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Where to eat
Indulging in delectable food and wine in gorgeous surrounds is a big part of the Whitsundays experience. Local seafood and fresh regional produce feature on most menus and as you'd expect in the tropics, the accent is on delicate flavours, simply prepared. The Whitsundays has a wide selection of restaurants catering to every taste - from fresh local seafood to Mexican, Italian, Asian, European or modern Australian.
Dining at any of the popular island or coast resorts and restaurants is an experience you won't forget. Combining gorgeous views with mouth watering flavours is always a winning holiday formula and you'll want to keep indulging. All of the Whitsunday island resorts have different dining experiences, from five star total indulgence, to master class-style learning experiences to fully inclusive buffet meals.
In Airlie Beach there's a vast array of cuisines from five star restaurants to fish and chips on the beach. Sunday afternoon entertainment on Airlie's eat street, the Esplanade, has become particularly popular. The service, in typical Airlie Beach style, is always friendly. Many restaurants in Airlie Beach also feature wine bars and beer cafes, live music and entertainment to keep you partying all night.
Proserpine is more laid back, with cafe and pub style meals matched with country hospitality to provide a great night out. Bowen also has a good range of restaurants and pubs. Not to be missed are the spectacular views from the cafe atop Flagstaff Hill.
Taste the Whitsundays
Surrounded by lush agriculture land, with fields of sugar cane, tomatoes, mangoes, coffee, and the like, the Whitsundays region boasts of fresh, local produce.
Due to its mild climate it is the largest winter growing vegetable region in Australia with local fruit and vegetables at your fingertips all throughout the year. With markets, retailers and restaurants in Airlie Beach all taking advantage of the fresh supplies, you can taste the Whitsundays. Visit the Saturday morning markets at the esplanade in Airlie Beach or head to the fortnightly Farmers Markets in Proserpine.
For freshly caught seafood, head to Bowen's marina situated 80km north of Airlie Beach where boats regularly arrive full of fresh stocks of live caught seafood. You will love the fresh fish which you can buy from their sea-side shops.
To taste your way through the Whitsundays take a Food Trail tour to visit our local farms, taste test and indulge in the local produce over dinner or visit the Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation to take a tour through the fields and the roasting shed.
Airlie Beach is the hub of the region's nightlife, with a large range of backpacker bars, pubs, clubs and bars to share stories and a cold tropical cocktail on any night of the week. Live bands and local talent are a regular feature, as well as trivia nights and other fun competitions. Start at a restaurant's wine (or rum) bar, and move onto a backpackers bar, Irish pub or dance the night away in the late night clubs.