We'd like to help you start dreaming of your next food and wine holiday with us. Because despite the battles the world faces right now, there's still a lot for us to explore and enjoy.
We've been inspired by what Australia, and the rest of the world, has to offer. So we've curated this list of the most incredible food and wine holiday ideas that we think you would absolutely love right now. There are some you can experience sooner rather than later, like some magnificent Australian food treasues, and some a little further away that we're certainly adding to our travel bucket-lists.
Our team are ready and waiting to design your next holiday, even if it looks a little bit different than you thought. We can't wait to help you start exploring again.
- Close to Home -
Longitude 131°, Uluru, NT
Oh, we could write a whole book about the magical Longitude 131°... with its exquisite spa, luxurious pavillion-style tented accommodation, unforgettable immersive cultural experiences and unbeatable view of Uluru from the end of your very bed just to kick things off. This is the most beautiful experience in our Red Centre, and the food will blow your socks off. The finest produce is delivered to the property and combined with bush ingredients to offer guests a unique taste of Australia, using indigenous techniques. Table 131° is an iconic dining experience, with the menu prepared on a remote dune top and served under a blanket of stars. Or on alternating evenings, enjoy Dune House - Longitude 131°'s just as delicious on-site restaurant and bar.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat, QLD
Your tastebuds will be on a holiday in this rainforest fringed escape infused with a touch of Asia. The Tamarind is a famous Sunshine Coast eat, known for its Thai cuisine. And after tasting the famous dishes, try your hand and making your own at The Tamarind Cooking School. Learn a series of French, Thai or Italian meals in a four hour class that includes lunch, one glass of wine, an apron to take home and a recipe book with all the dishes you cooked so you can recreate them at home. When bellies are full, reitre to your villa and enjoy full use of the beautiful facilities and tranquil surroundings.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat is the most amazing setting with absolutely incredible food. The cooking class is really casual and fun and super delicious. This is one of my favourite properties.
The Louise, SA
The Barossa Valley needs no introduction when it comes to its food and wine fame. But we would like to introduce The Louise to those who aren't familiar. This is where you will enjoy the true beauty of the Barossa wine region, hosting two of the regions very best restaurants with its indulgent luxury accommodation. Appellation at The Louise takes only fresh ingredients from its kitchen gardens and local growers to deliver regionally inspired dishes that are just as exquisite to look at as they are delicious to eat. It is fine dining with a glorious view and the restaurant Sommelier will perfectly match some of the region's very best drops with you meal. If you feel like something a bit more casual, three75+ bar at The Louise offers comfort food and cocktails that pack a real flavour punch. Or if you'd like to see more of the region, why not enjoy a picnic breakfast with a very special local guest - kangaroos.
King Valley and Victoria's High Country Tour, VIC
Go behind the scenes of some of Victoria's most spectacular regions known for exception wine makers and gourmet dining experiences. On a four-day all-inclusive tour you'll with Crooked Compass, take your tastebuds on a journey of pure pleasure, and be treated in luxury accommodation along the way. Explore Pizzini Wines located along Prosecco Road in the heart of the King Valley, take a scenic bike ride through Bright, endulge in the Chef's tasting menu with matched beverages at the famous regional restaurant, Provenance - the list of mouth-watering adventures goes on and on. You'll also enjoy learning about the region's past, like the fascinating bushranger history, tinker through quaint former goldmining towns and engage with an elder of the Wurundjeri people where you will experience the ancient tradition of Tanderrum.
Coast to Coast Foodie Delight for the Solo Traveller
There's one way to experience as much of Australia's food and wine delights as possible in a short trip - via train. The Indian Pacific journey from Sydney to Perth will leave you full and satisfied long after. Onboard you'll enjoy a regionally inspired menu paired perfectly with local wines, as well as memorable experiences at your stop in the wine regions of South Australia and dinner under the stars in the remote Rawlinna on the Nullarbor Plain. Then after, spend two nights in Perth with a Taste of Swan Valley tour, including a series of cheese, chocolate and wine tastings in the famous local wineries, and also lunch at Homestead Brewery if you can fit it in. This is a wonderful experience for our solo travellers and couples alike.
Bruny Island & Derwent Valley Tour, TAS
Tasmania has gained international acclaim for it's impeccable produce and rare ingredients that just can't be found anywhere else in the world. Crooked Compass have curated an impressive 5-day tour that lets you not only taste some impeccable food, but also participate in some memorable experiences. What does this mean? It means shucking your own oysters from the water. It means harvesting your own produce to use in cooking classes, sampling an array of wines, and so much more. This tour will escort you to Bruny Island, before exploring the Derwent Valley - both popular regions for its enchanting landscapes.
- For the Bucket List -
Wharekauhau Lodge, New Zealand
Located high on a hill in New Zealand's countryside lies Wharekauhau Lodge, offering Edwardian style, yet gracious accommodation. The Lodge prides itself on offering luxury comforts while sharing their 'farm-to-table' approach of fresh and flavoursome produce. There's no better place to let your tastebuds loose to sample what's on offer. If you enjoy a little surprise, then you must try the 'Trust the Chef' menu. This is a 5-course degustation-style tasting whipped up by the brilliant chefs on a day-to-day basis - all in good fun to experiment new flavours with the freshest of produce available. And who could forget sampling the impressive wines on offer. Sample a series of the Foley Family wine portfolio linked to the hotel, or let a chauffeur whisk you away to no less then 29 boutique wineries within the area.
Hurawalhli Island Resort, Maldives
Did you know that you can dine under the iconic crystal-clear waters of the Maldives? Hurawalhi Island Resort has become popular among travellers for its dining venue 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, which is located underwater. The restaurant sits up to ten couples offering an intimate experience with modern cuisine, and views of the coral reef through reinforced glass. It's the impeccable experience of unmatched underwater views and the gastronomic extravanganza on offer that make this restaurant a must-see.