Great Barrier Reef Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Great Barrier Reef

Most visitors head to Cairns when they want to explore the reef, so it's hardly surprising that one of Queensland's most diverse dining scenes can be found here. Popular eateries include the French-inspired C'est Bon Restaurant Français, the Indonesian-focused Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant and Tha Fish Restaurant, where local seafood staples like fish and chips, seared tiger prawns and grilled Moreton Bay bugs (small lobsters) are on the menu. Travelers can also enjoy an array of local brews at Cairns' Barrier Reef Brewing Co.

For those who plan to linger farther south in Townsville, Australian restaurants like A Touch of Salt, JAM and IMC Steak House are available. Aussie dishes served throughout the city include grilled barramundi (a type of seabass native to Australia) and roasted lamb, and craft brews can be savored at Townsville Brewing Co. A few specialty restaurants, such as Chico Rio (a Brazilian dining venue) and GYO Japanese Tapas Bar Restaurant, are located in Townsville as well.

Travelers visiting the Whitsundays will find the bulk of the islands' eateries on Hamilton Island. Because of its proximity to the water, Hamilton Island offers a variety of seafood-focused restaurants, including Bommie (which is part of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club) and Mariners Restaurant (located within the Hamilton Island Marina complex). Australian pub grub and Asian and Italian fare are also available.

Find the Best Restaurants in Great Barrier Reef

  • #1
    Cruze Coffee
    #1 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 379 reviewsTripAdvisor (379)
    $ | Cafe
    105 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #2
    Dundee's at the Cairns Aquarium
    #2 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 95 reviewsTripAdvisor (95)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Grill, Australian
    5 Florence Street Cairns Corner of Abbot Street and Florence Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #3
    Devine Gelato
    #3 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 915 reviewsTripAdvisor (915)
    $ |
    Shop 3 5 Aplin St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #4
    Cairns Burger Cafe
    #4 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 349 reviewsTripAdvisor (349)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food, Australian
    15 Aplin St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #5
    Fusion Art, Bar & Tapas
    #5 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 373 reviewsTripAdvisor (373)
    $ - $$ | Contemporary, Fusion, Australian, Wine Bar
    12 Spence St Shop 5, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #6
    Snoogies
    #6 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 189 reviewsTripAdvisor (189)
    $ | Cafe, Australian
    82 Grafton St Between Lake and Grafton streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #7
    Waffle On Cairns
    #7 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 322 reviewsTripAdvisor (322)
    $ | Cafe, Australian
    64A Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #8
    Gelocchio
    #8 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 693 reviewsTripAdvisor (693)
    $ |
    9/93 The Esplanade (50 metres up Aplin street From Esplanade-Aplin corner, walk up Aplin, 50 metres on the left., Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #9
    Vitalia's Italian Restaurant
    #9 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 264 reviewsTripAdvisor (264)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
    22-24 Palm Street cnr Palm Street and Bouganvillea street, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #10
    C'est Bon Restaurant Francais
    #10 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 951 reviewsTripAdvisor (951)
    $$ | French, European, Cafe, Pub, Gastropub
    20 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #11
    Mi Piace Espresso Bar
    #11 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 72 reviewsTripAdvisor (72)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Australian
    119 Sheridan Street Opposite Munro Martin Park, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #12
    JaffleHead
    #12 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 241 reviewsTripAdvisor (241)
    $ | Fast Food, Cafe, Australian
    39 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #13
    Blackbird Espresso by Coffee NQ
    #13 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 224 reviewsTripAdvisor (224)
    $ | Cafe, Australian
    Shop 13 Oceana Walk Oceana Walk Arcade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #14
    Apex Milk Bar
    #14 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 282 reviewsTripAdvisor (282)
    $ | Fast Food, Diner, Australian, Street Food
    24 Hoare St Manunda, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #15
    Prawn Star
    #15 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 860 reviewsTripAdvisor (860)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Healthy, Australian
    Pier Point Rd Marlin Marina, E31 Berth, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #16
    Trinity Beach Kebab House
    #16 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 92 reviewsTripAdvisor (92)
    $ | Fast Food, Middle Eastern, Turkish
    1 Rabaul St, Trinity Beach, Cairns, Queensland 4879 Australia
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  • #17
    Piato
    #17 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 303 reviewsTripAdvisor (303)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European, Greek
    1 Pierpoint Road Shop G4A, The Pier Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #18
    Bang and Grind
    #18 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 630 reviewsTripAdvisor (630)
    $ | Cafe, Australian
    Shop 8 14 Spence St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #19
    Tha Fish
    #19 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1287 reviewsTripAdvisor (1287)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Contemporary, Australian, Soups
    Shop g7b Pier Pt Rd, Pier Shopping, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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  • #20
    Jenny's Chinese Kitchen
    #20 of 719 Places to Eat in Cairns
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $ | Chinese, Fast Food, Asian
    82 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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