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Beth McFadden4 years ago

3 restaurants among the trees in the Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest just north of the Cairns region is the oldest surviving rainforest in the world, and considered a living wonder for its incredible plants and animals that are virtually untouched. All who visit the area are in awe of the natural beauty and wildlife that encompasses the region for kilometres. If you’re looking for somewhere to visit that will take your breath away, we strongly recommend you go on a tour through the Daintree Rainforest and get in touch with nature. While you’re there, we’ve found the best restaurants near the Daintree to sit back, relax and enjoy the natural beauty while eating as equally beautiful cuisine.

High Falls Tropical Restaurant

Dine in the trees, High Falls Restaurant - Cairns
Dine in the trees, High Falls Restaurant – Cairns

If you’re staying in Cairns and heading to the Daintree Rainforest on a road trip, the High Falls Restaurant is the perfect place to visit on your travels. Located just outside of Mossman, this is an awesome stop for some food as you explore the local area. Located on High Falls Farm, this restaurant serves up lunch and dinner everyday as well as a special Sunday breakfast each week. Pop in and try their grilled Spanish mackerel served with lemon butter sauce, salad and chips for a filling lunch. If you just want something small to snack on, their salt and pepper squid with roasted garlic aioli is an incredible fresh option to tie you over. Nestled into the rainforest, this tranquil location will get you excited for the rest of your trip where you’ll be surrounded by tropical plants and animals. To make the most of the local tropical fruit, order one of their fruity smoothies such as the pineapple mint crush for a refreshing beverage to perk you up.
Where: 152 Old Forestry Road, Whyanbeel QLD 4873

Julaymba Restaurant & Gallery

Tranquil surroundings, Julaymba Restaurant – Cairns

Whether you’re checked into the Daintree EcoLodge & Spa or are just passing through the area, you need to visit the Julaymba Restaurant & Gallery for a bite to eat. Completely surrounded by nature, the alfresco dining restaurant can offer you the taste of North Queensland in an unprecedented location among the trees. Enjoy their sublime menu with starters such as scallop tortellini with tomato, lime and herb butter sauce. You can choose from plates to share with your loved one or enjoy a meal to yourself. One incredible option is the confit duck ragout with pappardelle pasta, orange, thyme, mushrooms and parmesan. If seafood is more to your taste, order the oven baked local barramundi served with Paris mash, broccolini and roasted tomato butter sauce. Last but not least, their melt-in-your-mouth dessert menu includes tasty morsels such as the dark chocolate and wattleseed mousse or baileys and caramel cheesecake to complete the full dining experience and make you appreciate your surroundings even more. You will not be disappointed if you visit the Julaymba Restaurant & Gallery on your holiday through the idyllic rainforest.
Where: 20 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree QLD 4873

Daintree Village Hotel

Grab yourself a delicious meal, Daintree Village Hotel - Cairns
Grab yourself a delicious meal, Daintree Village Hotel – Cairns

For a pub-style casual lunch or dinner, the Daintree Village Hotel is nestled into the Daintree Village by the river and rainforest. Their menu is described as celebrating local produce and providing tasty pub classics that locals and visitors love. Wake up early and build your own breakfast from their menu, or pop down for lunch and choose from their filling main meals. You can try the Daintree Chompa burger made from homemade crocodile mince patties and served with Asian slaw. Perhaps you’d prefer the kangaroo fillet served on pumpkin puree with confit field mushrooms, rocket and balsamic onion jam. Whatever tickles your tastebuds, you can enjoy it overlooking the fringe of the rainforest, alongside a cold tap beer or local wine. This is the perfect casual dining experience for anyone visiting the Daintree Rainforest.
Where: 1 Stewart Street, Daintree QLD 4873

Do you know of a fantastic restaurant in the iconic Daintree Rainforest? Comment and let us know!

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