Foodies take a deep breath and prepare your tastebuds for tantalisation. Here’s fourteen fun ways to get your foodie fix on the Atherton Tablelands.
1. Mt Uncle Distillery & Bridges Restaurant
Mt Uncle Distillery & Bridges Restaurant specialises in serving teas from across the world amidst a macadamia, avocado and banana plantation. But let’s face it, the real reason to visit is for a tipple of top tier spirits and liqueurs such as their Platinum White Rum
2. The Peanut Place
Go nuts (apologies for the obvious pun) at The Peanut Place. You won’t miss the tell-tale Big Peanut on the Kennedy Highway just out of Tolga. Not just peanuts, you can bag a batch of macadamias (the area is famous for these creamy nuts), pecans and cashews too.
3. The Smokehouse Café
The oversized barramundi poking above green pastures on the Kennedy Highway is the first sign that you’ve reached fish-frenzied nirvana, otherwise known as The Smokehouse Cafe. The second is aquaculture ponds stocked with half a million fish. Catch your own barramundi or if that sounds too hard simply order the catch of the day from the cafe.
4. Lake Barrine Teahouse
A glorious old teahouse on the banks of Lake Barrine, itself a former volcanic crater, Lake Barrine Teahouse serves up one of the best Devonshire Teas on the Tablelands. Afterwards, walk off cream-laden calories on the rainforest trail circling the lake.
5. Skybury Coffee Plantation
Serving up aromatic Australian Arabica Coffee as well as bananas and papayas plucked straight from the farm, Skybury Coffee is Australia’s oldest coffee plantation. Linger over lunch or take home your preferred blend coffee capsules which are compatible with Nespresso machines.
6. Malanda Dairy Centre
Malanda Dairy Centre cleverly combines café, museum and art gallery in the heart of Malanda. Go here for fine coffee, exquisite lunches, impeccable friendly service and dinner too if you find yourself in Malanda on a Friday night.
7. Gallo Dairyland
Stop by Gallo Dairyland for lunch, morning or afternoon tea in a dairy farm café or take home delicious house made chocolate and cheese. Cheese addicts can linger in the Cheese Factory to check out the cheese making process.
8. Coffee Works
Get your caffeine fix at Coffee Works in Mareeba while learning about growing, roasting, savouring, trading and drinking the enticingly pungent brew we can’t seem to get enough of. Not into coffee? They’re pretty handy at hand-crafted chocolate too.
9. Mungalli Creek Dairy
Pop into Mungalli Creek Dairy and Teahouse for bio-dynamic (as in unpasteurised) yoghurt, cheese and milk that comes with a decadent layer of cream (even the low fat variety). Linger over lunch on the verandah overlooking implausibly green dairy pastures.
10. The Falls Teahouse
11. Golden Drop Winery
Originally a tobacco plantation that diversified from the weed that kills to the fruit that nurtures, Golden Drop Winery was the first commercial mango winery in the world. These days they’re cultivating luscious Kensington red mangoes to produce still and sparkling wines.
13. Nerada Tea
One of Australia’s best-loved tea brands, Nerada Tea plantation’s tendrils reach as far back as the 1880’s. Pop in for a factory tour before lingering over Devonshire tea – you can be sure the tea is fabulous.
13. Tolga Woodworks & Gallery Cafe
Tolga Woodworks & Gallery Cafe is more gallery than cafe, showcasing exquisite handcrafted works loving made from local timbers. But don’t let that deter your tastebuds: art is the perfect pre-lunch appetiser.
14. Flynns Restaurant
With an overflowing trophy cabinet, passionate foodie, Chef and owner Liam Flynn melds the best of the Tablelands in a beguiling mix of French and northern Italian flavours at Flynns Restaurant in Yungaburra.