Capricorn Coast & the Southern Reef Islands restaurants

Top Choice Australian in Rockhampton

Headrick's Lane

This architect-repurposed, high-ceilinged bar, restaurant and microbrewery, making intelligent use of a heritage-protected merchant's store in central Rockhampton, became the most urbane place to eat in town the ins…
Top Choice Cafe in Agnes Water & Town Of 1770

Getaway Garden Café

This open-sided, teak-doored pavilion, set in restful tropical gardens popular with local wildlife, is the venue for some of the best food in Agnes. Dealing primarily in breakfast and lunch (eggs Benedict with brisk…
Top Choice Fusion in Yeppoon


The chef at Megalomania is a real globetrotter, offering Moroccan-style goat curry on the same menu as grilled barramundi with panko-coated rösti, wild mushroom and truffle risotto and palm-sugar-cured Wagyu with ci…
Vegan in Agnes Water & Town Of 1770

Sol Foods

This wholefoods grocer doubles as a cafe and an enlightened source of local knowledge. The vegan cakes are unbeatable and the salads are hearty and good value.
Australian in Gladstone

The Dock @ East Shores

A favourite on the Gladstone waterfront, this breezy cafe-restaurant is ideal for breakfast on the verandah (perhaps sweetcorn fritters with pesto mayonnaise, tomato salsa and poached eggs), afternoon beer and 'tapa…
Italian in Rockhampton


Actually facing the Fitzroy River, on the ground floor of the Empire Hotel on Victoria Pde, this Italian trattoria has been run by the same family since 1982. Feast at indoor or outdoor tables, beneath classical fre…
Australian in Rockhampton


Occupying the most scenic position on Rockie's historic riverfront Quay St, Boathouse doesn't rest on its photogenic laurels, but augments them by providing very good food and drink throughout the day. Serving break…
Cafe in Byfield

Byfield General Store

Basic groceries, fuel and local information are just the fundamentals at this laidback little bush grocer's, which doubles as a welcoming, licensed cafe. Burgers, wraps and toasted sandwiches are the principal fare,…
Pub Food in Agnes Water & Town Of 1770

The Tree

Facing west towards the sea through a curtain of green, this indoor-outdoor pub-bistro has the best outlook for a sundowner in 1770. Part of the salty, laidback 1770 Beach Hotel – the town's main meeting place – the…
Steak in Rockhampton

Ginger Mule

This laidback place bills itself as a tapas bar, but there's not much Spanish about it, and in reality everyone's here for the steak (and the drinks). The steak sandwich ($12) has to be among the best bargain meals …