Far North Queensland is known for its tropical weather, the Great Barrier Reef and crocs but did you know that it is home to many farms that provide some of the best produce not only to Australia but to the world?

The best part is that you can go and explore these farms to eat the delicious produce, discover incredible natural landscapes and get a behind-the-scenes to have a taste of farm life.

Whether you are a foodie keen to try unique tropical flavours or looking to connect and learn about the land or even just want to have a good cuppa somewhere beautiful—there is an experience to suit everyone.

Here are some of our favourite farm tours that will showcase the best that Far North Queensland has to offer.

Charley’s Chocolate Factory—Mission Beach

We all love chocolate, but do you know how it is made?

At Charley’s Chocolate Factory in Mission Beach, you can take the journey of cocoa tree to chocolate bar on their cocoa farm tours.

After falling in love with Far North Queensland and leaving their corporate jobs in Melbourne behind, Lynn and Chris Jahnke started making chocolate.

Charley’s Chocolate Factory is one of the few places in the world where people can get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of cocoa farming and chocolate making – without the fear of falling into a chocolate lake.

"The tours blow peoples' minds! Guests love tasting our chocolate too," says Lynn.

For more information visit: www.charleys.com.au.

Daintree Ice Cream Company—Daintree

Beautiful vistas, natural landscapes, wildlife sightings and ice cream like you’ve never had before in the oldest rainforest on the planet. Can’t get any better than that right?

The Daintree Ice Cream Company is nestled in the heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Their ice cream, gelatos and sorbets are handmade on site using tropical fruits grown in the 22-acre orchard which contains over 15 species of rare and exotic trees.

You can taste delicious and unique flavours like lychee, dragonfruit, durian and malay apple.  
Imagine exploring the lush tropical gardens while enjoying your delightfully exotic fruit ice cream under the very tree where it was grown.

Owners Jenna and Dave Mainwaring took over the business in 2015 and have introduced a more sustainable and holistic approach to their craft.

"Our vision is to connect people to their food in an engaging and memorable way as well as demonstrate that successful business and environmental ethics can go hand in hand," says Jenna.

"We feel that providing ice cream in this way delivers the best taste experience for every palate. We encourage our visitors to open their minds and their mouths to the weird and wonderful world of exotic fruit ice cream.”

For more information visit: www.daintreeicecream.com.au.

Nerada Tea—Malanda

Nerada Tea’s produces Australia’s freshest and most sustainable tea. Just an hour-and-a-half outside of Cairns you can tour the 360-hectare estate and learn how its signature tea is produced.

Really make a day of it and go behind the scenes with a tea blending experience. Then treat yourself to a high tea where you can enjoy the famous Devonshire tea, scones and seasonal light lunches.

The tea estate is also home to one of Australia’s rarest animals, Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos. There’s a family of them living in the trees outside the tearoom. If you’re lucky, you might spot one of these creatures on your visit—just remember to look up.

Plantation Director, Tony, loves welcoming visitors from near and far and sharing everything that Nerada Tea’s has to offer.

"We welcome visitors from near and far, local families and tourists. We are always amazed at how people truly love what we do.”

So go and explore the plantation and treat your tastebuds with a trip to the tearoom.

For more information visit: www.neradatea.com.au.

Port on a Plate—Port Douglas

How does a day touring local farms followed by a 3-course meal sound? Sign us up!

Port on a Plate is your passport to Port Douglas produce. Peter Davidson is an experienced tour guide and chef who created the concept tour to showcase fresh local produce and promote the local farming industry.

On the tour you get to explore and sample produce from three farms: Scomazzon’s, Daintree Saltwater Barramundi and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit winery. Here you will pick ingredients that Peter will cook lunch with while you enjoy a wine tasting.

Peter loves connecting people through food and showing them the best Port Douglas has to offer.

“I love where I live because the environment is so beautiful and clean. Clean water and clean air which I think helps in creating great produce."

Port on a Plate runs tours 4 days a week from Tuesday-Saturday.

For more information visit: www.portonaplate.com.au.

Rainforest Bounty—Malanda

25 years ago, after returning from Indonesia and witnessing the destruction of large areas of tropical rainforest, Dr Geraldine McGuire and her husband Athy were inspired to restore their own farm to a vibrant rainforest incorporating native fruit species.

After trialling hundreds of species, they chose to plant lemon aspen, Cape York Lilly Pilly, Boonjie Tamarind and the Ooray Plum. The result? An entirely new category of food products inspired by native foods and an ongoing mission to change the way we eat to restore people and the planet.

Today Geraldine is just as passionate. Rainforest Bounty has become a leader in regenerative agricultural systems sharing the bounty of the rainforest with Australia and the world.

“I’m an agricultural and environmental scientist specialising in rehabilitating degraded landscape across northern Australia, Asia and the Pacific. The key elements of the rehabilitation incorporate regenerative agricultural principles while working collaboratively with Indigenous communities,” said Geraldine.

Geraldine has opened her farm to public for tours, cooking school, lunches and hosts an annual Ooray Plum Festival to showcase the amazing Australian native rainforest fruits that are grown in regenerative farming systems and use to create health foods and drinks.

During your visit you may even be lucky enough to spot a tree kangaroo or a cassowary jumping to collect some lemon aspens—Geraldine always teaches her guests to be “casso-wary.”

So come and have the perfect day out. Breathe the fresh mountain air, swim in the revitalising freshwater lakes and rivers, and experience the world-renowned wildlife that lives in harmony with Rainforest Bounty’s systems.

For more information visit: www.rainforestbounty.com.au.

Last updated: 26 Oct 2022