10 of Australia’s best gourmet getaways

Food travel is one of the fastest rising trends globally, and Australia is no exception. If you’re the type to plan your travels around the terroir, enjoy a day trip focusing on the digestible, and you dream of epicurean escapes, then this is the perfect treat for you.

Here’s a list of Australia’s best gourmet getaways. From wine region B&Bs to all-inclusive luxury lodges on secluded islands, look no further for culinary-focused boutique accommodation in Australia. Dig in!

Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Victoria

Royal Mail Hotel. Photo: Supplied

Royal Mail Hotel. Photo: Supplied

The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, Victoria, is the perfect place for a foodie holiday. Boasting the epitome of kitchen gardens, the produce is quite literally paddock to plate. Watch a gaggle of geese patrol the extensive stretch of heirloom vegetables and verdant orchards before tucking into a spectacular, seasonal dining experience.

Celebrated chef Robin Wickens designs the progressive degustation menu, which has been awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide. Wine connoisseurs can get excited, too; with a cellar housing a curated collection of over 30,000 bottles there are plenty of high calibre drops to choose from. Having been recently renovated guests can now partake in a sensational cellar tour.

While you don’t have to stay the night in order to indulge, waking up to the views from your private verandah of this tranquil spot just south of the Grampians National Park can be rather indulgent in itself, especially when it’s prime real estate for observing native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and quolls. Luxe amenities such as the sleek swimming pool, spacious rooms and a la carte breakfast make the decision pretty easy.

Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed and Breakfast, Pokolbin, New South Wales

Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed and Breakfast. Photo: Supplied

Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed and Breakfast. Photo: Supplied

How many five-star bed and breakfasts do you know that are set in a vineyard, smack bang in the heart of a vibrant wine region? Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed and Breakfast is one worth looking up, surrounded by lush greenery in Pokolbin, New South Wales. Think complimentary port and chocolates, cellar door tours, and beautiful breakfasts that would suit any gourmand.

This luxury accommodation in the Hunter Valley boasts a variety of beautiful themed rooms, all richly appointed and geared for complete relaxation. Suitable for couples, families, and even groups, you can find your own little sanctuary right in the centre of the Kelman Vineyards Estate.

Grand Cru Estate, Springton, South Australia

Grand Cru Estate Homestead. Photo: Supplied

Grand Cru Estate Homestead. Photo: Supplied

Part of fifth-generation winemaker Peter Seppelt’s vineyard, Grand Cru Estate Homestead boasts luxury accommodation in the heart of the Barossa.

This charming historic building presents a modern, renovated interior with stunning light-filled rooms, leather sofas and stainless steel appliances. Look out on to a courtyard complete with citrus and lavender trees, or snuggle up by the cosy fireplace in the central lounge room—the ideal place to kick up your feet after exploring the cellar doors of the Barossa, one of Australia’s best wine regions.

Stay more than just a night so you can indulge at the estate restaurant, as well as feast on the wider Barossa offering, known for being a gastronome’s dream come true.

Woodbridge on the Derwent, New Norfolk, Tasmania

Woodbridge on the Derwent Photo: Supplied

Woodbridge on the Derwent Photo: Supplied

Named in Australia’s Top 10 Luxury Hotels by Business Review Australia, Woodbridge on the Derwent is not just boutique and well appointed, but also offers experiences specifically for foodies.

The Woodbridge‘s food and wine activities include private masterclasses, gin mixology lessons, wine tastings and chauffeured tours to farmgates and cellar doors. In short, a veritable smorgasbord of food and beverage related activities!

Of an evening, head back to your room in the modern and generously outfitted mansion complete with 200-year-old black wood floors and original multi-paned windows. Toast your toes by a wood fire before enjoying a tasty meal at the guest-only colonial styled dining room, The Pavilion.

Take note: The Woodbridge on the Derwent has limited availability over winter, with an exception for large bookings.

Lindenderry at Red Hill, Red Hill, Victoria

Lindenderry at Red Hill. Photo: Supplied

Lindenderry at Red Hill. Photo: Supplied

Red Hill in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is a food lover’s heaven. Think cheese shops, strawberry farms, wineries, fine dining, markets and providores—all just a short drive out of Melbourne. In between your grazing, sampling and tasting, kick back at boutique accommodation Lindenderry at Red Hill.

This glorious hotel is located on the Lindenderry Estate vineyard, all 20 acres of it. Traverse manicured English-style gardens and a picturesque lake, then dip your toes in the indoor pool whatever the season. Views overlook the estate from wonderfully spacious suites and private piazzas.

Have a casual bite to eat in the form of wood-fired pizza to complement your vino at the cellar door, or if you’ve worked up an appetite on the estate’s tennis courts you could always treat yourself with the seasonal menu at Linden Tree restaurant.

Lizard Island, Cairns, Queensland

Lizard Island. Photo: Supplied

Lizard Island. Photo: Supplied

Lizard Island National Park is a paradise of white sand beaches, tropical rainforests, secluded coves and crystal clear ocean. Lizard Island Resort is the sole accommodation on this exquisite Queensland atoll, which is exclusively reserved for overnight guests.

In between soaking up the sun and exploring rainbow-coloured coral reefs, visitors to Lizard Island can feast from a gourmet picnic hamper on the sandy shore or enjoy sipping a tropical cocktail at either the Driftwood or Marlin bars. Dining options include the Salt Water restaurant with memorable views and sumptuous casual cuisine, or a seven-course degustation in a private marquee—while watching the sunset, of course.

There’s plenty of adventure to be had on this lush island, but even more indulgence.

Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania

Saffire Freycinet. Photo: Supplied

Saffire Freycinet. Photo: Supplied

If indulgence, luxury and an unforgettable experience is what you’re looking for, then book into the award-winning natural beauty, Saffire Freycinet. This architectural stunner sits proudly on Tasmania’s East Coast, and is designed to spoil the senses.

Gourmet dining, relaxation, opulence and unique experiences are to be reveled in at this designer luxury accommodation.

With 20 suites complete with entertainment systems, courtyards, double showers and deep-soaking tubs, you’ll barely want to leave your room—especially not if you’re in a Private Pavilion that offers its own plunge pool and kitchen.

However, there may be a few things to convince you to step outside your luxe oasis. Let the local Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm tempt you with freshly shucked oysters, or join a complimentary tour of the local winery.

Return to your palace at the end of the day to immerse yourself in paddock-to-plate fine dining at Palate Restaurant. This is one experience you won’t forget.

Euroa Butter Factory, Euroa, Victoria

Euroa Butter Factory. Photo: Supplied

Euroa Butter Factory. Photo: Supplied

In 1901 the Euroa Butter Factory was built. Now this converted warehouse has become the ultimate gastronomic destination. Loft rooms renovated with recycled timber and stylish interior design guarantee a conveniently modern yet character-filled stay.

While popular with groups and wedding parties, this unique property can also be booked out by individuals. Take a tour around the gardens before sampling the goodies at on-site eatery, The Store; one that’s worth travelling for.

The Store’s menu changes weekly and offers a la carte lunch and dinner options on select days, as well as weekend breakfasts with freshly baked French pastries.

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa, Yarra Glen, Victoria

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa. Photo: Supplied

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa. Photo: Supplied

Views from up high grace guests at Balgownie Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley wine region. Taking on board a number of eco initiatives, Balgownie Estate has elegantly appointed suites and rooms with breathtaking sights across a lush vista.

Award-winning wines wait to be tasted at the Balgownie cellar door, and the dining at Rae’s Restaurant is much sought after, combining delicacies from local producers and herbs from the on-site garden.

Fill your afternoon by touring and tasting the valley before a spot of tennis or a swim in the indoor pool during a weekend escape to Balgownie Estate, conveniently located less than an hour out of Melbourne.

The Australasian Circa 1858, Goolwa, South Australia

The Australasian Circa 1858. Photo: Supplied

The Australasian Circa 1858. Photo: Supplied

The Australasian Circa 1858 in Goolwa blends Australian heritage architecture with Asian interior styling. Think stone alongside glass, contemporary next to classic and the pinnacle of Australian-Asian fusion cuisine.

Pick from five lavish and large suites with trendy fittings, perfect for those who like to travel in style. Enjoy your breakfast delivered to your room, and in the evening dine from the three-course Asian-inspired menu served by Owner and Chef, Juliet Michell.

An unusual and highly rewarding experience, The Australasian Circa 1858 is a great option for a boutique food getaway.

 

 

This list of recommended gourmet getaways has been carefully curated by Editor Megan Osborne of Beautiful Accommodation, the definitive guide to Australia’s best boutique stays. Visit beautifulaccommodation.com to be inspired by more handpicked luxury accommodations and getaways.

 

 

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