The rolling hills around Mareeba are covered in tropical fruit
plantations, farms and wineries ... it's no wonder that 'food tourism'
has been such a growth industry over recent years. The area is now
responsible for 90% of Australia's coffee production, and visitors can
sample some of the local brews, including macadamia flavoured coffee,
right on the plantation. Also, there are wineries that make wines and
liqueurs from tropical fruits.
MungalluCreekDairyMungalli Creek Dairy: the dairy's award winning
produce can be tasted at Out of the Whey Cheesery & Teahouse at
Mungalli Creek Dairy. Open Daily, the teahouse offers free Cheese and
Yoghurt Tastings. Enjoy the magnificient views to Mt Bartle Frere as
you enjoy lunch, cake or coffee.
Location: 256 Brooks Road, Mungalli Creek
Kuranda Homemade Tropical Fruit Ice Cream: located next to the Kuranda
Markets arcade, you can try flavours such as custard apple, pumpkin and
nutmeg, avocado, ginger, and jaboticaba, as well as the old
favourites... chocolate, strawberry, coconut, pineapple and many, many
more. Now available in soya milk.
Location: 7 Therwine Street, Kuranda Markets, Kuranda.
Shaylee Strawberry Sorbet: there are plenty of farms with roadside
stalls in the Atherton Tablelands, and this is one of my favourites.
Here you can pick up some fresh strawberries, (pick your own in
September), sorbet made on site from tropical fruits and nuts, gelato,
and home-made strawberry, mango and plum jams.by a stawberry flavoured
ice cream their strawberry jam is to die for! Whatever you do, don't
leave without a jar of strawberry jam - it is the best I've ever
tasted, and I've tried plenty in my time!
Location: Cnr Marks Lane & Gillies Hwy Atherton
Coffeeworks/Gallo Dairyland: a fully functional dairy farm that is now
producing a range of gourmet dairy products and hand crafted
chocolates. With a wholesome cafe featuring a range of fresh farm baked
produce, informative displays, observations decks into the cheese
factory and the surrounds of a working farm.
Location: Atherton-Malanda Road, Atherton
Malanda Dairy Centre: as well as the enticing array of local produce
and gourmet foods on sale at the Malanda Dairy Centre, visitors will be
delighted to find a 100 plus seat restaurant, open for breakfast and
Location: 8 James Street, Malanda
NutworldNutworld: sells freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands produce,
from vegetables to tropical fruits. Nutworld has hundreds of different
varieties of nuts, as well as dried fruits, locally produced jams and
sauces. You'll even find organic produce, including gluten free and
wheat free bread.
Location: 1 Kennedy Highway, Tolga
The Peanut Place: in the centre of Australia's second largest Hi Oleic
Peanut growing region, The Peanut Place offers free taste testing. You
can experience all of their scrumptious flavoured peanuts including
Honey and Ginger, Sweet and Salty, Chilli and Lime, spicy Cajun or
Curry, or Salt and Vinegar.
Location: Kennedy Highway, Tolga
Malanda_TeaNerada Tea Plantation: Experienced tea producers have
transformed former farmland into over 700 acres of sweeping vistas of
manicured tea that is harvested and cured on the Cairns Highlands. Here
visitors can enjoy the hospitality at the Nerada Plantation teahouse
and tour the tea factory complex.
Location: 933 Glen Allyn Road, Malanda
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CoffeeWorldCoffee Works: selects and roasts arabica coffees from the
local Cairns Highlands area of Tropical North Queensland and origin
beans from around the world. A feature of Coffee Works is Coffee World
- the largest and most significant collection of coffee and tea making
treasures ever assembled. If it has anything to do with growing,
roasting, serving, drinking or trading coffee, you will find it
somewhere in this mammoth sensory wonderland.
136 Mason Street, Mareeba
Jacques Australian Coffee Plantation: as well as a cafe, tours run
every half hour, and include a Coffee Movie, inspection of Australia's
first purpose-built mechanical coffee harvester, a look at the coffee
trees and a taste of the ripe coffee cherries, and a look at the wet
and dry factories.
37 Leotta Road, Mareeba
Skybury Coffee Plantation: The award winning two storey timber centre,
constructed atop an impressive granite outcrop, features a fully
licensed 140 seat restaurant, bar, coffee laboratory, gift shop, and
Ivicevic Road (off Dimbulah Road), Wheelbarrow Way, Mareeba
Tichum Creek Coffee Farm: Mario and his wife Claudia started their
project back in 1991, when they vowed to produce 'the best Australian
coffee ever' to continue the tradition of drinking a truly fulfilling
coffee Mario's mother used to prepare after a hard day's work in the
3576 Kennedy Highway, Mareeba, opposite Davies Creek National Park turnoff
WINES AND LIQUEURS
Sexycat_liqueurMt Uncle Distillery: North Queensland’s first and
only distillery. The distillery's range includes rum, vodka, whiskey,
Banana Liqueur, Coffee Liqueur, ‘Sanguis’ Mulberry Liqueur,
Limecello Liqueur, ‘Calli’ Lime Cello, Davidsons Plum
Liqueur and 'Sexycat' Marshmallow Liqueur.
De Brueys Boutique Wines: Try buy mango wine, or lychee, jaboticaba,
passionfruit and native bush cherry wines. Try the brand new Flagship
Location: 189 Fichera Road, Mareeba
Golden Pride wines: Golden Drop is the brand name for a versatile range
of still and sparkling white wines with extremely delicate fruity
flavours produced from the sweet flesh of the Kensington Red by Golden
Location: 227 Bilwon Road, Mareeba