Unique spring dining experiences

by Elisa Parry

The annual winter hibernation period is officially over. It’s time to swap a table for two beside the fireplace for a table for 10 by the beach. Forget about getting cosy, this season is all about getting outdoors. To help you get into the spirit of spring, here are some of the best dining options around where you can take in the views, enjoy the clear skies and stunning sunsets.

NSW: Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

What better way to take in the sights of Sydney than with a harbour dinner cruise? You’ll sail past the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and watch the city lights shine over the water while you feast on a three course meal paired with bubbles, wine and beer.

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NSW: Lunch in the Royal Botanical Gardens

It’s the perfect time of year to take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney’s CBD. Once you’ve checked out all those new spring blooms, savour a tantalising nine course tasting menu for two in the heart of the gardens.

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NSW: Premium Wine Tasting, Picnic Hamper and Painting Kit – For 2

Sample a selection of award-winning wines at Bimbadgen before choosing a secluded spot by the vines to paint and indulge in a gourmet picnic hamper. Bliss!

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VIC:Delicious Farm Produce Lunch and Wine – For 2

Just a short 90 minute drive out of Melbourne and you’ll find the idyllic Mornington Peninsula. Take your seat at a quaint local farm and tuck into a homegrown tapas-style lunch paired with a glass of wine while admiring views of the vineyard, kitchen garden and ducks on the dam.

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VIC: 3 Course Lunch in the Yarra Valley Vineyards

In the mood for a relaxing day out? Take the time to explore Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley. Settle in for a long lunch and indulge in the very best food and wine in the region.

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QLD: Garden Entry and Devonshire Tea

Queensland is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and warm weather. Take a day trip to Maleny and explore the Botanic Gardens with incredible views of the Glass House Mountains. While you’re there, treat yourself to a scrumptious devonshire tea for two in one of the gazebos overlooking the gardens.

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QLD: Rainforest Dining Experience

For a really special night out, you can’t go past the Flames of the Forest Rainforest dining experience in Port Douglas. Spend the night enjoying a six course banquet meal in a candlelit forest environment.

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QLD: 5 Course Chef-Hatted Degustation with Matching Wines – For 2

Entice your taste buds with a five course degustation at hatted Brisbane restaurant, Deer Duck Bistro. This fine diner combines French and modern Australian cuisine and each course is carefully matched with a glass of wine.

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TAS: Bruny Island Gourmet Tour

There are so many things to see and do in Tasmania, but a trip to Bruny Island is a must. Make a day of it by exploring the spectacular surrounds and enjoying a gourmet lunch for two. Savour freshly shucked oysters, award-winning cheeses, premium wines, seasonal berries, handmade fudge, local honey and most importantly – world-class whisky!

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NT: Sunset Dinner Cruise with Sparkling – For 2

Look out for dugongs, dolphins and sea birds as you watch the sun set over the water on a sunset dinner cruise in Darwin. You will be spoilt with a three course buffet-style dinner showcasing local NT produce.

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WA: 2 Course Shared Seafood Menu with Bottle of Wine – For 2

Treat yourself and a loved one to a delicious seafood tasting menu paired with a bottle of wine in Perth. Natural oysters, whisky cured salmon and octopus are just some of the delightful dishes you will share.

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SA: Winery Tour with Tasting and Secluded Gourmet Picnic – For 2

Be introduced to the gorgeous certified organic and biodynamic wines at Gemtree Trees during a guided tour and tutored tasting. Afterwards, sneak away to enjoy a romantic picnic under the gum trees in your own secluded marquee.

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