue, the café has been known to offer a signature ‘breakfast board’ of coconut chia tapioca pudding, smashed avocado & feta on sourdough with a poached egg, seasonal fruits, a waffle with maple syrup and a sesame choc crisp.
Address: 1 Eric Cres, Annerley QLD 4103
Whether you’re a skinny latte, double shot, with one sugar, kind of guy; or a flat white, on almond, with a shot of espresso kind of girl; there is a coffee shop on virtually every street corner of the Gold Coast. Here are some of the very best of them!
Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, near many of the best luxury hotels on the Gold Coast, Paradox Coffee Roasters is the place to go if you are a true coffee aficionado.
Renown for its commitment to sustainability and quality, Paradox use cutting-edge roasters onsite to ensure consistent excellence in all its single origin coffees and custom blends. This includes specialty grade Nicaraguan and Ethiopian Sidamo Coffees.
A lovely place to sit and really enjoy the experience, the food here is exceptional too.
Address: 10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
If you love your coffee with a generous serve of bohemian luxury then Next Door Espresso in Burleigh Heads is where it’s at!
Boasting a distinctly Mediterranean vibe; this delightful coffee shop features an olive tree, blue and white striped seating, and white bougainvillea and jasmine vines, as part of its alfresco décor.
Their signature house blend is organic Moonshine coffee. Sourced from the tiny town of Federal, in the hinterland of Byron Bay.
For those who really want to immerse themselves in the Gold Coast coffee scene, this is a venue you should linger in for a while.
Address: Unit 1/24 Junction Rd, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Another Burleigh favourite, Seadog proves that size doesn’t matter!
Located just off James Street, this tiny coffee spot operates in a four metre squared space that used to house an ATM. But locals now know it as one of the best spots on the entire Gold Coast to get a gourmet coffee to go.
Once you try their organic Peruvian coffee you will immediately understand why this place is so popular.
It doesn’t have any tables, but as you are right near the beach, that is as good a place as any to enjoy their quality brew.
Address: 8/50 James St, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Over at Mermaid Beach the Bam Bam Bakehouse has become synonymous with the words ‘great coffee’.
Loved by pretty much everyone who has tried it, this popular spot is always busy. But this never impacts upon the quality of your coffee experience.
Their signature coffee is Marvell Street out of Byron Bay which features El Salvadorian, Columbian and Ethiopian blends.
In addition to their excellent java, the Bam Bam Bakehouse serves what they describe as ‘the Gold Coast’s best croissant and pastries’.
These include the likes of delicious choux bombs, cruffins, eclairs and tarts, which pair perfectly with your brew.
Address: 2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218
Located on the beachfront of the Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach, Elk Espresso is a bit of an institution on the Gold Coast.
They use Proud Mary coffee beans, sourced from Collingwood in Victoria for their signature house blend – which is designed for milk based coffees.
The café also regularly showcases the talents of guest roasters from all around Australia, for those who want to try something a little different.
Elk is such a popular spot they don’t take reservations. Which is not surprising given that it is also known for its fabulous food offerings.
A ‘boozy bottomless brunch’ and sensational breakfast panna cotta are just a couple of their most popular menu items.
Address: Shop G044 Oasis Shopping Centre, 12 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218
From art galleries to wineries, and areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Gold Coast Hinterland has it all. If you are planning a visit and need inspiration for some of the best things to see and do in the area, check out these recommendations of some great places to go. If you are holidaying on the Gold Coast, all of these places are in easy reach by car for a day-trip, and represent a unique and interesting part of the local region.
The Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm is a compelling tourist destination which is located in the Fassifern Valley at Mt Alford near Boonah.
About 90 minutes from the Gold Coast and 60 minutes from Brisbane this beautiful property features a 6 hectare vineyard, a cellar door, fabulous restaurant, gift shop and a gorgeous sweep of lavender fields.
Blessed by scintillating views of the Scenic Rim Mountains, this multi-purpose premises is also a renowned wedding venue. But its primary function is wine.
With a menu that includes Chardonnay, Alba, Rosa, Sauvignon and Port there is a quality option available to appeal to all tastes.
Address: 168 F M Bells Rd, Mount Alford QLD 4310
Located in the Gallery Walk at Mount Tamborine, Capanart Gallery is the only gallery in Queensland that features an extensive collection of works by the Australian artist Robert Hagan.
Home to resident artist Susan Capan, the gallery has been showcasing original paintings by revered artists since 2009. Currently it features some exceptional works from Darcy Doyle, Pro Hart, Kerry Nobbs and Jos Kivits.
Close to the Tamborine Luxury Chalets, the gallery is open 7 days a week.
As well as art, it also sells a range of solid opal jewellery and ornate giftware too.
Address: shop 2/110 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272
Spread across 20,600 hectares, Lamington National Park is a breathtaking area of outstanding natural beauty.
Named after a Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington, the area is known for its natural topography that includes rainforests, ancient trees, fantastic mountain views and stunning waterfalls.
The park, which is about 100km from Brisbane, also protects parts of the ancient Gondwana Rainforests. Which is home to rare birdlife like Albert’s lyrebird.
Showcasing a landscape whose geology dates back more than 225 million years, the park has 2 areas you can hike into – the Binna Burra and Green Mountains.
It also features a canopy at O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, which offers a stunning lofted perspective of this incredibly scenic area.
Address: Nearest town is Canungra
At the Cedar Creek Estate you get two attractions in one because not only is it a fabulous winery and vineyard, it is also an art gallery too!
The winery offers an excellent range of white, red and fortified wines, including labels from 8 of the Queensland Premier Wineries, which you can arrange tastings for. While the art gallery features the work of Arthur Hamblin, who is celebrated as being the ‘Father of Australian Outback Art’.
Showcasing his specialty oil and watercolour paintings, Hamblin has been painting for over fifty years.
His works drawing inspiration from the experiences and people he has encountered in the Australian outback. There is a dedicated art gallery in the winery which is open from 10am till 4pm every day for those who want to see them.
Another celebrated vineyard, the Witches Falls Winery creates wild ferment wine which is noted for its excellent character.
Nestled roughly halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, within the Scenic Rim, the winery is run by the husband and wife team of Jon & Kim Heslop. Who between them have been involved in the wine industry since 1995.
Offering delectable hand crafted red and white wines to please every palate, their winemaking practice combines the best of old and new techniques to produce consistent wines of exquisite quality,
Witches Falls is open for tastings by appointment, and you can buy from their cellar door every day of the week.
Address: 79 Main Western Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272
For a different kind of art experience head on over to Tamborine Glass Blowing. It’s a 45 minute drive inland from the Gold Coast, but when you arrive at Mount Tamborine you’ll be blown away by it’s natural beauty.
Here you can delve into the fabulous world of glass blowing by creating your own stunning glasses, vases, bowls and sculptures in their classes they offer.
In addition to this they also offer mosaic art classes. Where they will teach you how to create your own artwork, as well as decorate boxes and frames through the use of a splendid range of different tiles and textures.
If you would prefer to just look for a gift, their shop, in the heart of Mount Tamborine, stocks everything from coasters and trinkets to artwork and stunning pieces of colourful jewellery.
Address: 17 Nicolet Dr, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272
The Gold Coast Hinterland really is a one of the most beautiful areas of Queensland, and should definitely be on your list of places to visit next time you’re up on the Gold Coast. To learn more about the region and how to plan out your visit, here are some useful links: