Sometimes having no absolutely no expectations elicits the most pleasing results. I booked my trip to Ducks Crossing through one of those daily deals websites. It seemed like a good package so I took a chance and bought the deal on a whim. I didn’t even research it before leaving; just hopped in the car and hoped for the best arriving with wide-eyes and no preconceived notions of the place.
Ducks Crossing is a country style resort located near Lake Macquarie only about a two hour drive from Sydney. Straight away we are shown to our villa, a sweet fully serviced cottage that, to my delight, includes a large corner spa. After the long drive I can’t wait to pour myself some champagne from the mini bar, hop in and unwind. But first, dinner.
Quacker’s Restaurant, located within the resort grounds, was the most pleasant surprise of all. Not the rustic bistro I had taken it for – Quacker’s is a one hat restaurant, the menu varied, the presentation perfect. As the menu had caught me off guard, I worried the prices would as well, but at $65 for three courses it was more than reasonable.
My three courses became five as for the main course I ordered the Duck Three Ways – one generous serving made up of three different delicacies. The duck was served as a confit leg with noisette potato and sour cherry sauce, a pan seared breast with poached red wine pear and a honey duck spring roll with peanut nahm jim. Delicious – all three of them. Other culinary highlights include the Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi with Pinenut Crumble and the Apple Tarte Tatin served with orange blossom and cinnamon ice cream and made with the perfect pastry recipe.
If you’re a city girl through and through like me looking for an escape that’s out of town but not too far out, pretty but not pretentious, altogether relaxing and a little indulgent then Ducks Crossing is for you.
After reading this you’re sure to have pretty high expectations of Ducks Crossing but I’ve no doubt it will meet them.
50 Burton Road Eleeaana NSW