Queensland’s best restaurants with views
If you’ve ever planned a holiday with your taste buds’ happiness as your main consideration, well, you’re in good company. I’ve used my stomach as a compass more times than I can count and it hasn’t let me down yet.
Chances are though, if you’ve made your way to Queensland for a holiday, you’re interested in more than just delicious eats – you want them served up with a generous helping of stunning views, too.
Luckily, Queensland is no stranger to dishing out epic visual feasts on the daily.
From coast to country, World Heritage-listed rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef, feast on Queensland’s best restaurants with to-die-for views.
Julaymba Restaurant & Gallery, Daintree River
Julaymba, or Daintree River in the local Indigenous dialect, is a native bush tucker champion situated inside Tropical North Queensland’s Daintree Ecolodge. Feast on some of the best of contemporary Aussie cuisine while turtles play, breaking the surface of a natural freshwater pond, fringed by ferns, as they come up for air.
Treehouse Restaurant, Mossman
Make like Tarzan amongst the treetops at Treehouse Restaurant at Silky Oaks Lodge. From this open-sided restaurant, the Daintree Rainforest and the rushing Mossman River are on brilliant display, as you gorge on the likes of king cobia with flaked almonds mussels and crisp prosciutto; and spiced poached pineapple with coconut chantilly.
The Peak Restaurant, Maryvale
Curing, smoking and fermenting food are just three of the techniques used at The Peak Lodge Restaurant, part of the stylish Spicers brand. What makes this establishment so special is its location; at 1180 metres above sea level, it’s Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge and has breathtaking views over Spicer’s Gap in Southern Queensland Country.
Spring Creek Mountain Café, Killarney
Local-loving Spring Creek Mountain Café sits proudly in Southern Queensland Country, serving only produce sourced from its home of Killarney. Nosh on fresh Killarney beef and lamb – transformed into pies, burgers and steaks – while you take in the view out over the commanding hills of the Scenic Rim.
Kooroomba Vineyards, Mt. Alford
Follow the heady scent of lavender into Southern Queensland Country and this vineyard set among the beautiful purple herb. Dine on lamb, beef, pork belly, duck and game, while sipping a bottle of the award-winning Mt. Alford wine, and drinking up the purple-haze view. Finish with a unique digestif: the lavender tea.
Ocean View Estates, Ocean View
What’s in a name? Everything, at Ocean View Estates where you’ll have oh-em-gee views of Moreton Bay from atop your vineyard perch, just 45 minutes north of Brisbane. This cellar door slash craft brewery restaurant boasts an innovative menu with dishes like honey bug with burnt butter, scampi caviar, and yuzu koshu; and an impressive cheese selection.
Water view dining
Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads
Whoever Rick is, he sure knows his way around a good water view. Jutting out over the edge of the Burleigh headland on the Gold Coast, the Thai-based modern Asian menu is a spicy contrast to the sweet, sweet eye candy as the sun sets over one of Queensland’s most famous beaches.
Salt House Bar & Restaurant, Cairns
You’ll get double the views at Tropical North Queensland’s Salt House Bar & Restaurant: straight into the kitchen (where the magic happens); and over Cairns Marina with views of the yachts, and out towards the Coral Sea. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll find plenty of modern Australian treats here.
River Quay, South Bank, Brisbane
Behind a gently-sloped rolling green amphitheatre at South Bank, sits River Quay, home to a handful of Queensland restaurants with drop-dead gorgeous views. Stokehouse Q, Popolo, The Jetty, Aquitaine and Cove Bar + Dining hug the bend of the river, with views back to the metallic shards of Brisbane’s CBD, sunlight glinting off them during the day, replaced by the bright lights of the city landscape at night.
Noosa Boathouse, Noosaville
Built out over the calm waters of the Noosa River, Noosa Boathouse is a local’s fave for its seasonal menu bursting with fresh produce and seafood. Wash it down with views out over Noosa North Shore as the sun sets, casting a delightful golden hue over sailboats and stand-up paddleboarders. Sundowners have never looked so appealing.
Pterodactyl Helicopters, Scenic Rim
No prehistoric flying creatures here, just pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming opulence. Hop aboard a private helicopter near Brisbane to be whisked away for a romantic Gourmet Picnic. Everything is taken care of, all you’ve got to do is pick the location: an 18th-century mansion, luxurious country retreat, or a mystery riverside location?
Private Dining, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
Luxury is InterContinental Hayman Island Resort‘s middle name and their private dining experiences just prove it. Here, you can choose from a gourmet picnic – wherever takes your fancy – or a twilight dinner with a personally-tailored menu. It’s a meal well worth travelling for. (Opening 1st July, 2019. Formerly One&Only Hayman Island.)
Cape York and the Gulf Country on a plate
Hop aboard Rod Dyer’s Air Adventure Australia tour of Tropical North Queensland’s Cape York and Gulf Country region for a trip you won’t forget, ever. Stand on the tip of mainland Australia, paddle through Lawn Hill Gorge, feast on fresh mud crabs and prawns and have a cold beer at the iconic Birdsville Hotel.