By Leigh O’Connor.
When you live on an island as big as Australia there are water views everywhere you turn.
Whether getting sandy toes and a sun-kissed nose at the beach, or admiring picture-perfect lake and river settings, we all enjoy the sound and sight of water and a good dose of vitamin sea.
Here are four restaurants and two accommodation venues where you can relax while admiring the waterfront scenery:
Enjoy fine dining on Launceston’s waterfront at the Chef Hat-awarded Mudbar Restaurant, situated at the Old Launceston Seaport. Patrons gather around the bar to enjoy harbour views through sleek floor-to-ceiling windows, while excited guests sink into dark chocolate-toned cushioned seats under warm mood lighting.
Enjoy fine dining on Launceston’s waterfront at Mudbar Restaurant.
Start a romantic dinner with wasabi oyster shooters, before mains such as seared salmon loin, quinoa, black bean, mirin and peanut sesame paste.
Nothing beats a Darwin sunset over the water…head to your table under the Beauty Tree at must-dine Territory destination, Char Restaurant on The Esplanade. Located in the historic grounds of Admiralty House overlooking Darwin Harbour, this newly refurbished glass-fronted restaurant is the go-to for locals and visitors alike looking for a special night out.
Dine under the Beauty Tree at Char Restaurant as the sun sets over Darwin Harbour.
Delve into starters of baked scallops, garlic, lemon and dill butter, pickled fennel and chicken skin; followed by roast pork belly, scratchings, carrots, roasted mushrooms, apple jelly and crisps and apple cider jus.
Soak up breath-taking marina views and Indian spices at Adelaide’s fine dining Bollywood Grill on Alexa Road in North Haven. Specialising in Bollywood-style parties, corporate lunches, dinners and celebrations, this vibrant and colourful restaurant embraces earthy tones along with murals, which draw the eye with attention to traditional detail.
Breath-taking marina views and Indian spices await at Bollywood Grill in Adelaide.
Set sail on your spice journey with minced lamb skewers, mint and salad; then enjoy a house specialty Goan seafood curry, with prawns, calamari, fish, oysters, mussels and basmati rice.
Just minutes from the heart of the CBD, George’s Paragon on Eagle Street Pier offers a seafood restaurant oasis perched beside the Brisbane River. Dine alfresco by the water’s edge as all manner of watercraft sail steadily by, or escape Queensland humidity inside where crisp white décor emanates a Mediterranean vibe with bold touches of ocean blue.
George’s Paragon offers a seafood restaurant oasis beside the Brisbane River.
Garlic King prawns tempt to start, with white wine, brandy and cream; then dive into a main like barbequed baby octopus, Greek salad and fries, washed down with a glass of rosé.
Perched on Lake Crackenback in the spectacular Snowy Mountains, on the edge of Kosciuszko National Park, sits natural playground Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. Ideal for ski holidays or quiet escapes, this 4½ star resort offers award-winning accommodation in spacious lakefront apartments and studio-style chalets, in a unique setting to relax and absorb the scenery.
Ideal for quiet escapes, head to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa for spectacular views.
Guests can enjoy lakeside dining in either of the resort’s two restaurants, plus an almost endless array of leisure opportunities.
Spoil yourself with an ocean getaway at Bannisters by the Sea, a luxury boutique hotel in Mollymook on the NSW South Coast. Newly refurbished with spectacular views in several directions, all hotel rooms come with plasma TV and Austar, plus DVD player, mini-bar, bathrobes, coffee and tea facilities.
Bask in the elements and enjoy the ocean view at Bannisters by the Sea in Mollymook.
There's a variety of accommodation types to choose from, each one with a private balcony and luxurious room fittings - among them is 'Rick's Place', a spacious beach house located just one minute from Bannisters. Bask in the elements, enjoy the ocean view and let Bannisters by the Sea take care of the rest.