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8 best hotels for foodies in Australia



1   Mount Lofty House, SA

For a gourmet getaway, the faithfully rebuilt historic Mount Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, offers fine dining in Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant (ask to see the wine cellar) and superb views from its luxurious rooms and cottages.


2  Spicers Clovelly Estate, QLD

The luxe stand-alone guesthouse features six roomy suites that open onto a private courtyard with grand fig trees, jacarandas and magnificent views of the Blackall Range. Come dinnertime, guests can enjoy the cuisine of neighbouring Long Apron, a French-inspired restaurant that demands a lengthy stay.



3   Stillwater, Launceston, TAS

On the banks of the picturesque Tamar River, you’ll find Stillwater, an award-winning eatery housed within a restored flour mill from the 1830s. Guests can spend the night at SEVEN, a boutique accommodation experience with waterfront views and their own private bar.



4  Bells at Killcare, NSW

Only 90 minutes’ drive north of Sydney, Bells at Killcare serves Mediterranean fare at Sean Connolly’s The Wild Flower Bar & Dining. Follow it up with a beach walk, day spa, or pool time before retiring to your private villa.



5   Provenance, VIC

Set in a 19th-century bank, Provenance is known for its Japanese-fusion cuisine using seasonal regional ingredients.The accommodation is located in the quiet courtyard at the rear of the property in what was once the stables that serviced the bank.



6  The Louise, Barossa, SA

Located in the heart of Barossa wine country, The Louise offers all who choose to stay a luxurious private space with generous ensuites and breathtaking vineyard views. Complete the experience with dinner at the world-renowned Appellation, where the seasonal menu reflects the flavours, produce, and character of the Barossa Valley region.




7  Brae, Birregurra, Victoria

If you love the best food and wine, why not double the pleasure with an overnight stay? At Dan Hunter’s Brae in Birregurra, Victoria, the eco-luxe digs come with in-room breakfast of more goodies from the Brae kitchen, plus a turntable and wine cabinet for post-lunch relaxation.




8  Lakehouse, Daylesford, VIC

The tranquil Lake House in Daylesford features 33 studios and suites surrounded by Lake Daylesford. Book a lunch or dinner at the famous Boathouse Restaurant, a sophisticated dining venue with exquisite water views of Lake Daylesford.




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Melbourne Eats








GJ’s Grill

Tucked away in an alley near Queen Victoria Market is a hidden Filipino gem. GJ’s Grill cooks their meat over charcoal to perfection; their roast chicken has a delicious, smoky flavour and their crispy lechon is to die for. They’ve got a number of other authentic Filipino offerings to try out as well.

The efficient staff welcomes guests all year round. Professional service is a strong point that plays a great role for the success of GJ’s Grill. According to the guests’ opinions, prices are attractive. The fancy decor and calm atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. 




Location: 2/243 Franklin St, Melbourne


Phone:(03) 9328 8242

Price:$ ($10-20 pp)




Jiyu Thai Hot Pot

A beloved Chinese culinary tradition, but with a Southeast Asian twist. Such is the appeal of JiYu, a new restaurant in the heart of Chinatown that’s all about malatang, or Sichuan-style hot pot, done Thai style.

Jiyu Thai Hot Pot started in Phuket, Thailand in 1998. It landed in the Chinese market in 2015 and started out in Chengdu. True to that theme, seafood is a real specialty here. Staff will even peel prawns for you once they’re cooked. At night, take a seat with up to six friends around a hot plate, where a more traditional hotpot set-up means cooking your raw fixings in two boiling broths.








Location: 208 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne


Phone:(03) 9639 3669

Price:$$ ($35-45 pp)



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Four new reasons to visit Melbourne this autumn





Beautiful in summer, spectacular in winter; Melbourne is a city for all the seasons, here are five great new reasons to visit Victoria’s capital.


# 1. The delicious new bars and restaurants

About 15 amazing new venues recently opened in Melbourne, but among those are a few real standouts. These include Chibog in West Footscray, which takes classic Filipino comfort food and dials its flavours up to 11; the 1920s-style Gimlet at Cavendish House, with its extensive cocktail list.




# 2. The game-changing new hotels

Downtown there’s W Melbourne, which looks to be the hotel version of a Real Housewives personality who loves wild fashion, avant-garde decor and cocktails by the pool; Quincy Hotel Melbourne on vibrant Flinders Lane, which wouldn’t be out of place on a bustling street in Bangkok.




# 3. The music, the arts and festivals

This autumn, a bumper crop of events is taking place, including festival RISING; exhibition series NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces; ACMI exhibits The Story of Moving Image and Disney: The Magic of Animation; the acclaimed play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre; and West Side Place, a new retail precinct dubbed Australia’s first ‘artcade’, featuring works from some of the country’s top contemporary artists. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is also set to kick off in August at Regent Theatre.




# 4. The new spots to explore in old neighborhoods

Beyond the CBD you’ll find a wealth of colourful neighbourhoods to explore, each with its own flavours, culture and community – and they’re still evolving. Footscray in the inner west is a must-visit if you love great Vietnamese food, Windsor has a free-spirited vibe with eclectic bars, and Northcote has a quirky vibe with indie art galleries and vintage clothing stores. Street art mecca Hosier Lane, right in the city, is another spot that’s different each time you visit.






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Melbourne Eats






If you are trying to have a delicious and healthy exotic brunch in Melbourne , you must visit this Japanese deli, nursery and cafe warehouse! Cibi means ‘little one’ in Japanese. The brand was established in July 2008 by Meg and Zenta Tanaka.


From outside, it looks like  just an ordinary warehouse entrance. As you enter, you will be surprised that the store doesn’t match its name ‘CIBI’ which means ‘little’ in japanese.The internal space is divided into a dining area and a homeware retail store.

Here  , it is a cute and relaxing spot for a brunch date. They provide Japanese traditional breakfasts alongside some contemporary dishes. After enjoying their own roast coffee you can  also shop for a Japanese homewares and some fresh products like handmade pasta or mustard, local apple juice, locally made cheese, tofu etc.

Address: 31-39 Keele Street Collingwood VIC

Phone:+61 481398686

Price range: $-$$ ($45 for two people)  


Darifusion Korean Cafe & Bar


Yoon-ji is the owner of DARi. She spent her life learning about the culinary art of traditional Korean food. DARI (다리) means ‘bridge’ in Korean. DARI aims to be the bridge between Melbourne’s buzzy and dynamic culture to South Korea’s sensational flavour and style. DARI represents a fine blend of culture and tradition with a modern twist. They serve Korean street-food like inspired toasts and sandwiches along with traditional beverages and fusion desserts. Bulgogi buns and sandwiches is theri top sales. The sandwich was packed full of flavour and texture with crunch from the cabbage within. Their buns and sandwiches are HUGE! You might get a little messy to eat but you wont regret having it!



Address: 27 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone:+61 413101220


Price range: $-$$ ($30 for two people)  


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