Cairns Restaurants & Dining
Cairns is smack bang between the Coral Sea and the wonderful grazing lands and tropical fruit orchards in the Cairns Hinterland. This means that the produce you'll find in cafes and restaurants is the highest quality with the freshest seafood Australia has to offer, premium beef and an amazing assortment of fruits that you won't find in other places. You might also get to try some local delicacies like Kangaroo, Crocodile and local Barramundi.
There's a range of dining options in Cairns and you can even dine next to the water or head out on a yacht so you can catch the sunset before your evening meal. There are relaxed cafes offering fish'n'chips, hamburgers and a wide range of cuisines like Japanese, Thai, Italian and Indian to keep your tastebuds busy.
Cairns Dining Experiences
See the best that the waterways of Cairns have to offer as the sun descends from the tropical sky with this Cairns sunset dinner cruise experience in one of the most popular destinations in north Queensland. Over the course of one and a half hours, you'll be able to admire the spectacular Cairns scenery while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or beer and snacking on some savoury nibbles aboard the cruise.
Flames of the Forest near Port Douglas transports you into a world beyond your imagination with a rainforest dining experience so relaxing and uplifting that you will never want to leave! Escape the ordinary with this amazing tropical dining experience like no other in Australia. While dining, guests can enjoy the soothing sounds of local indigenous musicians and storytellers, learning the ancient ways of the Aboriginal people and their fascinating culture form two local brothers. Or enjoy a quiet and intimate dinner in this magical romantic setting.
Get a combined dose of Cairns delights for both your eyes and tastebuds on this full day food and wine tour through the Atherton Tablelands and rainforest. Departing at 8am, you'll be picked up from your Cairns area accommodation in preparation for a day of sightseeing and culinary adventure, boarding a comfortable coach and heading off the main tourist tracks to visit a range of local secrets that provide a range of exotic tastes - fruit wines, macadamias, rich cheeses, chocolates, seafood and more are all on the menu here!
Come and join the traditional people of Australia in a special evening of Aboriginal culture. Tjapukai means rainforest and on this engaging cultural tour you'll hear the story of the Tjapukai people, watch theatrical performances, join in interactive activities and learn the traditonal customs of the rainforest and its people.
Step into the world's oldest rainforest to dine by candlelight during an unforgettable evening of fine food and entertainment at the Flames of the Forest dinner experience. Feel the wonder of this legendary location, enjoy live guitar music or an Aboriginal storytelling and cultural performance, and dine on a sumptuous multi-course meal in an enchanting rainforest setting. Your meal is accompanied by Australian wines and beer, and finishes with mouth-watering desserts. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns, the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels.
Start the day with a hot Aussie breakfast in the company of a cute koala and its keeper departing from Cairns or Palm Cove. See crocodiles up close and take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon where you can witness crocodiles feeding. Get up close to kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, cassowaries, quolls and other iconic Australian wildlife. Enjoy entertaining and educational wildlife presentations throughout the day. Optional professional koala holding photos are also available (extra cost applies).
Enjoy this small-group tour from Cairns as you travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway up to Kuranda Village where you can explore the stalls and markets. You will then travel to Mareeba for a Jaques Coffee Plantation tour and lunch followed by visiting the Mareeba Heritage Museum and an ice-cream at Emerald Creek Ice-Creamery.
Experience the food and farms of the Atherton Tablelands on a guided full-day tour that visits out-of-the-way locations and gives you exclusive access to certain farms. Stop at Crater Lakes National Park and Lake Barrine, then continue to several farms that produce coffee, macadamia nuts, tropical fruit wines, cheese and chocolate. Your tour includes a seafood lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and lots of tasty food and wine samples along the way. With numbers limited to 20 people, you'll enjoy a more personalized small-group tour with your expert guide.
Cairns Dining Areas
There are obviously far more areas around Cairns than this and if you’re willing to travel a little there are some quaint spots up in the Tablelands too. These are just a few of the main areas central to Cairns. If you chat to some of the local food lovers they’ll be able to direct you to their favourites, which may be new and unknown or simply a local secret.
Dining in Cairns is such a wonderful experience thanks to the city having access to such a variety of fresh produce. Take a walk along the esplanade and even down the main mall area to discover a huge number of restaurants, cafes and pubs serving some amazing food.
Head out to the Trinity beach area and go for a stroll along Vasey Esplanade and on to Trinity Beach rd. Around here you’ll find some lovely holiday restaurants ranging from Italian, Thai, takeaway and everything in between, all of which make the most of the delicious local seafood.
There are a number of cafes and restaurants around here with beautiful views of the beach and beyond. The more popular dining venue around here though is simply the beach. There are a number of takeaway stores where you can get yourself a great fisherman’s basket to take down and sit on the shore while you munch away.
While there are dining options around this area most are centred in or near the Smithfield Shopping Centre. The centre has your typical food court of takeaway chains, but it is also home to a number of cafes and even a few Japanese Sushi restaurants.
More Cairns Restaurants
If you need somewhere nearby to grab lunch or would like to go out and enjoy the nightlife of Cairns after a delicious seafood dinner or traditional pub meal then check out the Cairns restaurants listed here.