Gourmet Stays in Sydney Surrounds
Stays to leave you satisfied
You might be tempted to head straight to the NSW capital for its rock-star restaurants and melting pot of cuisines, but make sure you leave some time for the surrounding regional centres.
Sydney might be known for its world-class food and wine scene, but the surrounding regions give the city a serious run for its money.
Head west to Mudgee, less than four hours’ drive from the CBD, for some of the country’s best chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. It’s where you’ll find 5-star wineries (as rated by James Halliday in the 2016 Halliday Wine Companion) such as Robert Oatley Vineyards, Huntington Estate and Robert Stein Vineyard. Even closer to the big smoke is the picturesque Central Coast region. Drive just 90 minutes north of the city and you’ll hit the popular seaside towns of Copacabana and Terrigal, which make great bases for indulging in the Coast’s fresher-than-fresh seafood like flathead, kingfish, snapper, local school prawns and Sydney rock oysters. And because you’ll need a beer to go with those prawns, make time to check out Six String Brewing Co, Central Coast Brewery and Block ’n Tackle Brewery.
Primo Cottages, Mudgee
If you haven't explored the Mudgee wine district yet, gather a bunch of good friends and stay at one of these two classic cottages – Primo and Bliss. Built before the early 1900s, they both have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and country charm by the bucketload. Nearby, you’ll find cycling tracks, parklands and the town centre with cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops to explore. A big part of the Mudgee wine story is the mix of classic wine styles with lesser known styles from around the world, so the 35 cellar doors in the region make for a fascinating tour of discovery for any wine lover.
Hapa Hapa, Copacabana
‘Hapa, hapa’ means ‘slowly, slowly’, and at this relaxing beach retreat we can guarantee it will become your holiday mantra. Overlooking idyllic Copacabana Beach on the NSW Central Coast, the outlook is completely captivating whether you are sitting in the in-built therapeutic spa on the expansive deck, reclining in the lounge or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. The recently renovated two-bedroom house features natural timber finishes, leather couches and Mexican tiles – one of the two ensuites even has a cast iron soaking tub. If you’re not in the mood to cook, head down the hill to Copacabana Beach for great casual dining options.
The Cabana at The Outlook, Terrigal
The Cabana at The Outlook is set on an 18-acre estate of parkland gardens and farmland beauty, overlooking a magnificent wet-edge pool and a valley that falls away to beautiful Avoca Beach. Designed to make the most of the views, it offers an open-plan layout with a lounge, dining, kitchen, ensuite and an elegantly-dressed king bed. The glass walls can retract in summer to create a pavilion open to the ocean breezes. If you can bring yourself to leave, there’s a fresh food and gourmet barn over the road that can supply you with plenty of goodies to enjoy by the pool!
Calabash Bay Lodge, Berowra Waters
Calabash Bay Lodge might be close to Sydney (a little over an hour from the CBD), but it feels like another world. It all starts with your arrival. The property is water-access only, so your first glimpse of this glamorous home will be from the bow of a boat or through the window of a seaplane. The four-bedrooms offer designer style and bay views, and the living spaces have comfy lounges, an eco-fireplace and plenty of books, movies and games to keep you occupied. Kayaks are provided too. Make your stay even more A-list by taking up the sumptuous degustation dining package. The meal is prepared by a private chef and is the perfect way to make a special getaway even better.