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Asian Cooking Vacation in Australia

Enjoy spectacular views of the Sunshine coast and Maroochy valley, whilst experiencing native Australian birds and animals within the exquisite Ninderry Manor grounds. Whether you're a competent cook or simply want a basic understanding of Asian ingredients and cooking methods, a hands-on Spirit House cooking class is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and have an enjoyable day out which includes lunch or dinner and wine.


  • Port and chocolate
  • Cocktails and canaps
  • One lunch or dinner including wine
  • A hands-on Spirit House cooking lesson
  • Morning and afternoon tea and coffee
  • 1 night accommodation
  • 1 breakfast


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Each of the 4 beautifully appointed guest rooms has everything you need for an indulgent and superlatively comfortable stay. With a choice of two queen size beds and 2 twin beds that convert into a king size bed, features of each room include decorator furnishings, fluffy bath robes, a large en-suite and your own private patio overlooking the spectacular view.


Choose a midweek night to check in at Ninderry Manor hotel and you will have the choice to participate at a morning or evening cooking session held at the Spirit House restaurant. Each cooking class has duration of 4 hours and it focuses on Asian ingredients and cooking tips. The morning class starts right after breakfast, at 9:30, while the evening class starts at 16:30. You will dine on the recipes prepared during the class accompanied by complimentary wine and beer.


This retreat will take place in Yandina, Queensland, Australia.

Nearby places

  • Beaches - Coolum, Noosa, Mooloolaba
  • Fairhill nursery and botanic gardens
  • Ginger factory
  • Nutworks Macadamia factory



  • Art gallery
  • Bird watching
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing nearby
  • Games
  • Golf course
  • Health club
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Reiki
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Tennis court nearby
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • Water sports
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Yoga


  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Bathrobes
  • Beach towel
  • Business center
  • Conference room
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance


Our gourmet breakfast menu changes daily. However, to give you an idea of how delightful they are, two sample menus are featured below. Vegetarians are also catered for on request. Breakfast is served between 08:00 and 09:30 am daily. Breakfast menu samples:

Menu 1

  • Freshly crushed pineapple with refreshing mint
  • Exotic poached pear with lemon sorbet
  • Fluffy cheese soufflé with waves of bacon
  • Home baked bread with a selection of homemade jams
  • Freshly brewed coffee and a selection of real teas

Menu 2

  • Freshly crushed pineapple with refreshing mint
  • Exotic poached pear with lemon sorbet
  • Fluffy cheese souffl with waves of bacon
  • Home baked bread with a selection of homemade jams
  • Freshly brewed coffee and a selection of real teas
  • Freshly squeezed watermelon and pineapple with mint
  • French toasted croissant scattered with marinated strawberries and banana
  • Yogurt and honey on the side
  • Baked eggs with pancetta, basil, cream and tomato
  • Home baked rolls or toast with a selection of homemade jams
  • Freshly brewed coffee and a selection of real teas

Our dinner menus can be altered to suit vegetarians or people who prefer seafood. Enjoy Akis cooking!

Dinner menu 1 - AUD 45 per person

  • Entrée

Snapper croquette with rocket salad with sundried tomato, parmesan cheese and dumplings.

  • Main

Choice of Steak poivre (pepper steak) with cream and brandy sauce or Japanese style fillet steak with grated radish and lime soy sauce

Both served with warm vegetables

  • Dessert

2 or 3 assorted ice creams with sauce

  • Coffee or tea

Dinner menu 2 - AUD 45 per person

  • Entre

Figs rolled with prosciutto on salsa of coriander, walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice and chili, served with mascarpone and blue cheese

  • Main

Lamb cutlets with thyme and mustards served with mashed potatoes and baked fennel

  • Dessert

Hot chocolate zabaglione

Egg yolks, sugar and cocoa plus marsala

  • Coffee or tea

Dinner menu 3 - AUD 45 per person

  • Entre

Barbecue salmon with Nioise salad: Green beans, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onions, boiled eggs, Kalamata olives and anchovies with balsamic vinegar dressing, black peppers and chives

  • Main

Steak (Scotch fillet) au poivres, with cream brandy sauce served with warm vegetables

  • Dessert

Boysenberry and vanilla ice cream with cherry brandy and chocolate flakes

  • Coffee or tea

Japanese dinner menu- AUD 50 per person

  • Entre

Assorted tempuras with red radish and ginger in soya dipping sauce. Prawns, green beans, pumpkins, onions, or any season vegetable

Sushi rolls with Shitake mushrooms and prawns, avocado and cucumber

  • Main

Beef teriyaki (thin sliced scotch fillet marinated with soy sauce, ginger and garlic) served with salad

  • Dessert

Green tea and black sesame ice-cream with azuki bean sweet

  • Coffee or tea

Things to do (optional)

  • Beaches - Coolum Beach, Mooloolaba, Noosa, Rainbow
  • Beerwah - Steve Irwin "Crocodile Hunter" at Australia zoo
  • Bird watching
  • Blackall Range - Flaxton, Maleny, Mapleton, Montville
  • Bush walks and nature trails
  • Dining out - Spirit House restaurant, Potter's in Fairhill botanical gardens restaurant
  • Eco tours
  • Eumundi - Famous saturday and wednesday Eumundi markets, glass blowing, aboriginal art
  • Fishing expeditions - reef, river and fresh water fly fishing
  • Fraser island - the world's largest sand island
  • Golf - championship golf courses, tennis, bowls
  • Great barrier reef cruises
  • Kenilworth - galleries, museum, cheese factory, bush walks, winery
  • Mooloolaba - Underwater world and the Wharf
  • Rainforest Walks - Yandina, Mary Cairncross reserve, Buderim forest park
  • River cruises or gondolas
  • Scenic drives
  • Scenic flights
  • Shopping
  • Tanawha - Forest Glen deer sanctuary - cuddle a koala
  • Turtle hatchery (from November-March)
  • Waterfalls and national parks - Kondalilla, Mapleton, Glass house mountains, Wappa falls, Cooloola
  • Water sports - surfing, diving, water skiing, ski kayaking
  • Wetlands - Bli Bli
  • Whale Watching (from late July to October)
  • Wild Dolphins
  • Yandina - Fairhill botanic gardens and nurseries, the Ginger factory, Nutworks macadamia factory

Spa treatments

We offer a series of services to make you feel special and relaxed.

Facial and beauty treatments

Our beautician will attend to you at the Manor for all treatments. We require you to choose a beauty treatment combination with a minimum cost of AUD 100 to qualify for services.

  • Aroma mini facial. Deep cleansing, exfoliation with face, neck, and shoulder massage. Application of hydration masks to firm, tone, and refine the skin. AUD 45 for 30 minutes.
  • Aroma rejuvenation DLX facial. Compress essential oil to hydrate skin, deep cleansing, exfoliation with face, and clay mask with honey including neck, shoulder, scalp and foot massage. AUD 75 for 1 hour.
  • Tinting. Eyelashes for AUD 12 and eyebrows for AUD 7.
  • Waxing. It includes bikini for AUD 10, half leg for AUD 30 and full leg waxing for AUD 45.

Foot special

Foot rejuvenation treatment. Enjoy a soak treatment on ocean pebbles, a foot exfoliation then splashing with flower waters. Treatment includes foot massage, pedicure and polish. Feels fantastic!

Therapeutic body treatments

Miyuki and Aki are both qualified masseurs and can give you the best treatments with combined techniques of Swedish, Remedial, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Sports, and Reiki. Useful advice and stretch exercises are given to improve your conditions at home. For 30 minutes, you will pay AUD 45; for 1 hour, you will pay AUD 75; for 1.5 hours, you will pay AUD 110 and for 2 hours, you will pay AUD 130.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 lunch or dinner with wine and beer
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Cocktails and canaps every evening
  • Gourmet breakfast
  • Port and chocolates at bedtime

What's not included

  • Meals and drinks that are not mentioned above
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Driving directions from the south

  • Take the Coolum beach or Yandina turn off the Bruce highway to the left
  • Turn right and follow the signs to Coolum beach. You are now on the Yandina-Coolum beach road (past a few houses, cross a bridge/river, past a few houses, about 1 kilometer)
  • Then turn left into Collins road (there is a large sign above Collins road saying Fairhill Nursery)
  • Drive to the end of Collins road
  • Turn right into Ninderry road
  • The road begins to climb and when you reach the crest, turn left into Elouera Drive (this is the first street on your left - if you miss the turn do not panic as you will go down a road which is a dead end)
  • You will continue to climb up Elouera Drive and Karnu Drive is the first and only street on your right (again if you miss it, Elouera is another no through road)
  • Ninderry Manor is half way down the street on your right, no. 12. We have a blue and white picket fence. There is a car park on your right as you enter the gate

Driving directions from the north

  • Take the Coolum beach or Yandina turn off the Bruce highway to the left
  • Turn left and follow the signs to Coolum beach, you are now on the Yandina-Coolum beach road
  • Then follow the directions as per Driving directions from the south
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