The Beach House Hamilton Island (hamiltonisland.com.au) The Whitsundays, a chain of islands halfway along Australia's sunny Queensland coast, are a yachties' paradise. This restaurant has an idyllic beachfront position that encourages diners to unwind over leisurely three-course meals. Start with an entree of prawns served with young coconut, basil, gooseberries and tamarind, followed by a main course of Mandalong lamb, with white bean cassoulet, asparagus sweetbreads and garlic. Average main course prices range from A$39 (HK$263) to A$49. Oriental Hayman Island (hayman.com.au) The restaurant's setting is stunning. Dotted throughout the tranquil gardens are four-person dining platforms overlooking rock pools and waterfalls. In the centre is a ceremonial teahouse that can be reserved as a dining cabana for up to 10 guests. The indoor restaurant (above) is decorated with Oriental antiques and artefacts. The cuisine is modern Australian with a distinct Asian influence. Try the Australian rock lobster or mud crab, wok-fried with chilli, served with a topping of your choice: ginger and shallots, garlic and black pepper or vermicelli, soy and green shallots. The grilled Moreton Bay bugs come with a spicy green nam jim, crisp Asian greens and cashew nuts. Top of the dessert menu is the coconut creme brulee, with pandan ice-cream and ginger tuille. Prices are about A$18 for entrees, A$37 for main courses and A$16 for desserts. La Trattoria Hayman Island (hayman.com.au) This lively alfresco Italian eatery has a rustic Mediterranean ambience, with timber beams, terracotta tiles, hanging vines - and even a band playing Italian ballads. The menu covers a wide range of Italian provincial cuisines. Try the antipasto or a traditional pizza. The pasta menu is extensive, and the chef uses fresh seafood to create dishes such as pappardelle allo scoglio (fresh seafood with scorched tomatoes, garlic, basil and wide ribbon pasta). Prices start at A$15 for entrees, A$28 for main courses and A$16 for desserts. La Riviera Peppers Palm Bay Resort, Long Island (peppers.com.au) La Riviera has a tropical ambience, with indoor and outdoor areas offering views of the resort's pool and rainforest. The indoor section has a comfortable lounge with an imposing stone fireplace that's perfect for pre-dinner drinks. The outdoor area is a serene timber deck set amid tropical gardens. The menu features seafood dishes such as prawns and scallops with pasta (below) and red emperor with couscous and green papaya. The chef also excels at desserts: try the chocolate fondant with honeycomb and orange segments. Expect to pay from about A$25 for main dishes and A$15 for desserts. Bluewater Brampton Island (voyages.com.au) Lunch is served smorgasbord style, and dinner is either a three-course table d'hote or a themed buffet. Once a week there's a seafood buffet offering local catch. There's also a six-course dinner with Australian wines. Try the crab and Morton Bay bug risotto finished with mascarpone, and the beer battered barramundi. Prices are A$35 for two courses, A$45 for three courses and A$57 for the seafood buffet.