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A Food-Lover’s Guide to Cairns

A Food-Lover’s Guide to Cairns

With a tropical climate, abundant rain, nearby ocean, and cooler highlands inland, Cairns is not short on fresh produce. At restaurants, fresh fish and seafood tend to be the stars of the show, and there are many fun food-focused tours and activities available in the area. Read on to whet your appetite.

Must-Try Dishes

Australians are known to have perfected the art of serving coffee, and in Cairns you can top off this experience by sipping a locally produced brew with breakfast. In response to the city's hot climate, consider getting a tropical fruit-flavored gelato too.

For a more substantial meal, try some fresh fish or seafood such as Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs, oysters, and prawns. Cairns cuisine is heavily influenced by Italy and Southeast Asia, so you can find many ways to enjoy the freshly caught seafood.

End the day with local liquor— whisky, rum, beer, and wine are all produced in the Cairns and Far North Queensland area. There are plenty of bars, pubs, and clubs in Cairns to sample. A local specialty is wine made from the tropical fruits that grow in abundance here.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Join an Aboriginal-led tour of Cairns to learn how the local indigenous peoples traditionally catch, cook, and prepare their food.
  • Tour a coffee and tea plantation in the highlands east of Cairns.
  • If you like the idea of catching your own food, charter a boat or join a group fishing tour.
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Immerse yourself in the natural wonders and Aboriginal heritage of Australia’s tropical north on this full-day tour from Cairns. First, head to the Mossman Gorge to take part in a traditional smoke ceremony with the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people. Then, enjoy a close encounter with native wildlife on the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk and visit Cape Tribulation, the meeting point of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest. After lunch at Cape Trib Beach House, embark on a scenic cruise along the Daintree River (optional).
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

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Begin your visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures with breakfast in the company of a koala and its keeper. After morning hotel pickup in Cairns or Palm Cove, transfer to Hartley's in time for your hot Aussie breakfast and conversation with the keeper about the koalas. Then you can explore at your leisure: take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to watch crocodiles feeding. Enjoy informative and entertaining wildlife presentations throughout the day, and see Australian wildlife up close, including kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, cassowaries, quolls and more.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Boutique Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food and Wine Tasting Tour from Cairns

Boutique Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food and Wine Tasting Tour from Cairns

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Get a taste of the Atherton Tablelands during this 10-hour food tour and tasting experience from Cairns. Learn about how the volcanic soil allows cultivation of diverse range of produce and taste the spoils of this region. All tastings and meals are provided, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
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Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

Cairns City Sights and Surrounds Tour

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First time in Cairns? Discover the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north on this 5.5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit city attractions like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll along the scenic Cairns waterfront. Indulge in a delicious Devonshire afternoon tea (included) taking in the stunning views from the jetty at Palm Cove before taking a short hike through the Barron Gorge National Park. For the full experience, upgrade to include a 2-hour morning cruise to Green Island in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Day Great Barrier Reef Combo: Green Island Sailing and Outer Reef Snorkel Cruise

2-Day Great Barrier Reef Combo: Green Island Sailing and Outer Reef Snorkel Cruise

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Experience Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on this two-day sailing and snorkeling excursion. Sail from Cairns to beautiful Green Island aboard a classic schooner. Then, explore the brilliant marine life of Pinnacle Reef. Enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch before returning to Cairns and preparing for a second day of adventure—a glass-bottom boat cruise at the outer edge of Upolu reef and a snorkel at Upolu Cay.
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  • 2 days
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Cairns Estuary Fishing

Cairns Estuary Fishing

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Go fishing in the smooth waters of Trinity Inlet during a half-day outing a professional guide. After a convenient hotel pickup, board a 19-foot (6-meter) flat-bottom boat called the River Rocket. Explore mangroves and watch for wildlife—including saltwater crocodiles—as you search for Grunter, Fingermark, Blue Salmon, Queen Fish, Thread Fin, and other local species. Enjoy all necessary gear included in the tour price.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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