Restaurants & Dining

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 Nerada Tea Plantation for unique tea and local cheeses and Tree Kangaroo spotting. 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 seasonal fruit tasting and Macadamia nuts. Then a tipple or 2 at Mt Uncle distillery, and last stop of the day at either Jaques Coffee or Skybury Coffee Plantations for coffee and tea 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.


Port Douglas Sunday Markets Day Tour

Port Douglas Sunday Markets Day Tour

More InfoEnjoy some retail therapy with this half day tour to the award winning Port Douglas Markets. Source out a bargain, taste new tropical fruit or chase down that nik nak you need for holiday gifts!
Come and join us in the hype of the market ambiance of North Queensland's finest.
Begin the day bright and early starting at Rusty’s Market. Established for over 40 years this market is an established Cairns Tourist icon boasting colourful stallholders and abundance of exotic fruits. Journey Northbound along the beautiful ocean culminating at the famous award winning Port Douglas Markets over looking the Coral Sea. Spend the morning going from stall to stall, admire the beautiful hand made local crafts, & taking home many memories.
Visit Palm Cove Markets (first Sunday’s of the month), Holloways Beach Markets (second Sunday’s of the month) on your return journey on request. Have the afternoon free to spend in Cairns!


Rusty's Market Foodlovers Tour

Rusty's Market Foodlovers Tour

More InfoIf you’re food-obsessed and like history too, you’ll love this tour. You’ll sample foods (fresh and cooked), learn about the history of the market, hear about the background of tropical fruits and veggies and get the insiders scoop on the best foods at Rusty’s.

The tour includes exploring the history of Rusty's Market and how it got started. The guide will also provide pointers to the best gourmet foods available in the markets and also the seasonal fruits.


Cairns Pub & Club Tour

Cairns Pub & Club Tour

More InfoWhether your traveling solo or with friends the Partyincairns high energy party hosts will show you the best of Cairns' nightlife every Friday night (we will also be running varied Saturday nights in 2021 - please check for available dates).

We actually guarantee we will save you money while you party with us.
Free drinks - VIP priced drinks all night - free entry to every venue and our amazing Big Deal Discount Booklet make unbeatable value.

We look forward to partying with you soon.


Daintree Afternoon Nocturnal Nature and Wildlife Tour

Daintree Afternoon Nocturnal Nature and Wildlife Tour

More InfoPersonalisation – Our groups are small, amplifying the quality of our nature and wildlife interaction.

Eco-friendly – We cruise with a solar electric boat operator. The vessel is quiet and a completely clean and green machine.

Afternoon advantages – We are heading IN to the National Park when other operators are heading OUT! Our late finish affords us peaceful trails and empty beaches

Observe what we casually call, the ‘shift swap’. Animals that are active during the day become more excitable at dusk, right as the nocturnal creatures come out to play!

Nocturnal component – Very few visitors to the area have the option to go into the “Oldest continually growing rainforest in the world, at night!”


Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour from Cairns

Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour from Cairns

More InfoTableland Trails offers private, small group tours that can be tailored to suit your needs. We operate with only 2-5 passengers, making your tour very personal. We pick you up from your accommodation as we make our way up the Kuranda Range to the Tablelands where, together, we explore the delicacies that the Cairns Hinterland has to offer.

Please note that we only stop at Rainforest Bounty if we have 4 or more passengers on the tour. We also only stop at Gallo's on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Cairns Brewery Tours

Cairns Brewery Tours

More InfoEnjoy Cairns' first and only micro brewery and distillery tour.
Visit five unique Cairns venues.
Experience the local craft breweries, taste the beers, hear the stories of the brewers’ and make new friends in the process.
Visit one of the local distilleries, taste the products and have a chat to the distillers.
Spend an afternoon discovering Cairns’ breweries, distillery and iconic bars with us … and enjoy a few amazing beverages while you are at it.


Boutique Tasting Tour in the Cairns Tablelands

Boutique Tasting Tour in the Cairns Tablelands



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.


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.