If you’re staying in say Port Douglas luxury accommodation then the local area isn’t going to be on par with Cairns for choice.
However, what you will find is a stunning variety of local dishes (plus international of course).
Try the crispy port belly with scallops or perhaps the locally caught coral trout. Not tempting you?
What about the tiger prawns and squid in a homemade chilli sauce?
What you’ll see in the smaller towns is a more boutique and experimental cuisine that’s unique to this part of Australia. Once again, the prices are likely to be very reasonable (perhaps an average of A$35 per head for a typical main course) given the quality and freshness of what you’ll be eating.
Be aware that eating outside of the big centres such as Cairns often brings you closer to nature. So, in some restaurants you’ll have bandicoots (a small marsupial) wandering around and even the odd snake. That’s all part of some components of the out-of-town Far North Queensland dining experience.
Yes, if you wish to or are on a very tight budget, there are plenty of very reasonable budget and fast-food restaurants though they may be confined to the larger centres.
A typical fast food burger meal will set you back around A$8 per head and it’ll be of standard international quality levels for this type of establishment.