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Best places to outsource Christmas so you don't go crazy


If the thought of spending Christmas elbow-deep in a turkey just doesn’t cut it this year, we got you. Give yourself the gift of not having to cook for your drama-laden family by outsourcing Christmas lunch or dinner to any one of these restaurants.

  • The Boat House

    Canberra CBD, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

    An Aussie Christmas is best spent on the water – specifically, the parkland-fringed Lake Burley Griffin, where this restaurant has been dishing up Christmas lunch for 30 years. This year’s instalment of the legendary tradition features six thoroughly original courses from head chef John Leverink, paired with sommelier-chosen drops. It’s perfect for… a refined Australian Christmas by the water.

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  • The Hotel Windsor

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    Dining at the Bridgerton-esque Grand Ballroom – with its soaring ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and antique mirrors – isn’t something you do every day. In fact, Christmas Day is just one of two days a year you can. It lives up to the hype with linen-dressed tables overflowing with a banquet of seafood, roasts, dessert, and fine wines. Look out for… the secret wooden dance floor under the ornate carpet.

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  • OTTO Ristorante

    Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales

    Forget tinsel: between the Charles Heidsieck champagne and the waters of the Finger Wharf, you'll have more than enough sparkle for Christmas Day. Settle into a chair in the sun-drenched alfresco setting for a leisurely four-course lunch with a modern Italian twist, like Moreton Bay bug spaghetti or lobster-stuffed zucchini flowers. You need to order… the Moreton Bay bug spaghetti.

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  • Silks @ Crown Melbourne

    Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria

    If the thought of glazed ham makes your eyes glaze over, how does marinated baby abalone black fungus or Singapore chilli lobster sound? Partake in a five-course Cantonese Christmas feast, where every detail drips with luxury – from gold cutlery to glasses of Veuve Clicquot. Your backyard BBQ could never. It's perfect for… a sophisticated Christmas Day feast, without any of the clichés.

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  • Wildflower

    Perth CBD, Perth, Western Australia

    For a Christmas feast with a decidedly Western Australian flavour, this elegant fine diner will serve an Indigenous botanical-inspired five-course menu paired with WA wines from the rooftop. Enjoy line-caught wild fish with finger lime and marigold or Gidgegannup cherries infused with anise myrtle. Look out for… panoramic views that pan from the Swan River to the city skyline.

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