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Volcanic Liquid Gold
Overlooking the Tweed valley looms 1156m high Mount Warning – with its sheer height and width of over 30 km wide, it has an undeniable presence from many viewpoints at Tropical Fruit World. This once active volcano has created rich mineral soil and is one of the reasons why this farm is the perfect environment for growing hundreds of varieties of fruit. It is also the reason why you can find the most flora and fauna in Australia around the Mount Warning area.
History of Tropical Fruit World
The land that is now home to Tropical Fruit World was purchased by Bob and Val Brinsmead in 1972, who saw the potential of the land to grow tropical fruit. The rich red volcanic soil has helped develop and support thousands of fruit trees, with the primary fruit being avocado, which is why it was first known as Avocadoland. As the plantation has evolved and now has a massive collection of fruits from all regions, its name changed years later to Tropical Fruit World to reflect the diversity of the farm.
Location of Tropical Fruit World
Located just over the Queensland border, Tropical Fruit World is 40 minutes south of the Gold Coast, or a short 11 minutes from the coastal village of Casuarina.
Fruit Tasting Tour
Arriving early at Tropical Fruit World allowed us to join the first fruit tasting workshop, which was perfectly timed with morning tea. We were ushered into a little shed that had coloured church-like pews for seating. Everyone’s eyes were drawn to what was sitting on the counter at the front of the room. Plates of colourful, vibrant, and fragrant fruits were beautifully plated and ready to be consumed.
As much as we all wanted to tuck into the fruit, we listened intently to the 20-minute presentation about what we would be tasting, the different varieties, the flavour we should expect, and the health benefits of the fruits. It was a fascinating talk, and even the younger crowd members seemed captivated by the presentation.
Did you know it takes seven years to grow a pineapple, and there is a chocolate fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding?
Once the presentation was over, a conga line was formed, and visitors shuffle their way past the table smacking their lips at all the delicious fruits available to taste.
For many, including us, there were varieties we had never heard or seen of before, and this was the perfect opportunity to become closer acquainted with these exotic fruits. Around the outside of the shed were the beauty products, oils, and merchandise that can be purchased.
After the fruit presentation, everyone climbs aboard the open wagon for a Tropical Fruit World tour through the plantation. The guide who sits in a prime position on the tractor shares more information on the working farm. We started with the history of the farm and area while he pointed out the various fruit trees and experimental fruit gardens. There are over 500 varieties of mangoes alone at Tropical Fruit World.
More Glorious Food
Once again, with all the food talk being thrown around, our bellies start to grumble, and in perfect timing, our guide stops for us to depart at the banana & macadamia trees to sample the sweetest bananas and crack a few nuts.
After refueling (did you know a banana is a high source of natural energy?!), we rode along in the direction of Treasure Island.
As they told us we were heading to Treasure Island, I imagined all the children onboard envisaging a land where Peter Pan lives. It wasn’t far off as there were many elements that children would find reminiscent of a fairy-tale experience.
Treasure Island was a perfect oasis and a jungle of fun for not only kids but something everyone in the family could appreciate. Relax under the tall trees or at the picnic tables while the kids play on the playground (perfect for younger children) and flying fox. At the opposite end is a put-put golf course, another cubby house, and a large tractor for imaginative play.
One of the first points of call, when anyone reaches Treasure Island, is the train ride. We straddled the tiny train as it chugged along around the bends taking us the whole loop of the island.
Wildlife Boat Cruise
As much as we heard protests about leaving Treasure Island, they die down as soon as we stepped on the boat that would be taking us to our next destination. Before the engines turned and we started to meander around the island, we were all given bread to feed the friendly ducks that drift our way. We departed the boat at an animal petting farm where for a couple of dollars, you can purchase a bag of food for the resident donkeys, chickens, sheep, goats, kangaroos, emus, and the chief – a Clydesdale horse.
Once leaving the farm area, you are given the option of returning to Treasure Island to enjoy the facilities for longer or take the next tractor back to the main entrance. Once you return, it’s well worth paying a visit to the café and shop.
Tip: The café, shop, and fruit market, which sells fantastic produce, is always open to the public, without a paid ticket.
Tropical Fruit World Café and Shop
Lush green plants and trees surround the café. It’s floor to ceiling windows open to the elements letting the natural light drift through. Order a light lunch with drinks or try one of their frozen ice-creams on offer.
If you missed trying any of the beauty products and outstanding products at the tasting workshop, you could make up for it here. Natural honey, dressings, chocolate sauce, mustards were set up in the Tropical Fruit World shop to sample and then buy.
At the back of the store are the beauty products, where once again you can try before you buy. We walked out with a tropical lip balm made from beautiful high-quality ingredients and a packet of lemon myrtle (my new favourite smell), and green tea bags. You are bound to find something for your pantry or beauty collection in the shop. Before leaving, don’t forget to stop by the Tropical Fruit World fruit market on your way out to pick up your new favourite fruits!
Tropical Fruit World Discount: If you are a local (Tweed, Gold Coast, Byron Shire resident), you will receive a discounted rate for entering Tropical Fruit World NSW. Display your driver’s license and join up to Tropical Fruit World’s local’s club upon purchasing the tickets.
How Much Time Do you Need
Tropical Fruit World offered much more than I anticipated, and it is easy to spend a good part of a full day exploring the farm, taking the plantation safari, and tasting the delicious fresh fruit. The tour duration is approximately 2.5 – 3 hours and is included in the ticket cost.
Practical Tips: Tropical Fruit World opening hours are from10:00 am to 4:00 pm AEST (Qld Time), with tours running approximately every half an hour or so. The last full tour for the day departs at 1.30 pm. There may be limited tours available later, depending on the number of visitors. Find more information here.
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