2 Pierpoint Road
Salt House, CairnsThis dreamy restaurant on the Cairns marina is all about the views: of reef-going yachts, the aquamarine Coral Sea, lush mountains, and the mouth of the Trinity inlet. Even the bathrooms look out on a view of boats bobbing on the water. The pavilion-style design—featuring polished wood-slat walls, light fixtures dangling in nets, and outdoor daybeds surrounded by ponds and fire pits—blends Australian, Balinese, and Japanese aesthetics. Local produce includes smoked Daintree barramundi and Atherton Tablelands pork and beef—the latter is wood-fired over a custom-built Argentine grill. Smaller plates and Coral Sea Brewing Company ales can be enjoyed on the patio, especially on weekends when live music fills the warm, salty air.