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Food & Drink

The food of Queensland relies to a large extent on the sea and the subtropical climate for specialties in cuisine. Local delicacies include king and tiger prawns, mud crabs, mackerel and fresh barramundi, as well as avocados, mangoes, strawberries, pineapples, pawpaws, bananas and the highly recommended local speciality, the macadamia nut.

In Fortitude Valley, just out of Brisbane city centre, there are several European, Asian and Chinese restaurants and trendy cafes.

Brisbane is supplied with local wines from vineyards at Stanthorpe to the southwest, producing both white and red wines, and from other Australian vineyards.

All beers on sale in Queensland are brewed locally. This region is also the home of Bundaberg Rum, a sweet rum brewed with local sugar cane.


Good buys include Aboriginal art and handicrafts, opals, woollen clothing, sheepskin coats and wood products.

Shops in Brisbane City, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns are open on Sundays.

General shopping hours: Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm, Saturdays 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, although hours vary depending on the city.


Although much of the tourist activity is centred on the beaches and the Barrier Reef, Brisbane offers a huge selection of entertainment. Most of the large hotels have dinner and dancing facilities and there are numerous nightclubs in the city, especially in Southbank Parklands where discos and restaurants abound.

The Gold Coast has several nightclubs, as well as Jupiter’s Casino. Townsville has the stunning Sheraton Breakwater Casino on Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, offering a full range of gaming facilities and high quality entertainment.