Tantalising Tropical Goodness

A Foodie’s Guide to Queensland!

Imagine balmy temperatures, soaring blue skies and seemingly endless sunshine. Then the summer rains sweep in and turn up the vibrancy, creating a sunshine state that’s lush, alive, and incredibly green. Queensland holidays are made for lazy days and sultry nights spent wining and dining on all that fresh produce, so if tropical flavours have your taste-buds tingling, we’ve got the guide to make your mouth water.

Get Fruity in Far North Queensland

Most will be familiar with the year-round tropical favourites, like banana or pineapple, but there’s an array of fruits that thrive in Far North Queensland you may not have been tempted by yet. Custard apples have creamy flesh that you scoop out with a spoon, and taste a little like lemon meringue pie. You can do the same with black sapote for a rich, chocolate pudding-esque experience, but tread lightly with durian—it’s an acquired taste and the scent of this huge, spiky fruit is pungent, to say the least. Of course you can’t go past the summer mango—eat them fresh with juice dripping down your arms for the liquid sunshine experience.

You can pick up tropical delights at roadside stalls or farmer’s markets and, if you’re in Cairns from Friday to Sunday, don’t miss Rusty’s Markets. This local institution is home to more than 180 stallholders offering everything from dragonfruit and native spices to artisanal chili jams. While you’re in the area try Mossman for sugar cane and cacao farm tours. Kuranda Rainforest Coffee at the top of the range is the place to go for a brilliant brew made from locally-grown beans roasted onsite.

Sensational Seafood in the South East

The savoury side of this tropical bounty comes straight from the Pacific, in all that salty seafood goodness Queensland is known for. The home of the coveted Hervey Bay Scallop is also the base for the Seafood Festival every August. At about 3 and a half hours’ drive north of Brisbane, the once-sleepy seaside town of Hervey Bay is worth the trip! You can also dine on delicate shellfish on the Sunshine Coast. From trendy restaurants along Hastings Street in Noosa, to the abundant local produce available at markets like Eumundi.

For the whole seafood experience try Spirit House at Yandina. Think exotic, contemporary Thai made to share and set in lush tropical gardens! The menu is peppered with fresh local catch, including Mooloolaba king prawns and Moreton Bay bugs. If you can’t go past the classic fish and chips, head further south to the Gold Coast for the views and atmosphere to match. Try the ever-popular Fishmongers at Burleigh Heads or the newer Fish Shak at Broadwater Parklands. Unwrap the layers of butcher’s paper and dive in with lemony fingers at any of the parks along the oceanfront and you’ll feel like a sun-bronzed, salty-haired local in no time!

Tummy Rumbling?

If all this talk of food has stirred up your appetite, it’s definitely time for a visit! Contact our My QLD Holiday Experts today to book your next tropical Queensland escape. They have so may options on the table, they can help you plan the ideal holiday to really get your fill!

Post by Alana Eising

Alana is a writer and a wanderer who almost always wishes she were somewhere else. That’s why she writes about the fabulous places she’s been, and all the destinations left on her bucket list.