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Cairns Food Wine Tours

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
Outback Tasting Full Day Tour $235.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Price valid until 31.03.2024

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

This boutique food and wine experience from Cairns will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. We will take you through a variety of contrasting landscapes, from lush rainforest to stunning ochre savannah plains.

The rich volcanic soil allows farmers to grow many and diverse crops from Bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more which you will learn about as we taste our way around the regions 'Food Bowl.'

When you come on this adventure with you will be visiting local environmentally sustainable producers, Your visit contributes to their survival and benefits the local community.
No pressure at any time to buy, your visit alone makes a difference.
We encourage you on your return home to seek out your own local producers and support your local community.


STOP 1: LAKE BARRINE NATIONAL PARK & HERITAGE TEA HOUSE - FULL BREAKFAST
A mere 1 hour drive from Cairns via the scenic Gillies Highway brings you to the cool atmosphere of the Atherton Tablelands, where you will come across a beautiful, enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest. Lake Barrine is something special as it is actually a water filled crater left by a volcanic eruption approximately 10,000 years ago. Here we enjoy a delicious breakfast of local produce and enjoy a special 'Lake Barrine' coffee or local tea at the charming 80 year old lakeside teahouse amongst beautiful terraced gardens overlooking the Lake.

 

STOP 2: A NEW TASTING EXPERIENCE
Brett and the team are busy finding a new stop for you to experience. This stop will be a surprise but be assured it will live up to the high standards of the tour and will definitely be delicious.

 

STOP 3: AUSTRALIAN PLATYPUS PARK GOURMET LUNCH
The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. These wonderful creatures can be found in a spring fed pond surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. In order to create a natural environment for the development of the platypus, plants are naturally grown in accordance with the habitat of the platypus. We take a wonder down to see them in this magnificent setting then sit down to enjoy flavoured handcrafted smoked products, combined with a unique blend of local Australian native herbs and spices.
These tasty treats are all produced in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients and include Crocodile, Red Claw (Yabby) and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a ‘Tarzali Lakes’ boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, Lemon Myrtle tea and some tastings of the Murdering Point Winery range. (Menu (EXCLUSIVE to our tour.) Time to purchase some of the smoked products and sauces. All in-house smoked meats are locally sourced from around the tablelands. All food scraps from the cafe feed the animals.

 

STOP 4: GALLO DAIRYLAND CHOCOLATE TASTING

We now head towards the historic village of Atherton. Driving through this thriving hub, a patchwork of amazing farmland and rolling green hills appear before us. We are on our way to a fully operational dairy farm spread across 1000 acres of rich red volcanic soil with delicious, handcrafted chocolates and a gourmet cheese factory.
Here we can buy the delicious cheeses that we have just tasted and sample irresistible Swiss style filled chocolates that are a work of art whilst gazing out over the picturesque landscape. Meet some friendly animals before heading back to Mareeba through a variety of diverse crops.

 

STOP 5: THE HUMPY NUT WORLD - TROPICAL FRUITS & NUTS TASTING

We now head through a patchwork of amazing farmland, diverse crops and rolling green hills for a tasting and shopping treat. We stop at ‘The Humpy’, the best place to go to for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands produce straight from the growers. From vegetables to tropical fruits and hundreds of different varieties of nuts, dried fruits locally produced jams and sauces.
Here we get to taste some seasonal fruits and many different flavours of hot local peanuts and macadamia nuts. We leave you time to browse this amazing and quirky grocery store so you can purchase goodies for the rest of your stay.

 

STOP 6: MT UNCLE DISTILLERY LIQUEURS & SPIRITS TASTING

Then just down the road we arrive at Australian Distiller of the year 2017, Mount Uncle Distillery, North Queensland’s first and only distillery. Here we taste some of their Award-winning liqueurs and spirits. Then take a wander round this stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations, with beautiful gardens and friendly animals.

 

STOP 7: JAQUES FAMILY COFFEE PLANTATION - COFFEE & LIQUEUR TASTING PLATTER

Next stop is to Jaques Family coffee plantation the 3rd generation; with 85,000 Arabica Coffee trees growing in the rich soils they produce a smooth and vibrant flavour unique only to the remarkable location. Here we get an enchanting insight in to the finer details of coffee from the tree to the cup. We stroll through the gardens and finish our stop with a delicious tasting platter of coffees, a tea made from the shell of the coffee bean and lemonade scones with local jam, Mungali cream and coffee liqueurs.




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