Tropical North Queensland restaurants and cafes

Just like the two World-Heritage icons; the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, flavours collide in Tropical North Queensland to create an unprecedented foodie adventure. Take time between treks through the rainforest, snorkels on the reef and frolics under waterfalls to taste your way through Cairns and the surrounding region. Up here, restaurants are served with a side of beachfront and cafes beam in backstreets.

Cairns restaurants and cafes

Take advantage of Cairns’ balmy weather and dine alfresco on The Esplanade and Marina for seafood so fresh it’s served off the back of the boat it was caught on. Or, wander through the laneways off Lake street for a low-key, yet sophisticated drink (or three). Café hop at the trendy establishments dotted along Grafton, Spence and Johnston streets that serve everything from hearty to healthy, or mingle with the locals at the weekend markets where you can stock up on fresh produce.

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Ochre Restaurant and Catering

Cairns, Cairns Area
The Ochre is recognised both nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative modern Australian restaurants not only in Cairns, but Australia. Located on the Boardwalk at the Harbour Lights Hotel, Ochre offers the best waterfront dining, with views across the marina to forest covered mountains.

Daintree Ice Cream Company

Diwan, Douglas Area
The Daintree Ice Cream Co was established in 1993 and since then this humble little ice cream shop has become a global icon. Their unique, tropical ice cream is made on site with fruit grown in their very own orchard and offers a refreshing and memorable addition to your day.

Murdering Point Winery

Silkwood, Cassowary Coast Area
Murdering Point Winery is unique in every sense; the name, the unmatched range of exotic tropical wines, the location and the passion that drives the owners to accept only the best as demonstrated by the awards won annually, through the use of traditional wine making methods and modern technology.

Mt Uncle Distillery

Walkamin, Tablelands Area
Nestled within a beautiful banana plantation, Mt Uncle Distillery produces a range of award winning premium spirits and iqueurs . These include Iridium gold rum, Anjea vodka, Botanic Australis gin and TBBC whiskey, not to mention the world’s first marshmallow liqueur!

Dundee's Restaurant On The Waterfront

Cairns, Cairns Area
Dundee's Restaurant captures the three ingredients of success at its best. Great food, great location and perfect ambience. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner (6am until late), Dundee's is positioned directly on the boardwalk with fabulous views over Marlin Marina, Trinity Inlet and mountains.

Coffee Works

Mareeba, Mareeba Area
Bring your hunger for new experiences and your thirst for something completely different when you visit the Coffee Works, in Mareeba, just one hour from Cairns and Port Douglas! Eclectic and highly original, Coffee Works attracts over 170,000 visitors each year for what can best be described as a totally delicious day out.

Floravilla Icecream Factory

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
Over 26 lovingly created icecreams that capture the essence of the local ingredients to produce a unique range of flavours. Their processes blend traditional icecream making techniques with an exotic mix of tropical fruit, and flavours to produce an amazing icecream experience.

Osprey's Restaurant, Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas

Oak Beach, Douglas Area
Savour the view overlooking the sparkling Coral Sea and coastal Wet Tropics ranges even longer by stopping by for lunch, dinner or an afternoon coffee or cocktail at Osprey's Restaurant at Thala Beach Nature Reserve.

Salsa Bar and Grill

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Salsa Bar and Grill has been welcoming locals and visitors alike through its doors for over 23 years. Having won many awards over the years for creative menus, customer service and atmosphere, the team at Salsa pride themselves on serving guests of the restaurant like they are welcoming old friends back home.

Mena Creek Hotel

Mena Creek, Cassowary Coast Area
Located in beautiful, tropical Far North Queensland, on the scenic Canecutter Way, and only 200 metres from multi-award winning Paronella Park, The Mena Creek Hotel is perfectly positioned. A traditional Queenslander-style country pub, The Mena Creek Hotel provides delicious, good sized meals (no scrimping on the chips here!
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Port Douglas restaurants and cafes

Once a sleepy tropical town, Port Douglas has grown into an upmarket foodie haven. Think of your plate as your passport to top-notch nosh and over 60 restaurants and cafes situated around the hub of Macrossan Street and sprinkled throughout town. Each serving up a smorgasbord of cuisines from modern Australian to Asian delights. Renowned for incorporating seafood with a dash of tropical influence, Port Douglas’ restaurants are varied enough to experience a new fare each day.  

Palm Cove restaurants and cafes

With just as many restaurants and cafes as there are palm trees, Palm Cove has redefined barefoot luxury with its foodie haunts literally on the beachfront. Take a stroll on Williams Esplanade and let your tastebuds guide you to authentic Asian, Mexican and Greek (for good measure) and an ocean of seafood restaurants.

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