From pub grub you’ve come to know and love to locally sourced delicacies, the Townsville food scene has a little bit of something for everyone!
A Touch of Salt
Looking for fine, delicious dining that puts a fresh spin on Aussie classics? You’ll find it at A Touch of Salt on Ogden Street bordering the Ross River in the Townsville CBD. This hatted establishment features carefully crafted dishes perfect for sharing or devouring yourself, with amazing steaks and locally sourced seafood options just the tip of the incredible tasty iceberg. Local foodies have made a habit of indulging in the exquisite degustation menus (with matching wines, of course).
Flinders Street East
If you’re after some action when the sun goes down, Flinders Street East is the place to be. This hip part of Townsville combines classic buildings with new-age eating and drinking experiences that run the gamut from traditional Australian pub fare to international dishes from Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian restaurants. The recent improvements made in the area have made it a local favourite.
One of the top spots in the area is the Townsville Brewery. Operating out of an old post office, this mainstay has been through quite a few changes over the last decade. But one thing has remained the same — locals and visitors still love pulling up a chair and drowning a few locally produced frothies at this iconic pub.
The Townsville Brewery’s lounge area is a step up from your standard pub experience, featuring a bit more comfort than your local’s sticky floors and dingy posters. If you want something even finer, you can check out the connected Malt restaurant. Serving up high quality Australian fare with beer to match, sit down to a mighty steak and pint that won’t remind you of the tough, rubbery $10 chucks you’re used to.
Another happening spot in Townsville that can provide a sweet backdrop for a night out with your friends, family, or partner is Palmer Street. This stretch is stuffed full of great restaurants, many of which pride themselves on using high quality ingredients sourced from around the region.
Want to start your day in a tasty way? JAM, located at the top of Palmer Street, is the spot for you. Looking for a delicious celebratory meal, whether it be to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or, heck, just to honour the fact you’re on a holiday in beautiful Townsville? Once again, JAM is the place to be. Whether you want a dynamite brekkie or a substantial lunch or dinner, this relative newcomer (it opened in 2010) has an evolving menu of fantastic modern Australian dishes that keeps diners on their toes. Trust us, the CAPS LOCK and the awarded hats are appropriate here!
We told you this place had the eating and drinking hubs to match the activity paths and swimming spots! The Strand has a handful of great establishments lining its sandy shores in which you can sit down for a meal or grab some quick takeaway.
You can work up quite the appetite strolling and swimming at the Strand. When it happens, make tracks for Juliette’s, one of Townsville’s favourite places to grab a cup of gelato, coffee, or both. You’ll find friends meeting up, professionals grabbing some joe with which to face the day, exercisers recovering after a tough workout — this Strand spot is great for hanging out solo or with mates.
Longboard Bar & Grill
If you’re looking to sink a few brews and order up some decent pub grub with mates, all while wrapped up in a scenic setting, Longboard Bar & Grill is a more-than decent shout. This beachy, surf-themed venue is perfectly perched on the Headlands of the Strand. The breeze from the sea air that cools the outdoor seating and the air conditioned area inside means you’ll be able to drink and eat in comfort regardless of the weather.