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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Jaques Coffee Plantation

Mareeba,
Jaques Coffee Plantation is an Agri-Tourism business in the Mareeba Shire with 85,000 productive coffee trees, a 130 seat fully licensed restaurant and café sits at the heart of the plantation, onsite roastery and gift shop.

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 25 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.

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 an icon. Ice cream is made on site, using organically grown fruit from their very own orchard.

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 coffee, lunch and dinner (9am until late), Dundee's is positioned directly on the boardwalk with fabulous views over Marlin Marina, Trinity Inlet and mountains.

The Coffee Works

Mareeba,
The Coffee Works is located at 136 Mason St.. It is rated 3.6 by 11 Zomato users. Serves Coffee and Tea, Desserts, Tea. The average cost for 2 mains and 2 beverages here is A$7 approximately. Listing provided in partnership with Zomato Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.

Barbados Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Barbados Port Douglas is a chilled, comfortable and stylish cocktail bar at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina Port Douglas, located in Far North Queensland, on the east coast of Australia. Positioned on the timber boardwalk with a spectacular view over the Dickson Inlet, Barbados Port Douglas is the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the sunset, with views over the Coral Sea, Mossman Ranges and Daintree National Park.

Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant

Cairns Area
The Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant was established in March 2005 and is locally owned and operated by one of Cairns’ most experienced and renowned Chinese Chefs, Ken Deng. Ken migrated to Australia with his family in 1989.

Seabean Cafe Restaurant

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Zomato users recommend Cocktails, Wine, Steak, Sangria, Creme Brulee, Calamari and Patata Bravas at Seabean Cafe Restaurant. Most of the visitors also appreciated the Friendly Staff. Seabean Cafe Restaurant is located at 28th Wharf St and Warner St.
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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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