NSW Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island Escape for four blissful nights and pay for three with Capella’s Kentia Dreaming package. Find an idyllic picnic spot on this stunning World Heritage site and the world’s southernmost coral reef to enjoy an island-inspired barbecue lunch, then relax in the spa. Solo travellers can use the Sophisticated Solo bonus and pay only twin-share rate. From $2,250 per person, valid until August 31st, (02) 9918 4355; capellalodge.com.au
NSW The Winter Warmer at Byron At Byron The perfect getaway package for two in a Superior Suite with rainforest views includes a full buffffet breakfast, hot chocolate by the fifire, a box of Duck Creek chocolate macadamia nuts and a cheese plate matched with a bottle of Australian wine. You’ll also receive a discount on spa treatments, and complimentary daily yoga and wififi access. From $399 per night until August 31st. (02) 6639 2105; thebyronatbyron.com.au
NEW ZEALAND Gather at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers with Gill Meller, June 2nd–4th To launch his cookbook Gather, famed UK chef Gill Meller presents a fifive-course tasting menu matched to Hawkes Bay’s Alpha Domus premium wines; winemaker Barry Riwai will host the dinner. Forage for produce in the gardens for Gill’s demonstration cooking class and discover the River Cottage philosophy. The weekend package includes fifireside discussion of the cookbook over a glass of wine, plus pre-dinner drinks and canapes, full daily breakfast and much more. NZ$1700 + 15 per cent GST per person, double occupancy. capekidnappers.com
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Gill Meller of River Cottttage shares his secrets; borrow a bike from Byron At Byron; Ben Quilty’s The Last Supper No 4. FACING PAGE Doreen Taylor’s date scones from Country Style’s Heirloom Recipes book are perfect for your Biggest Morning Tea event; join Martin Boetz of the Cooks Co-op for the Winter Series.