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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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.

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.

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.

Paper Crane

Cairns Area
Emulating the sights and tastes of Asia, Paper Crane offers a dining experience in Cairns like no other. Taking advantage of tropical Queensland’s fresh produce, the modern Asian inspired menu instantly transports you to the bustling streets of Asia.

Oaks Kitchen and Garden

Oak Beach, Douglas Area
Oaks Kitchen are a cooking school specialising in South east Asian cuisine also incorporating local and native Australian produce, located in Oak Beach in Tropical north Queensland. Also offering a long lunch dinning experience pairing with herbal and aromatic teas made on site, a very unique dinning experience for the area.

Skybury Cafe and Roastery

Mareeba,
Serving hot and cold drinks, freshly roasted coffee straight from the farm, yummy cakes, scones and snacks, as well as its trademark sweet red papaya, Skybury Cafe and Roastery is a must do stop for all those who love their coffee and more.

Hemingway's Brewing Company Pty Ltd

Cairns Area
Hemingway’s Brewery is a local, independent craft brewery operating in Far North Queensland that produces outstanding craft beers. They also have waterfront gastro-brewpubs in Port Douglas and Cairns that showcase local provenance in vibrant settings.

Murdering Point Winery

Silkwood East, 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.
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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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