Airlie Beach is surrounded by lush fertile land and fortunate to endure only mild winters. Conditions like this produce an abundance of fresh local produce with the region known as the 'salad bowl of Queensland'. The Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep also means there is an array of fresh local seafood to indulge in.
Local markets, cafe's and restaurants take advantage of the fresh supplies in the Whitsundays serving up delectable dishes at every turn and with over 100 food outlets, the choice is overwhelming. Here we've narrowed down our favourite 5.
Hemingway's Airlie Beach
Located at Abell Point Marina South and a short 5 minute walk from our office, Hemingway's has set the bar when it comes to atmosphere and menu choice. Recently awarded the prestigious Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide, it is one of only 3 restaurants in the Whitsundays to receive such an accolade. Perched on the waterfront overlooking the marina it serves up a range of fresh locally sourced produce fused with influences from around the world. Watch the world go by over a long lunch or relax with a cocktail as the sun sets over the horizon.
La Marina Italian Restaurant and Bar
With breathtaking views of Port of Airlie in Airlie Beach, La Marina serves up traditional Italian cuisine and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A family run and owned business, the recipes are handed down from generation to generation and are made using the freshest of local produce bringing a taste of Italy to your mouth. A recent addition to the restaurant is their gelateria serving up the most delicious desserts to suit every taste bud.
Also at Port of Airlie is the Walter's Lounge - the very first restaurant in Airlie Beach to be awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide and is currently #1 out of 114 places in Airlie Beach to eat according to Trip Advisor. Delicious cocktails, a boutique wine list and a choice nibbles and share plates will ensure you don't leave hungry. They also have a 'Walter's Etiquette' asking patrons to refrain from swearing, whistling at staff, children running around and making excessive noise; it's the perfect place for a girls night out or romantic dinner for two.
The Deck Airlie Beach
In the heart of the main street in Airlie Beach, 'The Deck' as it's known to locals, is an intimate alfresco restaurant serving up delicious cuisine's all day from 7:30am 7 days per week. From traditional breakfast dishes to classic fish and chips, burgers, pizzas and oysters, there's something on the menu to suit every taste bud and a great place to watch the hustle and the bustle of the main street.
Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill
Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill is the newest kid on the block and has had a raging success since opening late last year. Located at Woodwark, a 10-minute drive out of town and nestled seaside looking back towards Airlie Beach, it's open plan design allows you to appreciate the beautiful surrounds as you dine in the restaurant or order from the bar menu for something more casual. A regular complimentary shuttle service departs the Airlie Beach Lagoon every 15 minutes making round trips to Woodwark and back. This one is a must if you have the chance.
Contact us today to talk about booking you're very own bareboat charter in the Whitsundays and experiencing the culinary delights at any of the restaurants before or after your charter.
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