The enjoyment of food and wine is integral to the experience offered by every luxury lodge of Australia and the culinary standard at all properties is outstanding as would be anticipated. Quality ingredients, fresh produce, wine lists with great depth, are a common theme to be enjoyed by all guests and a true differentiator for a 'luxury lodge'.
And it is not just the 'restaurant' experience that resonates with guests. The lodges collectively offer an extraordinary a range of immersive, hands-on, and creative experiences connecting guests with the PEOPLE PRODUCE and PLACE.
That said, the dining experience offered by some properties is truly its reason for being, and for visitors for whom food and wine is a primary reason to travel, these properties will have compelling appeal.
Arkaba – Flinders Ranges – South Australia
100% South Australian Produce
South Australia is one of Australia’s great culinary stories: – its soils and clean air provide the key natural parameters for fresh and innovative produce. Arkaba has adopted a ‘buy local’ principle and the head chef uses the very best of South Australia’s produce to craft the food program with a few native elements included to add a unique intrigue and interest. A purely South Australian wine cellar has been selected to showcase a cross-section of the state’s wine regions with the grape varieties for which they are best known. Find out more
Bamurru Plains – Top End / Kakadu – Northern Territory
Morning Tea on the Floodplains
Rise with the birds and fortify with a full cooked breakfast in the lodge before setting out on Bamurru’s airboats for an exhilarating tour across the floodplains. Fly past snoozing buffalo and marvel at the expanse of the Mary River Floodplain. Stop among submerged melaleucas (paperbark forest) to enjoy morning tea surrounded by water lilies. Achingly beautiful surrounds, incredible wildlife and birdlife, and a cuppa never tasted so good. Find out more
Cape Lodge – Margaret River – Western Australia
A Gourmet Retreat and Cooking School has been designed for culinary enthusiasts and those who appreciate the exclusive and tranquil surrounds of a boutique hotel. The cooking classes welcome participants from the complete novice through to the experienced foodie. Gourmet Weekends are also scheduled throughout the year bring together winemakers, food producers and lovers of food and wine. These weekends include master classes, tastings and winemakers dinners. Find out more
Capella Lodge – Lord Howe Island – New South Wales
Lord Howe on High
Standing tall at 875 metres, Mount Gower is Lord Howe’s highest mountain. Rated as one of Australia’s best day walks, the Mount Gower hike is a challenging eight-hour return trek, complete with rope-assisted climbs and dizzying drops. Under the guidance of local personality and sixth generation islander Jack Shick, walkers traverse around 14 kilometres across the mountain’s rugged terrain, encountering some of the islands rarest plants and wildlife along the way. Standing atop Gower’s iconic peak, amongst its misty forest inhabited by the island’s famous woodhens, walkers experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the island and its crystal blue waters. Jack is also a bush tucker enthusiast, so you never know what you might find! Find out more
Crystalbrook Lodge – Northern Outback – Queensland
The menu offers the best of the rich local produce of the region –, Barramundi, wild-caught in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and succulent grass-fed beef from the Atherton Tablelands. Vegetables, tropical fruits and cured meats are supplied by local families of Spanish and Italian decent. Native jams and chutneys are passionately made from supplies harvested from the local rainforest. Find out more
El Questro Homestead – The Kimberley – Western Australia
Discover the flavours of The Kimberley
Enjoy the best of the Kimberley’s abundant produce at El Questro Homestead. Executive Chef Alan Groom incorporates the freshest ingredients from the Ord River Valley into every meal. Wild saltwater Barramundi is given the tropical treatment with green mango and crunchy boab root. A perfect crispy skin duck is matched with wild rosella flower chutney. A lunch of Mangrove Jack with organic chickpea salad and garden herb salsa verde. Breakfast and morning tea featuring giant red paw paw and a myriad of ripe melons. Highly sought after local chia finds it’s way into freshly baked sough dough breads. Throughout the winter months, local organic farms come into their prime, filling the Homestead pantry with Mediterranean staples such as eggfruit, courgettes, crisp green beans and even heirloom tomatoes or spinach all beautifully suited to the Kimberley’s sunny, warm weather. Find out more
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Greater Blue Mountains – New South Wales
Calendar of Food and Wine Events
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers an unforgettable culinary experience, where guests can ‘eat and drink local’, discovering the very best of the region’s exceptional food and wine. We carefully curate a calendar of exclusive food and wine events each year specifically designed to highlight the best of the region, including past events with renowned chef Neil Perry and Anthony Puharich. Stay tuned for more events scheduled for 2016 and 2017. Find out more
Lake House – Daylesford – Victoria
- The Australian Hot 50 Restaurants
- 2 Chefs Hats
Australia’s Best Gourmet Getaway – Gourmet Traveller
- Australia’s Best Winelist
An icon in regional dining, Lake House has long been considered to be one of Australia’s best restaurants, championing local seasonal cuisine long before it became a mantra for many. Indeed restauranteur and Culinary Director Alla Wolf Tasker has enough national and international awards to fill virtually every wall of her fabled house on the lake. As a roving ambassador of sorts, Alla participates in food festivals all around the world also spreading her message of the importance of reconnecting with our food and its provenance; although she is probably happiest nowadays in gumboots in the paddock of one of the local farms. At Lake House she remains at the helm of a team of creative and dedicated young chefs who under her guidance continue to impress the savviest world travellers with the unique Lake House restaurant experience.
Menus change with the availability of new seasonal produce. As part of our overall policy of wherever possible reducing “food miles” and developing a personal relationship with actual suppliers – much of the produce is local. Some of it is organic – but mostly it is the result of great care and passion on the part of small growers for whom biodiversity and sustainable agricultural practices are firmly on the agenda. A lunch or dinner experience at the Lake House Restaurant is not to be missed. Find out more
Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef – Queensland
Elegant yet relaxed. Saltwater Restaurant at Lizard Island commands 180 degree seascape views which guests enjoy while dining on the best of Far North Queensland’s produce. The menu is created around the seasonality and availability of unique local produce from both the reef, rainforest and the fertile volcanic soils of the Tablelands region. Local farmers are vital members of the kitchen team and their produce drives the daily menu changes. With an accent on superb local seafood and produce, the food at Saltwater can be described as modern Australian with a grateful nod to inspirations from Asian and European cuisine. Find out more
Longitude 131˚ – Uluru-Kata Tjuta – Northern Territory
Dine out and discover the wonders of the night sky at an exclusive venue among the dunes. Arrive to the mesmerising sounds of an ancient culture and feast on four delicious courses complemented with fine Australian wines. In the cool season, a warm fire sparks under the spectacular night sky. Later, Longitude’s resident astronomer regales the gathering with tales of the Southerly constellations. Find out more
Pretty Beach House – Sydney Surrounds – New South Wales
For an authentic gastronomic experience you need look no further than the perfect year-round luxurious retreat that is, Pretty Beach House. The seasonal menu changes based on the fresh produce harvested daily at the onsite vegetable garden at sister property, Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa. The main house & dining room are designed for relaxation and conviviality where all the senses and sensibilities are inspired, from the iconic Australian artworks, to the elegant table settings and stunning water and bush views. Guests are invited to call Pretty Beach House home throughout their stay, and encouraged to help themselves from the fully-stocked bar and relax before dinner while taking in the stunning surrounds.
An extensive range of premium wines, beers and spirits are on offer with beverages selected by the Sommelier, to compliment the daily menus. The wine cellar, curated by proprietor Brian Barry and the house Sommelier, is stocked with rare old and new world wines. Find out more
qualia – Great Barrier Reef – Queensland
To enrich guest’s dining experience, qualia offers private ‘Talk and Taste’ events hosted by our knowledgeable staff. With our executive chef choosing the finest Australian and international products, to accommodate even the most demanding tastes, every guest will be swept away on an unforgettable culinary journey. ‘Talk and Taste’ sessions include ‘Wine and Cheese’, ‘Sake and Sashimi’ and ‘Champagne and Oysters’. All events take place in qualia’s Long Pavilion lounge, with the stunning backdrop of the surrounding Whitsundays. Find out more
Saffire – Freycinet – Tasmania
Saffire is intent on connection to place and in a short period of time the resort has become synonymous with culinary excellence and meaningful food and wine experiences. These are experiences that involve exploration of this amazing region and connection to the characters on the East Coast of Tasmania who have won national acclaim for their produce such as the Fisher family at Freycinet Marine Farm and Claudio Radenti at Freycinet Vineyard.
The compelling combination of the magical settings, the freshest of produce and the enjoyment of being immersed in the methods and stories make for truly memorable food and wine occasions, with true Saffire flair. Find out more
Sal Salis – Ningaloo Reef – Western Australia
Sal Salis is an eco–luxe tented camp located within the World Heritage listed Cape Range National Park and overlooking the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. Each of the sixteen tents and the main lodge offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature and are operated under strict eco–principals set down by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
In this pristine landscape days are spent snorkelling, kayaking, bush walking, swimming with whale sharks and more; and while you ‘play’ our kitchen team will be at work in their bush kitchen preparing meals that surprise and delight. Naturally there is a focus on local produce, some of our favourites are delicious Gold band snapper, prawns from Exmouth gulf and Bullara (local station country) beef.
With the continental shelf only a few kilometres offshore, Ningaloo Reef is Western Australia’s premier game-fishing destination and Sal Salis is the closest accommodation to the Reef itself. Ningaloo fishing is good all year-round, but between October and April, big Blue Marlin and Sailfish, as well as wahoo, tuna, giant trevally and Spanish mackerel are on the bite. Sal Salis is the ideal base for serious anglers – as well as for their non-fishing partners. Find out more
Silky Oaks Lodge – The Daintree – Queensland
The far north of Queensland is renowned for where ancient rainforest meets the reef and savannah. It is a region abundant with local farm producers competing with other regions of Australia to offer the best locally grown produce ranging from organic dairy products, to tea, coffee and chocolate. The chefs at Silky Oaks Lodge strive to support these local producers with dishes that are inspired by the natural environment as well as influences from the nearby Pacific Islands and Asia. Find out more
Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island – South Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge showcases the finest South Australian fare, including a fine beverage selection. Embracing the vast and diversified beverage and wine production of South Australia, the convivial open bar and lodge cellar provides guests with a unique selection of fine wines, boutique beers and premium spirits. The well-stocked walk-in cellar is open to explore at whim. For an exclusive and hedonistic experience of the viticultural variety, visit The Islander Estate and meet winemaker and charming Frenchman, Jacques Lurton for a private wine tasting session amongst the vines and barrels of the cellar door. Find out more
Spicers Peak Lodge – Scenic Rim – Queensland
The Peak Restaurant
With a strong emphasis on respect for produce, producer and the environment, The Peak Restaurant blends this respect with impeccable techniques to yield a much-lauded dining experience. Dining at the Lodge is designed with the best of south-east Queensland’s produce and matched masterfully with regional wines selected by the lodge sommelier. Spicers Peak Lodge currently holds two Chef Hats from the Australian Good Food Guide. It is a must discover for any culinary nomad. Find out more
The Louise – Barossa Valley – South Australia
“Best of” Food and Wine Experiences
The Louise luxury vineyard retreat encompasses acclaimed dining destination Appellation. Together The Louise and Appellation offer one of Australia’s finest restaurant with rooms and culinary experiences that combine absolute luxury, inspired design and complete privacy with a memorable, world class dining experience.
The Barossa is not only Australia’s most famous premium wine region, it is also home to Australia’s oldest continuous food culture. You can’t help but be consumed! Find out more
True North – The Kimberley – Western Australia
The Oldest Art Known to Mankind, Oysters and Champagne
A ‘Farm to Table’ event with a difference – intriguing rock-art points to a nearby harvest of plenty. See the story panels and ponder how life once was. Then join gatherers of more recent times and indulge in succulent oysters collected in the gallery’s early morning light. Sample straight from the sea washed down with champagne or savour for a Kimberley sunset and, oysters on the bow.
A crowd-pleaser TRUE NORTH style. Kilpatrick with corn-fed black pig pancetta. Roasted with organic maple syrup until candied and crisp and dressed with home brewed tamarind tomato ragout – then slowly grilled in the shell. Naturals – lightly seasoned with Murray River sea salt, black pepper and citrus juice. Kimberley Sunsets drizzled with salmon roe, sour cream, lemon juice and vodka. Find out more