Mareeba is fortunate to be home to many innovative local producers, who have been perfecting their craft over many years to create an array of tempting treats and tipples, enticing to visitors of all ages. Coffee is something Mareeba is particularly well known for, with several world class coffee plantations in our area. We’re also home to North Queensland’s first distillery, the Mt Uncle Distillery. Their tasting room is open 7 days a week and their Navy Strength Gin will put hairs on your chest! For those who prefer something a little sweeter, there is the Mango Drop Winery and Emerald Creek Ice-creamery. More information on all of these is provided below.
Coffee Works creates coffee, tea, chocolate and offers complimentary liqueur tastings. Join them 8am to 3pm every delicious day at their Mareeba Coffee Works located at 136 Mason Street, Mareeba. If you’re looking for a gift or unique souvenir, they’ve got you sorted with hampers, chocolates and gift vouchers. At the Mareeba Visitor Centre we love their WITCH’S BREW™ which is a dark, bold and delicious coffee and they have a drive by! See their website for more information www.coffeeworks.com.au
Skybury have been growing Australian coffee and red papaya just outside Mareeba, on the rich soils of the Atherton Tablelands, since 1987. Their Café & Roastery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and as well as providing awesome views over the family farm, is serves a delicious selection of meals which have been inspired by what they grow and what is available locally. Naturally, coffee and papaya feature heavily. For more information visit their website www.skybury.com.au
The Mt Uncle Distillery began with a multitude of liqueurs sourcing ingredients and fruits from the Mt Uncle farm itself and other local farm lands. Over the years, Mt Uncle has built an impeccable and unrivalled reputation in producing award-winning premium spirits and liqueurs, always with a huge emphasis on using as many local and national Australian ingredients as possible. Nestled at the foothill of Mount Uncle itself and set in beautiful landscaped gardens within a Banana plantation, Mt. Uncle Distillery is a stunning place to visit. For more information visit their website www.mtuncle.com
For top quality tipples, visit the Golden Drop Winery farm. Located at Biboohra – 227 Bilwon Road, Biboohra – you can see their Mango plantation, packing shed and winery. You can taste some of their range including: Mango Wine Dry, Medium, Sparkling, Mango Wine Sweet, Lemon Cello, Lime Cello, Mandarin Cello, Dragon Cello, Mango Cello and Mango Port. At Mareeba Visitor Centre we like their Mandarin Cello poured over vanilla ice-cream for a refreshing treat and their cool room, is the place to be on a hot day in Mareeba. For more information visit their website www.goldendrop.com.au
Emerald Creek Ice-Creamery is a firm favourite with people of all ages. As well as making a range of premium ice-cream and sorbet, they also create fabulous fresh fudge and Biltong (which is the African equivalent of Beef Jerky). Their visitor centre is located on the Kennedy Highway (3946 Kennedy Highway) a short drive from Mareeba and is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4.30pm. It has indoor and outdoor seating and a fully fenced grassed area, where the children can run around and play. The ice-cream comes in 21 different flavours and at the Mareeba Visitor Information Centre, we’re particularly partial to their cinnamon ice-cream. For more information visit their website www.emeraldcreek.com.au
The above is just a sampling of some of the many fantastic places you can experience local produce and enjoy country hospitality.
For more information please see us at the Mareeba Visitor Information Centre.
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