Taste of the Tropics Food Trails

 Taste of the Tropics Food Trails

food-trail-2003-brochure2The ‘Taste of the Tropics’ Food Trail was launched in 2001 by Australian Tropical Foods, a collaborative marketing cluster group of the Food Industry in the Tropical North Queensland region.  Supported by the federal government Regional Solutions Program and the Queensland Government, it has been an incubator for many new value added products and food & wine tourism attractions. 

Today there is an exciting suite of exotic culinary tastes, just waiting for you to experience. Whether you select one or all five “Taste of the Tropics Food Trails”, the individuality of each trail will undoubtedly provide locals and visitors alike, a sensory journey to remember.

To experience each will take time, there’s so much more to explore … more than any one or two day stay will permit … so do enjoy the unique hospitality of the country hotels, B n Bs or farmstay properties, as each will provide visitors with a more memorable experience.

Other tourist attractions and sights along these food trails provide contrasting experiences … relaxing over a cold beer in an authentic outback pub … viewing some of the wonderful ornamental horticulture, or even exploring some of the lush protected areas of many endangered species. The outback and bush are often seen as the spiritual heart of Australia. This magic is shared with visitors by the area’s traditional protectors and landowners.

But then one cannot ignore other immense taste experiences on offer – luscious mangoes, rambutans, lychees, abiu, sapodilla, longans, black sapote, persimmon, jakfruit, durian, or the more than 100 other varieties of exotic produce await the adventurous trail blazer. Alternatively take some produce home with you or enjoy simply at a picnic outdoors.


Click on the journey for your Taste Paradise experience…

Taste of the Cassowary Coast – Innisfail, Silkwood, Mena Creek to Mission Beach and Tully region

Taste of the Coral Coast – Cairns region from Mirriwini, Babinda in the south to the northern beaches of Palm Cove.

Taste of the Mountain Tablelands – Southern end of the Tablelands with high altitude, high rainfall and rich volcanic soil – Atherton, Yungaburra, Malanda, Millaa Millaa,  Ravenshoe, Herberton

Taste of the Savannah Tablelands – Northern end of the Tablelands with a drier climate and rich soil.  Mareeba, Walkamin, Kuranda

Taste of the Rainforest – North Coast region of Port Douglas, Daintree, Cape Tribulation.  Wet Tropics area.

The Great Tropical Drive

 In conjunction with the Food Trails, The Great Tropical Drive is a self-drive touring route that winds its way from palm-fringed beaches, to ancient rainforests and the golden outback of North Queensland.

Take the time to experience the entire Great Tropical Drive route or choose a shorter driveto suit: from overnight drives to week-long 4WD adventure.

This website will help you plan a driving holiday in Tropical Australia. Inside you will find detailed itineraries for 20 self-drive experiences. Go to http://www.greattropicaldrive.com.au

Tourism Tropical North Queensland is the regional tourism organisation supporting the ‘Taste of the Tropics’ Food Trails.