The rolling hills around Mareeba are covered in tropical fruit plantations, farms and wineries... it's no wonder that 'food tourism' has been such a growth industry over recent years. The area is now responsible for 90% of Australia's coffee production, and visitors can sample some of the local brews, including macadamia flavoured coffee, right on the plantation. Also, there are wineries that make wines and liqueurs from banana, coffee, mango, lychee, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, star apple and passionfruit... just to name a few.
Mareeba Gold The Atherton Tablelands, also known as the Cairns Highlands are a feast for the senses. You can visit Australia's largest mango plantation or taste the world's lowest acid, highest flavour pineapples, the 'Mareeba Gold', famous around the country. And if you fancy something a bit more substantial than fruit and coffee, you can sample the famous local freshwater crayfish or lobsters, known locally as 'red claw'.

You will need a car to really get the best out of this food trail. If you don't have your own vehicle, please visit our CAR HIRE page and have the freedom a car gives for much less than you probably think.

The Honey House, in Kuranda, offers visitors the possibility of tasting 20 different honeys from all over Tropical North Queensland. THE HONEY HOUSE
7 Therwine Street, Kuranda (MAP)
Phone (07) 4093 7261

Excellence since 1959!

Our World Famous reputation for the highest quality honey has grown with us over 59 years! The area round Kuranda is home to the widest variety of flora in Australia - perfect for keeping our bees happy and your tastebuds tantalised with new varieties all year round! All our honey is personally selected for quality and taste, hand bottled and sold with a smile by our knowledgeable hosts. We only offer RAW honeys that retain the natural healing properties of our bees' hard work.

Honey House Kuranda manages six apiary sites as well as sourcing honey from other reputable, local beekeepers. You will also find Australian Manuka, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beauty products, souvenirs and more! With almost 60 years of operation in the area, we can guarantee you will receive the highest quality product from the happiest bees!

Stop at The Peanut Place, in Tolga, for the most delicious peanuts in Tropical North Queensland.
Kennedy Highway, Tolga (MAP)
Phone (07) 4095 5333 / Fax (07) 4095 5444

100% Australian Jumbo Hi Oleic Peanuts!

Situated in the centre of one of Australia's largest Hi Oleic Peanut growing regions, The Peanut Place is a compulsory stop. You can choose from Raw, Roasted, Boiled and flavoured peanuts as well as souvenirs. A must is their famous peanut ice-cream.

Fresh peanut butter is also available either unsalted or salted and made fresh on the premises without preservatives. Also in stock are other locally produced delights such as frozen mango, beef jerky, pepper, gelato and macadamias to name a few.

Why Hi Oleic? Hi Oleic peanuts have different oil chemistry to regular peanuts, with the oleic acid ratio closely resembling that of olive oil, ie with more monounsaturated fatty acid. This is a naturally bred characteristic, which has been crossbred into existing peanut varieties, and offers increased health benefits as well a longer shelf life.

Delicious homemade ice cream, made from locally grown tropical fruits, in Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland. Delicious homemade ice cream, made from locally grown tropical fruits, in Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland.
7 Therwine Street, Kuranda Markets, Kuranda (MAP)
Phone (07) 4093 8981 / Mobile 0419 644 933

The RED ICECREAM VAN next to Kuranda Markets Arcade!

Open 7 Days 9am - 4pm

Delicious homemade ice creams, with all natural ingredients, no preservatives or chemicals, artificial food colouring or additives. Try flavours such as custard apple, pumpkin and nutmeg, avocado, ginger, and jaboticaba, as well as the old favourites... chocolate, strawberry, coconut, pineapple and many, many more. Now available in soya milk.

Food and wine tour from Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland.
Phone (07) 4098 5059 from Port Douglas from Cairns and Northern Beaches

A Foodie tour of the Atherton Tablelands... departing from Cairns OR Port Douglas!

This unique food and wine experience will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. Guests will travel through a variety of contrasting landscapes from lush rainforest, crops, dairyland to stunning ochre savannah plains. The rich volcanic soil if the Atherton Tablelands supports a diversity of crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more... which you will learn about as you taste our way around the region's 'Food Bowl.'

Small Personalised Tours Specialising In Service EXCELLENCE - Maximum 12 Persons

Wines, Beers, Spirits, Cheeses, Coffee, Chocolate, Tropical Fruits, Indigenous Damper and Jams... and Platypus viewing!

The Best of the Atherton Tablelands tour, in Tropical North Queensland. The Best of the Atherton Tablelands tour, in Tropical North Queensland. THE BEST OF THE CAIRNS TABLELANDS - BY BILLY TEA SAFARIS
Phone (07) 4032 0077
Fax (07) 4032 0055

We carry travellers..... not tourists!!

Tropical North Queensland is undeniably one of the most exciting and diverse regions to visit in Australia and the Cairns Tablelands sits at the very heart of it. With its breathtaking waterfalls, scenic vistas at every turn, impressive lakes, lush rainforest and rugged outback, a visit to this region promises to be one of great contrast, beauty and exploration.

Billy Tea Safaris is a small locally owned Advanced Eco Accredited Tour Operator, which operates small personalised tours with custom built 4WD vehicles, maximum 16/20 passengers per vehicle, and your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area, together with experiencing the local lifestyle and culture of the people in the Tablelands. Your 'Best of the Cairns Tablelands' full day tour includes:

* Unlimited Coffee and Chocolate tasting for morning tea
* Herberton Historic Village
* Tropical fruit and local cheese tasting platter
* Smokehouse platter featuring a selection of handcrafted smoke meats including crocodile and Barramundi
* A main course lunch selection
* Sample locally crafted beer and wines from the region
* Visit the 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree
* Millaa Millaa Falls

The Malanda Dairy Centre, on the Cairns Highlands, features a museum, visitors centre, and gift shop.The Malanda Dairy Centre showcases the historical progress of Malanda and the surrounding Atherton Tablelands.MALANDA DAIRY CENTRE
8 James Street, Malanda (MAP)
Phone (07) 4095 1234

The historic cheese warehouse... transformed!

Malanda Dairy Centre is the 'must do' refreshment centre for your trip around the Tablelands. Offering a varied menu, there is something to please and housemade cakes through to delicious lunch fare, fresh juices and fabulous milkshakes.

There's also a museum to learn more about the beautiful Tablelands and the famous 'Mabi' gallery featuring the stunning works of Daryl Dickson and Martin Willis.

Malanda Dairy Centre is open 7 days a week so take a break from driving and call in!

Barron Valley Hotel in Atherton.Atherton dining at the Barron Valley Hotel.BARRON VALLEY HOTEL BISTRO
55 Main Street, Atherton (MAP)
Phone (07) 4091 1222 / Fax (07) 4091 1829

Dine in the bar, on the deck or in the dining room!

The Barron Valley Hotel is a fabulous pre-war hotel right in the heart of Atherton; its extensive restoration has maintained the original and distinctive Art Deco style. For the cheapest and best meals in town you can't go past the Barron Valley's counter meals in the main bar.

Seating is now available on the upstairs or downstairs deck. Enjoy the balmy evenings while you dine al fresco. All deck furniture is locally produced from local timber and by local workers.

The BV also has an excellent a la carte dining room, which is open for both lunch and dinner. On cold nights you can even sit in front of an open fireplace and enjoy a drink or meal. In the dining room you have a choice of dishes ranging from fresh seafood to grain fed beef and homemade desserts, with very affordable average prices. So come on in soon and enjoy a great meal and a cold drink.

Skybury Coffee plantation, Mareeba, on the Atherton Tablelands, is Australia's oldest plantation.Coffee beans at Skybury Coffee plantation, Mareeba, on the Atherton Tablelands.THE AUSTRALIAN COFFEE CENTRE -

Ivicevic Road (off Dimbulah Road)
Wheelbarrow Way, Mareeba (MAP)
Phone (07) 4093 2190 / Fax (07) 4086 6145

Over the last 27 years, Skybury Coffee has earned a reputation both in Australia and internationally as one of the finest producers of Australian-grown Arabica Coffee. Under the careful eye of owners Ian and Marion MacLaughlin, Skybury Coffee has grown to become a market leader, known for its unique taste profile. In fact, it is unusual to find a single origin coffee that can provide such a smooth, rich taste without blending. Skybury Coffee has become the preferred drink of choice for many coffee connoisseurs.

• Fresh Roasted Coffee Packs • Hot and Cold coffee to take away • Chocolate covered coffee beans • Coffee Liquer • Coffee Merchandice • Sugar Bananas • Sweet Red Papaya • Red Bush Limes •

Mungalli Creek Dairy, on the Atherton Tablelands, is North Queensland's only Biodynamic Farmhouse Cheesery.Mungalli Creek Dairy's Cheesery and 'Out of the Whey' Teahouse is located in what was the original family homestead, on the Atherton Tablelands.MUNGALLI CREEK BIO-DYNAMIC DAIRY
256 Brooks Road, Mungalli Creek (MAP)
(off Palmerston Highway)
Phone (07) 4097 2232 / Fax (07) 4097 2248

Follow the signs between Malanda and Millaa Millaa!

Nestled in the green rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands, surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest you will find Mungalli Creek Dairy, North Queensland's only Biodynamic Farmhouse Cheesery. A sample of their extensive range of cheeses and yoghurts is a free treat available from 10am-4pm daily. Their fresh scones served with Rainforest Jam and Mungalli Double Cream and their famous Quark Cheesecakes are definitely worth the stop as is their wonderful Cheeseplatter for two or Ploughmans Lunch served with home-made mango chutney. So take a little drive out of the 'whey' and visit Mungalli Creek Teahouse today just turn off the Palmerston Highway onto Brooks Road, Millaa Millaa.

Their Cheesery and Teahouse 'Out of the Whey' is located in what was the original family homestead and is open daily for visitors to enjoy a relaxing snack, morning or afternoon tea or lunch on the verandah which has spectacular views to the North Johnstone River Gorge and Mt Bartle Frere.

Fresh Atherton Tablelands produce and nuts galore at Nutworld, just north of Atherton.You will find Nutworld between Mareeba and Atherton, on the Cairns Highlands.NUTWORLD (formerly The Humpy)
1 Kennedy Highway, Tolga (MAP)
Phone (07) 4095 4102

Fresh local produce and nuts, nuts, nuts!

Nutworld is the place to go for freshly harvested Atherton Tablelands produce, from vegetables to tropical fruits. And don't forget their nuts! Nutworld has hundreds of different varieties of nuts, as well as dried fruits, locally produced jams and sauces. You'll even find organic produce, including gluten free and wheat free bread.

Drop in and say "G'day" to Peter and Giovanna at Nutworld, just near the lush green archway of Mabi rainforest known as the 'Tolga Scrub', opposite the free overnight parking area.

189 Fichera Road, Mareeba
Phone / Fax (07) 4092 4515
Try... and buy mango wine at de Brueys Boutique Wines. And there's more - lychee, jaboticaba, passionfruit and native bush cherry wines. Try the brand new Flagship Coffee Elixir.

Dimbulah Road, Mareeba,
10 kilometres from Mareeba, on the Wheelbarrow Way
Phone (07) 4093 2269 / Fax (07) 4093 2498
Bruno Maloberti and his family have been running this farm for the last 41 years. And if you are a coffee addict, don't forget to try their delicious chocolate coated roasted coffee beans.

Malanda Falls
Phone / Fax (07) 4096 6658
Enjoy delicious, local coffee, light snacks, burgers and sandwiches in all weather seating. Open 9:30am to 4:00pm. Dine in or takeaway. Licensed.

Lot 5, Foxwell Road, Malanda
Phone (07) 4096 6183 / Fax (07) 4096 6380
Foxwell Park restaurant combines the charm of a beautifully restored timber building with old world service and hospitality to create a unique dining experience.

227 Bilwon Road, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 2750 / Fax (07) 4093 2668
Located just outside Mareeba, Golden Drop is the brand name for a versatile range of still and sparkling white wines with extremely delicate fruity flavours produced from the sweet flesh of the Kensington Red by Golden Pride Wineries.

8 James Street, Malanda
Phone (07) 4095 1234
As well as the enticing array of local produce and gourmet foods on sale at the Malanda Dairy Centre, visitors will be delighted to find a 100+ seat restaurant, open for breakfast and lunch.

136 Mason Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 4101 / Fax (07) 4092 4300
Coffee Works selects and roasts arabica coffees from the local Cairns Highlands area of Tropical North Queensland and origin beans from around the world.

137 Leotta Road, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 3284 / Fax (07) 4093 3368
Tours run every half hour, and include a Coffee Movie, inspection of Australia's first purpose-built mechanical coffee harvester, a look at the coffee trees and a taste of the ripe coffee cherries, and a look at the wet and dry factories.


Ivicevic Road (off Dimbulah Road)
Wheelbarrow Way, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 2190 / Fax (07) 4086 6145
The award winning two storey timber centre, constructed atop an impressive granite outcrop, features a fully licensed 140 seat restaurant, bar, coffee laboratory, gift shop, and Coffee Cinema.

Palmerston Highway, Millaa Millaa
Phone (07) 4097 2237
The perfect place for real coffee and home made meals. Open 10:00am to 5:00pm for Lunch, Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea 6 days a week (closed Thursdays)

3576 Kennedy Highway, Mareeba
Opposite Davies Creek National Park turnoff
Phone (07) 4093 3092 / Fax (07) 4093 3094
Mario and his wife Claudia started their project back in 1991, when they vowed to produce 'the best Australian coffee ever' to continue the tradition of drinking a truly fulfilling coffee Mario's mother used to prepare after a hard day's work in the tobacco fields.

Revitalising cup of coffee. Delicious tropical wine from the Atherton Tablelands. Freshly baked croissants. Cairns tours of Blue Sky Brewery. Click for more information. Tasty avocados are grown in the Cairns Highlands, in Far North Queensland. Australia's largest mango plantation is in the Atherton Tablelands. A delicious platter of different Australian cheeses. Tasty apricot jam on bread.