Sadly, many airline staff around the country have found themselves grounded in the wake of coronavirus.
Hopefully it won’t be long before we see them in the sky again.
In the meantime, a number of Virgin Australia cabin crew – who are arguably some of the most well travelled people in the country – kindly shared with us the best meals they’ve discovered on their interstate overnighters.
See below for a little foodie inspiration. It might come in handy when we’re allowed out to explore our backyard again.
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I’m a bit of a sucker for Tasmania. On overnights in any other city I generally opt for cheap eats such as market/street food … but whenever I’m in Hobart I absolutely can’t pass up the chance to treat myself with a steak at Rockwall Bar and Grill. Now I don’t want to talk it up too much but this is the BEST steak I’ve ever had in my many years of travelling around the world – right here in our backyard. Who’d have thought?!
All I can say is the best burger I’ve ever had has to be the famous Ballina Burger at The Beach Grill and Salt Bar in Ballina Airport. Ask any crew member – we wouldn’t turn this down
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The Mindil Markets in Darwin – the atmosphere is electric as locals and tourists wander the packed stalls and sample from the surprisingly large array of cuisines on offer. Personally, nothing beats a delicious authentic laksa while watching the sunset over Mindil Beach with your crew.
I absolutely love Western Australia, there’s a little brekky spot the crew loved going to called Sixteen Ounces in Victoria Park. I can highly recommend the smashed avo.
It’s hard to name one place but I’ll go with my most recent because that was delicious and had amazing sunset views over the Indian Ocean. The restaurant is called The Shorehouse in Perth and I ordered the blue swimmer crab and prawn linguine, tomato, saffron, garlic, chilli, pangrattato along with a cheeky cocktail (Frosty Fruit granita – perfect on a summers day). Big thumbs up!
The sausage rolls from the Rottnest Island Bakery are AMAZING, the best I’ve had!
My new favourite in Hobart for a coffee is the Auslan Cafe, a 15 minute picturesque walk from the city, where all the staff are super friendly, and also deaf – it’s great coffee, and you learn how to place your order in sign language!
I love Happy Boy in Brisbane. The prawn and pork wontons in chilli broth are incredible and they have a thoughtfully curated wine list to complement the dishes.
There’s a place in Darwin called Alfonsino’s that a few of us crew love. They make the best pizza from a golden wood fire pizza oven. At times, they also do pasta and the three cheese gnocchi definitely shouldn’t be missed.