​How many of Queensland’s top restaurants have you dined at?  If you love food, these are the ones you should try.

Photo above: Delicious Japanese food at Kiyomi, one of the top restaurants in the Gold Coast Photo: Krista Eppelstun/TEQ

Which top Queensland restaurant do you love?

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Granddad Jacks is one of the top spots on the Gold Coast Photo: Krista Eppelstun/TEQ

Gold Coast

Although the Gold Coast first comes to mind for long days at the white sand beaches, soaking up the seaside, it has a thriving food scene and plenty of destination dining.

There are five Gold Coast restaurants and eateries where I have enjoyed amazing food that you really must try. There are so many restaurants that demand attention here, but I’ve found that my favourites seem to fall between Broadbeach and Burleigh.

Five Gold Coast restaurants you must try

Eating a strawberry sundae at Ashbern Farms, Stanthorpe. Stanthorpe food. Granite Belt food lovers

Ashbern Farms serve up delicious strawberry sundaes – a must-stop on the Granite Belt food lover’s trail.

Granite Belt, Southern Queensland Country

Start out on the Cunningham Highway from Brisbane and in just over two hours of driving you will be on the Granite Belt.  It’s the cool, high country region that centres around Stanthorpe and stretches to the border with New South Wales.  This is a region where the seasons are distinct just like the flavours.  You will enjoy log fires (even sometimes in summer), excellent local wines and fresh farm food.

These are your favourite ways to explore the Granite Belt.

Ultimate Granite Belt food lover’s guide

Where to eat on the Granite Belt

Dog’s day out on the pet-friendly Granite Belt

Kay Tommerup

Kay Tommerup from Tommerup’s Dairy Farm in the Scenic Rim.

Scenic Rim

This was the year that the Scenic Rim really came into its own.  A region plagued by bush fires and drought in the months, it bounded back off the back of the Scenic Rim Farm Box which finally showed the rest of Australia just what this region can deliver.  I regularly order a Scenic Rim Farm box and find the produce fresh and flavoursome.  I’m keen on the meat packs too!

Here’s where you can go in the region to see the produce growing, buy direct from the store and dine in style.

Scenic Rim farm gate road trip

Boonah weekend on a Scenic Rim road trip


Snail of Approval dish at Kin Kin General Store

Lunch at Kin Kin General Store. Photo Kerry Heaney

Noosa, Sunshine Coast

Ah, Noosa! That’s my heart sighing as the car crests the hill leading down into Noosa Heads. This region is my special place, and it has some of the best food around.

This year I went off the beaten track and explored food trails around the region and also found some of the local’s favourite haunts and you loved my discoveries.  Here is where to go.

Take the Gympie to Noosa Food Trail

Eat Noosa like a local

Surprisingly sustainable food in Noosa

Things to do on Stradbroke Moroccan Magic food

Moroccan magic food on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Photo: Kerry Heaney

Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), off the coastline from Brisbane

If you have not taken the ferry ride across to Straddie (as the locals call it), you must make the trip. It’s doable in a day but why limit paradise?

The island is a small community, but it does have some delicious food that you can eat while enjoying the most amazing views.  Try these trips and tips on for size.

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The ultimate Stradbroke Island road trip

Man in a paddock

Rob Bauer in the fields that grow his beautiful baby potatoes in the Lockyer Valley. Photo: Kerry Heaney

Lockyer Valley

Just an hour’s drive from Brisbane, the fertile Lockyer Valley edges the Scenic Rim with rich farmland.  The locals here take it for granted that their food will be fresh and full of just-picked flavour.  Working with premium ingredients, it’s not hard to whip up a flavoursome feast here.  This popular trail takes you on a country trip to explore the region with amazing eats along the way.

Love you Lockyer Valley Road Trip

Grunske’s Seafood Market, Bundaberg.

​Grunske’s Seafood Market, Bundaberg. Photo: Kerry Heaney


Still flying under the radar, Bundaberg is only good for food lovers who like their seafood fresh from the trawler, their fruit and veggies farm fresh from local growers and their dining full of imaginative and moreish cuisine.  If that is not you, give Bundaberg a miss but it certainly ticks all my boxes.

Here is where you should dine.

The best places to eat in Bundaberg

Ipswich cafe Rafter & Rose

​Rafter & Rose, Ipswich. Photo: Kerry Heaney


History will tell you that Ipswich was once in the running to be the capital of Queensland.  That ship has sailed, but the city is doing its best to develop into a strong food capital.  There are some real culinary surprises in Ipswich that are worth exploring and judging by the number of clicks on this post, you are doing just that!

Which are your top Queensland food destinations?

I hope you enjoy discovering the wealth of flavours in these top Queensland food destinations.  I certainly did!

Where are you finding great food experiences in Queensland?  Do share!

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