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Tetsuya Wakuda, Owner and Chef of Tetsuya’s Restaurant
My Route du Bonheur… to the Great Barrier Reef

In Australia I can indulge my biggest passions, boating, fishing and fine food. We have the most beautiful of natural environments almost anywhere you go. As a young boy growing up near Lake Hamana, at Hamamatsu in Japan, I spent a lot of time on the water. Nearly two decades later I rediscovered my love of the water when a friend took me sailing on Sydney Harbour. There we were between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge eating sandwiches and drinking beer, and I remember thinking, this is luxury. These days I still love nothing more than finding a quiet spot to fish on Australia’s incredible coastline, whether it’s in Sydney Harbour, which is close to my home and my restaurant, Tetsuya’s, or in Tasmania, which I call my second home, and where I love to spend time at Saffire resort on the Freycinet Peninsula. Or on the Great Barrier Reef, at the magnificent qualia resort on Hamilton Island.

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 9 nights stay from 4212 AUD*
Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Step 1 : 1 day

Tetsuya’s Restaurant

The Australian high temple of gastronomy
Tetsuya’s Restaurant
I came to Sydney when I was 22 from Japan, with not much more than a suitcase in my hand and very little English. Seven years later I set up my own restaurant, called Tetsuya’s, which is now a serene escape in the heart of Sydney’s busy CBD. The building is Japanese inspired and has several intimate dining rooms on two levels, which overlook an exquisite Japanese internal garden. I’ve spent many years searching all corners of Australia for the finest and most outstanding produce. I found incredible Petuna Ocean Trout and fresh harvested wasabi in Tasmania, Pacific oysters in New South Wales and wonderful Australian wines from Margaret River and the Barossa Valley. My techniques reflect French training and my Japanese origins. We serve a fixed price, 10 course degustation dinner menu, which is an authentic example of the cross cultural culinary melange that exists in Australia. This is reflected in my signature dish,confit of Petuna Ocean trout with konbu, celery and apple, and in other dishes such as the delicate sashimi of kingfish with black bean and orange, or the chocolate pave with cinnamon twigs.

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My little secret… Sydney Fish Markets

One of the most magical things to do in Sydney is to get up really early and watch the fishermen bring in their catch at the Sydney Fish Markets as the sun comes up over the harbour. I usually grab some oysters and a beer from the market when it opens and feast on a wonderful breakfast. Then later I walk through Chinatown and buy some herbs and vegetables at Paddy’s Market, before finding a bowl of noodles or some roast duck at one of the Chinese shops for lunch.

Boating on Sydney Harbour

Sydney is one of those cities where you only have to go a little way from town and be in the middle of the wilderness. There are so many National Parks close to the city and the whole area is just a series of bays around the harbour and all up and down the coast, some of them quite wild and secluded. There is some great boating in Sydney Harbour but I tend to head out fishing at Sugarloaf Bay in Middle Harbour, where there is a lot of bushland and a real sense of serenity, even though the city is not far away.

Bondi Beach to Tamarama coastal walk

Our beaches are just fantastic and if you are lucky enough to be in Sydney in October and November, when summer is on the way, take a walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach, where you’ll see not only that magnificent view but probably a few whales heading north for the breeding season. It’s also time for the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition which transforms this popular coastal walk into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring works from more than 100 artists from Australia and across the world.

Sculpture by the sea

Paddington markets and galleries

The suburb of Paddington is a really special part of Sydney, full of history and the Victorian terrace houses typical to Sydney. It’s a great place to wander around on the weekend, trying the cafes, the bakeries. Every Saturday since 1973, rain or shine, the open air Paddington Markets have been held in the grounds of the old Paddington Uniting Church. They started as a way to encourage local fashion designers and craftspeople and now there are more than 150 stalls of jewellery makers, artists and food.

Paddington markets

You walk up Oxford Street, one of Sydney’s main shopping streets, and there are lots of little boutiques and some of Sydney’s oldest pubs, as well as some great art galleries, with two of my favourites, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation which fosters a lot of emerging Australian talent, and the Tim Olsen Gallery, showing high profile Australian and international artists.

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Tim Olsen Gallery

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Step 2 : 4 days, 3 nights

Qualia, Great Barrier Reef

A unique Australian expression of world-class luxury on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef
Qualia, Great Barrier Reef
Wherever I am, I always try to get out on the water. I’ve been to qualia many times to cook at The Great Barrier Feast events and I always like to stay a bit longer and enjoy the nature. You can hire a dingy and head next door to Dent Island and fish off the coral reef. There’s no one around but you and the fish. It’s the greatest peace on earth. Each guest suite is a huge architectural pavilion, some with their own plunge pools, but all of them look out to that incredible sea view with that unusual mix of tropical rainforest and Australian gum trees. It really is a special spot. If you are into wellness, there is yoga and spa that wins a lot of awards.

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Great Barrier Feast, Race Week and The Australian Ballet

It’s a good idea to head to qualia when it has one of its special events on like Audi Race Week, the Australian Ballet under the stars or one of the regular Great Barrier Feasts. The Feasts are a behind the scenes experience where you can learn directly from a chef.

Each one starts on a Friday evening with a welcome dinner designed by qualia’s executive chef Alastair Waddell with wines paired by Australia’s top wine critic, James Halliday. Then there are Masterclasses by the chefs. I’ve hosted one or two. As the sun sets, you have dinner at the Long Pavilion overlooking the ocean and watch the chef prepare via a live camera link-up from the kitchen. Or head down to Pebble Beach for more relaxed modern Australian cuisine, with the waves lapping alongside the restaurant, down on the water.

The Whitsunday Islands

Qualia is on a privately owned island called Hamilton Island, owned by Australia’s Oatley family. It’s easy to get to because Hamilton Island has its own airport. From there, it’s just a short drive to qualia resort, where guests drive around in their own buggy, which makes it a lot of fun. It is in the Whitsunday Islands, which are famous in Australia for yachting and boating. This is one of Australia’s true ocean paradises. There are 74 islands in total to explore and there are countless secluded beaches with calm clear waters, perfect for fishing and for diving and snorkelling over the Reef. A scenic helicopter flight or a catamaran trip is a magical way to see the Whitsundays. You’ll find some amazing private beaches with not a soul around you, where you’ll see dolphins and turtles, fish, amazing coral and maybe a whale or two going past.

Whitehaven Beach

The world famous Whitehaven Beach is a 7km stretch of pristine sand on Whitsunday Island. It’s easy to see why it is the most photographed beach in Australia. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a cove where the tide shifts the sand and water to create the most beautiful mix of colours with the white sand swirling into turquoise of the inlet. For the best view, head to the lookout at Tongue Point on Whitsunday Island in time for low tide. Anchor at Tongue Bay and cruise into the beach and walk up the hill to the lookout. There are day trips to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet by ferry, power boat or luxury yacht.

Sunset cruise

A wonderful way to see Hamilton Island is to take a sunset cruise with the other guests, going through the sheltered waters around the resort. The area is famous for breathtaking sunsets. You board the luxury cruiser Atomic from the Hamilton Island Marina and have Champagne and canapés prepared by the chef on board. It’s one of the most peaceful things to do on this earth.

We can advise you on booking your route. Contact central reservations :

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