The Best Of Aquatic Dining
Australians are lucky enough to have some of most enviable waterways in the world. When we’re not making a splash, we’re always close by chasing the breathtaking views with a smartphone in hand. For a dinner that boasts a better sight than your date with parsley in their teeth, check out these three watery wonderlands.
Moreton Bay, QLD
Beautiful Moreton Bay is dotted with some of Australia’s most popular islands, but locals needn’t leave the mainland to take advantage of the vistas. Only 19km from Brisbane lies Manly, home to the largest boat harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.
Even if you haven’t purchased your dream super yacht yet, play pretend at Wilson’s Boathouse. While dining on a seafood platter, pick out your favourite vessel moored just metres away in the harbour. At sunset, mesmerising red and orange hues flood through the sliding glass panels, giving a whole new meaning to ‘dinner and a show’.
If this seafood feast has you seriously considering a new life as a sailor, ease into the transition with a Moreton Bay cruise. Make a stop at Peel Island for a spot of snorkelling before diving into an all-you-can-eat buffet served at Horseshoe Bay.
Sydney Harbour, NSW
Sydneysiders complain about the steep house prices, traffic and the flocks of ibis, but are still secretly smug about having the world-famous Sydney Harbour in their backyard. With over 240km of shoreline, visitors and locals alike are spoilt with countless ways to enjoy it all year round.
There’s always something happening at Darling Harbour, and whatever activity you choose will guarantee to rouse your appetite. Loosen the belt buckle in preparation for a nine-course Japanese degustation at Kobe Jones Wharf Teppanyaki, complete with lobster tail and fresh sashimi.
With a prime location at King Street Wharf, Kobe Jones diners are treated to a visual feast of Cockle Bay Wharf with every mouthful. Continue your culinary journey through Sydney by stopping at The Rocks for a modern Australian meal at the aptly-named Waterfront. If you’re after another way to spend more sunny days in paradise, jump on a jet boat ride or pay homage to yesteryear with an authentic tall ship cruise.
The Illawarra region is popular with holidaymakers and homeowners who want all the seaside charm of Sydney without the noise and fanfare. The glistening jewels in this crown include Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama, famous for the Blowhole.
After a dip at North Wollongong Beach, the neighbouring Lagoon Seafood Restaurant is the ideal place to continue your ocean love affair. While feasting on a seafood platter brimming with Balmain bugs and oysters, it’s not hard to see why this eatery has won multiple awards. If you’re planning a permanent move to the south, test the waters first with a few surfing lessons. Even if you’re not ready to go pro just yet, you’ll work up a big enough appetite worthy of another visit to Lagoon Seafood.
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