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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Hemingway's Brewery Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Hemingway's Brewery is a Gastro Brewpub, located at the beautiful Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina in Port Douglas. Hemingway's is the first of its kind in Far North Queensland and offers a relaxed vibe where you can enjoy handcrafted beers suited to the tropical climate and fresh, local produce.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Greenfields

Cairns Area
With a focus on all things raw and simple, Greenfields restaurant in Cairns, embodies all aspects of healthy eating, and they can assure you its anything but boring. Taking advantage of locally sourced sustainable produce, the menu offers a flourish of wholesome options that will inspire your senses and your green thumb.

Rocco

Cairns Area
With 270 degree panoramic views of Cairns and the Coral Sea, Rocco is the city’s highest rooftop bar and restaurant. Capturing the sights of Cairns with influences from afar, Rocco is a proud reflection of Mediterranean history mingled with a contemporary take on cuisine.

Jaques Coffee Plantation

Mareeba,
Australia's Premier Coffee Plantation with Onsite Roastery, Licenced Restaurant, Cafe and Tours. A family owned Australian coffee plantation, located in Mareeba, on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. This rolling plantation boasts 85,000 Arabica coffee trees and its own roaster and home of the worlds first coffee harvester.

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.
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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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