2019 Conference Tours

The Farm Tour, Lunch & Discussion with Founder Tom Lane:

Grow. Feed. Educate. Give Back. is the mission at The Farm, located in the hills overlooking Byron Bay.

Their motto  inspires all that they do, here and for the community at large. They believe that it is first hand experience of seeing how food is grown and produced that makes the eating of it so much more pleasurable. From this simple pleasure sprouts a curiosity and desire to learn more.

The 80 acre working farm is home to a community of growers, producers, eateries, and educators who share a passion for growing food using traditional, sustainable methods that are 100% spray and chemical free. Together, they are working towards improving the health and wellness of our community, from the ground up.

The Farm’s fields are home to heritage-breed pigs, heritage Scottish Highland cattle and chickens, all of which roam freely and are used for meat and eggs in the on-site restaurant, cafe and produce store. A short stroll will see you stumble across fields of flowers and row upon row of lush greens and vegetables, also used and sold on-site.

The Farm’s buildings service a dynamic hub of like-minded micro businesses: Three Blue Ducks Restaurant and Produce Store, The Bread Social, Baylato and The Garden Shed.

Tour participants will have a private tour of the farm, a barbeque lunch, featuring produce from the farm, prepared by the award winning restaurant, Three Blue Ducks and a private discussion with founder Tom Lane.

“It takes a family to raise a child and The Farm is the same philosophy. This is not about us but about the collective of like-minded people all striving for the same goals. We are lucky enough to help facilitate it. Our ultimate goal is to Grow, Feed, Educate.”

Tom Lane, CoFounder, The Farm.

 


Tropical Fruit World Tour:

See, Taste and Learn about fruits from around the world that are grown at Tropical Fruit World.

More than a tourist attraction, and more than a commercial farm, Tropical Fruit World is a labor of love, a fruit farm of inimitable value. Complete with a Biological Sustainable Horticulture philosophy, this family owned heritage business takes seriously their custodianship of the land as they seek to educate, share and unlock nature’s secrets with visitors, community and family alike.

Since 1983, Tropical Fruit World (formerly Avocadoland) has trail blazed in linking fruit farming with tourism.

Set amongst rain forest, water catchments and the rolling volcanic mineral soil from the caldera of Mount Warning, this working fruit farm is situated in the prime environment to grow over 500 fruits from right throughout the world.

Purchased in 1972, as a run down cropping farm that was used for grazing at the time, the family plan was to grow tropical fruit,  on the red soil hills, while preserving areas of the original forest and the natural beauty of the land.  Bob started planting lots of avocados.

He also enlisted the enthusiastic help of his children, and together they nurtured orchards of custard apples, bananas, mangos, lychees, guavas, macadamias, papaya …. the collection grew, and over the years the plantation became a fascination for an endless stream of visiting friends and family.

And so, “Avocadoland” opened its gates as a tourist attraction for the first time in 1983.

This labour of love continued to grow (literally), and the property boasts hundreds of species of tropical fruit from all over the World.  Today three generations of the Brinsmead family are involved in the continued success of this commercial farm and tourist attraction now known as Tropical Fruit World.   Founder Bob’s eldest child Judith Brinsmead took over the running of the property in 1990.  Bob’s grandson Tom Hill has also inherited a keen interest in the diverse facets of the agri-tourism business.

With more than 500 fruits from all around the World grown on the 165 acre family farm, there are exotic, unusual and delicious fruit varieties for you to discover.

AWiA Tour delegates will see, taste and learn when you climb aboard a tractor train and explore the plantation on a fully guided Farm Tour followed  by:

  • You’ll journey through the orchards by tractor train on our Plantation Safari
  • Relax and enjoy our waterways on a Wildlife Boat Cruise
  • Meet farm animal friends, kangaroos and emus in our Fauna Park
  • Enjoy lunch and some market shopping in Plantation Markets & Cafe. 
  • Sample and learn about  the seasonal fruits during your Fruit Tasting Session

Please note that Tropical Fruit World is a working farm, with some naturally uneven pathways and walking surfaces. Enclosed shoes are recommended.

Tour participants must be able to walk short distances and board vehicles unaided. Wheelchairs and walking frames, and prams and strollers cannot be taken on board tour vehicles..

 


Cape Byron Distillery Tour, Rainforest & Tasting:

Stopping for an early lunch after a driving tour of the Ballina/Byron Region, lunch featuring produce from the beautiful Northern Rivers Region we will progress onto a tour at the Cape Byron Distillery.

Cape Byron Distillery is perched in the heart of the Brook Family’s 96 acre Farm (Brookfarm) in the hinterland of Byron Bay. From the top of the farm, you can see the first light pass over the lighthouse. The distillery itself rests amongst the macadamia orchard & rainforest that the Brook’s have regenerated. The distillery was purpose-built on one of the only bare plots of land remaining. Inside you will find our custom-made copper pot still (named George), next to our cellar door bar made from locally sourced Norfolk pine and recycled materials.

Cape Byron Distillery is a proud family owned & run distillery (the Brook Family & Jim McEwan) situated on the Brook Family’s farm in the hinterland of Byron Bay. In 2014, Jim McEwan & Eddie Brook met for the first time and when Jim learned of the family’s passion for regeneration & the native flavours abundant in their rainforest the idea for Cape Byron Distillery was born! They have a passion for excellence, sustainability and giving back to their local community.

The tour will take you on a journey through the story of the distillery, the Brook family farm and the art of distillation. Begin with a Brookie’s & Tonic garnished with Native Finger Lime & Aniseed Myrtle, followed by a guided tour through our rainforest, and then learn how we combine our Native flavours to make our award-winning Brookie’s Gin.

The guided tour and a short stroll through the subtropical rainforest is a magical experience, see, smell and touch the native rainforest botanicals that are used in the award-winning Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin, learn the history of the Big Scrub rainforest and fall in love with this special place.

Once back in the distillery you will be lead through an in-depth tasting of our products… and no doubt a few special surprises! Enjoy a fun sensory experience guided by our distillery tour team. To finish, relax on the deck overlooking Brookfarm, watch the birds and enjoy the view.