Best food trails around Cairns and Port Douglas

Personally, I can’t do anything even moderately well if my taste buds are not fired up for adventure. So when it comes to a holiday in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, I like to put a little Wolfism into my getaway and feel that ‘one simply cannot do the Great Barrier Reef well or the rainforest well, without dining well’.

Luckily this entire region – and I’m talking the 320km that runs from Cape Tribulation in the north to Mission Beach in the south – is literally a crock pot of trails for foodies, full of astoundingly good restaurants, fresh-from-the-farm produce and days of mooching between normal holiday adventures.

Cape Tribulation food trail
food trail from Cape Tribulation to Mission Beach

If you have just 24 hours, then apart from shortening yourself to one of the greatest destinations in the world, you really have to hotfoot it around. Stick to our 24 Hours of Eating in Cairns itinerary to sample local produce straight from the markets, daily roast coffee and a local’s preferred beachside noshery.

Foodies with two more days to spare should consider grazing on the Atherton Tablelands itinerary to see overfed dairy cows, cheery little chickens, coffee plantations and lakeside cafes that offer scones with lashings of double clotted local cream. 

Beware, this is not a place for weight watchers! You might just have to run up the range to run off those calories. Port Douglas has never been a secret for serious foodies so we’ve dosed up the days and come up with 3 days of feasting in Port Douglas covering everything from rainforest to beachside and inlet dining. 

Remember to bring your smartphone and the perfect pout. This place is a haunt for the Hollywood crowd and you never know which A-lister you might end up dining next to. So with that mapped out, the only thing left is to wish you “bon appetit … mate!”