Many backpackers head up to the Tablelands for year-round fruit-picking work; the Atherton Visitor Information Centre can help with up-to-date work info.
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Departing at 8.30am, head to Tjapukai (which means 'People of the Rainforest') Aboriginal cultural park for morning tea consisting of freshly baked damper and tropical jams and fruits to taste.
Next for the day is the Kuranda Range heading to Jaques Family Coffee Plantation. 85,000 Arabica Coffee trees are growing in the rich soils. Here we get and enchanting insight in to the finer details of coffee from tree to cup. We stroll the coffee bushes and then sit down to enjoy a coffee made 'just as you like it'.
Enjoy a tasty lunch of local produce at Mount Uncle Distillery, North Queensland's first and only distillery. This stunning property is nestled in coffee and banana plantations, with beautiful gardens, friendly animals and a tasting of their award winning liqueurs and spirits.
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 a gourmet cheese factory.
Here we will taste a selection of their delicious cheeses and irresistible Swiss style chocolates whilst gazing out over the picturesque landscape. Meet some friendly animals before heading back to Mareeba through a variety of diverse crops.Next we stop at 'The Humpy' the best place to buy locally harvested Atherton Tablelands produce. Here we get to taste a platter of seasonal Tropical fruits, peanuts and macadamia nuts and we can buy local vegetables, fruits and an amazing range of other homemade goodies. We now head to Golden Drop Winery where we taste 11 of their range from Mango wine and champagne to Dragon fruit Cello. Then before we jump back in the bus we freshen the palate with some Daintree Ice cream Companies Mango sorbet.
Cross over to the Savannah 'Outback', past giant termite mounds and classic red dirt to a unique 160 acre private property. Here you'll sit in 'The Platypus Hut' a tranquil setting where you'll watch for the elusive Platypus (or dip your toes into the most beautiful mountain stream,) whilst tasting some Queensland wines and beer and Macadamia nut butter with local bread.
We then head down the Julatten range and arrive back to your accommodation at 5.30pm.