Robbie’s Restaurant Guide in Far North Queensland


18 October 2013


Good mate of Downunder Travel, Travel Industry Veteran, Author and Cairns Local Resident, Robbie Bastion, has shared his favourite restaurants with us in the Far North Queensland region. Thanks Robbie for your insight on how Canadians can find a great feed while in Far North Queensland.


Robbie’s Restaurants of the Tropical North:



Bushfire Flame Grill at the Pacific International Hotel ( – a churrasco style grill but with an Australian flavour in the heart of Cairns. Mouth-watering chicken, lamb, beer and sausage served at your table with a selection of side dishes. A meat lover’s delight and not for the faint hearted. Regularly cited as one of Cairns best restaurants by social media sites 

The Salt House ( on the water at Trinity Inlet – open air bar and restaurant. Causal but chic. Excellent menu of steak and seafood


L’Unico’s at Trinity Beach ( – superb Italian restaurant on the beach at Trinity Beach 20 mins north of Cairns. Wide open deck with views over the Coral Sea – great wine and cocktails. Al fresco dining with great pizzas and Italian dishes. A perfect place for a bit of Robbie spotting. My personal favourite and seen there far too often!

Paperbark Restaurant at Kewarra Beach Resort (  – dine in a rainforest setting on the absolute beachfront at Kewarra Beach. Subdued lighting amongst the trees adds a romantic flair to an exquisite menu. Voted Restaurant of the Region in 2012 Queensland Culinary Awards, Trip Advisor Travellers Choice and the accolades just keep coming. An experience!


Salsa Bar & Grill ( Award winning port Douglas Restaurant – great menu, great atmosphere. Signature dishes and desserts. The Pick of Port Douglas!

Central Hotel ( No visit to Tropical North Queensland is complete without a beer and a feed at a typical Queensland Hotel. Built in 1878, Central Hotel is located on the main street of Port Douglas amid the hustle and bustle. Icy cold beer, burgers and fresh seafood. Live entertainment. A blast form the past.

Robbie won the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual presented at the TTNQ Awards in 2010. Robbie commenced his tourism training with the New South Wales Department of Tourism before starting with the Queensland Tourist Travel Corporation (Tourism Queensland) in the retail division in Sydney and Canberra rising to Senior Management levels.

Moving to Cairns in 1989, Robbie became Sales Manager of well known tourism leader Quicksilver Connections, then joining Down Under Tours as General Manager Sales and Marketing for 4 years, before returning to Quicksilver as General Manager Sales.

His work has taken him regularly to North America, UK, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and throughout Australia and has an extensive range of contacts through all the markets.

Robbie combines his academic qualifications in Travel and Tourism with vast experience, humour and an absolute passion for the travel industry and he is responsible for sales in the United States of America, Canada (and relevant Inbound Tour Operators) and New Zealand.

Written by Jason (Destination Specialist)