Owned by one of Australia's richest businessmen, John (Chaddy) Gandel, I managed to spring a private tour of Point Leo Estate before it opened (thus avoiding the $10 entry fee) to see the type of restaurant and sculpture Park $40million could build.
The building is a concrete, glass and stainless-steel structure that rises toward the sea on a grassy knoll overlooking Western Port Bay. The surrounding vineyard and ornamental lake slope to the north of the restaurant's front which is dominated by a floor-to-ceiling curved glass wall that allows nature inside with views of the ocean and the surrounding sculptures.
In the grounds are significant works by internationally acclaimed Australian artists such as Inge King, Clement Meadmore, Anthony Pryor, Deborah Halpern and Lenton Parr. The permanent collection is displayed against the coastal backdrop. This really is an extraordinary place with the restaurant menu full of local flavours.