A warning: a sneaky getaway to Red Hill may have you contemplating a sea (and tree) change before your weekend is through. Blessed with the best of everything (the beach, trees, rolling hills, wineries and more wineries), Red Hill residents are surely living in paradise. And at just over an hour and a halfs drive from the CBD, its super easy to get to. Check out our Red Hill recommendations list below before hitting the road!
Youre spoilt for choice when it comes to bedding down in Red Hill and the surrounding areas. For the budget conscious, Airbnb (www.airbnb.com.au) has some very nice options available if you plan ahead. Meanwhile, Mantons Creek Estate and Lodgeis adorable and affordable, with boutique accommodation and a winery on site. Best of all youll love seeing the estates animals frolic in the fields while having a quiet drink in the Mantons restaurant.
LindenDerry at Red Hillis more for those with suitcases stuffed with cash. With luxurious rooms decked out in a contemporary country style, this place takes putting you at your ease very seriously indeed. A restaurant and cellar door on site makes this your ultimate rancho-relaxo.
Things to do
Did we mention that Red Hill has lots of wineries? Oh, well, thats because there are soooo many! Seriously, Red Hill is teaming with grape grapplers and cider mongers – you can barely drive 500 meters without stumbling across yet another adorable winery you simply must visit. Thats why well list some other fun stuff to do like taking a trip on the all-new Arthurs Seat Eagle! Offering a fabulous ride up and down the mountain, youll enjoy a birds-eye view of the peninsula from the safety of your bright blue gondola. Meanwhile, nature lovers and adventurers alike will lose their minds at the Enchanted Maze, where manicured gardens and extreme tree climbing combine with tube slides and flying foxes! Those who prefer more gentle pastimes will enjoy a stop at the Whistlewood Gallery. With its collection of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art on display, theres always a lot to see here.
Where to eat
If you havent heard of Merricks General Storethen theres only one remedy book a table and get in pronto! With their fresh seasonal dishes and celebrity clientele (I saw Cate Blanchet having lunch there once!), Merricks cant be missed. Foxeys Hangoutis another eatery thats brilliant for a bite. Earning rave reviews for its food and speccy views, youll want to stop in more than once. Finally, Montalto Vineyard and Olive Groveis one of the best dining experiences youll ever have make sure you tick it off the list!