Enjoy the best of our relaxed, tropical lifestyle
Exotic flavours are plentiful in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region where incredible fish, crayfish and prawns are harvested from the sea and an array of tropical produce is grown on the land. Join a tour or drive along a food and wine trail taking in exotic fruit wineries, ice creameries, coffee plantations and tropical fruit farms.
Local produce is on display in the heart of Cairns city at the farmers’ markets where you can discover new tastes such as mangosteen or spice up your holiday with locally grown pepper, cardamom, ginger and the heady scent of fresh herbs.
The Atherton Tablelands is the food bowl of the region and where you can get everything you need for a great cuppa – tea, coffee, sugar and milk. Visit a dairy to try their cheese and yoghurt, a smokehouse for cured meats or an aquaculture farm for red claw and barramundi.
New flavours grown in the Daintree include cocoa and vanilla which many local chefs mix with the region’s sugar to turn into exquisite chocolates and desserts. Traditional Indigenous flavours like lemon aspen and Davidson’s plum also are popular ingredients for chefs.
With such good quality produce, it is no wonder there is an enormous choice of restaurants featuring tropical and international cuisine as well as traditional Australian bush tucker flavours.