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Dining & Eating Out

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 

JAM Corner

JAM Corner Townsville, a popular and well known restaurant and function venue. Their aim is to provide you with a taste of North Queensland while offering a warm and welcoming experience. Your Chef likes to explore regional produce and create contemporary cuisine without compromising the purity of flavour. The JAM day begins with a creative breakfast menu and great coffee, followed by lunch – in addition to the a la carte menu they also have a special luncheon menu, and as the sun sets over the city and Castle Hill guests sit back and relax over dinner. For romantic dinners, a private booth is recommended, the window tables are a perfect way to enjoy the views of the river and city lights, or relax outside on the terrace. Their Gourmet Traveller awarded wine list offers over an extensive list ranging from small Australian producers through to stunning international champagne and wines.

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Michel's Restaurant

Michel’s is a relaxed contemporary style restaurant serving fresh local cuisine. The 100 per cent gluten free tasting menu, with or without wine is an experience not to be missed. The Bouillabaisse and Escargot are a must try and you simply can’t leave without sharing a Bombe Alaska. The beverage list boasts an extensive wine list as well as a very interesting beer collection. Michel’s mission is to use the best local produce to create the perfect Australian - French connection. Executive chef Braden Honnery is committed to serving the finest local seasonal produce, Tanya Roberts restaurateur has built a front line team who create a memorable dining experience with exemplary unobtrusive service in relaxed convivial surrounds. Michel’s is a stylish establishment which continues to attract unprecedented praise and rave reviews with its inspirational menu, bold wine selections and unparelled service. Enjoy the experience!

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Sandi’s on Magnetic Island

Established in 2013 by a group of friends and adopted island locals, what began as a middle-of-the-night conversation amongst dreamers, quickly became the reality that is Sandi’s. As a young and dynamic team stemming from all corners of the globe, they have always had one common goal – to provide a relaxed, friendly venue where you can unwind and enjoy the beauty that is Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island. With a focus on providing exceptional food – prepared using high quality, local seafood, meat and produce – at affordable prices, there is something to appeal to everybody; from families, tourists and locals alike. They specialise in premium Cape Grim Black Angus Steaks, fresh local seafood, authentic German specialities and so much more, all created by their native Bavarian chef and co-owner Andreas Thiele. Their goal is to not only offer exceptional food and drinks but to provide a venue catering to all the wants and needs of their valued patrons, friends and visitors. With this in mind, they offer free wi-fi. So no matter where you’re from, you can keep up to date with what’s going on in your part of the world. They look forward to welcoming you.

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Scallywags Cafe

A fun pirate themed and family friendly cafe with a focus on fresh healthy food, remarkable organic coffee and fabulous service with a smile. This pop-up cafe operates seasonally between the months of May to October and has become an iconic eatery of Magnetic Island. Unique and eclectic, Scallywags is accessible to all - don't miss out on treating yourself to something different!

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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.

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