Food and Wine tasting adventure showcasing the spectacular Atherton Tablelands. A Foodie tour from Cairns you will thoroughly enjoy and remember.
STOP 1: Sunset Ridge Farm
Our first stop of the day is Sunset Ridge Farm (Private Property EXCLUSIVE to our tour) it is a family owned and run business with a passion for all things Australian, especially native plants and fruits. With magnificent views over the Tablelands, lush rainforests and rolling green hills to enjoy over breakfast. Taste a variety of homemade treats, fruits, jams and marshmallows made with ingredients unique to the region.
STOP 2: Rainforest Bounty
Next stop we are heading to the scenic outskirts of the Historic rural town of Malanda to a private property to taste Gallo Cheeses and their signature condiments made from traditional artisanal recipes and utilising locally grown Davidson (Ooray) plum, lemon aspen (rainforest citrus), lillypilly (rainforest berries) and rainforest (Boonjie) tamarind. We also get to taste a native fruit cocktail and sip Queensland red or white wine whilst overlooking the delightful Johnston River from their River Pavilion.
STOP 3: The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes
The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population found in the spring-fed pond on the property. Enjoy handcrafted smoked products all produced in-house and combined with a unique blend of local Australian native herbs and spices. Tasting includes Crocodile, Red Claw (Yabby) and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a ‘Tarzali Lakes’ boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, Lemon Myrtle tea (menu EXCLUSIVE to our tour); with free time to purchase some of the handmade goods or look around the grounds.
STOP 4 Gallo Dairyland
We now head towards the historic village of Atherton. Driving through this thriving hub and farmland with spectacular views of rolling hills. We stop at an operational dairy farm spread across 1000 acres of rich red volcanic soil. Here we can buy the delicious cheeses that we have just tasted and sample irresistible Swiss style filled chocolates that are a work of art whilst gazing out over the picturesque landscape. Meet some friendly animals before heading back to Mareeba through a variety of diverse crops.
STOP 5 ‘THE HUMPY’
For a tasting and shopping treat, we stop at ‘The Humpy’, the best place to go to for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands produce straight from the growers. From vegetables to tropical fruits and hundreds of different varieties of nuts, dried fruits locally produced jams and sauces. Even organic and gluten free produce as well. Here we get to taste some seasonal fruits and many different flavours of hot local peanuts and macadamia nuts. We leave you time to browse this amazing and quirky grocery store so you can purchase goodies for the rest of your stay.
Stop 6: Mount Uncle Distillery
We then head to Mount Uncle distillery, North Queensland's first and only distillery and distiller of the YEAR. Here we taste some of their award-winning liqueurs and spirits, including Whiskey, Vodka, Gin and their own Marshmallow liqueur. Then take a wander around this stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations, with beautiful gardens and friendly animals.
Stop 7 Debrueys Boutique Tropical Winery.
We then head down our secret bush track to De Bruey's Boutique Wines located near Mareeba on a 15ha mango orchard cradled between the peaks of the Great Dividing Range. All wines are made on site using a blend of tradition and innovation which produces high-quality wines from a rich diversity of tropical fruits.
Sit on the back deck sipping 15 deliciously different tropical fruit wines, liqueurs, cream liqueurs and Ports whilst overlooking the beautiful surrounds of gum trees waterfall, terraces and lake.
Stop 8: Jaques Family Coffee Plantation
Last stop is to Jaques Family coffee plantation-the 3rd generation; with 85,000 Arabica Coffee trees growing in the rich soils they produce a smooth and vibrant flavour unique only to the remarkable location. Learn the finer details of coffee from the tree to the cup. You can also enjoy a stroll through the coffee bushes and gardens and before finishing the tour with a delicious cup of Jaques coffee and homemade scones with local jam and cream.
There are no minimum requirements for this experience
Sense of humour and loose comfortable clothes (due to all the eating included)