Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays is surrounded by fertile land, bringing fresh local produce to the kitchens and tables of local restaurants. Many proprietors strive to source local produce because they believe that visitors should experience the exquisite mouthwatering food that goes hand in hand with such an idyllic holiday destination. Here we've picked our top 5 restaurants that you should try before or after your charter.
A short walk from the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays office at Abell Point Marina South, Hemingways is perched on the water's edge overlooking the marina serving delectable food and equally impressive cocktails. The contemporary Australian cuisine matched with a stylish and chic coastal design allows you to unwind at the end of the day or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family. It has also recently been awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide so this is not one to be missed.
Located at the opposite end of town at Port of Airlie, is Walter's Lounge. Also been awarded a Chef Hat in 2017 and 2018 by the Australian Good Food Guide, it offers up delicious fresh food and outstanding cocktails, as well as a hand, picked boutique wine list. If the full menu of nibbles, share plates and side dishes is too much, try your hand at the Chef's shared tasting menu or catch their weekly special on a Wednesday.
Located on Hamilton Island, nestled in tranquil tropical gardens overlooking the white sands of Catseye Beach, Coco Chu is an eclectic mix of hawker-style street food of South Asia with a modern twist. It is the third restaurant in the Whitsundays to be awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide, with entree's starting from $6, mains from $20 and desserts from $15. On your bareboat or luxury crewed charter, be sure to stop into Hamilton Island and make a reservation at this beautiful seaside restaurant.
Clipper Restaurant & Lounge
Only a 4-minute walk from Abell Point Marina at Coral Sea Resort is the Clipper Restuarant. Offering all-day alfresco dining poolside on the waters edge, this award winning restaurant can also offer private dining in the oceanfront gazebo or a private function on the 'Jetty', jutting out from the shoreline and overlooking the Coral Sea.
Shuckz Oyster Bar & Champagne Lounge
Conveniently located in the main street of Airlie Beach, Shuckz Oyster Bar & Champagne Lounge specialises in fresh oysters shucked to order with a wide selection of champagnes, beers and top-shelf spirits and liqueurs. Oysters served with locally grown mango, lime and chilli or smoked salmon, creme fraiche and caviar, this is certainly a place you need to stop by and try.