Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures – Outback Tasting Tour
Sample some of the very best produce Far North Queensland can dish up as you explore the Outback with great company.
Macadamia nuts, coffee and avacados, bananas, sugar cane, mangoes, cheese and chocolate are on the menu washed down with a tipple from a tropical winery or distillery.
The Outback Tasting Tour includes a cultural experience at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and even the chance to spot an elusive platypus.
Sit back and enjoy the view as you’re taken on an adventure through lush rainforest, crops, dairy pastures and stunning ochre savannah plains.
1st Stop: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Cross a bridge over the lake to feed native turtles as you head to an exclusive setting to enjoy a delicious breakfast with tropical fruits (seasonal) and well known favourites.
2nd Stop: Jaques Family Coffee Plantation
The Jaques Family coffee plantation is 3rd generation with 85,000 Arabica Coffee trees growing in the rich soils to produce a smooth and vibrant flavour unique only to the remarkable location. Get an enchanting insight in to the finer details of coffee from the tree to the cup before strolling through the gardens and finishing with a
delicious cup of Jaques coffee made just as you like it.
3rd Stop: Mt Uncle Distillery
Australian Distiller of the Year 2017 and North Queensland’s first and only distillery. Stop for a delicious fresh lunch of local produce, then off to the distillery to taste 2 of their award-winning liqueurs/spirits, then take a wander round this stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations, with beautiful gardens, friendly animals.
4th Stop: Gallo Dairyland
Fully operational dairy farm spread across 1000 acres of rich red volcanic soil with delicious handcrafted chocolates and a gourmet cheese factory. Taste a selection of their delicious
cheeses and irresistible Swiss style filled chocolates that are a work of art whilst gazing out over the picturesque landscape and meet some friendly farm animals.
5th Stop: The Humpy
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. Taste some seasonal fruits and many different flavours of
hot local peanuts and macadamia nuts. Includes time to browse this amazing and quirky grocery store so you can purchase goodies for the rest of your stay.
6th Stop: Golden Drop Winery
The first commercial mango winery in Far North Queensland to produce mango wines, mango port, sparkling mango wine and fortified liqueur style citrus cellos which come in mandarin, lemon, lime and dragon fruit. Drive through their immaculately kept mango orchards and into the tasting room where you get to try all 11 of the range. Then before we jump back in the bus we treat you to some of the Daintree Ice Cream Company’s famous mango sorbet to freshen the palate.
7th Stop: Platypus Hut – Qld Wines & Beer6
Head across the savannah ‘Outback’, past giant termite mounds and classic red dirt to a unique 160 acre private property. Soak up the stunning bushland and pristine environment which is a sanctuary for bird and animal species. Watch out for a passing kangaroo and head down to ‘The Platypus Hut’ where you can sit in this tranquil setting as the sun goes down and watch for dive bombing kingfishers and the elusive platypus or dip your toes into the most beautiful mountain stream while drinking Queensland wines and beer and tasting macadamia nut butter and local bread.
NEED TO KNOW
- Tour available November-May on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays (3 days).
- Tour available June-October on Tuesdays to Saturdays (5 days).
- Private charter rates available on other days.
- Children are not catered for on this tour.
- Bookings must be made by 4pm the day before the desired tour date.
- Guests are picked up from Port Douglas accommodation at 8.30am and returned around 5.30pm.
- Maximum 12 persons per tour.
- Gluten-free lunch available on request.
- Lactose-free cheese available on request.
- Jaques Family Coffee Plantation does not operate during February. Alternative arrangements organised.
- Platypus viewing not guaranteed.
WHAT TO BRING
- Money for additional purchases of souvenirs, wine, coffee, chocolate and cheese.
- Decent Footwear.