5 must-try Indigenous dining experiences
Ever tried chargrilled crocodile skewers? How about steamed emu wontons? If your tastes lean towards the adventurous, then you’re in for a real treat. From fine dining in hip coastal cities to rustic feasts served under the stars, Queensland’s Indigenous food scene is bursting with unique flavours inspired by the flora and fauna of the Australian bush.
If you’re keen to sample some authentic bush tucker but don’t much fancy foraging for it yourself, add these incredible Indigenous-inspired dining experiences to your culinary bucket-list.
Flame Tree Bar & Grill, Cairns
Nestled in a prime spot overlooking the lake and mountains at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, the menu at Flame Tree Bar & Grill is all about tropical produce, freshly-caught local seafood and meats cooked under a flame-grill.
For extra authenticity points, try the native bush foods tasting plate, stop by the cafe for some bush damper, or have your meat cooked in the restaurant’s underground bayngga oven.
Ochre Restaurant, Cairns
This award-winning gourmet dining experience will take you out of your comfort zone with a menu that features wallaby topside, salt and native pepper leaf crocodile and emu wontons.
Make sure you save room for dessert: the Indigenous-inspired creations include wattleseed pavlova and quandong brulee.
Kup Murri at Mungalla Station, Mungalla
Available for group bookings, you’ll listen to traditional Aboriginal live music while your dinner is cooked amidst hot embers in a traditional underground oven, then eat your fill around the campfire beneath a blanket of stars.
Aboriginal Cultural Experience – Flames of the Forest, Port Douglas
Splash out and treat yourself to a night of fine dining and cultural entertainment in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest.
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, tuck into a seven-course banquet of locally-sourced Australian produce as you listen to the music and storytelling of the local Kuku Yalanji people.
Spirits of the Red Sand Cultural Theatre Show and Dinner, Brisbane
Get schooled in Aboriginal history with an immersive and emotional theatre show, then pile your plate high at a bush tucker-inspired barbecue feast.
Think piping hot damper with dipping oils and wild finger lime and macadamia nut bush dukkah, tasting skewers of char-grilled kangaroo, emu and crocodile (spoiler alert: it tastes just like chicken) and homemade lemon myrtle cheesecake.