Romantic Gourmet Experiences
Whether you’re on a honeymoon, romantic getaway or celebrating an anniversary, Australia has the perfect romantic escapes for food lovers
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Australia is the perfect place for romantic gourmet experiences. Couples can dine together under a canopy of a million stars in the outback, enjoy the ultimate beach picnic on the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy canapés at sunset overlooking a secluded bay or a candlelit dinner on the beach prepared by your own personal chef or enjoy a romantic bush picnic breakfast complete with wild kangaroos. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a honeymoon, a romantic getaway or are celebrating an anniversary, Australia has romantic havens aplenty.
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, New South Wales
In a remote valley, some 190-kilometres from Sydney, beyond the Blue Mountains, lies Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa. Since opening in 2009, the resort has not served the same meal twice, a testament to the property's commitment to bespoke gourmet experiences. A former cattle station, it is positioned between towering sandstone escarpments and set on expansive 1618-hectare grounds, much of it bush and is home to wombats, wallabies and wallaroos. The resort is considered one of the state's finest luxury food destinations that combines exemplary service, fine food and wines and just 40 luxury villas. For couples wanting to dine alfresco staff can set up gourmet picnic that includes local produce and wines all in a stunning and natural setting. Arrive by mountain bike or in a 4WD and when you are finished staff will take care of the packing up.
Longitude 131°, Northern Territory
Longitude 131, Uluru Kata Tjuta, NT
The luxury wilderness camp, Longitude 131°, has long been regarded as one of the country's most glamorous camping "glamping" experiences. With 15-tented cabins sitting amongst the red earth in the heart of Australia, the property is back dropped by Uluṟu and its ever-changing colours. Longitude 131° is a perfect choice for wilderness romantics offering contemporary Australian cuisine that fuses modern and Indigenous flavours.
Couples can dine together under a canopy of a million stars at Table 131°, a spectacular alfresco dining experience in a timeless, elegant desert setting. Set amid the dunes, the sumptuous outback fare is complemented with matched wines. The romance of the outback is palpable.
Lizard Island, Queensland
Australia’s northernmost resort, Lizard Island sits right on the Great Barrier Reef. The resort is acclaimed for its 24 deserted beaches, pristine wilderness, world-class scuba diving, sublime luxury and innovative cuisine. Guests can enjoy a seven-course Beachside Degustation Dinner under a canopy of stars. With an accent on fresh seafood and superb local produce, the daily changing menus draw on the flavours of modern Australian, Asian and European cuisine. Or for the ultimate beach picnic order a gourmet champagne picnic hamper and head to one of Lizard Island’s private white sand beaches.
The Louise and Appellation, South Australia
Appellation Restaurant, Barossa Valley, SA
Boutique hotel, The Louise, and its award-winning restaurant, Appellation, in the heart of South Australia's wine country in the Barossa Valley, has a reputation as one of the country's most renowned accommodation and dining experiences. Executive chef Ryan Edward’s sources 85 per cent of the ingredients he uses from South Australia and much of it from within the valley. Guests can undertake private food and wine experiences including a romantic bush picnic breakfast, complete with wild kangaroos, private cooking classes using local produce, or a private wine tasting with award-winning sixth-generation winemaker Damien Tscharke whose cellar door is just across the road.
Saffire, Freycinet, TAS
In a secluded cove at the edge of Tasmania's sparkling Great Oyster Bay sits Saffire. Surrounded by Freycinet National Park, with breathtaking views across the bay to the Hazards Mountains, Saffire is one of the most secluded and romantic properties in the country. Each guest suite feels like a standalone dwelling, with private access through a walled courtyard, it is rare to see other guests, except at meal times, when executive chef Hugh Whitehouse uses local squid, fish, beef and lamb to create seasonal menus that reflect the area’s strong farming heritage. Couples can take an excursion to the local oyster farm, together wading through the cold glassy water, to pluck, and eat, fresh oysters where they are grown, accompanied by a bottle of Tasmanian sparkling wine, the island's most unusual and romantic breakfast.
The Lake House, Victoria
Long a place of pilgrimage for gourmands, The Lake House in Daylesford, just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, comprises a modern lakeside restaurant and 33 chic and luxurious guest suites. The cooking school allows couples to interact with like-minded foodies and learn from some of Australia's most interesting chefs. Classes are held in the purpose built demonstration kitchen within the extensive Lake House grounds and often showcase produce from local suppliers and the Lake House gardens. A varying roster of renowned chefs take seasonal master classes in a kitchen that is amply stocked from its own garden-grown olives, stone fruits, herbs and edible flowers.
Cape Lodge, Western Australia
Sitting on its own secluded vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Country is one of Australia’s finest boutique small luxury hotels, Cape Lodge. This intimate country estate has a multi-award winning gourmet restaurant, and is surrounded by stunning forest, lake and parkland scenery. The menu features seasonal local and home grown produce plucked from nearby oceans, local farms and our kitchen garden to create fresh innovative cuisine. The wine list is extensive and features both back vintages from Margaret River’s great wine estates and other Australian wine regions. Guests can join the hunt for highly prized Black Perigord Truffles led by champion truffle dogs who will guide you through a forest of Hazelnut trees to discover these culinary delights. Or experience the best of Margaret River with a behind the scenes degustation tour and private wine tasting matched to a selection of local produce and cheeses hosted in Cape Mentelle’s historic barrel cellar.