11. Mansion Hotel Werribee Park
Cruise down the Princes Freeway to Werribee, where high tea at the Mansion Hotel offers a touch of luxury and refinement, just 40 minutes’ drive from the Melbourne CBD. Featuring a glass of Mumm champagne and a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies, delight your senses with a refined Sunday sip session overlooking the gorgeous, manicured grounds of Werribee Park.
12. Fortuna Villa
For a generous slice of history with your tea, Fortuna Villa in Bendigo opens its doors for regular high-tea tours. Guests arrive to the strains of a harpist and are guided around the elaborate mansion – once owned by goldmining millionaire George Lansell – after being treated to tea, coffee or sparkling along with cakes, scones, sandwiches and savoury specialties.
13. The Stables of Como
When mini cakes, finger sandwiches and sparkling wine just won't cut it, head to the Stables of Como, in the gardens of South Yarra's Como House, for a high tea with a twist. The 'Guy Tea' eschews traditonal high tea accoutrements, instead dishing up mini Wagy beef burgers, BBQ pork sliders, twice cooked chunky chips, red velvet lamingtons, Belgian chocolate brownies and lemonade scones, to name just a few of the mouthwatering morsels. There's also barista-made coffee and free-flowing Red Label Peroni. The Stables also offers a traditional high tea and a kids' high tea.
RACV members save on annual National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Membership, which grants free entry to all Victorian Trust properies, including Old Melbourne Gaol, Rippon Lea Estate, Como House and Gardens and more.
14. Woodman Estate
A little further inland on the Mornington Peninsula, Woodman Estate sits beside a lake on 20 hectares of undulating fields and bushland. Partake in the estate’s high tea Wednesday through Sunday, featuring the full white-tablecloth experience, complete with tiered cake stands and a finale of oven-warm scones. Make a day of it by bundling in a leisurely soak with their Hot Springs and Deluxe High Tea Package.
15. Searoad Ferries
For a tea break with a difference, hop aboard a Searoad Ferries vessel on Sunday afternoons for High Tea on the High Seas. Over the leisurely two-hour return journey between Sorrento and Queenscliff, a spread made up of produce from the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas will be served to you on deck alongside a cuppa or glass of sparkling.