Our favourite restaurants to dine at while bareboating in the Whitsundays
Before, during or after your epic bareboating adventure through the Whitsunday Islands, you might want to enjoy a restaurant meal. You will be doing a lot of cooking after all while you’re out there on the boat. Here are some of our recommendations on the islands, and on the mainland, that you might like to visit while in the Whitsundays.
Hamilton Island has the greatest array of restaurants to choose from while bareboating, and they are very welcoming to visiting bareboats.
Around the marina there are numerous restaurants from casual cafes and pizza places, to the stylish Bommie Restaurant at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Try Manta Ray for pizzas, Mariners for seafood, Romano’s for Italian, or TAKO for modern Mexican fusion.
On the beachside, there are more options again, with the casual Sailz bistro and the modern Asian Coca Chu.
You can also enjoy some sunset drinks at One Tree Hill, or on the Bommie Deck of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, or in the swim-up pool bar in the main resort centre.
Cape Gloucester/Hydeaway Bay
The local’s secret northern spot, Hydeaway Bay is home to the lovely relaxed beachfront Cape Gloucester Resort. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks.
Airlie Beach enjoys a wealth of amazing restaurants, to suit all tastes and budgets.
Don’t want to leave the marina? Try Sorrento’s for casual Italian and delicious pizza, or Hemingway’s for a chef hatted indulgent dining experience on the waterfront.
Wander 10-15 minutes along the boardwalk into town for a huge range of dining options. Try Little Vegas for huge, adventurous burgers and street food. Fish D’Vine offers excellent seafood and cocktails. Cool Lala for the most authentic Asian cuisine in town and bubble tea. Café One 3 or Bohemian Raw for your health fix. Denman Cellars at the Port of Airlie Marina has a great range of international beers and ciders. La Tabella or La Marina for delicious modern Italian cuisine. Anchor Bar for a casual pub-style lunch or dinner, with a pool you are allowed to swim in. Hemingway’s, Walter’s Lounge, Coral Sea Resort, Tides at Peppers are the top picks for a special occasion.
While in town, enjoy the renowned nightlife of the Airlie Beach main street. There are pubs and clubs with live music, DJs, and more.
What’s the dress code?
It’s the Whitsundays, we’re very relaxed up here. You can safely leave the high heels and suits at home! The dress code for all resort islands is casual resort wear, except Bommie Restaurant on Hamilton Island, where a smarter dress code is appropriate.
Sometimes the best restaurant can’t compete with your very own boat. But if run out of something important on the water, there is currently no delivery service in the Whitsunday Islands that can bring supplies to you. Make sure you do your food and drinks provisioning well, before you leave the marina. It’s better to have too much than not enough. The only places to restock your fridge are Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. Find out more about provisioning your boat here.
Learn more about visiting the resort islands while on a bareboat charter