07 4099 5330

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A: 17 Murphy St, Port Douglas QLD 4877
Alternate pathway entrance via 14 Macrossan St

T: 07 4099 5330 

Discover the magic

Dine beneath the palms

Whether you’re looking for a tropical dining experience that will live long in your memory, a refreshing cocktail after a day of exploring the wonders of Far North Queensland, or a beautiful location to celebrate a special occasion, Nautilus Restaurant offers a dream-like dining destination.

Come sample our tantalizing menu and tempting cocktail list.

We are open 5 nights per week (variable during wet season).

Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. Reserve a table online or phone us to check availability.

Find us


Enter via 17 Murphy St or
14 Macrossan St Port Douglas

On-street parking available on Murphy St

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Frequently asked questions

Nautilus is an iconic restaurant in Far North Queensland, renowned for its Modern Australian cuisine as much as it is for its unique tropical setting. Nautilus is the only truly outdoor dining restaurant in Port Douglas. Described as “unforgettable” by many, dining at Nautilus is something that needs to be experienced to understand why it has reached iconic status.

Nautilus has surpassed 70 years of operation, still on the original site in Port Douglas, and we have endeavoured to maintain the magical atmosphere established back in the 50’s.

Yes, Nautilus is the only truly outdoor dining restaurant in Port Douglas. There are no walls or a ceiling, other than the palm trees towering overhead. We share our dining room with nature and are subject to the weather – beautifully balmy nights, tropical downpours and all that’s in between.

Over time, our innovation has allowed us to handle all weather situations with unimposing retractable canopies that maintain an outdoor feel even when it rains. There is nothing better than dining in this restaurant as the rain comes down overhead and refreshes the gardens.

The restaurant is all open-air. We do not have an air conditioned dining area, instead embracing the balmy tropics. We do have fans and chilled hand towels, plus an enticing menu of refreshingly cool beverages guaranteed to make you feel comfortable.

Of course. The Canopy Lounge provides the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or cocktails as the sun sets on another day in paradise.

With a fantastic cocktail list and a creative bar team on hand to mix your beverage of choice, we welcome you to take a seat and soak in the relaxed ambiance of Nautilus. Our wine list is extensive and possibly the largest in Port Douglas, with a cellar just waiting to be explored.

Priority is always given to guests who are dining with us so please understand if we are unable to accommodate you during busier times.

Our aim is to provide a leisurely dining experience in a beautiful setting. To allow you to fully experience and savour the relaxed atmosphere, our service is purposely slower than some restaurants.

Please allow 2 hours to savour the experience.

We encourage you to embrace the relaxed nature of the tropics, to disconnect from the hustle of modern life and enjoy every moment of your Nautilus dining experience.

Smart casual attire is recommended, or feel free to dress to the nines. While we embrace the relaxed nature of the tropics, we ask for no beachwear, activewear, thongs/flip flops. Dress shorts and sandals are accepted. Please note we are completely outdoors without air-conditioning, though we do have fans and the evening breeze.

To maintain the unique atmosphere of the restaurant for all our guests, Nautilus is not suitable for babies, young children, highchairs or prams. Older children are very welcome however all guests must partake in the degustation menu. There is no children’s menu, so we are most suitable for more adventurous young diners. If you require a minder, we are happy to provide you with a number of well-trusted and recommended services in Port Douglas and surrounds.

At Nautilus we pride ourselves on attentive and personalised service. We are also dedicated to ensuring every diner has the best possible experience. If at any time during the evening you have a concern, or anything is not to your liking, please ask any Nautilus team member for your waiter or request the restaurant manager to come to your table. We do encourage this action and will respond immediately to ensure all guests leave with fond memories of Nautilus.

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