The rich fertile soils of the Atherton Tablelands not only provide some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery, it also supports an agricultural industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Here you will find coffee, tea, milk, sugar, tropical fruits and cheese, plus avocados, citrus, paw paw, potatoes, herbs, pumpkins, watermelons, blueberries, strawberries and more. Growers also continue to diversify their farming practices, bringing a bounty of tropical fruit wines, liquors and spirits made from mangoes, lychees as well as more exotic fruits. You can sample these at a number of cellar doors including Murdering Point Winery, Golden Drop Mango Winery, De Brueys Boutique Wines and Mt Uncle Distillery. At Millaa Millaa, the biodynamic dairy Mungalli Creek produces exquisite cheeses, yoghurts, icecream and milks. If you love exploring new flavours why not take a lesson in native cooking at the Rainforest Bounty Cooking School located nearby? Its slow food experience begins with a stroll through the native fruit orchards and kitchen gardens before a hands on cooking class. At Mareeba, you enter the coffee zone. Australia’s oldest coffee plantation, Skybury, is an attraction not to be missed. Perched on the Great Dividing Range around 550 metres above sea level, Skybury Café is located at the edge of the 350 acre (150 ha) coffee and tropical fruit plantation and is a place where visitors can taste and take home some of the world’s purest Arabica coffee. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, offering light lunches, wraps, cakes, scones, smoothies and, of course coffee. In town, a gourmet feast awaits at The Coffee Works. Compare the finest flavours of coffee, tea, chocolate and liqueur. Don’t miss the exquisite chocolate in the chocolaterie. Take the time to stroll through the gift store, offering unique homewares and gifts handpicked by the owners, after enjoying a delicious meal with coffee to finish. Gourmet travellers will also discover Food Trail Tours, the day tour that has all the foodie highlights. Travel off the beaten track to visit private plantations, experience exotic tastes, and uncover secrets even locals do not know.
Sweet Farm Tours, near Mossman in Whyanbeel Valley, offers an educational journey covering everything you ever wanted to know about Australian origin cocoa and a working sugarcane farm. This personalised farmer guided tour covers everything from estate to plate, with a yummy sampling of their Daintree Estates Chocolate at the end. It is recommended to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
DINING OUT Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant, Tolga Woodworks Cafe, Bridges Cafe at Mt Uncle Distillery, Snibbles in the Rainforest at Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn, Tinaroo Lake Resort and the region’s picturesque, welcoming pubs are just some of the recommended places to eat.
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