Score: 8.36

Brent Wallace summed this one up best for us: “what better way to enjoy Australia’s culinary excellence,” he asks, “than in the sumptuous surrounds of our country’s finest inns? Gourmet hospitality at its finest, all wrapped up in wonderfully authentic and luxurious retreats.” Concur.

The panel’s top picks

1. Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville, Qld
2. The Royal Mail, Dunkeld, Vic
3. Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim, Qld
4. The Lake House, Daylesford, Vic
5. Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, Qld
6. Lilianfels, Leura, NSW
7. The Provenance, Beechworth, Vic
8. Jonah’s Whale Beach, Sydney, NSW
9. Bells at Killcare, Central Coast, NSW
10. Muse Kitchen, Hunter Valley, NSW
11. Peats Bite, Berowra, NSW


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