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10 dining experiences to tick off your bucket list

by Elisa Parry

Time to treat your taste buds. Chances are you’re not ducking out for a nine-course seafood degustation every Friday night. But if you’ve got a special occasion coming up, like a 30th birthday or wedding anniversary, it’s nice to tick a fine dining experience off your bucket list together. From wine blending experiences to private tours, we have a range of special foodie experiences for those extra special occasions. You might want to add some of the below to your foodie bucket list.

Seaplane to Jonah’s for a four-course lunch with wine for two

This is a truly iconic Sydney experience. Take a stunning seaplane flight over Sydney Harbour all the way to Jonah’s restaurant on the Northern Beaches. Take in the views while you enjoy a three-course lunch before flying back to Rose Bay.

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Castle in Stirling
Romantic castle escape with a winery tour

Get ready to make your ultimate fairy tale come true in this castle escape straight out of a storybook. Not only will you enjoy a night in one of Australia’s most unique hotels with a four-course dinner with wine you’ll also visit some of South Australia’s best wineries.

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Private Helicopter with Gourmet Picnic and Sparkling
Private helicopter tour with a gourmet picnic and sparkling

Is the Great Barrier Reef still on your bucket list? Make your experience of visiting this stunning part of Australia extra special with a private helicopter tour and picnic on a Vlasoff Cay, a secluded island. You can snorkel straight off the beach after your picnic – this is paradise!

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Otto Ristorante Nine Course Italian Degustation - For 2
Otto Ristorante nine-course degustation

Nine-course seafood degustation – need we say more? An experience like this should be at the top of every seafood lover’s bucket list!

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Handmade Pasta Making with Lunch and Hot Springs
Handmade pasta making with lunch and hot springs

Every foodie should know how to make their own fresh pasta dough. While this experience does involve you doing most of the work, you do get to eat your creations at the end of the day and also take a soak in the thermal hot springs.

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Private Foodie Tour of Melbourne
Private foodie tour of Melbourne

Melbourne is a mecca for foodies, with plenty of fine dining experiences, bars and markets sure to treat the taste buds! If you’re new to the city or just visiting, this is the perfect way to get a taste (excuse the pun) of everything Melbourne has to offer.

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Chef's Table at Glass Brasserie with Champagne
Chef’s Table experience with champagne and cookbook for four people

Enjoy a night decadence and fine dining at Glass Brasserie at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. Your exclusive table is located next to the kitchen so you can watch the chef at work. You’ll also take home a signed cookbook by Luke Mangan.

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Wine blending class and degustation with wine at d’Arenberg
Wine blending class and degustation with wine at d’Arenberg

This is an experience for those who love their wine as much as their food (if not a little more). This interactive wine blending experience is followed by an eight-course degustation with carefully paired wine at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant.

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Posh-As MONA Art and Wine Day
Posh as art and wine experience

A trip to MONA should be at the top of everyone’s Tassie itinerary, but if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it in style. We’re talking an all-inclusive, VIP experience with return ferry transfers in the “posh pit”, admission to the museum, a private tour of the vineyard, winery, a wine tasting, a free bottle of Moorilla wine and a two-course lunch at The Source restaurant. It doesn’t get much more indulgent than that!

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Deer Duck Bistro, Brisbane
5 Course Chef-Hatted Degustation – For 2

Delight your senses with a five course seasonal degustation at Deer Duck Bistro, combining French and modern Australian cuisine. This fine diner is tucked away in Brisbane’s Auchenflower and is beautifully decorated with French Renaissance furniture, vintage china and antique paintings.

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