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
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
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.