The fresh, local produce grown in the rich, bountiful soils and gentle climate of the Atherton Tablelands is the basis of popular food trails that cross the highlands.
Simply call in at the myriad roadside stalls and enjoy, in season, locally grown avocados, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and mangoes. Potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, zucchinis and other veggies also feature at the farm gate.
While fresh fruit and veggies have their allure, it is the ‘high Cs’ – or high-end products of cheese, chocolate and coffee – that have really put this region on the map. Care and passion from their makers ensure the highest quality that is keenly sought by connoisseurs. Self-drive visitors can easily experience and purchase these specialties right where they are grown and/or produced.
At the southern end of the Atherton Tablelands is the award-winning Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy. The family-run business uses natural farming methods to produce milk, gourmet Greek style and natural set yoghurts and soft cheeses. Their ‘Out of the Whey Cheesery & Teahouse’ offers free cheese and yoghurt tasting and magnificent views while you enjoy lunch, cake or coffee.
Gallo Dairyland is a fully operational dairy farm – milking up to 500 cows twice a day – where gourmet cheese and sensational handcrafted chocolate are produced. The family owned and operated business has a focus on providing an integrated educational dairy farm experience as well as providing delicious food in its café/restaurant. It is ideally located for easy access on the main road, halfway between Malanda and Atherton.
At the northern end of the Tablelands at Mareeba are Coffee Works (coffee and chocolate) Skybury Café (coffee) and Jacques Coffee.
Coffee Works, in Mason Street, produces gourmet chocolates, café lunches and house-roasted coffee in a large, industrial-chic space. It offers coffee and chocolate tasting and has a gift shop stocked with quirky items.
Skybury Tropical Plantation, 10 minutes west of Mareeba, is a family-owned plantation home to Skybury Coffee, Papaya and Bananas. You can visit the 375-acre property on weekdays to enjoy the purest Australian Arabica coffee, while enjoying breathtaking views, light lunches and cakes and the freshest fruit from Skybury Café.
Jacques Coffee Plantation café and visitor centre at Leotta Road, Mareeba, is open daily and offers tours of the plantation, flights, coffee, cakes and light snacks. The Jacques family offers visitors an insight into the finer details of coffee, from the tree to the cup.
Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 20th Jan 2016