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Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tour from Cairns
Ranked #2 of 7 Food & Drink in Cairns
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Our Food, Wine and Rainforest Tour operates Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat, departing at 7:30 am and returns at 5:30 pm. Explore Wet Tropics, World Heritage Rainforest while discovering what regional food and wine producers have to offer. Travel off the beaten track, onto local farms, hear the stories behind the foods and savour their flavours. The day includes Lunch, farm tours and tastings of:- - Tropical fruit wines - Cheeses - Chocolate - Local coffee - Macadamia nuts. Explore Atherton Tablelands' rainforest at Lake Barrine and the Curtain Fig Tree. An experienced driver/guide provides an informative and entertaining commentary throughout the day. This all inclusive tour includes lunch, farm tours, tastings, park fees and transfers from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Enjoyed the whole experience Warrick was great at explaining everything and his knowledge and experience on the tour was next to none.

Thank Gloria C
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was a really great day tour with the knowledgeable and warm tour guide. small group, attention to detail and personal requirements. Great landscapes and a genuine experience of the Tablelands life.

Thank Amrita N
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

Started well, with the pick up on time, if not early, and then a day not to be missed in the hinterlands of Cairns. The contrast with the coast was evident once we climbed the hills and left the sticky heat behind ... super farmlands, great and knowledgable growers and guide, loved the macadamia nuts (and only wish you could buy then fresh rather than dried!), found out from the coffee owners why coffee in France is sometimes so bitter (different way of processing!), the different flavours of cheese were a good experience (but coming from a sheep area back home the making of the cheese was not a surprise), but I did love to see the different scenery and farming methods. The fig tree was spectacular, and with the information I gained from this tour, I was able to recognise other rooted trees in other parts of the country. The only down point was the high tea, as the scones and especially the cream was not up to English standards, but can't win them all! Came back well entertained, well fed and watered, and beautifully relaxed after a good day in the fresh air.

1  Thank JACACW
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience, which was enhanced by the company we had on board the bus. There were definite highlights to the day. Lake Barrine was great, the curtain fig tree and Kauri pines, and the macadamia farm was outstanding. The farmers passion, explanations and pride in the presentation of his property was brilliant. We found him most informative. We found the lunch was wonderful, in a local pub which was very nice. What lets this tour down, is a couple of areas. The fruit wine farm, we thought was very average. Not only in that we didn't particularly like the wines, but we were just sat around a bar with very little explanation of the processes involved in the production. Especially when there was a beautiful outdoors seating space which was empty. Our visit to the coffee farm was a little dubious. We were shown prior to going there what healthy bushes looked like but nothing on the farm itself, apart from some rusted machinery that looked like it hadn't been used for a good while. We were taken into some very run-down facilities where more explanations were given regarding the roasting of the beans and then received a very nice cup of coffee. The surroundings certainly needed updating and cleaning, if they are going to continue accepting visitors. This was disappointing given the number of other options regarding coffee farms we passed along the way.
Having said this, Warwick's knowledge, commentaries and planning were excellent. We believe it is a worthwhile tour, but some improvements were needed. It was helped that we had such a great group of people with us.

2  Thank ddiston
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Wok-Cairns, Owner at Food Trail Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2014

Thanks for your review still giving us four stars. We have taken your comments on board, and stopped going to NQ Gold Coffee around the end of August. We now visit either Skybury Farmgate or Jacques Coffee.

On the day you travelled with us we first we stopped at a farm beside the road, where there was fruit on the bushes, but where they do not take any visitors.

The farm where we did get close up with machinery, has become run down since the farm became too much for the 88 year old farmer and his daughter. Unfortunately, there is no next generation.

Like the harvester, all farms have some machinery with rust. However, the dry coffee processing equipment and roasting machine were made from stainless steel.

Once again, thanks for your review

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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Food Trail Tours out of Cairns is absolutely excellent. So many places to go and food/wine to sample. We started at a Coffee farm and discovered how coffee is processed by the owners who were brim full of expertise and friendliness and made a great cup of Coffee.

Next it was to sample fruit wines - what a range from dry to sweeter wines, liquors, ports, something to suit most tastes. Then to a macadamia nut plantation where our guide was very knowledgeable on what happens from growing, harvesting to processing and then, yes, there was that wonderful tasting experience before heading off for lunch.

Whilst the general fare offered was fish; for those who were unable or not inclined, there were agreeable options available and when the food arrived it was tasty, the best salad I have eaten for ages and all most enjoyable.

After lunch we headed to a cheese & chocolate place where the process of cheese making was shown and again that great sampling experience of a wide range of cheeses and some yummy chocolate. We then viewed the amazing curtain fig tree, the huge Kauri pines and then overlooking the beautiful Lake Barrine we had tea and fresh scones.

We arrived back in Cairns a tad tired but having had a most exhilarating day, full of interest & variety and a credit to the friendly, helpful Warwick - out guide. Our new 'dilly bags' helping provided contained numerous samples that we had purchased on route.

Thank Tassie-ite
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