Food is a vital ingredient for travellers. Our premium guests often want to go beyond Australia’s amazing restaurant scene and get hands-on with chefs, winemakers and producers of all sorts.
South Australia is home to around 80% of our premium wine production and the Barossa has Australia’s oldest continuous food culture. There are plenty of way for our guests to go beyond the cellar door with an Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia including: The Lane Vineyard long lunches, d'Arenberg Scenic Flight, Winemaking Master class and Degustation lunch, multiple experiences at Seppeltsfield including their Centenary Tasting, and behind the scene private tours and tasting at Penfolds or Jacobs Creek.
Also on offer, a tailored private food, wine, walk and heritage experience at Hutton Vale and cooking schools Casa Carboni and Food Luddite in the Barossa, Chapel Hill McLaren Vale and Sticky Rice Cooking School in the Adelaide Hills. Or, visit the Barossa Farmers Market with the chef from Appellation @ The Louise. Adelaide Central Market Tours are a great way to see this thriving buzzing market and specialist food and wine guides include Tim Wildman MW’s Vineyard Safaris, A Taste of SA and Rich & Lingering.
Tasmania’s food scene has blossomed dramatically in recent years – mirroring the incredible developments of MONA and Saffire and putting our island state on the world stage. Seafood Seduction, Gourmania Tours, One Degree Food Tours, Tasmanian Whiskey Tours, The Agrarian Kitchen, Red Feather Cooking School, McHenry’s Gin Workshops, Nant Distillery should all be on a self-respecting culinary adventurer’s itinerary – or inspire the desire for multiple visits.
Western Australia’s Margaret River is home to a number of Ultimate Winery Experiences including Leeuwin Estate Platinum experience, Vasse Felix Cape to Vine walk and wine, Voyager Estate behind the scenes and discovery menu. Cape Lodge offers cooking classes with their executive chef, and truffle hunts. In conjunction with Margaret River Discovery Tours they have developed a farmgate tour encompassing many of the artisan producers (chocolate, cheese, fresh produce, wine) of the region.
New South Wales
In New South Wales, the Hunter Valley is home to Audrey Wilkinson Behind the Scenes premium experience. Wine Country Tours are a great option for touring. Pretty Beach House and Bells at Killcare on the central coast and Paper Daisy at Halcyon House pair accommodation with outstanding regional dining. And, in Sydney, dining on the harbour is an absolute highlight of a trip. Refer to the top restaurant listings for a wealth of recommendations.
Victoria, home to one of the most sophisticated food cities in the world, and a number of destination experiences including: Ten Minutes by Tractor, Brae and The Lake House. Ultimate Winery Experiences include: High Flyers Gourmet Trail, a seven day foodie adventure by private jet, Fowles Heritage Farm experience, De Bortoli by helicopter, Montalto Premium Wine and Golf, and a private insight to heritage winery Tahbilk. Hidden Secrets Progressive degustation is a great start to discovering Melbourne’s abundant, refined and innovative food scene. From Crown Towers Melbourne, guests can take heli trips to the Yarra Valley for select food, wine and golf experiences.
Australian Capital Territory
In the nation’s capital, rug up for a wintery experience in the oak forest at The Truffle Farm to discover these jewels of the kitchen. After taking part in the hunt head into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy. Aubergine has long been atop Canberra's restaurant scene with its two chefs hats making it the highest rated eatery. Aubergine is an intimate space which allows the product of creative and interesting food to shine. A short drive from the city centre you will find another award winning dining experience at Pialligo Estate. The picturesque hatted farmhouse restaurant and highly awarded smokehouse offer a paddock to plate ethos and all natural products showcasing the best of the region.
In Queensland, dine amongst the trees at Silky Oaks Lodge in the oldest living rainforest in the world, the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest; or under a ceiling of stars at one of many private resorts on the Great Barrier Reef including One&Only Hayman Island, qualia on Hamilton Island, Lizard Island and Orpheus Island.
Enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience at Spicers Peak Lodge situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim; or Wasabi in Noosa, Nu Nu in Palm Cove, or any of Brisbane’s best dining venues such as Urbane, or Stokehouse Restaurant on the Brisbane River.
Pterodactyl Helicopter Culinary Tours operate private heli tours in the Scenic Rim region allowing visitors to sample delicious local food and wine, as well as meet real Australian characters.