Having booked a 4 week trip to Australia from the comfort of my back bedroom in the UK, I hit upon a little problem, finding a restaurant that was open on Boxing Day evening. Several of the top places in Airlie Beach were closed and I was starting to struggle until an email came back from Bernie at Colonial palms saying that they were open and happy to take our booking.
We walked down to the motel from our place at marina Shores, a feat that shocked the guy on reception (it's only a couple of miles). To do so, we passed through the centre of Airlie Beach and were quite bemused that everywhere seemed to be open?? Had my panic booking been necessary?
On arrival at the Colonial palms, we were warmly greeted by Bernie, who had been waiting for us. We were shown to a nice outside table and ordered beer and wine. The menu is small but perfectly formed, I had Barramundi, which was excellent, I can't remember what my wife ate, but it was good. Dessert follewed, washed down with more wine and beer.
By the time we had finished, we were the only people left in the place and we had a chat with the guys about rugby and life before they insisted on ordering us a cab back to our apartment.
All in all, a really great, quiet little place to eat, away from the backpacker, fast food centre of Airlie Beach. I would certainly reccommend Colonial palms for a nice intimate meal.
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