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Experience an enchanting night at the Flames of the Forest dinner, held in the world's oldest rainforest. Dine by candlelight at an open-air site, feasting on a gourmet multi-course meal while enjoying live entertainment such as an Aboriginal cultural performance or live guitar music. Sip Australian wines and beer, and finish off with tantalizing desserts before your included transfer to your hotel in Cairns, the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas.
  • 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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Hotel pickup and drop off
Selection of beverages including sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer and soft drink
Pre dinner drinks and canapes, seven dish plattered banquet served to communal tables of up to 10 guests (Tuesday and Thursday)
Aboriginal cultural performance featuring storytelling, didgeridoo and song (Tuesday and Thursday)
6 course plated, tropical tasting menu on private tables to your booking size (Saturday)
Solo acoustic guitarist performance (Saturday)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
A pick up time will be confirmed from your chosen hotel after booking

Departure Time

7:30 PM
Your Flame of the Forest dinner starts with hotel pickup from Cairns, the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Transfer in a comfortable climate-controlled vehicle to the specially designed open-air dining site situated in the rainforest surrounding Cairns.

When you arrive, follow a short pathway lit by flaming torches to arrive at a secluded clearing. The gracious staff welcomes you with hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine. 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.

The 7-course Aboriginal Cultural Dining Experience takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The entertainment features an Aboriginal performance of didgeridoo, storytelling and song. On Saturdays, the 6-course Rainforest Dining Experience takes place with a guitarist that entertains diners with solo acoustic guitar.

For details about the evening, please see options and menus below under Itinerary.
Itinerary
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Flames of the Forest
Australia’s only rainforest dining experience, Flames of the Forest creates memories to last a lifetime. Picked up from your hotel, your coach will wind through the forest before arriving at a secret, special location where your evening unfolds. Walk the flame lit path illuminated by candle light before arriving in a secluded clearing where you will be welcomed with sparkling wine. Take your seat under the black silk lined dining area glowing with crystal and bud light chandeliers and flickering flame, all the while surrounded by age old rainforest. Showcasing a local, tropics inspired menu accompanied by a selection of quality beverages and set amidst the candle lit rainforest under a black silk canopy with sparkling chandeliers, Flames of the Forest offers guests the choice of two distinctly different dining experiences. • An evening entwined with an Indigenous cultural performance by two local Aboriginal brothers featuring traditional storytelling, didgeridoo and song (Tuesday and Thursday) • The romantic serenade of a solo acoustic guitarist (Saturday) For details about the rest of your evening, please see the options and menus below: Flames of the Forest 7 course Aboriginal Cultural Dining Experience (Tuesday and Thursday): Feast on a 7 dish plattered banquet served to the table featuring the freshest local produce (menu below), meats and seafood. Your meal also includes Australian sparkling, white and red wine, beer and soft drinks. Enjoy an intimate an Aboriginal cultural performance featuring didgeridoo, storytelling and song. Flames of the Forest 6-course Rainforest Dining Experience (Saturday): Savour a 6 course, plated, tropical tasting menu designed to introduce you to the flavours of the Tropical North and accompanied by a selection of wine and beer whilst enjoying the serenade of a solo acoustic guitarist playing enchanting music throughout the evening. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Flames of the Forest 7 course Aboriginal Cultural Dining Experience (Tuesday and Thursday): Feast on a 7 dish plattered banquet served to the table featuring the freshest local produce (menu below), meats and seafood. Your meal also includes Australian sparkling, white and red wine, beer and soft drinks. Enjoy an intimate an Aboriginal cultural performance featuring didgeridoo, storytelling and song. Sample Menu: Starter: • Trio of dips - roasted eggplant with red pepper, feta & fresh herbs, basil pesto & traditional butter served with freshly baked bread Main Course – served progressively to the table: • Tiger prawns with a crisp vegetable & sprout salad drizzled with a chilli lime dressing • Tableland salad of mesclun, roast capsicum, 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 & toasted macadamia nuts garnished with homemade fig chutney • Pan fried reef fish with lightly steamed seasonal greens and finished with a fragrant coconut & kaffir lime broth • Jungle spiced chicken with fresh date & fire roasted red pepper couscous topped with a mint & bush lime yoghurt • Slow roasted Black Angus sirloin on a warm herb roasted chat potato & green bean salad accompanied by confit cherry tomatoes & finished with a red wine jus Dessert: • Traditional Pavlova accompanied by seasonal tropical fruits, fragrant vanilla bean chantilly cream and passion fruit coulis Flames of the Forest 6-Course Rainforest Dining Experience (Saturday): Savour a 6 course, plated, tropical tasting menu designed to introduce you to the flavours of the Tropical North and accompanied by a selection of wine and beer whilst enjoying the serenade of a solo acoustic guitarist playing enchanting music throughout the evening. Sample Menu: Six course, plated, tropical tasting menu: • Lightly seared kangaroo loin carpaccio with a rocket, parmesan & Spanish onion salad with fresh truffle oil & dressed with aged balsamic glaze • Smoked crocodile rillette on fresh cucumber with salsa verde • House made prawn tortellini in a fennel cream sauce with fresh garden herbs • Pan seared fresh reef fish of the day on sautéed seasonal greens with a lemon myrtle infused beurre blanc, finished with a fresh herb salsa • Herb marinated lamb back strap set on a confit garlic and kipfler potato puree with slow roasted cherry tomatoes & Port wine jus • Toasted coconut panna cotta with caramelised pineapple accompanied by a local wattle seed gelato on chocolate soil
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Flames of the Forest location is 15 minutes from Port Douglas, 40 minutes from Palm Cove and 1 hour from Cairns
  • Each table seats 10 people. No tables for two are available (except Saturday nights)
  • Meals are served on platters, banquet style to the table (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Vegetarian options are available with prior notice only
  • Children under 6 years not permitted on any evening. Children under 16 not catered for on Saturday nights however are welcome Tuesday and Thursday nights
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Flames of the Forest

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Flames of the Forest Dining Experience?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

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One impressed Tourist - This was nicely done.
Peter D
, Dec. 2019
I was expecting an introduction to the Aboriginal Culture and dining experience and was blown away in a good way with this experience. I was not sure what to expect, but we were greeted just after sunset at our buss with lit torches and followed a path to a clearing with accent lighting in the trees and a tree lit with candles. In the clearing we were served Champaign and hors d’oeuvres while we took in the beauty of the evening and the wonderful effect of the lighting. Although the decorations were ordinary the effect was wonderful. We then were invited to dinner by an individual of Aborigine decent and in their language. The dining was in another clearing under a canopy but open to the elements of nature, back lit by lighting highlighting the forest experience. We were dining in the Forest, listening to the sounds in their natural elements and entertained by an individual playing the Didgeridoo. Dinner was backlit with soft music and between course entertained again by an aborigine providing an explanation of their culture and telling stories that have been handed down to their people for ages. The dinner was excellent, I believe a seven course meal and the service superb. I had to ask them to sop filling my wine glass. The entire evening was simple but elegant, we were not rushed and I came to experience the forest and understand their culture, I left feeling satisfied and grateful for the experience. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants to enjoy a cultural experience with fine dining. But remember you are in a forest and subject to the sights sounds and elements that come with it.
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Highly recommended
dwellfare
, Jul. 2019
Amazing experience, the lighting, rainforest at night, food was exceptional, and the music and stories not to be missed.
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The setting is enchanting and the food...
Jan R
, Oct. 2017
The setting is enchanting and the food was wonderful. Well worth doing!
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Unfortunately this event was...
Kristina P
, Sep. 2017
Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to low bookings. We were really disappointed as we had heard from other travelers that this was an amazing night. Guess next time back, we'll hopefully get to do it.
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Very unique and beautiful dining...
Timothy P
, Jul. 2017
Very unique and beautiful dining experience. We went on an evening with the acoustic guitar - music was just right- some songs we knew some we had not heard before - nice accompaniment to the meal. Setting was mesmerizing - twinkling lights and dancing shadows....having a table jut to ourselves gave the evening a romantic, special feeling. Food was most interesting - and tasty. Wine choices were fine and plentiful.....might have been nice to have a unique after dinner wine with the desert. The drive from our hotel in Cairns was surprisingly long but gave us a chance to see areas/towns that we wouldn't have otherwise had a chance to see.
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Amazing adventure, Great dinner, lovely...
Mitche227
, Oct. 2016
Amazing adventure, Great dinner, lovely setting and wonderful story telling. A must do event
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an absolute MUST for any...
victoria r
, Oct. 2016
an absolute MUST for any traveller.... the food was amazing and the whole experience enchanting.
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This was an amazing experience for...
David L
, Oct. 2016
This was an amazing experience for us. The food was delicious, the staff very attentive and the Aboriginal story mesmerising. Highly recommend this adventure into Aboriginal culture.
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Dinner was fantastic, served family...
Sheila K
, Aug. 2016
Dinner was fantastic, served family style. I was able to try dishes that I wouldn't order off a menu for example, kangaroo. The aboriginal music and story telling was an added bonus. The atmosphere was romantic.
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This was a bit of a strange...
Carla R
, Jul. 2016
This was a bit of a strange experience. When compared to the cost, I did not feel it was worth it. The food was fantastic, albeit quite gourmet and perhaps too ritzy for some tastes, but beautifully prepared. We went on a Saturday night but we were not impressed with the guitarist. The atmosphere was nice but it was simply lights strung from the trees. I would not do this tour again in the future.
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