Restaurant Australia Campaign

Welcome to Restaurant Australia, a place where we're serving up the best and most unique food and wine experiences in remarkable locations every day.

Hemisphere properties Chateau Elan, Calabash Bay Lodge and Hermitage Lodge are involved in this exciting new campaign that is targeted to put the spotlight on Australia’s finest array of produce served in the most stunning locations in the world. 

The development of the new approach to marketing Australia’s culinary experiences to prospective visitors is based on the growing demand globally for food and wine as part of the travel experience and new consumer research conducted by BDA Marketing for Tourism Australia.

Conducted  across 15 of Australia’s key tourism markets, the research shows that ‘great food, wine, and local cuisine’ is a now a major factor influencing holiday decision making (at 38%), ranking third ahead of world class beauty and natural environments (37%).

What the research also showed is that for people who have never visited Australia, only 26 per cent associate the destination with a good food and wine offering. However, for those who have visited, Australia is ranked second across the 15 major markets for its food and wine experiences (60%) behind France and ahead of Italy (third). More importantly though, for visitors from China, USA, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia the UK and South Korea, Australia is ranked as the number one destination for food and wine.

Fresh Seafood platter at Oceans Mooloolaba

Fresh Seafood platter at Oceans Mooloolaba

High Tea at Chateau Elan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley

High Tea at Chateau Elan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley

Champagne breakfast at Calabash Bay Lodge, Berowra Waters 

Champagne breakfast at Calabash Bay Lodge, Berowra Waters 

Award Winning Hotels from the Hemisphere Collection

We are pleased to share our award winning hotels from the Hemisphere Collection.  We congratulate the owners, managers and their staff on their commitment to success and excellence in customer service.

Chateau Elan at The Vintage

  • 'Best Luxury Hotel' NSW Tourism Awards - 2013 & 2014
  • 'Business Tourism' NSW Tourism Awards - 2014 
  • 'Conference Hotel of the Year' NSW, (TAA) Tourism Accommodation Awards - 2014 
  • 'Gold Business Tourism' QantasLink Hunter and Central Coast Awards for Excellence - 2014
  • 'Best Luxury Accommodation' QantasLink Hunter & Central Coast Awards - 2014

Fitzroy Island Resort 

  • 'Best Deluxe Accommodation' TNQ Tourism Awards - 2013 & 2014

  • Finalist 'Best Deluxe Accommodation' Tourism & Events QLD Awards - 2013 

  • '#7 Best Family Resort in Australia' Holidays with Kids Readers Choice Awards 2014

Calabash Bay Lodge & hermitage lodge

  • Finalist 'Unique Accommodation' NSW Tourism Awards 2014 
  • Finalist 'Deluxe Accommodation" NSW Tourism Awards 2013 & 2014

Surf's Up at Boathouse Kata Beach, Thailand!

The surfing season has kicked off in Phuket for 2015! 

National surf professionals have flocked to Kata Beach to celebrate the Quicksilver annual opening of the surf season in Phuket. 

In an effort to change 'low season' to 'surf season', the annual surf event was held 3 months early to let keen surfers know that now is the time to ride the waves in Phuket. “I think it’s been a pretty well kept secret the last five years about how good the surf actually is in Phuket during the monsoon season,” Paul Hutson, Quicksilver Indonesia chief executive officer, told the Phuket Gazette.

The celebration has also been tied in with the re-opening of the RE KA TA surf school. The Thailand surf champion of 2013, Jimmy Smith, will be on site at the school throughout the surf season. 

Local and international surfers have already been hitting the waves of the southwest monsoon for several weeks now, confirming that now is a great time to visit this beautiful part of the world.

Boathouse General Manager Marie-Laure Fleury has said “For this year’s surf season, we are very excited to be collaborating once again with the legendary surf brand Quiksilver in launching the Quiksilver/RE KA TA surf school, which is open to hotel guests, as well as all surf enthusiasts in Thailand, from now until the end of October".

Boathouse by Montara is calling all keen surfers, ameteur surfers and pro surfers to head to Kata Beach and take advantage of the consistent swell from now until the end of October!