Known for the reef and rainforest, Tropical North Queensland also is home to an intoxicating array of tropical fruits, tea and coffee plantations and fruit wineries all complimented by some of the freshest seafood around.
The tropical Queensland lifestyle has attracted a growing contingent of high quality chefs to work in the area. Discover Cairn's fine dining options or head up the coast to Port Douglas or Palm Cove for some seriously good food.
In the hinterland, coffee and tea plantations offer a chance to taste local flavours and explore the methods of growing these crops. Visit a farmhouse cheese making operation and sample the cheeses.
Down on the coast you can visit a working crocodile farm and watch crocodiles in action. You might be tempted to taste crocodile and other wild Australian meats. Or catch your own barramundi and have it cooked for you!
A variety of micro climates means a virtual year round supply of exotic and tropical fruits, most of which you'll find on sale right in the heart of Cairns at Rusty's Markets. Look for papaya, longans, jackfruit, rambutan, ducasse, mangosteen, durian and lychees.
The Taste of the Tropics Food Trails are a must and will take you through the region and show you secrets only the locals know.