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Australia's best progressive dining experiences

by Brittany Wheeler

Do you struggle to narrow down on a restaurant? Perhaps you’ve only got one night in a city but want to experience much of the local dining scene? Enter: progressive dining. This is where you dine at a number of restaurant or bars in the same period by enjoying a course at each destination. It’s the perfect way to taste the flavours of a city and explore the area or a unique way to celebrate a special occasion when a regular dinner just won’t cut it. If we’ve sparked your curiosity, read on to discover some of Australia’s best progressive dining experiences – all available on RedBalloon. So don your comfy walking shoes, bring your appetite and prepare to loosen your belt buckle!

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Sydney: QVB Progressive Dinner or Lunch with Drinks

A date night that is sure to impress – head to the newly opened Esquire in Sydney’s iconic Queen Victoria Building where you will be delighted with a delicious entree and main. This sexy New York-inspired supper club is sure to set the mood with its dim lighting, leather interiors and dark wood finishes. Afterwards, make your way downstairs to Reign, a luxurious late night champagne parlour, where your evening is capped off with a shared dessert and two glasses of bubbles.

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Brisbane: Progressive Dinner with Drinks and Transfers

Get a taste of the high life as you’re chauffeured around Brisbane in a luxury Mercedes Benz. With a lucky someone, you will be seated at three of the city’s finest restaurants; The Lighthouse for an entree, Otto Ristorante for the main course and The Summit for dessert.

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Sydney: 3 Course Progressive Dinner with Cocktails

Sweep your loved one off their feet with a three course progressive dinner in the heart of Sydney. Your evening begins with cocktails and tapas on Zeta Bar’s rooftop terrace, boasting gorgeous city views, before making the short journey downstairs to Luke Mangan’s glass brasserie. At your reserved window table you will enjoy a tantalising two course set menu of mains and desserts.

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Kingscliff: Tempted in the Tweed Progressive Lunch Tour

Uncover the flavours of the Tweed during this progressive lunch or dinner tour. Stopping in at four prestigious local restaurants, you will enjoy a dish and glass of wine, as well as have the opportunity to meet the faces behind the food.

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Melbourne: Progressive Degustation City Wine Walk

Embark on a guided walk through some of Melbourne’s famous laneways and be introduced to three of the cities’ designer restaurants. This unique culinary journey includes nine generous wine samples matched with nine menu “tastes”.

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Sydney: Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise

Take your progressive dining date to the next level as you cruise to each restaurant destination by yacht. Over 4.5 hours, you will cruise around Sydney Harbour on a luxury vessel and pull in at some of the cities’ finest waterfront restaurants including Doyle’s on the Beach at Watson’s Bay and Public Dining Room at Balmoral Beach.

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Mornington Peninsula: Tastes of the Estate Progressive Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a scenic drive to Woodman Estate, located on a private lake in the Mornington Peninsula, for a dining experience like no other. Begin with a charcuterie board and a glass of estate-made wine on the terrace before moving into the Brasserie restaurant for your choice of main and side. Next, indulge in a sweet treat and dessert wine in the Grand Formal Dining Room before concluding with local cheeses, condiments and coffee in the Billiards Room. You won’t leave hungry!

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Sydney: Progressive 3 Course Dinner and Drinks

Soak in the sights and delights of Darling Harbour as you pop into a few of the local hotspots along the promenade. This three course gastronomic adventure includes a Mediterranean-inspired tasting plate at Adria Bar Restaurant, a sumptuous seafood platter at Cyren Restaurant and a decadent dessert platter and a cocktail jug at Stacks Restaurant. Oh what a night!

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Adelaide: Adelaide Central Market Progressive Dinner with Wine

Satiate your taste buds with a roving wine and dine tour at Adelaide Central Market. Taste some of South Australia’s freshest local produce and learn a little about the history of the marketplace as you indulge in a progressive four course dinner with paired wines.

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