The Atherton Tablelands & Its Delicious Attractions

by Brooke on September 13, 2010

by Brooke | September 13th, 2010  

atherton tablelandsThe Atherton Tablelands is an area in north Queensland spanning the region west and south-west inland from Cairns. It lies on a plateau giving it a climate conducive to farming various products from coffee to peanuts to plain old dairy. In addition to the weather, the area is also known to have very rich soil because of all the volcanic activity in the past (it also helped to create the amazing Granite Gorge).

The Tablelands includes the following towns: Atherton, Herberton, Kairi, Kuranda, Mareeba, Malanda, Millaa Millaa, Tinaroo, Tolga, Yungaburra, Ravenshoe.

If you are passing through as Heather and I did on our Cairns to Sydney road trip, there are plenty of delicious attractions to stop off at. These stops let you get to know, and taste, some of the regions treats a bit better:

Coffee

Tichum Creek Coffee Farm – Tichum – Run by Mario and Claudia Sorbella, this coffee farm is open for tastings from Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Jaques Coffee Plantation – Mareeba – Set in lovely garden surrounds, Jaques Coffee Plantation offers $3.50 cappuccinos and tours on “The Bean Machine”. They are open 7 days from 9 am to 5 pm.

>> Read more about a stop-off at Jaques Coffee Plantation

Coffee World – Mareeba – Part of the Coffee Works roaster, Coffee World is the largest coffee museum in the world. Entry to Coffee World gives you access to unlimited coffee and chocolate tastings, the museum, the roasting plant and so much more. They are open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.

>> Read about my experience at the Coffee Works

Dairy

Gallo Dairyland Cheese & Chocolate Factory – Atherton – Taste delicious cheese and chocolate that was produced from the milk of the 500 cows on the premises. You can get great cappuccinos and scones with jam and fresh cream for about $3.50 each. They are open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Nuts

The Peanut Place – Tolga – Taste and buy from a selection of roasted and flavored peanuts that are 100% Australia Hi Oleic. They are open daily from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

>> Read about why you should stop at The Peanut Place

Humpy Nut World – Tolga – Besides delicious regional nuts, The Humpy sells fruits, veggies and gluten free products to name a few. They are located just down the road (south) from The Peanut Place.

Alcohol

Golden Drop Winery – Bilwon – Ever tasted mango wine? Here’s the place to give it a go, along with other exotic fruit alcohol specialties. They are open daily from 8 am to 6:30 pm. A tasting costs $5 unless you buy a bottle, in which case it’s free.

Mt Uncle Distillery – Walkamin – This distillery produces a number of liqueurs and spirits, and it also features over 50 teas, delicious chocolates and more in their cafe. They are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

 

Getting Around

Because of all this Atherton Tablelands goodness, I recommend self-driving when in the area. Heather and I had the Autobarn Wagon, but you can rent a campervan or get a nice car rental to do the same. Signs on all the main roads are prevalent, leading the way to all of these delicious stops.

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Heather September 14, 2010 at 3:50 am
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So tasty. So delicious. How about we return to Jaques & request just a cup of foam?!

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Atherton Tablelands December 6, 2010 at 4:58 am
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The Atherton Tablelands is very beautiful place. Here many places and attarctions are available to visit. Mission Beach, where the forest meets the reef, is a special place with a real village feel. When an Aboriginal mission and a hippie chic, now is the home of cheap hosting. Enjoy 14 km of deserted beaches and the beautiful rain forests. It is also an excellent base for the water sports and the nearby islands of the outer reef. Just off Mission Beach, Dunk Island is a must for day trips or a few days camping. Famous for its sunsets, is home to 150 species of birds and the air is thick with butterflies flit erring. Innis fail offers a lot of work to harvest. Most hostels in the city by helping to organize work, and some have even set up transportation to the farms.

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