Fancy a brew?
Treat yourself to renowned liqueurs, diverse craft brews, amazing wines and local grown tea and coffee in tropical North Queensland.
Taste craft beers, each with a local story, such as the Mr Wong, a beer brewed to pay homage to the man himself who came to Australia looking for gold but ended up growing it instead (bananas). The beer itself has a banana aroma that may keep you coming back for more. Located on the waterfront in both Cairns and Port Douglas, the brewery uses water from the Mossman Gorge as the starting point in the brewing process. Visitors can partake in a brewery tour followed by a guided tasting selection.
Just 10 minutes west of Mareeba, Skybury is Australia’s oldest coffee plantation and has been growing some of the country’s best coffee and tropical fruits for 30 years. Located in the Atherton Tablelands, the Skybury Tropical Plantation is a 150 hectare property which allows guests to experience breath-taking views, lunches, cakes and award-winning papayas and coffee.
Locals and tourists from around the world visit this family-owned and operated winery which is renowned for its working mango plantation. Guests can enjoy mango wines, citrus cellos, mango port, golden mango liqueur style wine and others. The 17,500 trees growing Australian Kensington Pride mangoes make it one of Australia’s largest mango plantations. Located 10 minutes north of Mareeba and one hour west of Cairns, this is a must for wine lovers everywhere.
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Uncle, the distillery is one of the premier attractions of the Atherton Tablelands and is responsible for creating numerous award-winning spirits and liqueurs using local and national ingredients. The distillery received a gold medal in the Single Cask Single Malt Whiskey category at 2018 World Whiskey Awards in London. Aside from the drinks, visitors can also enjoy the food at the Bridges Bar & Restaurant, or stroll the grounds to meet the friendly alpacas, donkeys, goats and peacocks.
Don’t let the name deter you, this place is picturesque. Set amongst the cane fields and tropical rainforests of North Queensland, the winery uses locally grown sugar, ginseng and ginger teamed with tropical fruits including Davidson Plum and lychees to make a range of tropical fruit wines. Located on the Canecutter Way in Slikwood east, the multi-award-winning winery is a key attraction on the Great Tropical Drive.
Nerada Tea is the largest producer of Australian-grown tea, with tea travelling from crop to cup in as little as four weeks. In 15 years, Nerada has grown its range from five to 85 teas – extending from black to green tea, white tea and a range of other infusions. Located on 445 hectares in the Atherton Tablelands, the plantation delivers 6.6 million kilos of fresh tea leaves to the Nerada Tea processing factory each year. Visitors can enjoy a tea while overlooking the plantation. You might even spot the resident Lumholtz tree-kangaroos.