This December, there is no better way to elevate your year-end getaway than with Australia’s unique experiences and extraordinary stays. Embark on the ultimate vacation – whether it is letting your spirit fly at Australia’s most iconic music festival, unwinding at an outdoor thermal pool, or stargazing at an off-grid tiny home. With something for everyone, Australia is bound to take your year-end itinerary to the next level.
“December is a popular time for international visitors to travel to Australia. With stunning views, relaxing retreats, and endless adventures, Australia is the ideal destination for every traveller to satisfy their wanderlust and end the year with truly memorable experiences. Australia is always ready to receive travellers with an Aussie welcome as warm as our summer days,” said Brent Anderson, Regional General Manager, South & South East Asia (SSEA), Tourism Australia.
Below is a monthly roundup of restaurant openings. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like more information on these or other uniquely Australian experiences!
- Arbory Afloat (Melbourne/Narrm, Victoria): Melbourne’s beloved floating bar and restaurant, Arbory Afloat, has rebirthed on the Yarra River for its seventh season. Inspired by the alluring Balearic Islands of Spain, Arbory Afloat has been reimagined into an enchanting waterfront paradise, layered with party-in-the-sun classic cocktails and Spanish-inspired fare. Boasting two bars across two levels, the lower deck features a new combination of timber dining banquettes, low and high dining tables, double daybeds, a new lux undercover dining area and three 80-year-old olive trees
- Martha Hardy’s Kitchen (Adelaide/Tarntanya, South Australia): Martha Hardy’s Kitchen is Mount Lofty Estate’s new a la carte restaurant for both in-house guests and visitors to the stunning Adelaide Hills venue, which has become a destination for dining in South Australia known for its epicurean delights. Named after historical custodian Arthur Hardy’s wife, who served sides of lamb and whole legs of beef at the Estate’s social events in the 1850s, a must-eat is definitely the restaurant’s signature slow cooked lamb.
- Bassendean Hotel (Perth/Boorloo, Western Australia): After two years and a $7 million renovation, the historic Bassendean Hotel is back serving patrons as a cornerstone of the local community, while still paying respect to the 1930s pub’s heritage and character. Enjoy live music and entertainment amongst its cosy lounges, saloon bars, a speakeasy, state-of-the-art sports bar, and family-friendly courtyards. Its revamped dining menu serves up a fresh take on pub faves and signature dishes such as a classic Berkshire pork chop, grazing platters, and fish and chips beer battered in the Bassendean brewed Nail Ale.
- Tweed River House (Tweed River, New South Wales): Perched on the lush green banks of the Tweed River with sweeping views of Wollumbin/Mt Warning and hinterland ranges, resides the Tweed River House, a stunning bistro located in picturesque Murwillumbah. Celebrate the best of the northern river’s growers, farmers, fishermen and providores; on a seasonal journey recreating the great nouvelle cuisine classics of the provinces of France.
- Noori on the Mid Coast (Port Noarlunga, South Australia): Tucked away like a hidden gem at the end of an alleyway, Noori is the newest bar to open in Port Noarlunga, joining the coastal town’s growing list of must-visit venues. Jacob Barter, the hospitality enthusiast behind the bar, tells a great story behind each carefully selected wine, spirit, and beer. For the bar menu, chef Annika Berlingieri plates up pintxos, Gazander oysters, and cheese toasties to accompany the wide range of creative beverages.