Atherton Tablelands showcased as a USA RV cooking show explores downunder

The unique tastes and food experiences that can be found on the Atherton Tablelands will be broadcast to potentially more than 40 million households in the US over the coming months following a recent visit from full-time RV couple Ray and Evanne Schmarder.


TTT - 90 Days Downunder

The pair, which have their own online cooking program – the RV Cooking Show – have been professional “RVer’s” for the past 14 years and during this time they have travelled extensively not only in the US but also internationally.

They have filmed over 60 episodes, with nearly one million views internationally.

It has always been their goal to visit Australia, which is where the idea for their latest program 90 Days Downunder: 2 Americans 1 Road Trip came from.

Tropical North Queensland is the last stop on their three-month journey, which has seen them travel along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne onto Sydney, and then up the East Coast sampling the many sites and tastes along the way.

While in Tropical North Queensland they have sampled wine, pepper, vanilla, bananas, a range of tropical fruits, cocoa and on the Atherton Tablelands have enjoyed visits to popular “foodie” attractions.

These include Mt Uncle Distillery, Coffee Works, the Honey House and the Kuranda Hotel, as well as hot air ballooning with Raging Thunder, a visit to Lake Barrine Rainforest Cruise & Tea House, a stay at Atherton Woodlands Big4 and a true farmgate experience at Skybury Coffee seeing first hand the plantation’s coffee being harvested.

“We are exploring food and neat Australian, quirky places to see. It is a part travel, part cooking show where we look at things to do, things to eat,” Ms Schmarder said.

“We began working with a partner Terry Goodall, who is the director of PathFinder OutDoor Destinations, and we put a program together visiting outdoor hospitality providers such as caravan parks, as well as places and locations that best showcased the local food culture in Australia.

“We are thoroughly enjoying our time in North Queensland – we love the tropical feel, the tropical food, the people, and the vibe, what is not to love?

“We are spending three nights on the Atherton Tablelands, but we wish it had of been a week, even then I don’t think it would have been enough time to see everything,” she added.

The program will be available for viewing on their website as well as broadcast on caravan and camping specialist lifestyle programs What’s Up Downunder in Australia and in the US Rollin’ on TV, which is seen in around 40 million households.

Ms Schmarder believed there was a growing appetite for Americans to travel in Australia in an RV.

“As our boomers begin to retire, they have extra disposable income, and while they may aspire to come to Australia and travel in an RV, they are not really sure how they can do this – we thought it would be great to share just how easy it is.

“Our maui motorhome has been sensational. We have been travelling in the Ultima, which has given us the freedom to explore all this great big beautiful country has to offer,” she added.

Their adventures can be followed on


Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 29th Jul 2014

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