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Most scenic restaurant locations in Australasia

Posted 30 January 2015
There’s plenty to consider when choosing where to eat out. The food, naturally, is top of most people’s list, while the décor, ambience and friendliness of the staff play big roles for others.

But what about the view? Maybe it’s not the most important aspect for many diners, but particularly in Australasia where there’s stunning scenery around every corner it comes into the equation. Try our suggestions for size.

Fiordland, New Zealand

One of the most picturesque areas in Australasia, New Zealand’s Fiordland is a jaw-dropping vista of snow-capped mountains, deep lakes and valleys, which have walking routes and winding roads for all to enjoy.

Picking the right spot to eat in Fiordlands is key. Or you could take that worry out of the equation by packing your favourite snacks, taking them to the top of a hill and creating your own pop-up restaurant as you gaze out at the breathtaking landscape. 

Sydney Harbour

The Sydney skyline is one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, with the Opera House jutting out, skyscrapers standing tall and the dominant harbour bridge in the background. So there’s always a landmark to draw your eye when dining out in Sydney.

From Bar Eleven you can take in plenty of Sydney– the rooftop bar overlooking Darling Harbour is located at the hotel Four Points by Sheraton. The bar offers a tapas menu; perfect for sharing an evening with friends or family while assessing the city laid out before you.

For modern Australian cuisine right on the edge of the harbour, consider a visit to acclaimed restaurant, Quay, where the only thing as good as the view is the food.

Yarra River, Melbourne

The River Yarra is the lifeblood upon which the city of Melbourne was built. The city extended south from John Batman’s 1835 settlement, where you’ll find several restaurants on the banks of the Yarra where it all began.

A trendy meeting place for Melbournites, World Restaurant and Bar is situated on a low riverside level where you can take in the natural sights and sounds of the Yarra. For more of a birds-eye view there’s fine dining at Crown Towers Melbourne, including, for those lucky enough to secure a seat, the very best experimental, multi-sensory culinary experience at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant between February and August this year. 

Franz Josef Glacier

Yet more gorgeous scenery waits along the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island. The 450km-long mountain range extends across the majority of the island, with the highest elevations on the west side. Here are some of the best views in the world.

To enjoy the West Coast in all its glory, dine in the middle of a rainforest at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Here, you can sip an ice cold cocktail while enjoying the serenity of the mountains.

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