Taste Townsville. Townsville: this unofficial capital of North Queensland is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and its community epicentre north of the Sunshine Coast has been quietly brewing a truly world-class food scene of late. The restaurants in Townsville are unique, innovative and halocals absolutely buzzing. Restaurants in Townsville are going from strength to strength lately, not because they’re doing the same thing as Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney, but because they’re tapping into their own local scene and paying homage to the rich, ‘northerner’ history of this spectacular part of the world. What we mean by that is that you’ll find a strong emphasis on local produce, true-blue and time-tested dishes and absolutely nothing pretentious or over the top in Townsville’s restaurants. But that’s not to say they aren’t up to muster, so read on, we think you’ll be surprised at the pedigree of Townsville’s fantastic restaurants.