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Outback Tasting Tour • Port Douglas

Our first stop is Rainforestation in Kuranda. Set on the balcony of their Tree House restaurant we enjoy a delicious breakfast of Tropical fruits (seasonal) and Wattle seed damper, a selection of tropical jams and local tea and coffee.

After breakfast taste some unique liqueurs made on site at their Mountain Groves Distillery
Mango and Chilli, Pineapple and Cinnamon
Lemon Myrtle Cello & Passionfruit and Pepperberry.

Our next stop is Emerald Creek Ice creamery a family-owned business Positioned on 2.15ha on the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Kuranda.
Their Ice-cream is made on-site in their factory using pure cream and full cream milk. Sorbets (dairy free, full fruit) also made on-site using local Tablelands fruit

We will traverse 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 for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands products straight from the growers. From vegetables to tropical fruits and hundreds of varieties of nuts, dried fruits, locally produced jams and sauces.

Here we get to taste some seasonal fruits and different flavours of hot local peanuts and macadamia nuts.
We now head towards the historic village of Atherton

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.

We take a wander 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. (Menu EXCLUSIVE to our tour.) Time to purchase some of the smoked products and sauces.

Driving through this thriving hub, a patchwork of amazing farmland and rolling green hills appear. We are on our way to Gallo Dairyland - 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 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 various diverse crops.

Billy Cart Brewery Afternoon drinks. We visit this locally owned and independent brewery in Atherton, their taproom caters for the adventurous craft beer drinker as well as those who just love a cold beer at the end of the day

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 wander around this stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations, with beautiful gardens and friendly animals.

And if that is not enough, we head across the savannah 'Outback', past giant termite mounds & classic red dirt, to a unique 160-acre Private Property. Here you can soak up the stunning rainforest and pristine environment, a sanctuary for bird & animal species. Watch out for a passing Kangaroo and head down to 'The Platypus Hut' where you can sit in a tranquil setting as the sun goes down, watch for dive bombing Kingfishers & the elusive Platypus (or dip your toes into the most beautiful mountain stream) whilst tasting some Queensland wines & beer, Macadamia nut butter and local bread.

FROM $235
Departs Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat 8am - 5pm 
7 Delicious stops including tastings of liqueurs, wine, beer, spirits, cheeses, coffee, chocolate, tropical fruits, nuts, Crocodile, Kangaroo, Red Claw with Tree Kangaroo & Platypus spotting. Breakfast, Morning tea, gourmet lunch, afternoon tea and all tastings included.

 

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