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Where to eat

Combining gorgeous views with mouth-watering flavours is always a winning formula and you'll want to keep indulging while on holiday in the Whitsundays!

Enjoying delicious food and wine in stunning 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 region offers many different dining experiences, with everything from fish and chips on the beach, to fully inclusive buffet meals and five-star indulgence. Restaurants and resorts cater to every taste including fresh local seafood, Mexican, Italian, Asian, European and modern Australian. 

Sunday afternoon entertainment on Airlie's “eat street”, the Esplanade, has become popular and the service, in typical Airlie Beach style, is always friendly. Many restaurants also feature wine bars and beer cafes, as well as live music and entertainment to keep you partying all night.

Proserpine and Collinsville are more laid back, with cafe and pub style meals matched with country hospitality, while Bowen also has a good range of restaurants and pubs. Not to be missed is the spectacular seafood bonanza down at Bowen Marina, where you can buy fresh-caught, local seafood.

Taste the Whitsundays

Surrounded by lush agriculture land, and blessed with mild winters, the Whitsundays produces an abundance of fresh, local produce with fields of sugar cane, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, capsicum, beans and corn stretching for miles.

With markets, retailers and restaurants all taking advantage of the fresh supplies, you can quite literally taste the Whitsundays while here!

Why not try the blue salmon, which is unique to the northern region of Queensland, and cook your own Whitsundays Fish Burger with this  amazing how-to video from Everyday Gourmet.

Nightlife

Airlie Beach is the hub of the region's nightlife, with a large choice of bars, pubs and clubs to share stories and a cold tropical cocktail or beer. You can take in live bands and local talent, as well as trivia nights and other fun competitions. Start at a restaurant's wine (or rum) bar, and move on to a backpackers’ bar, Irish pub or dance the evening away in the late-night clubs!