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Explore the Atherton Tablelands from a culinary perspective on this day trip from Cairns. With a guide, journey to off-the-beaten-path locations where you’ll visit a coffee plantation, macadamia nut and dairy farms, and a winery for samples of cheese, chocolate, tropical wine and more. Stop at natural attractions like the Curtain Fig Tree and Lake Barrine in Crater Lakes National Park, and enjoy a seafood lunch at a local pub. This tour is limited to 20 people.

Highlights

  • Full-day food and wine tour in the Atherton Tablelands, from Cairns
  • View Lake Barrine during morning tea
  • Stop at family farms to taste cheeses, chocolate, coffee and macadamia nuts
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a tropical fruit winery, and a seafood lunch at a historic Australian pub
  • Take a short walk to the ancient twin kauri pines and the 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree
  • Visit part of the World Heritage–listed rainforest

What You Can Expect

After hotel pickup by minicoach in Cairns and the Northern Beaches, your Atherton Tablelands day trip begins with the drive south into the hills. Make a stop in Crater Lakes National Park to check out Lake Barrine, a volcanic lake with an elevation of 2,395 feet (730 meters). With your guide, take a short walk through the area surrounding the lake, and learn about its 1,000-year-old twin Kauri pines.

Visit an 80-year-old tea house to admire views of Lake Barrine while you enjoy a morning snack on the balcony—a Devonshire tea that includes locally grown coffee or tea and freshly baked scones. Then return to the minicoach to continue your tour, passing by historical towns like Yungaburra, Tolga, Atherton and Mareeba and stopping at various local farms for a behind-the-scenes look at the different operations.

Enjoy an exclusive experience at a macadamia nut farm, tour a coffee plantation and visit a dairy farm for tastings of cheese and handcrafted chocolate. At each stop, hear about different production techniques and browse packaged goods for sale that make excellent gifts.

Next, visit a historical pub for a seafood lunch, and then continue to a winery that produces unique tropical wines made from fruits like mango, bush cherry, lychee, mulberry and passion fruit. Then head to the Curtain Fig Tree for a photo op of this fascinating strangler fig—one of the tallest in northern Queensland—that grows on top of a host tree with aerial roots that measure 49 feet (15 meters) long.

Your day trip of local culinary delights and interesting narration ends with the return drive to Cairns and the Northern Beaches for hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Sandra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved this small group tour. Loads of variety with the food and wine stops included cheese and chocolate, macadamias and a coffee plantation. Very knowledgeable tour driver and presenters at all stops.

Tammy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If your looking for something different to do other than Daintree and GBR tours AND you're interested in locally sourced food, then this tour is for you. Warwick picked us up in Palm Cove bright and early at 7am. There were 13 people in our tour. He made it interesting narrating on the drive through Kurandaeven though most of us were still half asleep.

Lots of sights and stops to see. Morning tea which included scones and drip coffee. The coffee was a surprise, it was the first drip coffee we've seen in Australia. Not bad but not great. The cheese and chocolate stop was quite good. Also enjoyed the macadamia nut farm. Lunch was local salmon, garlic bread, salad and fruit. We visited a fruit winery which was the only stop that we could've done without. The last stop at Jacques coffee was excellent.

Warwick drove us through the tablelands sights like the curtain fig tree one of my favorites, lookout points, seven sisters, sizable termite mounds, and lots of farmland. It was a long day, we got back about 5p. Well worth the time. Cudos to the Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tour for a unique and enjoyable time!

Larry Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved this tour. It was lovely to actually visit family owned and operated businesses. We had lots of funour guide was very knowledgeable. A good day.

robert s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

good variety visiting several places that were evenly spread in distance meaning less time in bus. Great value for money sampling various products with the option to purchase. Small group tour a bonus. Driver very friendly and made everyone at ease as soon as you got on board with introduction to other passengers meaning everybody was on first name basis for rest of day. Perfect time arriving back in Cairns before sunset and in time for tea. Definitely a must do tour. Loved the chocolates.

Vincent B

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

I really enjoyed myself. There is something for everybody. The driver was very knowledgeable and brought us to beautiful areas, while also giving history of most regions.He was also able to adapt very well since I went on a public holiday, one of his stops was closed but we still had a great time.

Elizabeth S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Warren is Very friendly tour guide. He is full of information and very knoledgeable about the area.

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