Restaurants & cafes

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There’s more to Australian cuisine than meat pies and kangaroo burgers! Travellers of all tastes and budgets are catered for here – if anything, you may find it difficult to decide where to dine next. Will it be intricate ‘Mod Oz’ with harbour views? A no-frills pizza joint in the Perth suburbs? Or the best brunch of your life in a rural Tasmanian cafe?

In a country boasting such ample coastline, it’s no wonder that seafood features so heavily on Australian restaurant menus. More surprising, perhaps, is the variety of international eateries, organic options, and cosy cafes that wouldn’t be out of place in Europe.

Blue Mountains

Capital Country

Central Coast & Hawkesbury

Central West

Holiday Coast

Hunter Valley & Coast

New England



Snowy Mountains

South Coast

Southern Highlands

The Murray

Tropical North Coast

Best 'big things'

  • Coffs Harbour

    The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour is arguably Australia’s most famous ‘big thing’. And it makes for some irresistible photo opportunities!

  • Glenrowan

    There’s no mistaking that Glenrowan is the site of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly’s last stand with Big Ned, his 6-metre-high statue, in the middle of town.

  • Kingston S.E.

    Towering over the Princes Highway, ‘Larry Lobster’ is an amiable ambassador for the Limestone Coast’s delectable seafood.