9 Stunning Regional Restaurants That Are Worth The Drive

By Phoebe McRae
1st Jan 2018

Sometimes you need to #treatyoself to more than an almond croissant.

Whether you’re celebrating an occasion, or rewarding yourself for another week of semi-successful adulting—we’ve teamed up with Mitsubishi and their new Eclipse Cross (which is all kinds of luxe), to bring you the nine stunning regional restaurants that are worth the drive out. Because we’re all about luxury, everyday.

Biota Dining


Tucked away in the Southern Highlands, Biota Dining is one of the best restaurants in Australia. Boasting a diverse microclimate, which is perfect for harvesting and livestock, these foodie kings work with a farm to plate mentality and whip up a boss long lunch every single weekend. Hit the road (90s mix tape = mandatory) and prepare to treat your tastebuds to a seriously delicious feast in the countryside.



If you’re a lover of all things Italian, you need to make your way up north to Avoca’s famed Bombini, ASAP. With a menu that changes regularly, expect to wrap your lips around dishes like Acquerello risotto with Morton Bay bugs and prosecco, linguine with ragu of rabbit and basil, and grilled grass-fed Pinnacle scotch fillet. Using only the best produce from Australia and Italy, whatever you order will be well worth the two-hour drive from Sydney.

Margan Restaurant

Hunter Valley

Set on a stunning estate in the middle of the Hunter Valley, Margan Restaurant is an Instagrammer’s paradise. Surrounded by over 100 hectares of vineyards, everything is sourced locally (including animals from Krinklewood biodynamic farm) and the menu is carefully crafted to suit the season. Hot tip: opt for the tasting menu so you can try one of everything.

Restaurant Botanica

Hunter Valley

Any Sydneysider who’s serious about food will have heard of Spicers’ Restaurant Botanica. If you’re going to drive all the way there, you might as well stay a night (or two) in the oh-so luxe accommodation so you can roll into bed once you’ve hit food coma status. Start with smoked mussels then go for the pork belly or venison but don’t forget about dessert—the coconut ice cream is a must!

Cupitt’s Winery


Hidden in the backstreets of Ulladulla, you’ll find boutique winery, brewery and fromagerie, Cupitt’s. With rustic vibes and a French influence, seat yourself in the restaurant for sweeping views over to the Budawang Ranges and a menu based on the slow food movement. If you can’t look past a ploughman’s, opt for the ‘Morsels’ menu.



Caveau’s tasting menu is literally what dreams are made of. We’re talking kangaroo tartare, smoked black lip abalone with spanner crab, dry aged Thirlmere duck with salt baked beetroot, Illawarra plum and radicchio plus a whole lot more deliciousness (#drooool). No need to worry if you have dietaries, either, the chefs here have an alternative for everything.

Cottontails Restaurant

Wagga Wagga

Whether you prefer tapas, wood fired pizzas or an a la carte menu full to the brim with god damn delicious meat, you can’t go wrong at Cottontails Restaurant. Located in Wagga Wagga, make a day of it by road tripping through Canberra or the Blue Mountains with your whole gang and the sunroof down.



Serving up a seasonal five-course menu, the crew at Subo nail every single detail on every single dish. The space is super casual yet intimate and perfect for a laid-back dinner with a mate (or date), when all you care about is good company and even better food.

Blue Wren


Blue Wren in Mudgee is a magical place. With onsite accommodation in the form of an epic farmhouse, as well as ducks, geese, chickens and bees, you’re going to want to bring your stretchiest stretchy pants and a huge appetite. The restaurant, Chef's Kitchen, uses cutting edge technology and modern gastronomic cooking techniques, and most of the produce is grown there so you know it’s got to be good.

Image credit: Federica Portentoso for The Urban List. 

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