Great options are available

Cairns offers the finest dining and cuisine the world has to offer; however, if you’re visiting Cairns on a budget, you may not be able to afford the top dining venues. Luckily, you and your taste buds don’t have to miss out.

There are many cheap restaurants in Cairns that offer affordable prices and excellent meals. You won’t have to compromise the quality of food just because you’re on a budget.

A great way to save money when eating in Cairns is to take advantage of early bird specials. Stop by local diners and eateries before the tour boats head back to shore for discounted prices.

There are many excellent restaurants scattered throughout the city– many with ocean front views.

Check out these little local delicacies for lower rates than the five star restaurants when eating in Cairns. Pubs often cater to those on a budget in Cairns, especially backpackers.

Many of the local pubs offer hardy portions for lower prices.


The Cock and Bull is great for people with an appetite the meals that are big and hearty.   6 Grove Street, Cairns North Telephone 4031 1160

Rattle and Hum has a laid back Aussie pub feel with indoor and outdoor dining.  65-67 The Esplanade, Cairns  Telephone (07) 4031 3011

Many Restaurants have ‘eat early deals’ if you are willing to eat in the early evening   Some take 10% of your bill or throw in a drink.  Try Villa Romano fabulous Mediterranean cuisine, 99 The Esplanade, Cairns Telephone (07) 4051 9000

Cairns Night-markets have a range of quick food options at great prices located on the Esplanade in Cairns

Dundees Waterfront Dining is a local favourite with reasonable prices. Featuring traditional Australian dishes, such as kangaroo, emus and crocodile, you’ll have the true Australian dining experience. However, as Dundees is very popular, you’ll need to make reservations in advance.Shop 3, 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns Tel 4051 0399

Cairns RSL is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is right on the Cairns Esplanade!  Great meals for great value including kids meal deals everyday of the week!

Don’t miss Rusty’s market for great fresh local produce Rusty’s Markets is open Friday to Sunday every week

You don’t have to miss out on anything when visiting Cairns on a budget, not even the food.

Eating on a budget is easy as there are literally hundreds of cheap restaurants in Cairns.