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Oaks Kitchen & Garden Cooking School – Cooking Classes

$165 each

Learn about the delights of Southeast Asian cooking showcasing the abundance of produce Far North Queensland has to offer.


Port Douglas Cooking Class set in four acres of the lush natural surroundings of Oak Beach just south of Port Douglas, learn about the delights of Southeast Asian cuisine using organic produce sourced from the working garden to create dishes prepared in the refreshing outdoor kitchen.

Whether you’re a culinary king or a hopeless cook, this is an amazing educational experience learning about produce and technique in a fun environment.

All classes are intimate in size and guests are invited to ask any questions about food, sustainability and Southeast Asian culture as you prepare your meals.

The garden is constantly evolving and grows a vast array of organic produce including almost two dozen mango trees, kaffir lime trees, and a host of Southeast Asian herbs and vegetables.

Your hosts greet you with a complimentary beverage and walk you through the grounds to show you the garden and produce.

The day will end with a sit down meal to enjoy the full fruits of your labour.


All classes Morning (8.30am) and evening (4pm)

Tuesday: Asian Vegetarian

A selection of vegetarian ingredients to help you create a fresh & healthy menu

Wednesday: Street Food

Flavourful street food and snacks from around Thailand.

Thursday: Thai Banquet

Traditional Thai dishes to compliment each other and offer a tour of the country

Friday: Thai Favourites

We’ve picked our favourite Thai dishes to show you what we love.

Saturday: Our Pick – Demo & Eat

This class will provide tips on Southeast Asian cooking, while you sit back and eat. Dishes are chosen by us in the morning based on what ingredients are available at the time.






  • Bookings required at least 48 hours prior.
  • Up to 8 guests per class.
  • Suitable for ages 12 & up.
  • Class takes approximately four hours.
  • Wear enclosed shoes.
  • Located at Oak Beach 15 minutes south of Port Douglas.
  • All cooking ingredients, an apron and equipment included.


Oaks Kitchen & Garden was created by Ben Wallace and wife Racheal Boon with the idea of having a Southeast Asian cooking school surrounded by native produce.

Travelling through Thailand and Southeast Asia has been an ongoing adventure Ben and Rachael share, they love the bustling energy and eclectic food that lines the streets and look forward  to experiencing and tasting new things.

Ben and Rachael incorporate a mix of our own produce available on the property and the best available offerings from the market and local farmers.

Ben Wallace – Chef

Ben has spent most of his cooking career around the Melbourne restaurant scene. He first moved to Melbourne to work at the esteemed Thai restaurant Longrain, then progressed to Sous Chef at the hatted Thai restaurant, Easy Tiger, while also holding regular cooking classes and demonstrations at South Melbourne Market.

Moving to Queensland offered the opportunity to create a piece of Southeast Asia in his own backyard.

Teaming up with wife, Rachael, they brought their four-acre property up to the garden sanctuary it is today – brimming with native herbs and Southeast Asian fruits and vegetables.

Rachael Boon – Gardner

Rachael has been living and breathing Thai culture since day one.

Her family owned and operated some of Port Douglas’s best Thai restaurants and Rachael grew up right in the middle of it.

She’s spent most of her 20s travelling and working in Sydney and Melbourne where she developed her skills in horticulture and always maintained a thriving urban garden.


  • Cancellations less than 48 hours before your scheduled class, incur a fee of 50% of the class cost for each participant. No shows are responsible for 100% of booked class fees.
  • Although extremely unlikely, in the event that a class is cancelled or re-scheduled, a future class date will be offered or a refund provided.
  • Oak Beach Kitchen & Garden Cooking School and Adventures Port Douglas & Daintree are not responsible for any injury or accident that may happen while on the property.
  • Adventures Port Douglas & Daintree Terms & Conditions.
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