The rich fertile soils of the Atherton Tablelands not only give rise to 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, papaya, 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 and other exotic fruits. You can sample these at a number of cellar doors, including Murdering Point Winery, Golden Drop Winery 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 try an Australian tropical bush food orchard tour with Rainforest Heart. These tours need to be booked in advance due to the working nature of the property, but it is worth it, offering the chance to wander through the wild and un-tamed native fruit orchard and taste the fruits as evolution has created them. 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 Cafe & Roastery 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.
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Restaurant, Tolga Woodworks Cafe, Bridges Bar & Restaurant at Mt Uncle Distillery, Tinaroo Lake Resort and the region’s picturesque, welcoming pubs are just some of the recommended places to eat.
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