10 Luxury Accomodation Escapes SA


10 South Australia luxury escapes and boutique experiences

  1. Kingsford Homestead, Gawler

    A remarkable Georgian-style manor built in 1856 by one of South Australia’s early settlers.
    It was built in stone thought to have travelled with the pioneer from Edinburgh and is today one of South Australia’s most remarkable stays.
    Full of original features, such as the Gothic-style cedar staircase and with a history linked to some of South Australia’s most prominent families, for seven years the Gawler beauty on the edge of the Barossa was exclusively used as Drover’s Run, the central location for the hugely successful TV series, McLeod’s Daughters.
    In 2009, it was purchased by the Ahrens family, who carefully restored it to a multi-award-winning five star retreat, now renowned for sumptuous dinners created from the best local produce by The Kingsford Kitchen, vivid sunsets accompanied by drinks and canapés, and elegant country hospitality.
    Hosting no more than 14 guests across seven tastefully decorated and unique suites, it’s a sublime spot from which to explore the glorious Barossa wine country.


    Kingsford Homestead

  2. The Louise, Barossa

    It’s no mean feat to be a destination unto yourself when situated in the stunning Barossa. But that’s exactly what The Louise has achieved. Partnered with onsite restaurant, the acclaimed Appellation, The Louise is a stay of extraordinary luxury, culinary excellence and more.

    The experience starts on arrival with the first sight of the impressive architectural exterior and continues with the attentive, friendly welcome and calm interiors.

    Suites are generous, relaxed and luxurious, and the hotel affords private vineyard views.  And then there’s a host of activities for guests, including The Ultimate Legend of Seppeltsfield Tour which includes privileged access and tastings and Breakfast with the Kangaroos, a dawn picnic in a nearby conservation park. There are cooking classes, exclusive tastings and market tours.

    The Louise will also organise balloon flights, in-suite massages, romantic touches such as champagne and flowers, helicopter or limousine transfers and endless permutations of regional tours, tastings and opportunities to meet local winemakers.


    The Louise

  3. Ikara Safari Camp, Wilpena Pound

    The highest point in the ancient Flinders Ranges, and arguably its most spectacular, the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound is a majestic, evocative location that’s unique in the Australian outback. To stay a while is to appreciate its magnificent presence and Ikara Safari Camp is the box seat. While much of the region’s accommodation is on the rim of the national park, Ikara Safari Camp lies within it.

    This award-winning operation is glamping the way it should be: 15 high quality spacious and powered safari tents are fronted by their own private verandahs, an inviting spot to enjoy a South Australian wine while watching the afternoon light play on the surrounding bush and rock formations.  Inside, the accommodation is plush, with king size beds, beautiful furnishings, ensuite bathrooms, luxury amenities, ceiling fans, mini-bar, and air-conditioning.

    There’s a communal tent where hot breakfast is served each morning and which contains a plush lounging area for socialising with other guests. And as part of the Wilpena Pound Resort, there’s access to a restaurant, café and swimming pool.


    Ikara Safari Camp

  4. Sticky Rice Cooking School and Villas, Adelaide Hills

    Claire Fuller’s hugely successful cooking school at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills is testimony to how pursuing your passion can lead to something great.

    Fuller set out to create a school that was lively, inspiring, fun and fulfilling in an environment with soul.

    Her 1940s building full of antiques and personal touches sets the scene for learning to cook food that comes with stories.

    A roster of incredible chefs lead students through the history and significance of ingredients and the eating customs of the cuisines created, from countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Nepal.

    So when guests finally get to dine on their dishes, there’s real connection.

    That sense of connection and Fuller’s magic touch extends into the Sticky Rice Villas, which began garnering awards virtually as soon as they opened in 2013.

    The three luxurious B&B villas, inspired by exclusive holiday offerings in Bali, Japan and Thailand, have a sense of clean calm with elegant accents that, like the dishes created in the kitchen, conjure a sense of the exotic.


    Sticky Rice Cooking School and Villas


  5. Snellings View, Kangaroo Island

    Floating above one of Kangaroo Island’s prettiest beaches, Snellings View is perfection in beach house chic, from the natural materials and tones used throughout, to the effortless functionality it affords via thoughtfully laid out and spacious rooms, luxury bedding and Miele appliances.

    The exemplary quality of the accommodation is the result of two friends who set out to create the very best holiday home for their own large families.

    To that end, there are two wings to the property that can either be used for one big group, or two separate bookings.

    High on their list of necessary functions were plenty of natural light, spots for individuals to get away from the group, and of course, roomy areas for congregating and socialising.

    The view, sea breezes, access to the beach and places to laze the day away were top of the inventory.

    The result is indeed, the perfect beach house (or two) in an unspoiled and spectacular location.


    Snellings View

  6. Anlaby Station, Hamilton

    The oldest merino stud in Australia with a history closely aligned with regional settlement and chronicled by famous author Geoffrey Dutton who grew up there, gracious Anlaby lay in decline for decades.

    Then two Sydneysiders fell in love with it and painstakingly restored the homestead and its gardens and outhouses, using old historic photos and other records to be as faithful as possible to its original magnificence.

    Close to both the Barossa and Clare Valley, Anlaby is a popular wedding venue, and visitors can stay in the manor house, once the manager and accounts office of the station, now converted into self contained bed and breakfast accommodation with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and downstairs sitting room.

    There are also regular tours through the historically listed gardens and home that include lunch or morning/afternoon tea and very occasionally, the Quadrangle Series – events that combine classical music, superb cuisine and a happy gathering in the gardens.


    Anlaby Station

  7. Robe Lifestyle

    It really is possible for a region to have something for everybody. The Limestone Coast proves it.

    Find extraordinary food and wine, jaw dropping coastal vistas and cerulean waters melding with creamy beaches, fun festivals, a massive array of activities and for the dinosaur nut in the family, amazing fossil sites, lava caves and even volcanic craters.

    Within all that is the picture-perfect coastal resort and fishing village of Robe, full of historic buildings, boutique and artisan shopping, gourmet eating and drinking  with seafood a highlight and a seascape backdrop that’s show stopping any time of the year.

    Robe Lifestyle Properties is a booking portal for a range of superior self-contained beachfront and hinterland accommodation in the area. Robe Lifestyle Properties works in a way that “matches people to properties”. So visitors provide Robe Lifestyle Properties with their holiday criteria and they find just the right place, whether the emphasis is on gourmet kitchen, bedroom with a view to wake up to, luxurious bathroom, romance, family holiday or budget.


    Robe Lifestyle

  8. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

    There are few properties in the Southern Hemisphere as legendary as Southern Ocean Lodge. The king of all luxury lodges in Australia, visitors travel from all around the world to ensconce in its very particular brand of luxury.

    Its award-winning design seems to hover on top of a private, dramatic cliff top, oriented to maximise views of the wild Southern Ocean and unique Kangaroo Island landscape.

    The dining experience rivals the views for wow factor, with the famously skilled kitchen producing gastronomic brilliance from the finest of Kangaroo Island’s remarkable bounty of artisan crops, dairy, meat, seafood, honey, eggs and home cooked ingredients.

    The daily changing menu is a love letter to Kangaroo Island and South Australia’s diversity of produce, accompanied by wonderful South Australian wines.

    The icing, and candles, and sparklers on this very beautiful cake are the world class spa, sublime lodgings and a dedicated staff ready with a suite of scintillating Kangaroo Island itineraries tailored to the interested of guests.


    Southern Ocean Lodge

  9. Arkaba Station, Wild Bush Luxury, Flinders Ranges

    Wild Bush Luxury is a collection of outstanding properties in unique places offering out-of-the-ordinary interactions with the natural environment, mindful of conservation principles coupled with gorgeous accommodation and gourmet dining.

    Wild Bush Luxury’s Arkaba Station embraces the jagged magnificence of the Flinders Ranges, affording guests intimacy with the secret unspoiled corners and peerless vastness as well as a stunning oasis of comfort in which to rest and relax.

    Each of the five bedrooms in the historic homestead has its own ensuite bathroom and opens onto a verandah with views of the surrounding ranges. Unique decor with a decidedly Australian rustic twist surrounds the best quality mattresses, manchester and fittings.

    Wild Bush Luxury also offers the life-changing Arkaba Walk, a four-day expedition on foot across the property exploring the undulations and awe-inspiring dioramas of the Flinders Ranges, camping under the stars in permanent campsites with amenities.


    Arkaba Station

  10. Thorngrove Manor Hotel, Adelaide Hills

    It’s hard to believe Thorngrove Manor was built in the mid-1980s.

    Maybe that’s because many a detail of its flamboyant folly-style design is sourced from old European, English and South Australian properties, with a nod to its surroundings in the Adelaide Hills, where Europeans settled and created slices of life back home.

    Handpicked and fervently sought grand staircases, stained glass windows, hand quarried stone and Gothic furniture create an idiosyncratic haven of fantasy.

    Folly-like it may look, but every piece of award-winning Thorngrove Manor Hotel works, with modern amenities in abundance ensuring a supremely comfortable stay.

    Its arts and crafts meets Bavarian castle uniqueness makes Thorngrove Manor Hotel popular with bridal parties, but lovers of one-of-a-kind inns come to relish its magnificence. There are five guestrooms over four floors, plus a guests-only restaurant cooking with organic produce and herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in the property’s gardens – all served on hallmarked antique silver with fine Irish linen.

    The property is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group.


    Thorngrove Manor Hotel


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Our Chefs have been very inspired this season and have come up with 12 great new classes to to add to the calendar from July 2015 onwards.  Here are the new ones showing their first release date.

Enjoy and we hope to see you soon.

Class name: Exotic Vegetarian Cuisine
Class price: $145
Class date: 29/08/15
Class description: The Indian or South Asian continent from Pakistan through to Sri Lanka and all points between is Nirvana for vegetarians with an amazing diversity of cooking styles. The fact that most of this regions population eat a predominantly vegetarian diet has ensured a wealth of delicious vegetable and non meat based dishes. Oothapam, these are large crumpet like rice and lentil pancakes topped with onion, tomato, coriander and green chili and served with Thengai Chutney made from grated fresh coconut.Dal Dhuaan a smoked mung bean dal from the central Holy city of Varanassi.Masale Bhaat a delicious aromatic vegetable and nut pilaf. Bhatti Paneer a spicy grilled cheese dish. Kerala Parotta the flakiest Paratha bread ever. Alleppey Style Mixed Vegetable Curry which is a far cry from the stodgy overcooked potato and lentil based vegetable stews that are usually served up. Chef Mark McNamara
Class name: .2015 Japanese Banquet
Class price: $145
Class date: 02/08/15
Class description: Japanese tasting plate (Marinated Atlantic Salmon sashimi. Natural oysters served with ponzu sauce and chilli radish. Grilled Japanese Hokkaido scallop served with sweet miso paste. Fish Escabeche.) Braised Pork belly with plum wine sauce. Kari kari yaki Chicken. (Twice cooked tenderised chicken. Marinated and pan-fried until crispy. Braised in sake and served with ginger soy sesame dressing.) Octopus and avocado salad served with citrus dressing. Agedashi Dofu (deepfried tofu with potato starch served with Tempura sauce, white radish and ginger with chilli powder). Chef Yukiko Anschutz- ex Chef from Shiki restaurant.
Class name: . Thai Winners
Class price: $145
Class date: 16/10/15
Class description: Ma ho -Pineapple with Caramelised pork, dark palm sugar and peanuts. The popular authentic starter. Kingfish Carpaccio- thinly sliced king fish served with green chilli, lime and coconut/basil dressing. (this may be changed to salmon depends on the availability of the fish on the day). Crispy Tamarind chicken- marinated chicken with aromatic spice paste and tamarind water- cooked until crispy and golden. Pepper garlic pork- marinated pork fillet pan fried with sweet soy, oyster sauce and pepper with garlic chips. Som Tum- Spicy green papaya salad with King prawns. Chef Yukiko Anschutz
Class name: Mexican Feast
Class price: $145
Class date: 05/09/15
Class description: A brand new cuisine for 2015 from our popular chef Brian Smith.This will be an exciting cooking journey. Pulled pork Sopecitos (little sopes) (Masa dough pasties topped with Shredded slow cooked pork shoulder, Black beans, salsa, grated ricotta). Snapper Vera Cruz. ( Snapper cooked in tomato caper and pickled Jalapeno Sauce From Veracruz on the pacific side of the Isthmus). Beer batter coated Stuffed chillis (Filled with Chorizo and goats cheese served with Avocado crema). Chicken with rich red Mole. ( Chicken thigh simmered in a rich spicy sauce thickened with sesame seeds and almonds from Oaxaca). Puffy tacos. (Handmade Masa tortillas fried to puffy crunchiness).
Class name: .2015 Thai Feast For Friends
Class price: $145
Class date: 22/08/15
Class description: A wonderful array of modern Thai cuisine with Guest Chef Kelly Lord from the Multi Award Winning Restaurant Spirit House in Queensland. Crispy wontons. filled w pork, prawns & coriander served w homemade sweet chilli sauce. Waterfall salad of beef. seared wagyu beef rump tossed w coriander, mint & kaffir lime finish w chilli lime dressing. Steamed prawns. king prawns steamed w ginger, shallots & dressed w soy, Chinese cooking wine & sesame. Handmade Curry paste. Southern Style chicken curry. slow cooked chicken in a fragrant coconut, turmeric curry sauce finished w tamarind.
Class name: .2015 Taste of Thailand
Class price: $145
Class date: 21/08/15
Class description: Prawn dumplings. poached prawn & coriander dumplings in a fragrant coconut, lemongrass & galangal broth. Duck salad. slow cooked duck w citrus caramel & star anise dressing. Chu chee curry paste. Chu chee curry of pan seared snapper finished with a aromatic chu chee curry w kaffir lime. Stir fried chicken. wok seared chicken finished w a spiced black bean ginger & black pepper sauce Spirit House Guest Chef Kelly Lord
Class name: 2015 Essential Spanish
Class price: $145
Class date: 16/08/15
Class description: Baked whiting in white wine, Jamon and parsley crust served on fried olive oil bread and with Mojo Verde (Perfect for little entrée or tapas) Twice cooked Patatas with spicy Bravas sauce. ( Crispy Spanish Potatoes with Paprika spiced Tomato Sauce) Warm salad of Cider grilled chorizo, Olive Oil savoury biscuits and smoked paprika and hazelnut dressing. Spiced chicken escabeche with Peas, Jamon, caramelised onions and Manchego (Chicken thigh browned then kept in a marinade of Olive Oil, sherry vinegar, honey, spices, green olives and parsley). Spanish Prawn & saffron fritters ( Tortillas de Camarones) with Sofrito and baked Calasparra rice (Arroz al Horno) Chef Gwen Le Chendadec
Class name: 2015 Travelling Chef
Class price: $145
Class date: 10/07/15
Class description: Dishes from all around SE Asia give this class an edge. Seared Scallops on green curry sauce (Thailand. This is a rich green Palace style curry sauce) BBQ Hanoi Chicken With herb salad (Vietnam-Marinated and grilled and served with the ubiquitous array of Vietnamese herbs) Braised then grilled beef ribs with pineapple Jaew (Laos-Slow cooked in aromatic stock then grilled to caramelize served with a Jaew with a twist) Coconut and Shallot rice. Kang Kong stir fried with roasted chilli jam and coconut cream (Cambodia) (Sweet spicy rich and satisfying) Tapioca with palm sugar caramel (Modern working of Southeast Asian flavors) Chef Brian Smith
Class name: 2015 Indian Banquet
Class price: $145
Class date: 01/08/15
Class description: Kathi roll with grilled chicken Handmade roti cooked with egg then wrapped around grilled chicken and Kachumber salad Pasanda of lamb Strips of tender lamb loin marinated with garam masala in an aromatic cardamom and yoghurt sauce Murgh Masalam (Punjabi Dahba Chicken curry) A Northern Indian “Dahba “roadside cafe version of this curry Aloo methi Potatoes cooked with green chilli whole cumin seed, Spinach and Fenugreek leaf Tarka dal Toor dal cooked with curry leaves cumin and tomato then smoked with charcoal and ghee Lemon rice Basmati rice cooked with Turmeric lemon and mustard seed and roasted Dals Chef Brian Smith
Class name: . Spanish Tapas 2
Class price: $145
Class date: 18/07/15
Class description: Crispy Pork Belly with caramelised apples and cider. (A dish from the North Asturias- Morcilla chicharrones.) Grilled Quail caramelised onions, orange, manzanilla sherry and quince alioli. Air Dried Tuna (Mojama ) with roasted red capsicum, caper berries and rainbow chard ( a lovely starter or light lunch using the unusual Spanish ingredient Mojama). Traditional paella with chorizo, chicken, prawns and mussels served with saffron alioli. Walnut cake with brandy syrup another lovely traditional cake from the north of Spain. Chef Alice Nettleton
Class name: 2015 Taste of Morocco
Class price: $145
Class date: 04/07/15
Class description: Briouats of Goat cheese dipped in Amlou (They are little triangle of Filo pastry stuffed with soft goat cheese, mint and poached figs. Amlou is a dip made of roasted almond, Argan oil and honey). Chermoula Chicken Tagine with lemon and olives served with Mograbiah (Giant Couscous), preserved lemon, pistachio, currants and a pomegranate molasses dressing. B’steeya of snapper with almond and aromatic rice.(a small round pie made of Brick pastry). Aubergine and lamb cakes served on top of light and fluffy couscous. (Sweetened with honey and spiced with cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon.) Chef Gwen Le Chenadec
Class name: Spice Trail 3
Class price: $145
Class date: 11/07/15
Class description: This class celebrates food from seven distinct cultures tied by a common history. Peixinhos da Horta/ Ingen Tempura – Batter Fried Green Beans from Portugal and Japan. Char Sui Pau – Roast Pork Bun from Malacca. Balacoa –Prawn Pickle from Goa/Sri Lanka/Macau. Costelas de Porco Piri Piri – Grilled Pork Ribs from Portugal/Mozambique/Angola. and El Diablo – Devil Chicken Curry from Malacca. Arroz e feijão –Rice and Beans from Brazil. Seeni Sambola –Onion and Tamarind Sambal from Sri Lanka. Pastel de Nata /Daan Taat – Custard Tarts from Portugal/Macau. Chef Mark McNamara

South Australia Combines Food, Wine and Adventure

Destination & Tourism | James Ruggia | May 20, 2015

South Australia Combines Food, Wine and Adventure

To outsiders, South Australia is probably most famous for the nature and wildlife experiences that are enshrined at Kangaroo Island, but among Australians that state is probably more famous for its various wine regions, artisanal food producers and the restaurants of Adelaide. The state’s food and wine heritage is rooted in its history as a refuge for German immigrants in the 19th century. The wine regions, easily accessed from Adelaide, give visitors more than just a gourmet romp, but also an experience of beautiful scenery and cultural heritage.

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and one of the New York Times Top 52 places to go in 2015, is a city of a million people surrounded by parks and packed with museums, cafes and restaurants. The Central Market, the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere, is an emblem of how seriously food and wine are taken there. And it should be; more than 60 percent of the wine that Australia exports comes from the state.

The South Australia Tourism Commission created the Epicurean Way, a self-drive journey that encompasses the state’s four wine regions: the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, the Adelaide Hills and the McLaren Vale. The drive goes from regional farming to coastal seafood harvests with hands-on cooking classes and immersive wine and craft beer tastings along the way. Travelers on the Epicurean Way can make their own wine blend at Penfolds or d’Arenberg; cycle from vineyard to vineyard along the “Riesling Trail” in Clare Valley or take cooking classes such as the Sticky Rice Cooking School in Adelaide Hills.

Sticky Rice shows guests how to create restaurant-quality dishes in Asian, Spanish and Moroccan cuisine. Sticky Rice has three villas, where visitors can extend their stay one or more nights. There are more than 50 cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills. Also in the Adelaide Hills, Udder Delights Cheese Maker, Sheree Sullivan, has been teaching home cheese making classes since 2007. Her Easy Cheesy Home Cheese Making Class teaches students two different styles of cheese making. The class includes an extensive cheese tasting, coffee, light lunch and wine.

The Food Luddite is run by Chef Mark McNamara in the Barossa Valley. The classes focus on where food comes from, how it grows and simple ways to prepare it. Conducted in small groups, classes are available year round at the Kitchen Studio, a bright creative space designed to make cooking and learning enjoyable.

Casa Carboni, in the Barossa, teaches a blend of Italian and South Australian flavors. The Carboni family, who moved from Parma, offers a cooking school for intimate groups to learn to make pasta and other Italian fare in a class using Barossa Farmers Market’s seasonal produce.  Jacob’s Creek Cooking Classes are held in the outdoor kitchen at the historic Jacob’s Estate Cottages in the Barossa. The four-hour experience is led by Executive Chef, Genevieve Harris.

If you’re worried about all of that drinking and driving, you can hire a service such as Vineyard Safaris, which tours the vineyards in a limousine with Master of Wine Tim Wildman leading the way from one cellar door to the next. The tours depart from Adelaide and are offered from November to April and accommodate up to four people.

While food and wine are a focus in South Australia there’s also plenty in the way of soft

adventure activities such as hiking, diving and mountain biking. You can even swim with sharks on the Eyre Peninsula or catch a sea-lion colony on Kangaroo Island.

Adventure Bay Charters’ Shark Warrior ship uses a six-seat Aqua Sub to offer a new way to view great white sharks in their natural habitat without the need to be fitted in wetsuits and oxygen equipment. The boat operates out of Port Lincoln and takes travelers to the shark-infested waters of Neptune Islands, two and a half hours off the coast of the Eyre Peninsula, where the pod is lowered into the ocean and passengers can climb down into the glass-enclosed viewing area that provides 360-degree underwater views, almost like a reverse aquarium. The Shark Warrior departs from Port Lincoln, with both “Aqua Sub” passengers and traditional shark cage divers on board.

South Australia is also home to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital. Willie Hutchison stumbled on the first opal near Coober Pedy around a century ago. Shortly after, the miners began pouring in. The town is about 500 miles north of Adelaide. Avoid it during the Australian summer when it gets well over 100°.

Adelaide will open a 32-story 250-room Sofitel hotel in 2018, and it will be the first internationally branded five-star hotel opening in the capital in nearly 30 years. In the past year, The Mayfair, The Watson, and the Ibis have also opened.

For something much smaller, the Art Series Hotel Group opened The Watson in September, a boutique hotel and residences that celebrate the creative genius of the hotel’s name-sake indigenous Australian artist, Tommy Watson. The 140-suite hotel offers art tours and features original artwork by Watson in each suite and throughout the hotel. The hotel is located in Walkerville, an Adelaide suburb about a 10 minute drive from the down town.

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Kids Cooking Class- July School Holidays

Our next cooking class for kids is on July 8th 2015.

This is our brand new school holiday class for kids aged 10+. The class covers a broad range of cooking techniques. All equipment, ingredients, tuition and lunch is included. This class may not be suitable for dietary requirements and allergies. Please check with us before booking. 10am-12.30pm. The Menu is- Thai steamed Chicken Cakes with Sweet chilli sauce using a Handmade Thai Red Curry Paste. Vegetable Rostis. Baked Risottto balls with Bacon and Cheese. Coconut Lacy Pancakes with Chocolate Genache. Winter Cordial.

This is a hands-on class for the children and they will learn all the skills needed to produce this carefully crafted menu. The children will enjoy their results at a sit down meal while we do the washing up for them! Please note the recipes are nut free, however Kids with severe nut allergies may not be able to attend since there are traces of nuts in the cooking school kitchen.

Bookings here or tel the office 8339 1314

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Wild Lime Cooking School offers its students accommodation in a Treehouse cottage

Wild Lime Cooking School offers its students accommodation in a Treehouse cottage

Sticky Rice Cooking School- South Australia

July 31, 2014

We’ve combed Australia’s cooking schools to find this top-shelf selection of cooking classes that are out of the ordinary in their food, philosophy and, of course, their locations (By: Greta Stonehouse).

1. The Agrarian Kitchen, Lachlan, Tasmania

Where better to learn the art of cooking wholesome food than where it comes from. The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable, farm-based cooking school in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. One of the founders, Rodney Dunn, a former chef under Tetsuya, combines his passion for great cuisine with the pristine Tasmanian landscape – a foodie’s dreamland. See: The Agrarian Kitchen

2. Cape Lodge, Margaret River, Western Australia

Situated on its own vineyard and surrounded by the stunning Margaret River Wine Country, this five-star boutique resort is a blissful spot for a gourmet retreat. Cape Lodge is the kind of place where chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein and Adriano Zumbo stay. While cooking classes are held by some of Australia’s top chefs, they are not run regularly, which means getting your skates on and bee-lining for the River when they are. See: Cape Lodge

3. Bells at Killcare, NSW Central Coast

Bells at Killcare runs a monthly cooking school hosted by the head chef of Manfredi at Bells, Cameron Cansdell. The menu is forever changing, thanks to Manfredi’s traditional Italian cooking philosophy of only using seasonal, organic produce. Before attempting the simple Italian recipes, students handpick produce from the serene Bells gardens. The experience is then finished off by dining with the chefs while sipping on some award-winning Manfredi wines. See: Bells at Killcare

4. Chapel Hill Wine, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Chapel Hill Wine a cooking school, in the heart of fabulous McLaren Vale, encourages its students to develop the delicate taste of ‘umami’, the fifth sense of taste (corresponding to the flavour of glutamates, according to the Oxford dictionary). With classes led by the prize-winning chef Rebecca Stubbs, against a backdrop of rolling hills and expansive coastline, this is an ideal spot to get to know all five of your senses intimately. See: Chapel Hill Wine

5. Foragers, Pemberton, Western Australia

When Chris Zalokar combined his artisan building skills with Sophie’s Zalokar depth of cooking knowledge, this charming cooking school was born. Trained under Maggie Beer, Sophie was cooking around the world before she settled in the untouched southern forests of Pemberton, where Chris has built stylish farm accommodation. Classes range from hands-on cooking techniques to learning the fundamental skills of food production and, most importantly, cheese making. See: Foragers

6. Sticky Rice, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

With celebrity chefs like Poh dropping in to take a masterclass, Sticky Rice undoubtedly understands the art of Asian flavour. As well as pounding out aromatic curries and feasting on the rewards afterwards, students have the opportunity of staying in one in one of Sticky Rice’s villas modelled on Balinese, Thai, and Japanese architecture. See: Sticky Rice

7. Spirit House, Yandina, Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Nestled amongst tropical gardens and tranquil ponds, The Spirit House has the right amount of exotic ambience to transport its guests into the heart of Thailand. Home to an award-winning Asian food restaurant, this is a sublime spot for learning how to make the finest modern Thai cuisine.

8. Wild Lime Cooking School, Lamington National Park, Queensland

Hidden in the Lost World Valley in Queensland’s food basket, the Scenic Rim, is a cooking school with more than just your average view. The Wild Lime Cooking school offers snug ‘Treehouse Cottage’ accommodation, equipped with a fireplace and a balcony, so you can cook and relax all the while staring out at the World Heritage-listed rainforested mountains of Lamington National Park.

9. Flavours of the Valley, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

With a focus on locally sourced, quality produce, Flavours of the Valley offers a range of Mediterranean cooking techniques practiced against a backdrop of peaceful Kangaroo Valley. As well as classes, a ‘Tastes of the Valley’ mini-bus tour is available, going behind the scenes of the farmers, providores and makers of the gourmet food and wine on offer in this serene region.

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Poh’s masterclass

We have a very special masterclass just posted in the calendar with Celebrity Chef Poh.

Thanks to our friends at Matilda Bookshop you also get a copy of her new book as part of the ticket price. As a VIP guest on the day Poh will be your chef and you will enjoy cooking demonstrations and tastings of several of the recipes from her new book all served to you with matching wines from Mclaren Vale winery Dowie Doole. This up close and personal event gets you the chance to meet Poh, sample delicious food and wine and then take away your own signed copy of her new book. Could be a great Mothers Day gift as the event is on 15th May!

Book via Sticky Rice Cooking School’s website here

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