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Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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Townsville Dining

The cuisine at Great Barrier Reef is truly amazing though not surprising to its locale; it offers many choices including Australian and regional Queensland gastronomy, as well as a selection of International restaurants from Asia and the Pacific. Australia’s food is notorious for staples like buffalo and emu as well as what they call Bush Tucker, which includes kangaroo and crocodile. Queensland cuisine on the other hand, is known for outstanding seafood.

Native
One of the most popular restaurants located in Cairns is Ochre Grille Restaurant, decorated in the colors of the outback, which serves great seafood, game and bush foods. Visitors will enjoy its casual atmosphere and moderate prices.

Another fabulous regional restaurant, located on the boardwalk, is Dundee’s, quite picturesque, and specializing in bush tucker meats prepared as sausages, steaks or kabobs, seasoned with native spicy peppers. The filet of Kangaroo is quite the rave.

Tip: If you have a big appetite and would like to experience the best of Queensland cuisine, try the Australian Fare Platter, composed of buffalo, emu, crocodile, Kangaroo and barramundi.

Prices range from moderate to expensive depending on the dish.

Moderate
However, if you’re looking for less adventurous dining in Great Barrier Reef, yet great in quality and price, head to Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Inn, in Cairns, for the fresh catch of the day; try it blackened or prepared in a scrumptious curry sauce.

If in Brisbane, the River Canteen Restaurant is a great place to dine on simple but good food. Its relaxed ambience overlooking the Brisbane River offers fabulous international cuisine. The restaurant’s chef prides himself in the fact that he uses only the freshest local produce. Prices range from inexpensive to moderate.

Head to Port Douglas to Salsa Bar & Grill, a moderately priced contemporary restaurant, where the chef’s creativity has resulted in great dishes like Quail, stuffed with a combination of sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and lightly dressed with a wild mushroom cream; or yellow-fin tuna, seasoned with vinaigrette made of raspberries and pistachios.

This is truly great dining in Great Barrier Reef.

Inexpensive
Great Barrier Reef has restaurants, bistros and cafes, offering excellent food and service, suited for families or visitors watching the budget.

At places like Fitzroy you can find quaint restaurants like Red Rice, offering the best in Vietnamese cuisine; don’t miss the red rice. Best of all, its romantic atmosphere creates a great dining experience.

Another well kept secret of Fitzroy Island is Copacabana, offering great Brazilian food; enjoy the buffet and the prices.

For the best oriental style duck, head to Oriental Restaurant, on Hayman Island. You won’t be disappointed, and the trip is worthwhile.

Manta Ray Café, a cafeteria style restaurant on Hamilton Island, is the place for great pizza and fresh seafood. Don’t let the simple décor keep you away from its great food.

Whatever your budget, whatever your taste, dining in Great Barrier Reef can be one of the features that brings you back to this amazing destination.
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