City bites & island Delights
The Great Australian Gourmet Adventure
A 5-night culinary adventure combining a delicious taste of Brisbane
with decadent Lord Howe Island delicacies.
With the instaworthy Calile as your Brisbane base, discover the city’s secret foodie finds (cheeses, coffee, cocktails and more); then heli into the hinterland for a scenic South East Queensland paddock-to-plate degustation experience.
Hop across to Lord Howe to enjoy fresh island flavours from the land and sea. Leisurely breakfasts with a Mt Lidgbird backdrop, gourmet picnics on private beaches and decadent sunset dinners are yours to enjoy at Capella.
Begin your Southern Queensland adventures with an afternoon private tour of Brisbane’s buzzy food and drink scene: from coffee to cocktails, beers and bites.
Accommodation: The Calile Hotel, Brisbane (2 nights)
From market garden tours to buzzy Brisbane cocktail bars, wine and dine your way around Brisbane with a private degustation day, touring the hinterland by road and by helicopter to enjoy fine wines, tasty cheeses, spectacular views, a two-course lunch and cocktails to finish.
And, if you still have room for more, we can recommend a dinner at Hellenika this evening
Accommodation: The Calile Hotel, Brisbane
Transfer to Brisbane airport for the short, scheduled flight to World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island.
With hiking, diving, fishing, snorkelling, wildlife, golf and more on the menu, visitors are spoilt for choice – but with the divine Capella Lodge as your base, the temptation of staying put is often just as inviting.
On arrival, enjoy a signature welcome drink to help settle into your surrounds, then unpack, unwind and prepare to be indulged!
Daily breakfast, sunset drinks, island-inspired dinners and evening wines are included with your stay.
Accommodation: Capella, Lord Howe Island (3 nights)
From lodge-baked breakfast treats to sunset canapes and daily-changing dinner menus, Capella dishes up the finest local produce from this island blessed with fertile soils and bountiful seas.
Discover island indulgences in every form: from the Capella dining room to the day spa; and beyond. Explore this tiny island by bicycle or by boat with a local guide by your side. Walk in the shade of giant Banyan trees, follow the trail up Malabar Hill for stunning island views or challenge yourself to hike the towering Mt Gower. Swim with turtles, wander with woodhens and hand-feed the fish at Ned’s beach.
Return to the lodge to reward yourself with a Baillie’s 9 gin or a Wild Lemon and Hibiscus gin from the local Lord Howe Island Distilling co; before sitting down to dinner to drink in the stunning ocean and mountain views.
The day is yours to do exactly as you please, we do however suggest you ask the chefs to pack a picnic for you to enjoy a ‘beach barbie’ as the locals do.
Enjoy a final sunset with complimentary drinks and canapes at Lover’s Bay (we pretty sure you’ll fall in love here!).
Transfer to Lord Howe Island Airport for your onward travel arrangements,
Or continue on the Great Australian Gourmet Adventure on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Price – From $11,685 for two people on a double/twin share basis
many many many thanks!!!!!!
We have been blown away by everything - hotels, food, people, golf, wine - the list is endless. You did an amazing job
Planning a 7 week trip is daunting enough without the complications of COVID cancellations, rebookings, and closures. Yet every connection, every transportation detail, every accommodation, every meal, everything was flawless.
From our arrival in Sydney .. to our last stop in Queenstown .. we will carry with us the best memories of our trip and all of your efforts. The incredible private boat tours .. the bespoke wine tours with the best guides .. our accommodations .. and the excellent itinerary and pacing, made for a perfect trip.
We can't thank Southern Crossings enough for making this trip all, and more, than we had imagined. You allowed us to see the best of your countries: the people, the beauty, the culture. Five stars, a blue ribbon, and a gold medal to everyone at Southern Crossings!
Your country, its people and your team could not have made us feel more welcome.
Thank you for all the special moments you enabled us to experience.