Queensland's food and wine regions have earned their place in Australian and international cuisine folklore. From markets to cooking schools and fine dining galore, your gastronomic adventure awaits.
Solitary Sand Cay, Tropical North Queensland
Spoil yourselves and escape to your own private tropical paradise via helicopter. Nestled in the waters of the Coral Sea, surrounded by pristine coral reefs, relax in solitude on your own private sand cay. Departing from either Cairns or Port Douglas, take in the breathtaking coastal scenery and the unique aerial perspective over the Great Barrier Reef as you travel in style and comfort, arriving on the pristine Coral Sand Cay where you can relax, swim, snorkel and indulge yourselves with a gourmet meal of tropical platters and premium beverages. www.gbrhelicopters.com.au
Private Beach Picnic, Lizard Island
Delicious gourmet picnics on your own private beach are hard to surpass. Take a dinghy to a deserted beach and relax, as everything is thought of for you. www.lizardisland.com.au
Rainforest Dining, Gold Coast Hinterland
Located in the rainforest, surrounded by lush foliage and native wildlife, Songbirds' creative culinary team selects the finest ingredients and uses organic produce when possible. Meals are prepared in a fresh, innovative style and served in a beautiful environment. The menu changes frequently to ensure diners enjoy the freshest seasonal flavors. Helicopter in for a 'rockstar' welcome. www.songbirds.com.au
Aussie Beach BBQ on Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach, continuously voted as one of the world's best beaches is the perfect location for the iconic Aussie Beach BBQ. Dine under the shade of trees on the pure white silica sands, with a game of beach cricket and a bush walk to beautiful Hill Inlet, the makings for a perfect sun-filled day. Alternatively, arrive by seaplane for a bird's eye view of the changing colors of Hill Inlet before landing at Whitehaven Beach and enjoying your sparkling wine & fresh fruit in paradise. www.whitehavenxpress.com.au
Flames of the Forest, Port Douglas
Feel the wonder of this legendary place and explore the mysteries of time and culture in the spell binding candle lit drama that is the enchanted forest. Three nights feature two local Aboriginal brothers sharing their remarkable culture with you during the evening. The performance features a cultural background, storytelling, didgeridoo playing and song. The rainforest is the natural, authentic backdrop for this spiritual and mystical culture, a performance unique to Flames of the Forest where you will learn about their timeless oral traditions. www.flamesoftheforest.com.au
Catch a Crab, Gold Coast
An experience enjoyed by all ages, the multi-award winning Catch a Crab tour is a fun day out where, as the name suggests, you get to catch your lunch and eat it too. Board the boat to locate the crab pots to check on the days catch, try your hand at crab tying, and then enjoy the fresh caught crab for lunch. www.catchacrab.com.au
Hot Air Balloon, Gold Coast
Fly over the Gold Coast Hinterland via hot air balloon, floating up to watch the sunrise over the mountains and Gold Coast coastline. After joining the crew in deflating the balloon, you will enjoy sparkling wine and a hot breakfast on the grounds of O'Reilly's Vineyard www.hotair.com.au/goldcoast
Chef's Table, Hayman Great Barrier Reef
Whether set in the large kitchen or in a tropical rainforest setting, Hayman's Chef's Table is an indulgence for the senses. Hosted by a Hayman Master Chef and the Hayman Sommelier, the six-course dinner with carefully paired wines is as much an education as a gourmet experience. Includes a tour of the Hayman Cellar and the ever-popular Hayman Chocolate Room. www.hayman.com.au
On the Inlet, Port Douglas
Indulge in the freshest of seafood on the marina with a bucket of shrimp (prawns to the Aussies) and a glass of wine or beer and meet colorful local, George the Groper (of the finned kind), who visits every afternoon at 5:00pm for his own dinner. www.portdouglasseafood.com
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, Morten Bay
Dining with a difference. Instead of focusing on your own meal, enjoy the opportunity to feed the wild dolphins that visit Tangalooma Island Resort every evening. Hand feed the friendly dolphins as you are led into the knee high water by the marine guides who treat the dolphins as family. www.tangalooma.com
Deep Sea & Sport Fishing, Cairns
Looking for even fresher seafood? Try your hand at deep sea fishing and take your own catch home from the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef. Trips are available for all angler levels, all catch are cleaned for you and cooking tips are provided to make sure enjoy your catch. If you'd rather fish closer to land, barramundi is widely regarded as Australia's premier native sportfish and makes fabulous eating. The lakes and rivers around Cairns offer an abundance of the fondly named 'Barra' that can weigh up to 40lbs!
Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours
Brandon and Linc Walker greet visitors with broad smiles whilst clutching tall spears on this nature-filled tour. Prepare to trudge through knee deep mangrove mud with the Walker Brothers as they teach you how to throw a spear and catch your own dinner. The boys also point out different trees along the beach, collect fruits and berries while sharing the uses for each before taking you to their beachfront home where your catch is cooked up and the hand-picked tropical fruits served.
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Author: Tourism and Events Queensland
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