There’s not much that will entice me away from a fluffy hotel bed but a delicious no-holds-barred buffet breakfast has to be one of them.
Here are five of Australia’s best to throw on your breakfast bucket list…
The Park Hyatt Sydney — The Dining Room
Literally right on Sydney’s iconic harbour, there’s no escaping the huge window-framed views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as you casually butter toast.
There’s probably no better seasoning for perfect eggs done any way you want than uninterrupted views over one of the world’s most iconic waterways—it’s an experience akin to breakfast and sightseeing all in one.
Of course, the food is top-notch—Belgian waffles, French toast or smoked salmon and cream cheese is available alongside more traditional fare.
QT Gold Coast — Bazaar Restaurant
Probably the finest, most value-packed breakfast buffet on the whole of Australia’s eastern seaboard.
The QT’s Bazaar Restaurant offers a superb multi-faceted breakfast with culinary options sourced from all corners of the globe.
Select from the intriguing array of buffet options – with the likes of pastries, fruits, eggs and pancakes given a fresh spin – then retreat to the beautifully presented and spacious dining room to eat and plan your day.
The Langham Hotel, Melbourne — Melba Restaurant
A sumptuous breakfast buffet is offered at Melbourne’s Yarra Riverside Langham Hotel.
Situated on the southern edge of Melbourne’s CBD, behind the Melbourne Art Centre’s Hamer Hall in the Southbank precinct, The Melba serves an impeccably presented breakfast.
Opt for an Asian congee, a custom-prepared omelet or, if ravenous, a full English. If you’re after something a tad more health conscious, there’s smoked salmon or market-fresh fruit and, of course, the superb coffee for which Melbourne’s famous for.
From your breakfast table, you’ll be able to see the Yarra’s early morning routine unfold—many Melbourne scullers, joggers and bike riders choose the iconic waterway as their morning training venue. And as well, there’s the view over bustling Southbank towards the stunning Victorian-era heritage-listed Flinders Street station, one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the world.
This is a breakfast that promises much. If the surf’s up, an energy-packed bowl of Bircher muesli topped with fruit compote can be enjoyed to the deep background rumble of crystal blue Pacific Ocean surf breaking on a nearby beach.
Nothing stirs the appetite like the prospect of a day spent in and around beautiful salt water. The Byron prides itself on sourcing fresh local produce, so you’re likely to find perfectly fresh sub-tropical fruits and local farm-fresh eggs and bacon, among all the usual favourites.
Byron Bay is definitely a place where you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors—be it lying quietly in a shady secluded spot on a beach, walking to the famous lighthouse lookout or trying your luck with the waves. Whatever you choose, you’re going to need a good breakfast to set you off on a good step.
A throwback to a past when a relaxed cool manner was the only way to conduct oneself when between the balmy meridians, the Kimberley Sands features a perfectly composed tropical breakfast experience.
Rattan furniture, open breezy louvers and tropical palms set off a cool ambience, disturbed only by a subtle tinkling of burbling fountains and gently revolving ceiling fans.
Put on your finest, loose-fitting raw cotton breakfast attire and saunter down for superb tropical fruits, cooling juices and perfectly prepared teas from India.
If you’re up early enough, you may be able to squeeze in a pre-breakfast stroll along Cable Beach and watch the sunrise above the ocean horizon. There’s probably no finer breakfast aperitif in the world.