Set at the foot of Mount Uncle in the Atherton Tablelands, among beautifully landscaped gardens, the scenery at Mt Uncle Distillery alone is a good enough excuse to visit. Wander among the banana, avocado and macadamia trees, with the resident peacocks, and say hello to the alpacas, donkeys, and goats. But it’s the award-winning spirits and liqueurs of the Far North’s only distillery that are the real drawcard, with its gins probably the most well-known of the range. Drop by the cellar door to taste a few samples. Mt. Uncle also produces rum, sugar cane spirit, and the world’s only marshmallow liqueur. Pre-booked tours are available.
And if you have a sweet tooth, the café boasts over 50 teas to try or buy, plus a selection of homemade desserts. Bridges Bar & Restaurant is also open for lunch from 12.00 - 2.00pm (closed Monday and public holidays). Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.
So, whether you’re keen on tasting cane spirit, settling back with a glass of wine, or you prefer a sugar hit, there’s bound to be a little treat that’ll take your fancy.
An entire village of more than 50 beautifully restored buildings, the village of Herberton – an old tin mining town – is an incredible tribute to Australia’s past. Allow plenty of time to marvel at the incredible detail of this outdoor museum as you wander through the old school house, bank, toy shop and chemist.
More than 500 years old, and only a short drive from Yungaburra, the curtain tree fig is a fascinating display of nature and a must-see attraction of the Atherton Tablelands.
Coffee Works has grown into one of Australia’s most recognised boutique coffee roasters and chocolatiers. Visit its Mareeba outlet, known as Coffee World, and while away the hours in the café, chocolaterie, and gift store.