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Top Places to Eat and Drink in Townsville

Top Places to Eat and Drink in Townsville

Top Places to Eat and Drink in Townsville


03 January 2024

Ready to sink your teeth into the best bites in the Townsville North Queensland? Tantalise your taste buds across our wide selection of North Queensland eating out options. We’ve got everything from the relaxed quick bites to the fine (and boujee!) dining – so whether you’re a solo, couple, friends or family looking for the best food in the Townsville region, our growing collection of restaurants, cafes and bars have you covered.

1. Treat yourself (and your significant other)

The Townsville region is quickly cementing its place as a premier dining district. With fresh ingredients, top chefs, and an incredible atmosphere, enjoy fine dining, with a tropical Townsville twist.

Perfect for couples, A Touch of Salt is award-winning for a reason – its food is exquisite. Not only in how it presents, but by sourcing only top-quality ingredients and highly trained chefs, A Touch of Salt ensures taste is paramount to their dining experience. Founded and operated by a local Townsville family, we highly recommend treating yourself to their smoked cauliflower or coral trout.

You'll be pleased to know, there are two more award-winning restaurants in town as well - test out JAM or Bridgewater for fancy fine dining! And new to Townsville, are two exquisite restaurants at ARDO - Marmor and Terasu.

Afterwards, finish your evening with a nightcap at the charming Osk Bar.

2. For the little ones

Looking for the best family-friendly restaurants in Townsville? Let us introduce you to C bar on the Strand. Its large open deck, relaxed atmosphere, and magnificent views across the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island makes this a popular family spot for locals and visitors alike. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, mum and dad can enjoy a range of delicious meals while kids’ meals include a juice/soft drink and ice-cream.

Looking further afield? Frosty Mango in Mutarnee is the ultimate kid-approved road trip treat – with delicious homemade ice-cream, pancakes, wraps and fruit all on offer. Just keep an eye out for the giant mango man as you travel up the Bruce Highway!

3. Cultural cuisine

The Townsville region has diverse cultural influences, and this is reflected beautifully in the cuisine on offer. With thanks to our Italian communities, Ingham is a hub of Italian culture and there’s no better place to enjoy the finest Italian meats and cheese than Lou’s Food Emporium and JK’s Delicatessen.

And home to the oldest culture on Earth, you can’t leave the Townsville region without partaking in Gudjuda Tours’ Bush Tukka Tour, where you’ll be shown various bush tucker plants and learn how the environment was used for medicine, food and more. Afterwards, enjoy a bite to eat at the Gudjuda Café in Ayr’s Plantation Park, with delicious local produce and influences from the Bush Tucker trail.

4. Quick and easy (and delicious!)

What more could you want? Whether you’re meeting up with friends or grabbing a bite to eat solo, you’ll want to make your way to Palmer Street. With a casual and cheerful approach to eating out, Palmer Street is not only suited to a range of budgets, but there is a large range of tasty cuisines on offer as well. Make your way down the street, where your hardest decision will be which spot to stop at – your choices range from the famous Australian Hotel to the Masala Indian Cuisine, IMC Steakhouse, Cactus Jack’s Bar & Grill and more.

And don’t forget the Strand, home to even more delightful dining options including Shop Six Pasta Bar, Kiosk on the Strand, and Anelay Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. An added plus: if you don’t feel like eating in most places offer pick-up take-away options – picnic on the Strand anyone? We’ll meet you there!

5. Dining on island time

Looking for a flavoursome bite while exploring Magnetic Island? You’ll want to put Café Nourish to the top of your list. Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets, enjoy excellent coffee, juices and a popular breakfast and lunch menu as you overlook the picturesque Horseshoe Bay beach.

Visiting Magnetic Island between Easter and Christmas? You’ll need to stop by the iconic Scallywags Café, me hearties! One for the kids (and the kids at heart!) enjoy healthy and scrumptious food served to you by the best pirates in the business.

So, no matter your dining style, you’ll find something for every appetite in Townsville North Queensland. If you’re still searching for your favourite restaurant and café, you can find out extensive list of everything our region has to offer here.

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