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The Beach Shack, Port Douglas

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published August 31st 2013
Nothing like the sand under your toes

If you want to dine on the sand in Port Douglas, the only place to go is the Beach Shack. While over the road from the actual beach, the floor is sand, and it transforms the vibe of the open room.

It's casual dining; they have colouring-in for the kids, and pizzas galore, as well as restaurant meals and a good cocktail list.

We had some lychee mojitos while the sun set, and nibbled on some crispy skin pork belly and spicy salt & pepper squid, both delicious and cooked to perfection, with the squid tender and the pork melting, in contrast with the crunch of the skin.

While tempted with the curry of the day, and interesting Vietnamese style curry, I opted for a hot salami pizza, which had a crispy base, perfect for the end to a lazy day.

Interestingly, the kids meal pizza was not that much smaller than the adults, so it's great value for the older kids. The kids fish and chips was huge, and both kids meals included ice cream for dessert in the price.

My partner ordered the tasty crispy skin barramundi fillet with eggplant, rocket & parmesan salad, and basil pesto & balsamic glaze.

While the restaurant was busy, we weren't rushed after our meal, and there's a bar too, for those that want to kick on. Alas we had to get the kids home, so our evening soon drew to a close. With good food and a relaxed atmosphere, it's little wonder the Beach Shack is so popular with tourists and locals alike.

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Why? Great food, relaxed atmosphere and only dining on the sand in town
When: From 6pm
Phone: 07 40 991 100
Where: 29 Barrier Street Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
Cost: varies but reasonable
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