Aubergine ravioli at Berowra Waters Inn, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales
Kangaroos: Check. Koalas: Check. Opera House, outback, Great Barrier Reef: all must-dos on a first trip to Australia. For my second trip I wanted a deeper dive. Australia is known for wine, of course, but who knew it had such a gourmet scene? My culinary journey through greater Sydney and the state of Queensland led me to sea pearls and sea planes, a Spirit House and a rainforest retreat—and dining experiences to last a lifetime.
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Where to Stay
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Canopy suite at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland
Chinese-inspired geometric patterns and nubby silks fill this Hong Kong-based hotel. Book a room on the upper floors, where the Horizon Club offers breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks and unparalleled views from the Opera House to the Harbor Bridge.
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To explore Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, base yourself in Noosa, one of Oz’s ritziest towns (visitnoosa.com.au). Just one block inland from the broad beach of the buff, bronzed and beauteous, Hastings Street is a trove of resort, soiree and surfwear boutiques, star-studded jewelry shops and art galleries.
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