Exploring the culture, cuisine and coastline of north Queensland
Twisting misty mountain roads, dairy cattle luxuriating on lush green pastures, crashing waterfalls and rainforests that end abruptly on secluded little beaches, there’s nothing quite like the drive across the Atherton Tableland (pictured below) and back to Cairns via the Cassowary Coast.From Cairns, drive through the rainforest into the hinterland and up to sleepy Kuranda where the Original Rainforest Market has been operating since 1978. Along the Kennedy Highway, Mareeba is renowned for its coffee and its plantations serve snacks and some of the best coffee this side of Milan.
At family-owned Gallo Dairyland near Atherton, the Gallos’ 500 Friesian cows produce the fresh milk used to make award-winning gourmet cheeses, Greek-style yoghurts and handcrafted chocolates.Ann Gallo said her chocolates were the red-hot item. “We import our block raw chocolate from Switzerland so they’re quite special and unique on the Tableland”, she said.”Milking is at 3pm and popular with kids but what they really love is the animal nursery where they can play with the pigs, sheep and goats.”Stop in Yungaburra, Queensland’s largest National Trust village, with 18 heritage-listed buildings and follow the Waterfall Circuit before heading down to the Cassowary Coast and Mission Beach, one of Queensland’s most seductive seasides.drivenorthqueensland.com.au
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