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  • Location:Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

Step into the world's oldest rainforest to dine by candlelight during an unforgettable evening of fine food and entertainment at the Flames of the Forest dinner experience. Feel the wonder of this legendary location, enjoy live guitar music or an Aboriginal storytelling and cultural performance, and dine on a sumptuous multi-course meal in an enchanting rainforest setting. Your meal is accompanied by Australian wines and beer, and finishes with mouth-watering desserts. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns, the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels.


  • Flames of the Forest dinner experience, from Cairns, the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas
  • Enjoy a multi-course gourmet meal accompanied by Australian wines and beer
  • Bask in the romance of a stunning candlelit rainforest setting
  • Listen to the music of a solo acoustic guitarist during the dinner (Saturdays)
  • Become enchanted by storytelling from the Aboriginal Dreamtime (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from all Port Douglas, Cairns and Palm Cove hotels

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What You Can Expect

Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience

Flames of the Forest

After pickup at your hotel, your driver takes you to a special location in the rainforest where your Flames of the Forest dinner takes place.

Walk beneath the forest canopy along a trail that glows in torchlight. Arrive at a secluded clearing where you are welcomed with sparkling wine and hors d'oeuvres. Sip your wine as you take in the nighttime forest and dining area, which is illuminated with budlight chandeliers and flickering candles, all set under a high tented canopy. For the meal, take a seat at a shared table and enjoy a memorable evening.

For details about the rest of your evening, please see the options and menus below:

Flames of the Forest 7-course Banquet Dining Experience (Tuesday and Thursday):

Feast on a 7-course banquet that uses the freshest local produce (menu below), meats and seafood. Your meal includes Australian sparkling, white and red wines, beer and soft drinks. Watch an Aboriginal cultural performance featuring didgeridoo, storytelling and song.

Flames of the Forest 6-course Tropical Tasting Menu Dining Experience (Saturday):

Savor a 6-course tropical tasting menu that is designed to introduce you to the flavors of the Tropical North. It is served plated and accompanied by premium wines. Enjoy a solo acoustic guitarist who plays enchanting music during your meal.


Flames of the Forest 7-course Banquet Dining Experience (Tuesday and Thursday):
Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Trio of dips - roasted eggplant with red pepper, feta & fresh herbs, basil pesto & traditional butter served with freshly baked bread
  • Fresh local Tiger prawns served with a crisp vegetable and sprout salad, with a chili and lime dressing
  • Tableland salad of mesclun, vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, fresh garlic croutons and Spanish onion finished with a honey mustard dressing
  • Lemon myrtle infused kangaroo loin on a bed of wild rocket and toasted macadamia nuts garnished with homemade fig chutney
  • Locally caught pan-fried reef fish served with lightly steamed seasonal greens and finished with a fragrant coconut and kaffir lime broth
  • Jungle-spiced chicken breast with an aromatic fresh date and fire-roasted red pepper couscous topped with a mint and bush lime yogurt
  • Slow roasted Black Angus sirloin served on a warm kipfler potato and green bean salad accompanied by confit cherry tomatoes, finished with a red wine jus
  • Traditional Pavlova accompanied by seasonal tropical fruits, fragrant vanilla bean chantilly cream and passion fruit coulis
  • Sparkling wine aperitif
  • Bennetts lane NV Brut
For the meal:
  • white wine - Plantagenet Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
  • red wine - Plantagenet Hazard Hill Shiraz
  • beer - Toohey's Extra Dry, Crown Lager, Cascade Premium Light
  • soft drinks - cola, lemonade, orange juice
Flames of the Forest 6-course tropical tasting menu Dining Experience (Saturday):
Sample Menu:
First Course:
  • Lightly seared kangaroo loin carpaccio served with a rocket, parmesan and Spanish onion salad with fresh truffle oil, dressed with aged balsamic glaze
  • Smoked crocodile rillette with crisp cucumber slice & salsa verde
  • House made spanner crab tortellini in a fennel cream sauce with fresh garden herbs
  • Pan-seared coral trout on sauteed seasonal greens with a lemon myrtle infused beurre blanc accompanied by a fresh herb salsa
  • Port-braised beef cheek on duchess potato accompanied by spring baby vegetables
  • Black sapote pavé (chocolate pudding fruit) with orange blossom cream and pistachio nut praline

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Food excellent, beautiful setting with atmosphere and friendly staff, enjoyed immensely

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The atmosphere was just wonderful; a beautiful evening in the rain forest! The food was exceptional, and the music and stories were an experience not to be missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was like a fairy tale I had years in my eyes it's a must do high reccommend to anyone met some lovely people too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Highly recommend everyone to go there! Great food, great wine and the decor was breath taking!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

We dined on a Saturday evening. No cultural show on this night, but a solo talented guitar/vocalist provided the perfect amount of background to accompany our 6 courses. Menu was stunning, weather amazing, atmosphere was tranquil, kind of mystical and wonderful. Simply gorgeous...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

We were really impressed with this night. The setting, food and wine were just perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Wonderful evening, food fantastic. Thoroughly recommend to all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

This was an incredible evening. The romantic meal on the Saturday was a highlight of our honeymoon. Relaxed and friendly staff served a delicious meal with beautiful wines. A guitarist/singer accompanied the evening with great music. We highly recommend this as a great romantic evening.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

Exquisite dinner! Wonderful dreamtime stories and didgeridoo music from aboriginal tribe representatives! No doubt it was worth trying!

John B
New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2010

Awesome!! Great food, service and set up! Well worth it!!
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