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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

Cairns Sunset Dinner Cruise

Book  Cairns Sunset Dinner Cruise NowSee 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

Book  Flames of the Forest NowFlames 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.

Food Wine and Rainforest Tour

Book  Food Wine and Rainforest Tour NowGet 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!

10-Hour Small Group Outback Tasting Adventure from Cairns

10-Hour Small Group Outback Tasting Adventure from Cairns

More InfoThis boutique food and wine experience from Cairns will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. First stop is a Private Property for a 3 course breakfast at a Davidson Plum and finger lime farm with stunning views, then to a riverside location for local cheeses and Indigenous condiments and a glass of wine. Lunch at the Platypus Park to watch them play and try Kangaroo, Crocodile and other delicacies Visit a working dairy farm and sample their chocolates, stop in for a seasonal fruit platter and Macadamia nuts. Then a tipple or 2 at Mt Uncle distillery, 15 Fruit wine tastings and finish the day at Jaques Family Coffee Plantation for an insight to coffee making and a cup 'as you like it' with some delicious scones jam and cream. You will be taken through a variety of contrasting landscapes, relax as we taste our way around the regions 'Food Bowl.' 8 Unique gourmet Stops!The maximum participants for this tour is 12.

 

Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

More InfoCome 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.

 

Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

More InfoStep 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.

 

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

More InfoStart 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).

 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Markets and Jaques Coffee Plantation Day Trip from Cairns

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Markets and Jaques Coffee Plantation Day Trip from Cairns

More InfoEnjoy 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 video tour and lunch followed by visiting the Mareeba Heritage Museum and an ice-cream at Emerald Creek Ice-Creamery.

 

Heli Pub Tour

Heli Pub Tour

More InfoHeli Pub Tour
A fantastic way to see and taste what the Atherton Tablelands has to offer!
Tour time approximately 5 hours (10.00am – 3.00pm), flight time approximately 60 minutes.

 

Aroha Tangata Australia and New Zealand 20 day

Aroha Tangata Australia and New Zealand 20 day

More InfoExperience the life of an Australian cowboy, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and more—experience Australia firsthand on this remarkable Adventure.  We will give you the opportunity to immerse into Australia’s way of life. You will be in the remote Outback, explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Discover the splendidly diverse country of New Zealand. This island nation is known for its stunningly varied range of natural landscapes; you’ll understand why when you cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound or ascend the peaks of the Southern Alps. Amid these spectacular untamed settings, you’ll get a taste of the welcoming Kiwi culture.

 

Food Tour

Food Tour

More InfoTravel in style in your own privately driven vehicle with a home grown local at the wheel to give you the best insights into the region. Start your day with a complimentary morning beverage before escaping cairns to eat your way across this tropical paradise.  Be sure to collect your favourite foods along the way and store them in our onboard fridge, because our last stop is at our favourite lookout. Here we roll out the blanket to watch the sun set over the 800 meters in elevation and enjoy the best food of the day all over again. 

 

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.

Cairns CBD

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.

Trinity Beach

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.

Yorkeys Knob

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.

Smithfield

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.