Uncover a foodie haven


The dining scene in Townsville North Queensland has come alive, with the introduction of a number of new venues making their debut and old favorites continuously impressing diners with amazing fresh produce. From Australia’s best breakfast, to a vibrant evening atmosphere, or a simple family BBQ by the beach, Townsville North Queensland offers something to tempt everyone’s taste buds. 

Tips for the food lover:

  • Enjoy Australia's best breakfast at Jam on Palmer Street
  • Discover a creative laneway bursting with dining options
  • Head to the local markets and enjoy a picnic with a view
  • Refresh with a locally brewed beverage from Townsville Brewery
  • Capture the essence of fine dining and international cuisine on Palmer Street
  • Head to the beach for an icecream with a local twist 

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Claredale Pastures

Claredale Pastures is proud to boast a real Paddock to Plate Café, which offers all patrons a genuine, as their owner likes to say, farm to fork experience. Their focus is on home-style cooking done well. They also have accommodation and venue hire available, as well as the ability to provide off site catering options.

The Early Bird

Owned and operated by a young Italian couple and recommended by TripAdvisor, The Guardian, Chef Matt Preston, DUOMagazine, TravelTalk and Visit QLD, The Early Bird was established in 2015 and is'the' place to be! Theirs is a quirky little place overlooking the stunning Horseshoe Bay, on Magnetic Island, across from the tourist strip of the beachfront. Their team is made of a cheerful yet professional and efficient bunch of people, who have created a simple relaxing atmosphere for locals and tourists alike. They deeply love what they do, and they do it with love! Their food is fresh, rustically prepared and appreciated by many food lovers! Their menu is seasonal, because they proudly use only the best locally sourced produce available. Their sourdough bread, for example, comes from the best artisan bakery of North Queensland (Three Loaves Bakehouse), their coffee is ethically sourced and locally roasted by Coffee Dominion, they bake their own cakes and scones on daily basis and they offer a huge selection of organic loose leaves teas and herbal infusions, stocked by The Tea Centre. They are also a fully licensed bar, offering an Italo-Australian cocktail menu, artisan beers and a seasonal selection of wines.

The Pier Restaurant and Bar

The Pier is Townsville’s ultimate seafood destination. Located on Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, the iconic restaurant overlooks Castle Hill, Breakwater Marina and Magnetic Island. Originally built in the 1970’s as the Barge Inn, The Pier has been a mainstay on Townsville’s restaurant scene, feeding generations of Townsville locals and tourists alike. Now owned by the Charles family, The Pier is known for its stunning views and succulent seafood. The modern Australian menu features freshly sourced seafood including local market fish, scallops, prawns, succulent oysters and salmon, plus consistently high quality cuts of beef, chicken, pork and duck. Let’s not forget their signature seafood platters! Their team is young, passionate and dedicated to showcasing the best produce North Queensland has to offer with a combination of old favourites with a twist and creative dishes that let their local ingredients shine. So whether you’d like an intimate dinner for two, large wedding reception, corporate function or just to wind down after a long day, with its absolute waterfront location, The Pier is the perfect setting for your next social outing.