Renowned as one of Queensland’s premier dining destinations, the Sunshine Coast presents a diverse menu of eating experiences whether it’s the award-winning chef-hatted restaurants of its Spicers properties, or an historic pub. Indulge in ocean and river front eateries and bush tucker treats, forage for fine foods, or hang in local haunts.
Where to Eat...
Cedar Creek Farm
Visitors don’t have to travel to the Outback to discover bush food, it’s here in the hinterland’s Belli Park. Cedar Creek Farm sells sauces, condiments, jams and chutneys from home-grown Australian fruits, herbs and spices. Enjoy paperbark smoked chilli sauce, rosella jam and kaffir lime marmalade.
Raymondo’s Gourmet Pizza
Another establishment which embraces bush tucker with gusto is this Noosaville pizzeria whose menu of bush tucker pizzas, pastas and desserts creatively utilises bush tomatoes, mountain pepperberries, wattle seeds, quandong, and lemon myrtle in the ingredients. Order the Mount Kosciusko or Chilli Jam pizza.
Colin James Fine Foods
The mouth-watering cheese menu alone is reason alone to travel to this Maleny store. Think blue mould, cheddar, sheep and goat’s milk, and washed rind cheese here. Add to that artisan ice cream, gelato and sorbet using local Guernsey cow milk and fresh fruit.
Flame Hill Vineyard and Restaurant
Truly embracing the paddock-to-plate philosophy, this Montville winery and restaurant sources all of its food from this working cattle farm, or local producers. Enjoy home-grown grass-fed Angus beef or a paddock to platter consisting of farmed cured meats and game, while sitting on the expansive deck.
This Noosa icon epitomises Sunshine Coast dining with its absolute beachfront location and menu showcasing local produce. Mooloolaba tuna is the star of the entrée menu. Mooloolaba prawns, Pinkenba soft shell mud crab, Fraser Island spanner crab and Cedar Creek buffalo milk are main dish heroes.
Village Bicycle Noosa
Locals love this casual bar setting, of colourful timber tables and outside courtyard, which serves up a simple menu of tacos, potato gems and nachos. From time-to-time they do “Good Karma Kegs” where beer is by donation, and takings are shared with a good cause.
Innovative dining, local produce and pole position on the Noosa River are all the trademarks of this establishment’s popularity. Feast on Mooloolaba prawn salad and slow cooked pork belly, while admiring the perching pelicans outside. The “seafood experience for two” highlights local and Australian catches.
This historic pub at Boreen Point harks back to 1868 and is a popular haunt for those who crave nostalgia with its bush-based colonial homestead. The menu captures the pioneer spirit and on Sundays there’s a wood-fired spit roast and damper on the menu.
Visitors to this tranquil Yandina setting are invited to travel on a food journey through a shared plate experience of contemporary Thai cuisine. Enjoy the crispy Bangalow pork belly with citrus caramel sauce, the coconut soup with salmon, and chicken and spanner crab rice cakes.
Kunara Organic Market
Health conscious locals and travellers adore this award-winning organic market and café at Forest Glen with more than 20,000 products on sale. The Kunara Café specialises in certified organic food catering for vegan, paleo, raw and gluten-free diets. Find tarts, pastries, paninis, burgers and soups here.