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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!

Boutique Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food and Wine Tasting Tour from Cairns

Boutique Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food and Wine Tasting Tour 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.

 

Cairns Ultimate Party Bus. The best way to see Cairn's nightlife and have fun!

Cairns Ultimate Party Bus. The best way to see Cairn's nightlife and have fun!

More InfoUltimate Party is Australia's longest running Party Tour and has been operating in Cairns since early 2000.

It is the only Double Decker Party Bus in Australia and takes you to the best venues Cairns has to offer, with great value.

5 Drinks

Gourmet Pizza

Free entry to clubs = no cover charges

VIP priced drinks all night

Games and prizes

$100 worth of venue vouchers to use other nights

A club card with 5 more free entries to every club in Cairns.

Party Bus transfers on a mobile nightclub!

Discount vouchers for other local businesses.

Just a great night out with people that want to have fun!

 

Tableland Tasting Tour

Tableland Tasting Tour

More InfoThis is a tour that showcases the best of both worlds that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. A tasting tour that includes the sights of 3 spectacular waterfalls.

 

Hipster and Street Art Walking Tour

Hipster and Street Art Walking Tour

More InfoWith Cairns being the second Hipster capital of Australia, it's no wonder it is so cool ("hip"). But what makes it Hipster and why do Hipsters play such an important role in larger society?

We will explore the influential Hipster culture through food, cafes, street art, elite barbers, and vintage shops. Find out how much your life may be influenced by hipsters or if you're a closet hipster...!

The tour provides an overview of the global Hipster culture and how it has expanded in Cairns.

The importance and evolution of tattooing as art and a global trend, the emergence of graffiti as art, the food trends that hipsters have influenced (including the emergence of vegan food options), and the niche of elite barbers (and those hipster beards!) are all explored.

Discounts for seniors, children and groups of 4 or more offered.

 

Rusty's Market Foodlovers Tour

Rusty's Market Foodlovers Tour

More InfoIf you're food obsessed, and like history too, you will love the Rusty's Market Food Lover's tour. We will sample foods (fresh and cooked), learn about the history of Rusty's, understand what makes tropical food unique, and get the insider's scoop on the best foods at Rusty's. Seven tastings are included.

The tour includes exploring the history of how Rusty's Market got started, from being in old Chinatown and hippies. The tastings include fresh coconut gourmet treats, local honeys, sugar cane juice, fresh seasonal tropical fruits, artisan coffee, and more. The guide will also provide pointers to the best gourmet foods available in the markets and also the seasonal fruits.

 

Cairns History Walking Tour

Cairns History Walking Tour

More InfoCairns may be a pretty face but its history is also rich and deep, going back at least 40,000 years. Explore beyond the rainforest and reef to the ancient and recent history, complete with stories and photographable architecture, art and landmarks.

We look at buildings of significance from the early colony, including architectural styles, as well as indigenous outdoor artworks. You will learn about the importance of the natural features of Cairns (reef and rain forest), the oldest living culture in the world and pre-colonial lifestyle. We talk about the challenges of colonisation, pirates and opium trade, and the early gold rush, farming, business, and the cultural melting pot that makes Cairns what it is today.

Historic buildings highlighted include: Cairns Museum, Cairns Art Gallery, Mulgrave Shire Office, Telegraph Office, Post Office, Chambers, Boland's Department Store, the Adelaide Steamship Company, Central Hotel, Chinatown, and Hides Hotel.

 

Hidden Bars and Cocktails

Hidden Bars and Cocktails

More InfoEnjoy a drink and get the inside scoop on Cairns’ best bars and hidden cocktail establishments. Shake off the sand, dress up for cocktail hour and join your host on an indulgent discovery. You will stop at several specially selected venues where you will enjoy irresistible drinks, lively atmosphere, and friendly conversation. Along the way you will hear some tall stories and information about Cairns and its nightlife. Although the drinks are the highlight, the tasty morsels should not be overlooked.

Join us for an elegant tropical tipple; the perfect way to cool down, relax and make new friends. Now that you’re feeling a little tipsy, your host can provide you with some suggestions to keep you grooving into the night. Special Offer - Intro offer: Book by October 30 to save 15%. - Book Now!

 

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

More InfoIf you have a sweet tooth, then this is the tour for you! Discover what makes Cairns special while you taste and indulge your way through the streets, sampling a variety of scrumptious treats. Make sure you have room in your stomach because you will be stopping at four specially selected venues to sample their delights including cakes, chocolates and gelato showcasing local ingredients. You will also enjoy a coffee or tea, hear some interesting facts about the area and can purchase some yummy goodies to take with you.

Walking with a small group of like-minded sweet lovers is the best way to explore Cairns – and remember all calories consumed are cancelled by the walking! Special Offer - Intro offer: Book by October 30 to save 10%. - Book Now!

 

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 InfoAustralia’s only rainforest dining experience, tucked away in a fairy tale pocket of natural beauty, Flames of the Forest creates memories to last a lifetime.

Showcasing a local, tropics inspired menu accompanied by a selection of quality beverages and set amidst the candle lit rainforest under a black silk canopy with sparkling, hand made crystal chandeliers, Flames of the Forest offers guests a distinctly different dining experience.

Entwined with either an Indigenous cultural performance by two local Aboriginal brothers featuring traditional storytelling, didgeridoo and song staged within the natural, authentic backdrop of this spiritual people, or the romantic serenade of a solo acoustic guitarist, this is an Australian experience not to be missed.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Helicopter Pub Tour: The Ultimate Day Out!

Helicopter Pub Tour: The Ultimate Day Out!

More InfoExperience the ultimate afternoon out on this three to five hour Helicopter Pub Tour. Arrive in true VIP style at two to four unique Far North Queensland watering holes. Be amazed by stunning birds'-eye views of Barron Gorge, Walshs Pyramid and the Crater Lakes National Park.

 

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Moore Reef Daily Outer Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Moore Reef Daily Outer Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

More InfoTravel by air-conditioned catamaran from Cairns Marina to our Moore Reef Marine Base on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, which is perfectly positioned and equipped for you to explore this reef that is teeming with colourful coral and fascinating fish.
The 50 metre long Marine Base features a sundeck to relax in the sun & look out over the turquoise waters & is also where the Sunlover Sunslide - the only theme park waterslide on the reef, starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters.
Spend 4 hours exploring the reef by taking advantage of the free inclusions such as unlimited glass bottom boat & semi-submersible tours, an ocean kid's enclosed pool, tropical buffet lunch with prawns, all snorkelling equipment, underwater observatory, marine life touch tank & fish feeding.
For a more in-depth experience optional extras include Introductory or Certified SCUBA, Seawalker Helmet dive, Guided Snorkel Safari, scenic heli flight or stay overnight with Sunlover by Starlight.

 

Sunlover by Starlight - Overnight Glamping Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience

Sunlover by Starlight - Overnight Glamping Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience

More InfoSunlover by Starlight is a once in a lifetime overnight experience, sleeping under the stars at our Marine Base at Moore Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Day one enjoy a Moore Reef Daily experience with free activitie such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat & semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory, marine life touch tank, sundeck & the Sunlover Sunslide - the only theme park waterslide on the Reef!
Then as the day trippers depart a lucky few will experience the reef environment exclusively. Take one last snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat tour then relax with a drink & a delicious BBQ while taking in an epic reef sunset.
Wrap up in your deluxe swag, gaze at the brilliant star with nothing but the gentle sound of water lapping on the reef to lull you to sleep.
The following morning our marine experts take you to exclusive areas of the reef with a Guided Snorkel Safari or Glass-Bottom Boat tour, before the day guests return & you enjoy another full day Moore Reef experience.

 

Nibble Nibble

Nibble Nibble

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.