A Tasty trail

Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventure

It’s no secret that people’s perception of food is changing. While just about everyone loves such mainstay meals as hamburgers and fish and chips, an awareness of where food is grown and how it is produced has become more prominent among foodies.

A desire to taste local produce is also on the rise as people start exploring what’s available in their own back yards, especially here in Far North Queensland where the soil and climate are perfect for growing sensational culinary delights unique to the rest of the country.

There is one main requirement needed to truly experience the gourmet treats of FNQ, while also exploring unique landscapes of the region. You need a knowledgeable guide who loves local produce, who knows regional farmers and their products and who can drive you around in style while giving you interesting and humorous commentary along the way. That’s where Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventure comes in.

These boutique tours provide guests with samples of some of the best food and wine available on the Atherton Tablelands, an area so rich in fertile soil that there is a well-known saying in the area: “If you drop a needle, you’ll get a crowbar”.

A day exploring gourmet gems with Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures includes:

Stop 1 - Sunset Ridge Farm – This farm features varieties of native fruits, especially Davidson plums and lemon aspen, both indigenous to the rainforest. Guests enjoy a variety of homemade breakfast treats, all served in a gazebo on top of a mountain range with magnificent views.

Stop 2 – Nerada Tea Plantation – A visit to Australia’s largest tea plantation in Malanda gives tour guests the opportunity to sample a variety of teas, which are paired with a selection of local Gallo cheeses. The plantation is also home to some of the rare Lumholtz tree kangaroos.

Stop 3 – The Australian Platypus Park at Tarzali Lakes – A thriving platypus population and tasty treats including crocodile, red claw and kangaroo, are just some of the offerings on hand for tour guests at this park.

Stop 4 - Gallo Dairyland – Next, guests enjoy the pleasure of sampling Gallo’s chocolates, hand crafted by their highly skilled chocolatiers. Visitors also get to meet some friendly animals at the fully operational dairy farm and gourmet cheese factory.

Stop 5 – The Humpy - Famously known for being the place to go for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands produce straight from the growers, The Humpy is a treasure trove of fruits, nuts, dried fruits, jams, sauces and so much more. Tour guests sample seasonal fruits and different flavours of peanuts and macadamia nuts.

Stop 6 – Mount Uncle Distillery – This renowned distillery produces an array of international-award-winning spirits and liqueurs, and tour guests get to sample some of the offerings on hand.

Stop 7 – Jacques or Skybury coffee plantations – Here, visitors learn about how Australian Arabica coffee is grown and produced before enjoying a perfect cuppa alongside homemade scones, local jam and cream.


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