Want to make someone green with envy? Tell them about your greatest dining experience – Australia has them in spades. Here are our Top 10.

Lifetime Private Retreats

Have you dined inside the boughs of a 150 year old fig tree? You can on Kangaroo Island in an enchanted fig tree. Only available between November – April and perfectly suited for small group retreats and incentives, it is part of Lifetime Private Retreat’s luxury accommodation offerings, where bespoke dining adventures are hosted by catering partners Hannaford and Sachs.

Lake House

The Lake House in Victoria’s Daylesford is considered to be an icon in regional dining and one of Australia’s best restaurants, championing local seasonal cuisine. The hotel and all manner of indulgent facilities that have grown around the restaurant over the past three decades continue to delight visitors. The new Waterfront Pavilion features two openable walls of glass overlooking the lagoon for up to 40 people.

Cradle Mountain Lodge

Where better to breathe in fresh mountain air while sampling fine food than at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, recognised as one of Tasmania’s premier dining experiences, where the very best of Tasmanian foods and wines are a feature.

Bennelong

It’s only fitting that the very best of Australia’s produce and wine take centre stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong restaurant. Celebrated Australian chef Peter Gilmore steers the diner through the diversity of the nation’s home-grown flavours introducing what he envisages as the essence of Australian cuisine.

Flames of the Forest

Food for the soul served in the heart of the Tropical North Queensland Rainforest is what to expect when dining at Flames Of the Forest where fresh, local flavours blend with unique produce from the tropical north. Featuring signature dishes including lemon myrtle kangaroo with home-made fig chutney and macadamia nuts, locally caught seasonal fish with coconut and kaffir lime and smoked crocodile rillettes on cucumber served with prawn tortellini and fennel cream sauce.

Tali Wiru

At Voyages Ayers Rock Resort’s exclusive evening event in the desert, Tali Wiru (meaning beautiful dune in local Pitjantjatjara) has reopened for its 2017 season. The open air gastronomic experience offers a magical evening of fine dining on a remote sand dune overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta with this season’s menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

The iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Markets showcase the very essence of Darwin for Business Events – great weather, waterfront location, laid-back lifestyle and multicultural cuisine. The bustling markets of more than 200 stalls are located just metres away from the group VIP area – guests can use their special “Mindil Money” to buy and taste more than 1200 menu items on offer.

The Source Restaurant – MONA

Upstairs in the Ether Building is The Source Restaurant where from its balcony are brilliant views of the River Derwent. Here the venue is suitable for cocktail events for 100 or a sit-down dinner for 64. The restaurant takes its name from a painting by Australian modernist, John Olsen, where it is positioned in the foyer ceiling.

Skypoint Events – QI

SkyPoint is the Gold Coast’s highest, most unique conferencing and events venue and for inspirational dining. Everything from an intimate dinner on Level 78, corporate team- building on the SkyPoint Climb or a stunning gala dinner with exclusive use of Level 77 will ensure a memorable event and an unforgettable view.

Frasers

Chef Chris Taylor says the cornerstone of Fraser’s Kings Park has a simple, clean and produce-driven cuisine, focusing on using the best West Australian produce that can be sourced. In this elegant space, the expansive floor to ceiling windows take full advantage of the inspiring city and river views. m

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