Sometimes when I’m on holiday I want a touch of tradition. That’s when I know it’s time to seek out a fabulous high tea experience, just like those my mother used to host. Luckily, the high tea trend is finally picking up in Australia, and our beautiful country is now full of unique holiday locations where you can enjoy a cup of Earl Grey and a scone or two.
Wollongong is a great place to holiday, made even more special by its sensational Seacliff Restaurant along Cliff Road. The locals tipped me off that this was the place to go for high tea, and I can see why!
When you walk in the door, you are greeted by the soft sounds of a harpist, and the staff are quick to offer you a drink. While tea is the obvious choice, you can get an espresso or even champagne if you fancy.
There’s a huge three-tier stand of snacks and delicate refreshments, including petite sandwiches and the eatery’s signature scones with homemade jam and chantilly cream. Come on your own, with a group or even book a private experience for your large party, and you’ll be guaranteed the time of your life.
Burnett House, Darwin
Darwin is all about the culture and heritage, and the high tea experience there is no different. While the food and drink are absolutely sumptuous, the real highlight of this meal is the setting.
Burnett House is part of the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct, which preserves the last homes of their kind in their original locations. The buildings are astounding examples of pre-World War II Darwin architecture, designed by architect BCG Burnett.
The house is only a ten-minute drive from Darwin city, and it’s a simply wonderful place to enjoy a high tea in the gardens with your loved ones. The setting is stunning, and the tea is available on Sundays from 3pm.
If you’re in the Adelaide area, you must take a trip to Hawthorn to try out the sumptuous high tea at Lenzerheide restaurant. The establishment has won more awards and received so much acclaim that it’s really a must-visit, especially if you love high tea.
Available Tuesday to Sunday, the tea features sparkling wine, savouries and sandwiches, fresh scones with jam and cream, petite sweet treats and a range of coffees and tea. It’s all set in a truly elegant restaurant, and you’ll get a tiny bite of heaven in every morsel.
Lenzerheide also has an impressive lunch and dinner menu for those who feel like something a little more substantial, so check it out if you’re in the area.