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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.

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