Fuel your appetite for great food and adventure with a trip to Port Douglas
It’s not just thrillseekers and holidaymakers flocking to Port Douglas, with foodies from around the world now flocking to the region for a taste of the tropics.
With its tropical climate, lush rainforests and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Port Douglas region offers a unique culinary experience that food lovers can’t resist, so it’s no surprise why they love it here!
First of all, consider the region’s fresh seafood. The town’s location on the coast means that there is an abundance of seafood that is caught daily. Visitors can enjoy fresh prawns, barramundi, mud crabs and a variety of other seafood delicacies. In fact, for foodies who are looking for the ultimate seafood experience, they can enjoy a day out on the water with this Great Barrier Reef Fishing Charter.
Try your hand at landing some of the best fighting and eating fish the Coral Sea has to offer aboard the famous Norseman, the longest operating fishing day tour in the region. Your day even includes a delicious picnic boxed lunch & afternoon tea. Plus, the crew will happily clean your catch and keep it chilled until you get back to port, where you can take it home for a fresh-caught fish dinner!
Alternatively, many of the restaurants in the area offer seafood dishes that are prepared using local, seasonal ingredients. The freshness and quality of the seafood make it a favourite among foodies, with the likes of Seabean Tapas Bar who cook you catch for you and local favourite, Salsa Bar and Grill, rated two of the best!
In addition to seafood, the Port Douglas region is known for its exotic fruits and vegetables. The tropical climate and fertile soil make it the perfect place to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables that are not commonly found in other parts of the world. Visitors can try fruits like mangosteen, jackfruit and even durian, which are not readily available elsewhere.
Open every Sunday from 8am, the Port Douglas Markets attract some of the region’s best producers of this fresh produce, so be sure to stop by to try it for yourself!
A notable thing to mention about the Port Douglas food scene is the region’s focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness. Many of the restaurants in the area source their ingredients from local farmers and fishermen who practise sustainable farming and fishing methods. This means that the food is not only fresh and flavorful but also environmentally friendly.
In 2023, the Taste Port Douglas Food and Drink Festival will return from August 10 to August 13, attracting foodies from far and wide.
As one of Australia’s premier culinary events, prepare to be inspired by exceptional cooking, unforgettable dining experiences and the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s most talented experts – solidifying Port Douglas’ position as the cherry on top for Queensland’s foodie scene!