Munch and sip your way through the tropical tastes of the Cairns region.


A large percentage of the Cairns region’s income is still derived from agriculture. Sugarcane remains one of the area’s major exports and further south in Babinda and Innisfail, bananas are a major crop.


atherton tableland food tours

On the Atherton Tableland, agriculture continues to be the region’s main industry but with a downturn in some prices many farmers and primary producers have turned to tourism and production to add value to their products.


If you enjoy wine and spirits, it is worth visiting some of the great wineries, particularly the exotic Golden Drop Winery that produces wines and spirits from mangos.


For coffee lovers, there are a number of coffee plantations around the Mareeba area that offer fantastic products and tours of their facilities.


And further south on the Atherton Tableland is the award-winning Mungali Dairy where fabulous organic dairy products are produced.


cairns city food tours

Even if you don’t travel any further than the city centre of Cairns, visitors can indulge in award-wining tastes at the large number of quality restaurants sprinkled throughout the city.


Especially interesting is the Red Ochre Grill that features Australian native foods like crocodile, kangaroo, emu and bush flavours from traditional Aboriginal culture.


Don’t miss barramundi, one of the region’s best fish. You can even go on a Cairns fishing tour and catch your own.


Tropical fruits are abundant including mangos, papayas, lychees and Asian fruit like rambutans and mangosteens; they can all be found at Rusty’s Market in Grafton St, the city.


Cairns is also home to cuisines from around the world including Japanese, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Thai and Indian. Most Cairns restaurants open from 5.30pm and take last orders around 9pm.


>> See the Cairns restaurant guide for more information

Cairns food tours Directory

Blue Sky Brewery Bar and Restaurant
34-42 Lake St
P: +61 7 4057 0500

Davies Creek Fish Farm
3338 Kennedy Hwy
Davies Creek
P: 61 7 4093 7042

De Bruey's Boutique Wines
189 Fichera Rd
P: 61 7 4092 4515

Flames of the Forest
15min from Port Douglas, 1hr from Cairns
Port Douglas
P: 61 7 4099 3144 (bookings close noon on day of even

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Cnr Cape Tribulation Road & Cow Bay Road
Near Daintree River Ferry
P: +61 7 4098 9100

Food Trail Tours
PO Box 112
P: 61 7 4041 1522

Foxwell Park
Lot 5, Foxwell Rd
P: 61 7 4096 6183

Gallo Dairyland
Malanda Rd
P: 61 7 4095 2388

Golden Drop Winery
227 Bilwon Rd
P: 61 7 4093 2750 or 61 7 4093 2577

Hillside Eden Gardens
4th Avenue
P: 61 7 4096 6196

Jaques Australian Coffee Plantation
137 Leotta Rd
P: 61 7 4093 3284

Kuranda Homemade Tropical Icecream
7 Therwine St, Kuranda Markets
P: 61 7 4093 8981

Malanda Dairy Centre
8 James St
P: 61 7 4095 1234

Mount Uncle Distillery
1819 Chewko Rd
P: 61 7 4086 8008

Mungalli Creek Bio-dynamic Dairy
256 Brooks Rd
Mungalli Creek
P: 61 7 4097 2232

Nerada Tea
Visitors Centre
Glen Allyn Road
P: +61 7 4096 8328

NQ Gold Coffee
Wheelbarrow Way via Dimbulah Rd
P: 61 7 4093 2269

1 Kennedy Hwy
P: 61 7 4095 4102

Ocean Spirit Dinner Cruises
140 Mulgrave Rd
P: 61 7 4031 2920

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
417 Shannonvale Rd
P: 61 7 4098 4000