Nautilus Restaurant Functions


Nautilus Restaurant offers a very special functions venue in the very centre of town that captures the essence of tropical Port Douglas.

Enjoy elegant dining surrounded by the beautiful rainforest gardens and towering palms while indulging in exquisite cuisine and professional attentive service.

Nautilus has enjoyed hosting the receptions of many weddings over it’s many years of operation. The romantic nature of this beautiful venue continues to enchant the lucky couples as they return to Port Douglas in the following years to re-live the experience and celebrate their various anniversaries

Exclusive use of our full venue and individual areas for private functions is avaliable for groups with up to 140 guest (seated over three areas) or 200 standing.


Your guests will enjoy enchanting outdoor dining as part of a larger group for a professional gathering, conference or corporate event.

Our group menus feature dishes from our a la carte menu with a structure that will allow the event to run smoothly.

Nautilus can accommodate up to 140 guests for seated dining across 3 areas. For smaller groups we are able to offer private use of a dining area that will best suit your requirements. Smaller groups are welcome to take sole use of an area provided that they are prepared to achieve the required minimum spend.

For smaller numbers we are happy to work with you to ensure that you are placed in the dining area that best suits your requirements.


Just imagine being seated with your guests surrounded by the beautiful rainforest gardens and towering palms. Indulge in 5 star cuisine as we offer mango daiquiris, champagne and wine to meet your desires.

The laughter and chatter of the people around you will live long in your memories of this truly unforgettable evening.

For an unforgettable occasion Nautilus Restaurant offers an intimate dining experience for you and your friends, family or colleagues.

The innovative cuisine of our chef is assembled with loving care and due attention to detail. Our floor staff offer professional, friendly and efficient service applying the same level of attention and intimacy to larger tables as they would to a table for 2.

Dining Areas

Nautilus Restaurant features 3 different areas each with its own unique ambience. We are more than happy to accommodate your choice of area for dining if that particular section of the restaurant is available on a given evening. While we do take specific table requests please be aware that not all tables are available at all times so these cannot be guaranteed.

Exclusive use of our full venue and individual areas for private functions is available for groups with up to 140 guest (seated over three areas) or 200 standing.

Allocation to an area is dependent on the time of the year and other bookings for a given evening.


The original restaurant dining area has been transformed from a grassy slope 50 years ago to the majestic wonder that it is now. It’s amazing to think how many interesting and famous people have graced this dining room across the years.

Not that you could really describe the courtyard as a room, on clear nights the only ceiling is the fronds of the coconut palms 60 feet above.

First time visitors enjoy the sheer ambience of the courtyard, while regulars continue to request this area again and again as they reminisce on many previous dining experiences and enjoy the features of the present.


80 Seated | 100+ Stand up (reduced capacity in the wet season)

Exclusive Use:

Minimum spend - Price on Application


Designed to immerse diners in the beautiful tropical forest gardens of the property. Of course there have been many proposals and anniversary celebrations along the deck railings as couples gaze out into the illuminated greenery.

The Forest Deck also offers a wonderful private area for larger groups and functions.


45 Seated | 60+ Stand up.

Exclusive Use:

Minimum spend - Price on Application


The newest addition to the Nautilus property. This lounge area is a large deck at tree top level that places guests among a canopy of trees

Open from 6pm nightly the Canopy Lounge is a fantastic spot to enjoy a relaxing pre-dinner cocktail.

Dining in this area is intimate, sometimes cooler in the summer months, and very suitable for small groups up to around 25 (partial use) up to 35 people. Of course you could always retire to the Lounge at the end of the meal for a quiet coffee or liqueur.


25 Part-use | 40 Full use

Exclusive Use:

Minimum spend - Price on Application


All sections of Nautilus have coverage that can be utilized in the case of rain. We operate year round as an open air alfresco restaurant with a clear roofing system that protects diners should we get rain during an evening. (Cyclone excluded)

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