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Erica Packer and Shannon Bennett enjoy lunch at Byron Bay’s The Farm

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The couple have been spotted out and about this Christmas holidays, and recently enjoyed a lavish lunch at the famous The Farm restaurant in the beachside town.

Erica, 46, looked casual yet chic in a black top and long black skirt, her dark hair worn down.

Shannon, 48, who is the ex-partner of actress Madeleine West, wore a black Jolly Rogers Inn shirt and red hat as the couple congregated for lunch with their respective children in tow.

As the two families laughed with each other at the table, the pair chatted over their meal, and at one point shared a cute moment where Erica fed a Shannon a piece of her lunch.

Erica Packer, James Packer's ex-wife, enjoyed a festive luncheon at The Farm restaurant in Byron Bay last week with her new beau, celebrity chef Shannon Bennett and their respective children (all pictured)

Erica Packer, James Packer’s ex-wife, enjoyed a festive luncheon at The Farm restaurant in Byron Bay last week with her new beau, celebrity chef Shannon Bennett and their respective children (all pictured)

Earlier in the day, Shannon and Erica were spotted enjoying a romantic beach date with Erica and their children.

The photos showed the pair packing on the PDA as they stroll down the beach, kissing and hugging as they soaked up the summer sunshine.

The couple are reportedly staying at Shannon’s $2million beachfront property on the Belongil Beach peninsula, with his six children Phoenix, Hendrix, Xascha, Xanthe, Xahlia and Margaux.

The pair, who have nine children combined, had a raucous time at the upmarket restaurant

The pair, who have nine children combined, had a raucous time at the upmarket restaurant

Erica, 46, looked casual yet chic in a black top and long black skirt, her dark her worn down

Erica, 46, looked casual yet chic in a black top and long black skirt, her dark her worn down

Erica’s children Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle – who she shares with ex James – are also apparently staying in the sprawling mansion.

‘They weren’t flaunting it, but they certainly weren’t hiding it either,’ an onlooker told The Sunday Telegraph of the pair’s romance.

‘They waited until the kids went in the house until they shared a cuddle and a kiss,’ they added.

Shannon, 48, who is the ex partner of actress Madeleine West, wore a black Jolly Rogers Inn shirt and red hat as the couple congregated for lunch with their respective children in tow

Shannon, 48, who is the ex partner of actress Madeleine West, wore a black Jolly Rogers Inn shirt and red hat as the couple congregated for lunch with their respective children in tow

The two families chatted with each other at the table

The two families chatted with each other at the table

At one point, Erica and Shannon huddled and shared an intimate conversation

At one point, Erica and Shannon huddled and shared an intimate conversation

The source claimed Erica and Shannon’s children seemed to be getting on well, and spent the day riding electric bikes by the beach.

James and Erica married in 2007 and later split in 2013, but are on good terms as they co-parent their three children.

Erica reportedly received a $100 million divorce payment, and purchased a family home in Los Angeles shortly after the break-up.

The kids laughed and played at the famous Byron Bay restaurant as their meal arrived

The kids laughed and played at the famous Byron Bay restaurant as their meal arrived

At one point, Erica got an impromptu hairdo from one of the girls

At one point, Erica got an impromptu hairdo from one of the girls

Later, the children enjoyed ice cream in the warm Byron air

Later, the children enjoyed ice cream in the warm Byron air

James also bought an $80million Los Angeles mansion so he could be closer to Erica and their children whenever he was in town.

‘James’ main priority at the moment is the wellbeing of his kids,” a family friend told The Daily Telegraph at the time of the divorce.

When Erica visits Sydney, she often lives with her former husband and their children at James’ $72 million Crown penthouse home.

At one point the new couple shared a cute moment where Erica fed a Shannon a piece of her lunch

Earlier in the day, Shannon and Erica were spotted enjoying a romantic beach date with Erica and their children

Earlier in the day, Shannon and Erica were spotted enjoying a romantic beach date with Erica and their children

The ex-couple are so close that they often enjoy family holidays together.

In contrast, Shannon’s relationship with ex partner Madeleine is not as amicable.

Shannon, who rose to fame on MasterChef Australia, split from Madeleine in September 2018 after 13 years of dating.

Madeleine later stated the separation process ‘turned love toxic’.

The couple are reportedly staying at Shannon's $2million beachfront property on the Belongil Beach peninsula, with his six children Phoenix, Hendrix, Xascha, Xanthe, Xahlia and Margaux

The couple are reportedly staying at Shannon’s $2million beachfront property on the Belongil Beach peninsula, with his six children Phoenix, Hendrix, Xascha, Xanthe, Xahlia and Margaux

Two years after their breakup, she left Melbourne and moved to the Byron Bay area to be near their six children, buying her own $4.6million property overlooking Tallow Beach.

In May 2022, Shannon said Madeleine saw their children fortnightly, while they spend the remainder of the time with him.

‘The kids live with me full time and they visit their mother every fortnight for a few days,’ he told the Herald Sun at the time.

Erica's children Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle - who she shares with ex James - are also apparently staying in the sprawling mansion. 'They weren't flaunting it, but they certainly weren't hiding it either,' an onlooker told The Sunday Telegraph of the pair's romance

Erica’s children Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle – who she shares with ex James – are also apparently staying in the sprawling mansion. ‘They weren’t flaunting it, but they certainly weren’t hiding it either,’ an onlooker told The Sunday Telegraph of the pair’s romance

'They waited until the kids went in the house until they shared a cuddle and a kiss,' they added

‘They waited until the kids went in the house until they shared a cuddle and a kiss,’ they added

The source claimed Erica and Shannon's children seemed to be getting on well, and spent the day riding electric bikes by the beach

The source claimed Erica and Shannon’s children seemed to be getting on well, and spent the day riding electric bikes by the beach

Madeleine spent this year embroiled in court battles with Benny Bennett, Shannon’s elderly father, who took out an AVO against her after an alleged clash at the chef’s Byron mansion in 2022.

A magistrate enforced the AVO describing Madeleine as an ‘evasive’ and unreliable witness, and her alleged treatment of her ex father-in-law, 75, as ‘verging on being aggressive’.

But the decision was thrown out when Madeleine appealed to the NSW District Court and won in a ruling by Judge Jonathan Priestley who said ‘the evidence of facts supporting them is light on, and not supported by’ the footage from five different CCTV cameras around Shannon Bennett’s home.

Erica married James Packer in 2007, and they later split in 2013. Pictured together in 2005

Erica married James Packer in 2007, and they later split in 2013. Pictured together in 2005

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