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Australias Culinary Gems

Australias Culinary Gems

February 16, 2015

Australiaâ??s effortlessly stylish urban centers give way to the untamed outback, an exciting juxtapose that provides couples with boundless ways to infuse vacation experiences with a hint of romance.

Discover a few incredible adventures that foster a love for the Land Down Under and provide ideal settings for enjoying one another.

VICTORIA

Delectable morsels forge direct pathways to the heart, especially if you have a passion for innovative cuisine. Melbourneâ??s young and vibrant ethos entices burgeoning chefs to establish restaurants showcasing flavors from Greece, Spain, Sri Lanka and beyond. Stroll hand-in-hand along tree-lined Collins Street deemed â??Paris Endâ? with Victorian facades exuding European allure. Then, be visually wooed by the farm-to-table freshness of Australiaâ??s produce at Spring Street Grocer, possibly picking up an impromptu picnic from the array of caviar, foie gras, artisanal breads and cheeses selected by resident cheese monger Anthony Femia. Melbourneâ??s fresh oysters, Victoria.

Watch the sun slip down into the horizon as you sip cocktails at Vue de Monde, located on the 55th floor of the iconic Rialto Tower in the heart of the city. Only a five-minute taxi ride over the Yarra River to the bustling Southbank will deliver you to celebrity chef Neil Perryâ??s Rockpool Bar and Grill, where you can choose from a menu boasting 18 different types of beef, prepared over a wood fire.

Even Melbourneâ??s quiet suburbs cajole with candlelight elegance and gourmet acumen. The epitome of intimacy can be found in Fitzroy, a trendy enclave just outside Melbourne. Enjoy a vintage cocktail at The Everleigh, a dark, table-only bar resembling an old-fashioned speakeasy. Nearby, locals flock to Chef Andrew McConnellâ??s Cutler & Co. Dining Room for fresh, seasonal ingredients such as succulent local oysters and Hervey Bay scallops. For late-night endeavors, Uptown Jazz Café around the corner is one of the newest jazz clubs in Melbourne or head to Spanish-inspired Añada Bar and Restaurant to indulge in the sweet decadence of fried churros dipped in chocolate.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Australiaâ??s Northern Territory, with its open skies and vast desert plains, offers some of the most extraordinary diversions. An expert guide shares insightful details about the ancient art and diverse landscapes as you are transported deep into the bush land of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where the spiritual undercurrent of Indigenous landowners is tangible; a sentiment exemplified by the Tali Wiru dining experience. Here, chefs resurrect â??bush tucker,â? the food of the native culture that dates back 50,000 years. This new wave of foragers combs the desert floor for ingredients such as wattleseed, lemon myrtle and quandong. Taste the distinctive flavors accenting dishes ranging from crocodile to barramundi, presented on linen-topped tables as the setting sun drenches Uluru (Ayers Rock) in hues of red and gold. Longitude 131°, Northern Territory.

Longitude 131° provides the ultimate ambiance for blissful alone time together â?? all within close proximity to the park. Perched atop the red desert dunes, this five-star eco-camp is comprised of 15 secluded tents, each canvas-topped sanctuary hosting floor-to-ceiling glass views. Lounge by the pool in this oasis or set out to explore the 36 undulated sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

Head north to the Top End for the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise through Katherine Gorge â?? a three-course meal of Australian delicacies such as Confit Pepper Berry Kangaroo Tail and Quandong chili â?? seasoned with stories of the Indigenous Jawoyn people. Another mode for romance can be found aboard The Ghan, operated by Great Southern Rail, whisking you from Alice Springs to the tropical capital city of Darwin, the gentle rocking of the train car lulling you into quixotic reverie.

Whether youâ??re inspired by the dynamic big city or the quiet intensity of the outback, let us help you create the perfect Australian adventure. We can arrange hard-to-get reservations for dune-top dining at a private chefâ??s table or luxury escapes for two exploring the vineyards of the famed Yarra Valley â?? whatever your heartâ??s desire.