Whether you’re a tea devotee seeking a new fave flavour or simply a high tea aficionado with a love for petit fours, this list is a worthy check list for many a leafy adventure. After all, as the Mad Hatter declared to Alice, ‘It’s always teatime!’

House of Herbs & Roses

745 Old Northern Rd, Dural.
This cosy tea house, lovingly nestled in a garden cottage is as enchanting as it is delicious. With a vast range of teas and a much-celebrated high tea offering, House of Herbs & Roses is a hidden gem of the rural North West. With a gift shop and nursery to explore and the must-mention scones, this is a truly lovely afternoon out. Bookings are encouraged but walk-ins can try their luck. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday with special events listed on their Facebook page.

The Tea Centre

Shop 2011, 236 Pacific Hwy, Hornsby
For over a quarter century The Tea Centre has been helping tea-lovers explore their cup-driven passions. With the magic of a European tearoom, this is a place to both celebrate and immerse yourself in all things tea. With leaves sourced from the best tea gardens across the globe, The Tea Centre prides itself on quality from crop to cup. Depth of range aside we also salute their commitment to responsible sourcing and their belief in empowering small tea farmers to adopt sustainable and organic practices. This is, without doubt, the tea-lovers mecca. www.theteacentre.com.au

Miss Lilian Teahouse

5-19 Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba
Nestled on the edge of Echo Point adjacent to the famous Three Sisters is the Blue Mountain’s most decadent oriental tea experience. Serving a blend of exotic flavours and aromas of the East, Miss Lilian’s serves elegant Asian favourites alongside the finest pastries and speciality brewed teas. A striking ceiling adorned with bright antique cages defines the main dining area whilst the dessert bar is an Insta-worthy display of sugary art. The vibe is eclectic, whimsical and fun. Open Thursday through Monday, Miss Lilian Teahouse is located in the spectacular grounds of the Lilianfels Estate, bookings are recommended. www.misslilian.com.au

Elizabeth Farm Tearooms

70 Alice Street, Rosehill
Built in 1793, Elizabeth Farm is one of the oldest homes in Australia. Set within a re-created 1800’s garden, Elizabeth Farm is now not only a historical museum but a character-filled tearoom. Shaded by flowering jacaranda trees, the local favourite is well-known for its $11 Devonshire Tea. The tearoom uses fresh produce from the Farm kitchen garden and their sweet treats are made on site each morning. There’s interesting teas to try, popular from the 1800s as well as modern blends for those who like their brew firmly 20th century. Combining rich history with the fluffiest of scones, Elizabeth Farm Tearooms is deliciously interesting. www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/elizabeth-farm-tearoom.

Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms

Corner Grose & Megalong Streets, Leura
Rich in olde world nostalgia and bursting with charm, Bygone Beautys is home to the world’s largest private collection of teawares. Taking tea-loving to a whole new level there’s over 5,500 teapots on display spanning five centuries from all corners of the globe. With an emphasis on preserving the diversity of Australian tea culture, this vast collection would leave the Mad Hatter green with envy. After wandering through the museum why not relax in the tearooms and enjoy their speciality Traditional High Tea. Served in fine bone China it’s more than worthy of a resolute pinkie finger raised in the air. www.bygonebeautys.com.au

Mad About the Milkshake

If you like your beverages a little more creamy and whole lot crazier, you’re in luck! Whether it’s a treat for the kids (or your own inner child just can’t grow up) here’s Greater Sydney’s most outrageous milkshakes. You have been warned…

Vogue Cafe

109 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park
The kids won’t believe their eyes (or their luck) when you order them a milkshake from Vogue Cafe in the Macquarie Centre. These Willy Wonka inspired shakes are every bit as sweet as they look. Gummy worms, licorice all sorts and even a Game of Thrones shake are all on the menu at this tempting little cafe.

Vine and Grind

Westfield Shopping Centre, Level 2, Macquarie Street, Liverpool
It’s christened the Unicorn Shake and it’s as magical, glittery and decadent as you’d expect. This lavender-strawberry shake includes whipped cream, Nutella, a Wonka-esque lolly garnish, roasted marshmallows and hey, why not some fairy floss for good measure!

XS Expresso

The newly opened XS Expresso at Emu Hall is a must for a great shake.
Decedent milkshake pioneers of Sydney, XS Espresso have clocked legendary status in the eyes of Greater Sydney’s little people. Found right across the region with five different locations, these crazy cats laugh in the face of gravity as they pile shakes sky high with all the trimmings.