Restaurants

Top Choice Pizza in Airlie Beach

Mr Bones

Carefully curated play lists and creative thin-based pizzas have made Mr Bones the coolest place to eat in Airlie since it opened six years ago. Overlooking the lagoon, the small, sunny restaurant also has an extens…
Modern Australian in Mackay

Fusion 128

Mackay is becoming quite the foodie destination. The latest instalment is Fusion 128, a superb, casual restaurant with a low-lit industrial design run by the effusive David Ming. It combines Asian flavours with Aust…
American in Mackay

Paddock & Brew Company

Mackay needed this upmarket, craft-beer-soaked, American home-style restaurant, which serves up amazing burgers ($25). Part of the new breed of north Queensland culinary creatives, the team at Paddock & Brew whi…
Modern Australian in Bowen

Food Freaks

Bowen is not the coolest place in Queensland and this restaurant is not the hippest place you will eat in, but that's the way they like it – and the way we like it – eating mod-Oz creations overlooking the marina. F…
Bakery in Bowen

Jochheims Pies

Jochheims has been keeping Bowen bellies full of homemade pies and baked treats since 1963. Try a Hugh Jackman (hunky beef) pie – the actor was a regular here during the filming of Australia.
Cafe in Airlie Beach

Harry's Corner

Locals are wild about Harry's, which serves quaint European tea sets, Danish sandwiches, filled bagels and good-sized salads. The all-day breakfasts are a must for a hangover.
Pub Food in Whitsunday Coast

Pinnacle Hotel

About 17km west of the small town of Mirani is the unassuming single-story Pinnacle Hotel, where you can try one of Australia's finest pies. Baked on the premises, these huge delicacies have won national awards. Gre…
Seafood in Airlie Beach

Fish D'vine

Pirates were definitely onto something: this fish-and-rum bar is shiploads of fun, serving up all things nibbly from Neptune’s realm and lashings and lashings of rum (over 200 kinds of the stuff). Yo-ho-ho! Sport ea…
in Airlie Beach

Denman Cellars Beer Cafe

Regular live music and a convivial mood are found in this bar that stocks more boutique beers – 700 brews! – than the rest of the town combined. The food – such as a shared seafood platter ($57), and 'beer bites' su…
Chinese in Bowen

Cove

An unusually large Chinese and Thai restaurant with unbroken views of the Coral Sea from its timber deck. The menu features the usual Australian fusion entrees and mains; the service is excellent and there are exten…