CAIRNS | Humidity aside, walking along the marina at Cairns reminds me a lot of walking along the pier in Fremantle. Endless clear blue skies, and that intense glare and heat reflecting off the water, road, and many white surfaces.
Also similar, is the availability of fresh caught seafood to eat on the waterfront. Where a beautiful view doesn’t come at the cost of quality food.
On my first day in town, I visited Prawn Star. Owner Danny Moore opened his restaurant after buying and restoring an old fishing trawler a few years back. Today, Prawn Star extends across four boats, offering diners freshly caught, local seafood, to enjoy on the back deck of each boat.
As the name suggests, prawns are the main thing that you come here for. There’s also salmon sashimi, oysters, bugs, and crayfish. There’s also two locally brewed tap beers, and few tinnies, and wines. I opted for a serve of the mixed prawns, which went down a treat.
As well as eating in, you can also buy fresh seafood to take home. They do accept walk ins, but you might want to book ahead if you’re visiting in the evening. When I visited in the middle of the day it was quiet, but when I walked past after sunset, the place was packed, with fairy lights strung across each boat making for quite the atmospheric scene.
Marlin Marina, E31 Berth
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 9:00pm