In Queensland, it’s not just what you eat – it’s where you eat it. Many meals here are served al fresco, with a generous portion of jaw-drop views. From Australia’s best chefs to local neighbourhood favourites, the state’s bountiful dining options will keep you satisfied. Here’s 10 ways to get a taste of what’s on offer…
1- Dine on ocean-fresh seafood…at Shuck in Main Beach, Gold Coast. Don’t miss the Oyster Tempura. Or try the fresh-from the ocean Barrumundi at Osprey’s restaurant at Thala Beach Resort.
2- Discover the tropical flavours…of the Atherton Tablelands, where you’ll find coffee and tea plantations, fruit farms, cattle ranches and dairies. Try the zingy blood orange icecream in the Kuranda Markets Arcade – it won’t disappoint.
3- Get a taste of Indigenous culture… at Flames of the Forest in Port Douglas, where two local Aboriginal brothers will treat you to traditional storytelling, didgeridoo-playing and songs complemented by dishes such as lightly seared kangaroo carpaccio.
4- Enjoy the tastes of local chefs…dine on dishes rustled up by award-winning chefs at critic-pleasing places such as the Fish House on the Gold Coast, and Nu Nu Restaurant in Palm Cove, Tropical North Queensland.
5- Savour paddock-to-plate cuisine…including succulent local beef dishes at Crystalbrook Lodge where the beef is reared nearby on their cattle ranch.
6- Try pan-Asian cuisine… at Rick Shores in Burleigh Heads. Try ‘Rick’s Fried Bug Roll – featuring local Moreton Bay Bugs – a type of slipper crab – and toast those prime waterfront Gold Coast views with a martini or two
7- Enjoy market style dining… at Miami Marketta, where bands play on a stage strung with fairy lights, while food trucks serve global dishes. Sip fruity cocktails in a chandelier-lit bar and watch artists, fashion designers and antique furniture-makers plying their trades.
8- Sample artisan gins…at Mount Uncle Distillery. Or if beer is more your tipple, try the craft beers on offer at Hemingway’s Brewery at Port Douglas & Cairns waterfronts.
9- For a lighter bite…try the choux bombs and peanut-butter-and-jelly cream puffs from Bam Bam Bakehouse on Mermaid Beach. It takes three days for Bam Bam to create the perfect croissant – and three seconds for you to scoff it whole.
10- For the perfect sundowner…order a cocktail (or two) at Chill Café in Palm Cove, where locals dine on traditional Aussie cuisine and wind down with drinks as the sun sets.