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How to Spend Your Tax Return

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It’s the same every year when we’re digging around the back of the couch for change, insisting on only BYO restaurants and chasing happy hours around town – this year we are going to be more responsible. We are going to save our tax return. We are going to be responsible adults.

Does it happen? No. Never. So, ladies and gents, this year, let’s just give in to the inevitable temptation that comes with EOFY, and start planning what decadent thing we’re going to splurge on because quite frankly, YOLO.

SAKÉ| LONG LUNCH | CBD

Champagne and oysters? Now you’re talking girlfriend. Saké is known for being at the top of its game as far as decadent Japanese food and 5 star views of the great brown snake go. Treat yo’self to the set champagne long lunch for just $75 and devour oysters with shiso salsa, truffle white-soy snapper, steamed prawn dumplings, scampi tempura and teriyaki lamb chop – accompanied by free flowing Veuve for an additional $99 if you’re feeling extra.

GOLD COAST FOOD & WINE TOUR| PROGRESSIVE DINNER

Ditch the stilettos for boots and hit the pavement with Gold Coast Food & Wine Tours. Worth pounding the sidewalk for, be guided around the glittery GC as you take in the best of coast dining. Spend the afternoon meeting with bartenders, chefs and restaurateurs as you enjoy a private cooking demonstration, explore a secret rooftop garden and learn the tricks of the trade with a five-star cocktail making competition. See which tours are coming up here.

GAUGE| SEVEN COURSE DINNER | SOUTH BRISBANE

Tucked away in Fish Lane you’d walk straight past Gauge if you didn’t know JUST how good it is. For $105 you can eat your way through the best of the award-winning menu, including kohlrabi with pear, raw squid, Chestnut tortellini, BBQ pork collar with black pudding and black garlic bread with brown butter and vanilla. Considering their reputation for having some of the best wine lists in Brisbane, we also STRONGLY recommend adding beverage pairing for $65.

SOFITEL NOOSA PACIFIC RESORT| STAYCATION | NOOSA

Really want to make the most of all that cheeky bonus? Book yourself in for a cheeky staycation at Sofitel Noosa. Wake up to views of the Noosa river or ocean, dine at the Noosa Beach House Restaurant, sip your way through the Noosa Wine Cellar and indulge in the most decadent experience has to offer – the Cabanas. The private Cabanas will transport you to the French Riviera with personalised butler service, fresh seafood, buckets of champagne and luxe surrounds. Live like a Las Vegas baller poolside – even if it’s just for a weekend.

NIGHTFALL| GLAMPING | LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK

Equal parts glam and adventurous, glamping is the perfect way to experience the best of the great outdoors without having to rough it, and Nightfall Wilderness Camp is pretty great. The waitlist spans months, but it’s worth it. Organic breakfasts are served next to the babbling creek that runs through the property and dinners are prepared for you as you enjoy wines next to the fire. Forget squashed muesli bars and trail mix, explore Lamington National Park throughout the days with a gourmet packed lunch by your side.

CITI NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS| SOUTH BANK

Tax return not looking as plump as you’d expected? Fear not friends. The Night Noodle Markets are almost upon us, and we recommend spending every last cent on hot boxes of fresh noodles, soft bao buns and more skewers than you can poke a chopstick at.

You can’t take money to the grave!

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who is counting down the minutes til she gets hers.