Outback Restaurants

There are some great outback restaurants.

Dining in the outback most often means a hearty pub meal (and there is nothing wrong with that!).

Nowadays, though, there are a few classy, and very classy, places where you can enjoy your lunch or dinner in all the luxury you can imagine, in the middle of nowhere. In other places, you can have an outback experience with a dinner while actually not being in the outback.

Restaurant Sign for Feral Food, Outback, South Australia, Australia
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Outback Restaurants - Sounds of Silence at Uluru Ayers Rock
Two places where you can dine in world class luxury in the outback are El Questro in the Kimberley and Yulara at Ayers Rock (Uluru), where the restaurant is called Sounds of Silence. You can have a gourmet buffet barbeque dinner that includes Australian specialities like emu, crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi, and bush tucker such as wattleseed, wild lime, native mint, lemon myrtle and native chutney, to didgeridoo sounds and with unlimited drinks included in an open bar. Watch the sun set and later gaze the stars in the outback skies. It's fantastic!

Alice Springs, Traffic Sign Beside Road Through Outback, Red Rocks of Olgas Behind, Australia
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Outback Restaurants - Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast
A great place where you can get an outback experience while not being in the outback is the Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast. It is an outback show night that includes a three course Aussie barbeque dinner consisting of salad, steak (sausages optional for kids; vegetarian, diabetic, gluten free options available), sauce, seasoned vegetables, dumper, Pavlova and billy tea, that is served while you are watching the show. A drink is included and you also get to keep an outback hat. A night to remember and definitely an insight into the outback in case you don't get to go there yourself.

Billboard on a Landscape, Outback, Australia
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Tjapukai Aboriginal Night Experience and Flames of the Forest
Further north, in Cairns, there are at least three themed dinner venues - Tjapukai, Flames of the Forest, and Cairns Night Zoo. They are not quite as much about the outback itself as the venues above, but they definitely are authentic Aussie experiences that do include the outback theme (Tjapukai and the Flames of the Forest are in the first hand about the rainforests and its people, while Cairns Night Zoo is more about animals and also the outback).

Tjapukai is a world famous Aboriginal cultural park that has, apart from the usual, day ticket, a night experience option that includes an Aboriginal dance show and a buffet dinner.

Similarly, Cairns Tropical/Night Zoo has a day and a night ticket, and the night experience includes spotlighting of nocturnal animals, live entertainment (campfire, swagman, billy tea and bush damper), drinks and a barbeque dinner (steak, salads, sausages, prawns, fish and chicken).

Flames of the Forest is closer to Port Douglas and has an evening experience that includes a seven course platter dinner as well as drinks, rainforest walks and Aboriginal storytelling. All three have hotel pick-ups from Cairns and Port Douglas.

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