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 milestone 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.

Cottage Point Inn Restaurant and seaplane
NSW: Seaplane to Cottage Point Inn for lunch 

This is a truly iconic Sydney experience. Take a stunning seaplane flight over Sydney all the way to Cottage Point Inn nestled within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Take in the views while you savour an exquisite three course lunch before flying back to Rose Bay over Sydney Harbour.

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Castle in Stirling
SA: 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
QLD: 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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Private Foodie Tour of Melbourne
VIC: 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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Wine blending class and degustation with wine at d’Arenberg
SA: 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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Southern highlands truffle holiday
NSW: 2 night Southern Highlands total truffle immersion

Experience an unforgettable 48 hours, totally immersed in exquisite, locally grown, black Perigord truffles. You’ll indulge in fungi-inspired fare you had a hand in unearthing, complemented by local wines and whisky.

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Posh-As MONA Art and Wine Day
TAS: 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
QLD: 5 course chef-hatted degustation

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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Otto Ristorante Nine Course Italian Degustation - For 2
NSW: 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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High tea with sparkling at Elmswood Estate
VIC: High tea with sparkling at Elmswood Estate

Indulge in an elegant high tea featuring an array of sweet and savoury delights with uninterrupted views of the Yarra Valley as your backdrop. Enveloped by 25-acres of vineyards, rolling hills and mountain tops, this is the meal of your Instagram dreams!

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