Townsville Food & Wine

There was a time when great restaurants were few and far between in Townsville, Australia, but in recent years, the city's culinary scene has blossomed to a point where people visit in light of the restaurant industries superb reputation.

In the Palmer street restaurant precinct, you will find Townsville dining at its best. This attractive harbour side district is home to some beautifully restored old pubs and restaurants. Boasting modern cuisine as well as perennial pub favourites, here you can also get a taste of Australian alfresco dining at the award winning Michel's Cafe.

Another precinct renowned for its restaurants and pubs is the Townsville Strand. Enjoy a few beers or a Sunday session at one of the pubs, or sit down to a memorable dining experience with some fine Australian fare at the spectacular Watermark on the Strand.

One of Townsville's attractions and all time favourite restaurants is the Pier. Perched over the waters of the Townsville Marina, the Pier serves up a variety of fresh local seafood and happens to be the only Townsville restaurant built completely over water.

For those seeking further aquatic dining experiences, a 62-foot schooner awaits on Townsvilles waters. Cruises on this beautifully restored vessel depart from Nelly Bay off Magnetic Island. You can choose between a gourmet picnic lunch enjoyed in one of the island's picturesque bays, or a romantic barbeque dinner while gazing at another spectacular North Queensland sunset.

For an opportunity to sample fresh local produce and good old-fashioned country cooking, head down to the Cotter's Market in the Flinders Street Mall. It's held every Sunday morning, bright and early.

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