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Experiencing the Fresh Seafood and Produce of Tropical North Queensland

December 2, 2017

Experiencing the Fresh Seafood and Produce of Tropical North Queensland

Cairns is not just for adventurers. This area is also a well-known food lover’s paradise. Experience some of the best seafood in the world as well as the renowned produce and fresh local meats and cheeses of Atherton Tablelands on your visit. You’ll find restaurants serving some of the finest cuisine from Japan, Bali, Vietnam, Korea and China, as well as fantastic European restaurants, including Greek and Italian. And, of course, some great, classic Australian eateries. Come explore the tastes of Cairns.

Our fabulous platter at Prawn Star Photo Credit: Sharon Nobes

The Fresh Seafood of Cairns

From seared octopus and fresh oysters, to grilled prawns and some of the most memorable wild barramundi you’ll find anywhere, this tropical oasis is the place to eat seafood. Expect your meals to be remarkably fresh and prepared with plenty of character. Cairns cuisine is inspired by the tropical flavours and aromatic spices of Southeast Asia and is infused with the creativity and independent spirit that Australian chefs are known for.

Just to give you an idea of what you’ll find, and to make your mouth water, here is a sampling of the fantastic seafood dishes served in Cairns:

  • Crispy fried whole baby barramundi with chilli lime sauce, asian greens and fragrant rice at Tha Fish
  • Chili salt squid salad with pomegranate and popcorn at Perotta’s
  • Fresh tiger prawns at Prawn Star
  • Tuna and swordfish sashimi with prawns and rice noodles at Ochre
  • Macadamia lemon myrtle crusted king threadfin at Splash
  • King Ora salmon salad bowl with soy & lime dressing at Salt House

The Farm to Table Foods of Atherton Tablelands

Photo Credit: gnaprime.com

In Cairns, you’ll notice that seafood is often combined with fresh salads, as the local chefs have a plethora of gorgeous fruits and veggies, nuts, and cheeses to incorporate into their dishes with the produce of Atherton Tablelands. Avocados, strawberries, mangoes, pineapples, and macadamia nuts are all grown here. The region also produces some of the freshest milks and homemade cheeses, as well as fantastic meats like Waygu beef, free range chicken and pork, and for the more adventurous palate, the best crocodile and kangaroo meat in Australia!

With access to fresh seafood and amazing produce, chefs in tropical North Queensland are able to craft truly magnificent dishes. Plan your tour to the Great Barrier Reef and ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway, but also be sure to taste the tropical treats of Cairns. Nowhere else in the world will you find so many restaurants serving first-class seafood inspired by the world’s cuisines.

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