The trip started out at around 8:00am when the Food Trails Tour bus picked us up from the resort (the latest starting time we had for all of our Cairns trip). After picking up the rest of the group, we first visited a farm where we learned about some native Australian fruits and some not so native Australian fruits. The tour guides gave us tips on how to choose some of the local fruit along with giving us samples of some of the fruits that were in season.
The next part of our trip took us to Granite Gorge where we stopped for morning tea. At this meal break, we had fresh baked banana bread along with tea or coffee. Also, at Granite Gorge, we had the opportunity to hand feed wild wallabies at no extra charge. Even if you’ve fed other animals already, feeding the wallabies was a new experience. My friend and I had fed kangaroos a few nights before at the Night Zoo and thought that was a great experience. Feeding the wallabies was even better. Wallabies would grab on to our hands gently so we didn’t leave with the food and eat it from our hands.
After our morning break, we headed out to Mt Uncle Distillery where we got to taste a banana liqueur, lemon liqueur, and coffee liqueur. We then went to a macadamia nut plantation where we learned how the nuts were harvested. We also had the opportunity to try and harvest our own nut. Also, we got to try some of the nuts grown on the plantation.
Next, we had lunch. Lunch on this Food Trails Tour was the best meal we had in our 10-day stay in Australia. It included red claw lobster, tropical fruit, tropical fruit juice, and barramundi. It wasn’t at any place fancy but was rather at a small café located in one of the local business areas. The meal had been specially created for the Food Trails Tour.
After lunch, we went to De Brueys’ Boutique Winery where we got to try mango, lychee, jaboticaba, and mulberry wine along with mango and mulberry port. The final stop for the tour was to Kuranda village (after all the other tourist had left) to try homemade tropical fruit ice cream.
August 28, 2004
From journal Cairns, Australia