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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…
Club in Airlie Beach

Mama Africa

Mama's is a jumping African-style safari nightclub throbbing with a beat that both hunter and prey find hard to resist. Themed nights and all kinds of promotions aimed at the backpacker party set ensure spontaneous …
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…
Jewellery in Proserpine

Colour Me Crazy

If you do find yourself in Proserpine with time to spare, head to Colour Me Crazy, an eye-popping labyrinth of out-there jewellery, clothing and homewares. Who knew there were so many uses for sequins?
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.
Sailing in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Race Week

The town's sailing pedigree is tested every August when sailors from across the world descend on Airlie for the town's annual regatta.
Bar in Mackay’s Northern Beaches

Eimeo Pacific Hotel

Serving typical Australian pub fare of seafood, steak and pasta, the old Eimeo is more than the meals on its menu. The property has watched the sun set here since 1870 – the current structure has been up since 1954 …
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…