National Good Food Awards, 2018

Oct 20, 2017

The Good Food Guide, the go-to listing for foodies – in fact anyone who loves dining out – has broadened its scope from Australia’s east coast for the first time this year to seek out the must-dining destinations across the nation. The Good Food Guide team of reviewers award a scale of ‘chefs hats’ to the best restaurants, where a three-hatted restaurant is the highest ranking. To achieve a hat is a pinnacle of a chef’s career and a restaurant’s history, with the term “hatted” becoming embedded in the Australian lexicon.

The Lake House – Two Chef Hats

Scoring a high-ranking two hats and a score of 17.5 from a possible 20, The Lake House at Daylesford is placed in the Top 5 restaurants in the state of Victoria. As the 2018 review states, an aperitivo on the terrace overlooking the lake is ‘the perfect drumroll to food that paints a portrait of the region with quality ingredients and precise cooking, something owner/legend Alla Wolf-Tasker has been doing for more than 30 years.’  Renowned for its 40-page drinks list, fine menu showcasing local produce and assured service, the Lake House is ‘a dining experience perfectly attuned to place and escape.’ 

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Appellation at The Louise – One Chef Hat

The Louise’s renowned fine dining restaurant Appellation has been awarded one hat in the first national Good Food Guide awards, joining Barossa Valley neighbours Hently Farm which scored two hats and Fermentasian which also won one. Even more reason to visit the Barossa! Appellation Executive Chef Ryan Edwards and his team showcase produce that reflects the local growing seasons and are passionate about freshness, seasonality and regionalism.

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The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge – One Chef Hat

The Peak Restaurant was awarded a hat in the prestigious awards under the helm of newly appointed Head Chef Minh Le. The Peak’s contemporary Australian menus are inspired by the fresh, seasonal, local produce and regional wines of Queensland’s Scenic Rim and Granite Belt. Minh’s vast experience includes starting his own restaurant that was awarded one Chef Hat in the Good Food Guide in its first year of operation. Situated on a mountaintop 90 minutes from Brisbane, Spicers Peak Lodge offers an exclusive Australian wilderness lodge experience.  

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Feb 09, 2021 | Pairing urban destinations with the outback, vineyards and natural isolation of Luxury Lodges of Australia. More »

May 26, 2021 | Locally sourced and seasonally picked, our culinary destinations provide inspired regional dining. More »

May 26, 2021 | Locally sourced and seasonally picked, our culinary destinations provide inspired regional dining. More »

May 26, 2021 | Locally sourced and seasonally picked, our culinary destinations provide inspired regional dining. More »

Jun 01, 2021 | The Weekend Australian lists 25 holiday destinations you’ve got to try (at least) once. More »

Jun 01, 2021 | The Weekend Australian lists 25 holiday destinations you’ve got to try (at least) once. More »

Jun 01, 2021 | The Weekend Australian lists 25 holiday destinations you’ve got to try (at least) once. More »

Jun 05, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge set ambitious goals to radically reduce waste, energy emissions and water use over the next decade, Ocean … More »

Jun 05, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge set ambitious goals to radically reduce waste, energy emissions and water use … More »

Jun 05, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge set ambitious goals to radically reduce waste, energy emissions and water use over the next decade, Ocean Road Magazine delves into their core pillars of sustainability. More »

Jul 20, 2021 | The Australian reports Baillie Lodge's latest acquisition and the significant long-term potential of Australia’s luxury travel industry. More »

Jul 20, 2021 | The Australian reports Baillie Lodge's latest acquisition and the significant long-term potential of Australia’s luxury … More »

Jul 20, 2021 | The Australian reports Baillie Lodge's latest acquisition and the significant long-term potential of Australia’s luxury travel industry. More »

Jan 03, 2022 | Recipes from 13 Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in Gourmet Traveller and Southern Crossing's new release, Australia: Inspired Escapes + … More »

Jan 03, 2022 | Recipes from 13 Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in Gourmet Traveller and Southern Crossing's new … More »

Jan 03, 2022 | Recipes from 13 Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in Gourmet Traveller and Southern Crossing's new release, Australia: Inspired Escapes + Culinary Journeys. More »

May 04, 2022 | Katie Olson for Cool Hunting shares insights into the personal journey of the famous family-owned hideaway, Lake House. More »

May 04, 2022 | Katie Olson for Cool Hunting shares insights into the personal journey of the famous family-owned … More »

May 04, 2022 | Katie Olson for Cool Hunting shares insights into the personal journey of the famous family-owned hideaway, Lake House. More »

Aug 06, 2021 | Embark on a journey of exploration this Summer in the cool climate of Queensland High Country. More »

Aug 06, 2021 | Embark on a journey of exploration this Summer in the cool climate of Queensland High … More »

Aug 06, 2021 | Embark on a journey of exploration this Summer in the cool climate of Queensland High Country. More »

Aug 09, 2021 | We tip our hats and hearts to these lifetime hospitality leaders, innovating ways to nurture their guests and stay connected … More »

Aug 09, 2021 | We tip our hats and hearts to these lifetime hospitality leaders, innovating ways to nurture … More »

Aug 09, 2021 | We tip our hats and hearts to these lifetime hospitality leaders, innovating ways to nurture their guests and stay connected as they face lockdown #6. More »

Oct 06, 2021 | Baillie Lodges Serves up a Tonic for this Pandemic: Locals Only Gin More »

Oct 06, 2021 | Baillie Lodges Serves up a Tonic for this Pandemic: Locals Only Gin More »

Oct 06, 2021 | Baillie Lodges Serves up a Tonic for this Pandemic: Locals Only Gin More »

Dec 15, 2021 | Harper's Bazaar rounded up 7 of Queensland’s most chic and sophisticated stays including qualia, Spicers Peak Lodge and Lizard Island … More »

Dec 15, 2021 | Harper's Bazaar rounded up 7 of Queensland’s most chic and sophisticated stays including qualia, Spicers … More »

Dec 15, 2021 | Harper's Bazaar rounded up 7 of Queensland’s most chic and sophisticated stays including qualia, Spicers Peak Lodge and Lizard Island Resort. More »

Feb 15, 2022 | The AGFG interviews The Louise's Executive Chef Kyle Johns, on his constant quest for all things delicious. More »

Feb 15, 2022 | The AGFG interviews The Louise's Executive Chef Kyle Johns, on his constant quest for all … More »

Feb 15, 2022 | The AGFG interviews The Louise's Executive Chef Kyle Johns, on his constant quest for all things delicious. More »

Apr 21, 2021 | The Louise tops the list of Six Of The Best Wine-Tasting Retreats. More »

Apr 21, 2021 | The Louise tops the list of Six Of The Best Wine-Tasting Retreats. More »

Apr 21, 2021 | The Louise tops the list of Six Of The Best Wine-Tasting Retreats. More »

May 09, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge encourages commemorative experiences to create unforgettable moments during life's milestones. More »

May 09, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge encourages commemorative experiences to create unforgettable moments during life's milestones. More »

May 09, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge encourages commemorative experiences to create unforgettable moments during life's milestones. More »

Jun 03, 2021 | Signature Luxury Travel & Style list Australia's 19 best holiday pools, each an architectural masterpiece. More »

Jun 03, 2021 | Signature Luxury Travel & Style list Australia's 19 best holiday pools, each an architectural masterpiece. … More »

Jun 03, 2021 | Signature Luxury Travel & Style list Australia's 19 best holiday pools, each an architectural masterpiece. More »

Dec 01, 2021 | Going solo as a traveller leaves you clear, all senses poised, open to connecting with the authentic spirit of a … More »

Dec 01, 2021 | Going solo as a traveller leaves you clear, all senses poised, open to connecting with … More »

Dec 01, 2021 | Going solo as a traveller leaves you clear, all senses poised, open to connecting with the authentic spirit of a destination. More »

Jan 24, 2022 | Remote and isolated, Traveller features Luxury Lodges as some of the least crowded destinations in Australia. More »

Jan 24, 2022 | Remote and isolated, Traveller features Luxury Lodges as some of the least crowded destinations in … More »

Jan 24, 2022 | Remote and isolated, Traveller features Luxury Lodges as some of the least crowded destinations in Australia. More »

Feb 09, 2022 | The Louise's Appellation has been awarded Chef Hats for 2022 among SA’s best restaurants. More »

Feb 09, 2022 | The Louise's Appellation has been awarded Chef Hats for 2022 among SA’s best restaurants. More »

Feb 09, 2022 | The Louise's Appellation has been awarded Chef Hats for 2022 among SA’s best restaurants. More »

Feb 11, 2022 | Traveller writer Catherine Marshall shares 'Two Hands Wines and The Louise: Drink a Barossa vintage from your birth year'. More »

Feb 11, 2022 | Traveller writer Catherine Marshall shares 'Two Hands Wines and The Louise: Drink a Barossa vintage … More »

Feb 11, 2022 | Traveller writer Catherine Marshall shares 'Two Hands Wines and The Louise: Drink a Barossa vintage from your birth year'. More »

Jun 14, 2021 | Qantas Magazine explores the power of human connection and corporate getaways as Alexandra Carlton lists The Louise and Bamurru Plains … More »

Jun 14, 2021 | Qantas Magazine explores the power of human connection and corporate getaways as Alexandra Carlton lists … More »

Jun 14, 2021 | Qantas Magazine explores the power of human connection and corporate getaways as Alexandra Carlton lists The Louise and Bamurru Plains as 'experiential off-site' must do's. More »

Jun 21, 2022 | Australia Next June 2022 showcases Luxury Lodges The Louise and Saffire Freycinet for Business Events Australia. More »

Jun 21, 2022 | Australia Next June 2022 showcases Luxury Lodges The Louise and Saffire Freycinet for Business Events … More »

Jun 21, 2022 | Australia Next June 2022 showcases Luxury Lodges The Louise and Saffire Freycinet for Business Events Australia. More »

Jun 03, 2022 | In this edition of The Weekend Australian, writer Susan Kurosawa visits Dairy Flat Farm - the mecca of produce for … More »

Jun 03, 2022 | In this edition of The Weekend Australian, writer Susan Kurosawa visits Dairy Flat Farm - … More »

Jun 03, 2022 | In this edition of The Weekend Australian, writer Susan Kurosawa visits Dairy Flat Farm - the mecca of produce for Lake House’s multi-award-winning kitchen. More »

Jul 30, 2021 | AFR reports "The Baillies nab a jewel in the Barossa". More »

Jul 30, 2021 | AFR reports "The Baillies nab a jewel in the Barossa". More »

Jul 30, 2021 | AFR reports "The Baillies nab a jewel in the Barossa". More »

Oct 11, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge delivers a luxury mountain high, writes Ute Junker. More »

Oct 11, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge delivers a luxury mountain high, writes Ute Junker. More »

Oct 11, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge delivers a luxury mountain high, writes Ute Junker. More »

Dec 02, 2021 | Australia Next magazine covers what to expect at the opening of Silky Oaks Lodge and a stay at The Louise. More »

Dec 02, 2021 | Australia Next magazine covers what to expect at the opening of Silky Oaks Lodge and … More »

Dec 02, 2021 | Australia Next magazine covers what to expect at the opening of Silky Oaks Lodge and a stay at The Louise. More »

Jan 12, 2022 | A steadfast companion to a luxury lodge restaurant is the verdant produce of a kitchen garden. More »

Jan 12, 2022 | A steadfast companion to a luxury lodge restaurant is the verdant produce of a kitchen … More »

Jan 12, 2022 | A steadfast companion to a luxury lodge restaurant is the verdant produce of a kitchen garden. More »

Feb 21, 2022 | The AGFG lists their 5 favourite up-and-coming chefs, casting a spotlight on The Louise's Senior Sous Chef, Zak Needham. More »

Feb 21, 2022 | The AGFG lists their 5 favourite up-and-coming chefs, casting a spotlight on The Louise's Senior … More »

Feb 21, 2022 | The AGFG lists their 5 favourite up-and-coming chefs, casting a spotlight on The Louise's Senior Sous Chef, Zak Needham. More »

Feb 10, 2022 | 16 Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in the latest edition of QANTAS Travel Insider. More »

Feb 10, 2022 | 16 Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in the latest edition of QANTAS Travel Insider. More »

Feb 10, 2022 | 16 Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in the latest edition of QANTAS Travel Insider. More »

Mar 16, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge features in the latest edition of The Weekend Australian Magazine with its rugged wildness just a 90 … More »

Mar 16, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge features in the latest edition of The Weekend Australian Magazine with its … More »

Mar 16, 2021 | Spicers Peak Lodge features in the latest edition of The Weekend Australian Magazine with its rugged wildness just a 90 minute drive from Brisbane. More »

Aug 18, 2021 | Here is your passport to 11 World Heritage Listed destinations in Australia... More »

Aug 18, 2021 | Here is your passport to 11 World Heritage Listed destinations in Australia... More »

Aug 18, 2021 | Here is your passport to 11 World Heritage Listed destinations in Australia... More »

Aug 02, 2021 | Luxury Lodges of Australia features in Qantas Magazine's Travel Insider with Tourism Australia's Signature Experiences. More »

Aug 02, 2021 | Luxury Lodges of Australia features in Qantas Magazine's Travel Insider with Tourism Australia's Signature Experiences. More »

Aug 02, 2021 | Luxury Lodges of Australia features in Qantas Magazine's Travel Insider with Tourism Australia's Signature Experiences. More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. … More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. More »

Nov 19, 2021 | Business Events Australia list Saffire Freycinet and Lake House as top hands-on foodie experiences for authentic group activities. More »

Nov 19, 2021 | Business Events Australia list Saffire Freycinet and Lake House as top hands-on foodie experiences for … More »

Nov 19, 2021 | Business Events Australia list Saffire Freycinet and Lake House as top hands-on foodie experiences for authentic group activities. More »

Feb 17, 2022 | 7 News names the unique local offerings at The Louise, 'Barossa Valley’s most elite weekend getaways'. More »

Feb 17, 2022 | 7 News names the unique local offerings at The Louise, 'Barossa Valley’s most elite weekend … More »

Feb 17, 2022 | 7 News names the unique local offerings at The Louise, 'Barossa Valley’s most elite weekend getaways'. More »

Feb 25, 2022 | The Louise tops Travel & Leisure's list of 16 spectacular winery hotels that will delight oenophiles and wine-motivated travellers. More »

Feb 25, 2022 | The Louise tops Travel & Leisure's list of 16 spectacular winery hotels that will delight … More »

Feb 25, 2022 | The Louise tops Travel & Leisure's list of 16 spectacular winery hotels that will delight oenophiles and wine-motivated travellers. More »

Mar 01, 2022 | Each year on March 3rd, World Wildlife Day draws attention to the conservation status of some of the most critically … More »

Mar 01, 2022 | Each year on March 3rd, World Wildlife Day draws attention to the conservation status of … More »

Mar 01, 2022 | Each year on March 3rd, World Wildlife Day draws attention to the conservation status of some of the most critically endangered species of wild flora and fauna. More »

Mar 07, 2022 | The Traveller gives the low down on The Louise and where to stay and what to do, see and eat … More »

Mar 07, 2022 | The Traveller gives the low down on The Louise and where to stay and what … More »

Mar 07, 2022 | The Traveller gives the low down on The Louise and where to stay and what to do, see and eat with short stays across Australia. More »

Apr 07, 2022 | Anything but your typical country retreats, Traveller notes the six best Australian luxury lodges. More »

Apr 07, 2022 | Anything but your typical country retreats, Traveller notes the six best Australian luxury lodges. More »

Apr 07, 2022 | Anything but your typical country retreats, Traveller notes the six best Australian luxury lodges. More »

Apr 27, 2022 | Signature Luxury Travel & Style showcases one of Australia’s most diverse landscapes, Queensland’s Scenic Rim on a walking holiday with … More »

Apr 27, 2022 | Signature Luxury Travel & Style showcases one of Australia’s most diverse landscapes, Queensland’s Scenic Rim … More »

Apr 27, 2022 | Signature Luxury Travel & Style showcases one of Australia’s most diverse landscapes, Queensland’s Scenic Rim on a walking holiday with Spicers Peak Lodge. More »

Jul 20, 2022 | Guests have the opportunities to meet locally based artists or participate in workshops and unique, immersive art experiences and in … More »

Jul 20, 2022 | Guests have the opportunities to meet locally based artists or participate in workshops and unique, … More »

Jul 20, 2022 | Guests have the opportunities to meet locally based artists or participate in workshops and unique, immersive art experiences and in some cases, there is the opportunity to purchase artworks, forging a lasting visual connection with … More »

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