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9 memorable meals worth travelling for

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe IslandCredit: Rhiannon Taylor

Dining area with scenic coastal views of Mount Gower. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island.

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9 memorable meals worth travelling for

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island Credit: Rhiannon Taylor

Dining area with scenic coastal views of Mount Gower. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island.

#feelnsw #newsouthwales #northcoastflavour

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Follow your taste buds on an epicurean adventure across New South Wales to some of the state’s most memorable restaurants. Whether you make the trip across town or across the seas, savour the culinary journey for longer and check into an equally atmospheric stay when you get there.  

Get a bird’s-eye view of Bondi at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Sydney 

Drink in the views of Australia’s most photographed stretch of sand along with a zingy summer cocktail at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, perched above historic ocean baths at the southern end of Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Taste for yourself how restauranteur Maurice Terzini’s Italian heritage inspires a modern Italian menu elevated by the freshest Australian produce available, from sustainable seafood to hints of native ingredients. Ease deeper into holiday mode at QT Bondi, a boutique hotel that plays up to its seaside location with summery pops of colour and fun, beachy furnishings.  

Celebrate a special occasion at Bennelong in Sydney 

Get a buzz dining inside an Australian icon at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House. Admire the intricate concrete bones of the building’s vaulted ‘sails’ as you peruse the modern Australian menu by renowned Australian chef Peter Gilmore. Save room for desserts that feature a fabulous, fine-dining spin on Aussie favourites such as the humble lamington. Enjoy the glittering harbour views for longer on a stay at the neighbouring Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, which unveiled its stylishly renovated one- and two-bedroom garden-view and harbour-view luxury apartment-style hotel suites in 2022.  

Embrace fermented flavours at Sixpenny in Sydney 

Step through the doors of an unassuming terrace house in Stanmore, in Sydney’s Inner West, and into one of NSW’s most coveted degustation experiences at Sixpenny. Indulge in fresh and innovative flavours driven by fermentation that dance on your palate long after you have finished dessert. Strap in for a culinary adventure and opt for wine pairings hand-picked from small artisanal producers. Then slide onto a sunbed at the urban-chic Old Clare Hotel, a 10-minute drive away in Chippendale, which also wows with its multitude of facilities, including a sparkling rooftop pool.  

Recharge and refuel at Ates in the Blue Mountains 

Relax after an invigorating day of bushwalking through the Blue Mountains at Ates in Blackheath, where the 150-year-old ironbark-fuelled oven (Ates means ‘fire’ in Ottoman Turkish) invites you to unwind and feast on contemporary share plates and fun wines with all your senses. Tuck into the likes of charcoal-grilled dory and wood-fired Jack’s Creek sirloin from the a la carte menu, or prep your appetite for the chef’s banquet for carnivores or vegetarians. Drift off to sleep as you recall each morsel of your memorable meal in a stylish suite at nearby Kyah boutique hotel, where fresh mountain air collides with Palm Springs-inspired design.  

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Credit: Destination NSW

Scenic dining at Icebergs Dining Rooms and Bar, Bondi

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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Credit: Destination NSW

Scenic dining at Icebergs Dining Rooms and Bar, Bondi

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Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying an evening out with friends at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House.

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Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying an evening out with friends at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House.

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Lean into the theatrics at Muse Restaurant in the Hunter Valley 

Prepare to be just as dazzled by the presentation as you are by the flavours of the refined contemporary dishes served up at Muse Restaurant in the Hunter Valley, a two-hour drive north from Sydney. Observe how the relaxed elegance of the moody restaurant at Hungerford Hill winery allows head chef Troy Rhoades-Brown’s creative yet unfussy seasonal creations to shine as you sit back and enjoy each act. Retreat to the nearby Spicers Guesthouse to soak up its modern farmhouse ambience, heart-warming hospitality and the convenience of the region’s top cellar doors within easy reach. 

Make a grand entrance at Printhie Dining in Orange  

Seize the opportunity to travel to one of the newest restaurants in the Country NSW wine region of Orange by helicopter. It’s just one of several memorable experiences you can add to a decadent meal at Printhie Dining, where considered Printhie Wines pairings elevate each beautifully plated dish you savour in the estate’s sophisticated restaurant. Feel right at home at the welcoming Byng Street Boutique Hotel in Orange, just a 10-minute drive from the estate, which combines the history of an original homestead with contemporary furnishings.  

Dine like the stars at Raes on Wategos in Byron Bay  

Take your seat at the intimate, light-filled Dining Room at Raes on Wategos, overlooking the most exclusive beach in Byron Bay on the North Coast. Dive into the Mediterranean-inspired three-course menu, or treat yourself to executive chef Jason Saxby’s thoughtfully curated tasting menu (vegetarian menu available) and settle in for the afternoon. Afterwards, it’s only steps to your suite or penthouse in the Spanish mission-style boutique hotel. Revel in the exclusivity of an early beach swim before the crowds arrive the following morning. 

Slurp oysters to your heart’s delight at Bangalay Dining in Shoalhaven Heads 

Taste the NSW South Coast on a plate at luxuriously relaxed Bangalay Dining, nestled in the sand dunes at Shoalhaven Heads. Connect with the coast on a whole new level as you savour plump local oysters before sinking your teeth into a rack of local lamb. Or allow executive chef Simon Evans and his team to delight you with a sumptuous dinnertime tasting menu before you retire for the night with a smile on your face at the attached Bangalay Luxury Villas, which offers 16 stylish self-contained one- and two-bedroom villas (and a four-bedroom holiday house). 

Lap up island-style dining at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island 

Be astonished by the diversity of the culinary bounty of Lord Howe Island, a two-hour flight from Sydney, on a stay at Capella Lodge, spectacularly situated at the secluded southern end of the tiny island. Top off days exploring Lord Howe’s mesmerising landscapes with a daily-changing three-course celebration of island produce, from fresh kingfish sashimi to grass-fed beef, complemented by homegrown delights from the lodge’s own kitchen garden. Savour the exclusivity of the setting along with the cuisine, as the lodge’s restaurant is open only to guests of its nine luxurious suites. 

Printhie Winery, Orange Credit: Destination NSW

Printhie Winery, Orange

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Printhie Winery, Orange Credit: Destination NSW

Printhie Winery, Orange

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Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay Credit: Madeleine Johnson / Sean Fennessy

Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay

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Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay Credit: Madeleine Johnson / Sean Fennessy

Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay

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