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Skybury Coffee Estate
Skybury Coffee Estate
THE AUSTRALIAN COFFEE CENTRE
THE AUSTRALIAN COFFEE CENTRE
1 HOUR DRIVE FROM CAIRNS
1 HOUR DRIVE FROM CAIRNS
AWARD WINNING VISITOR CENTRE
AWARD WINNING VISITOR CENTRE
SKYBURY PLANTATION TOUR
SKYBURY PLANTATION TOUR
VIEWS OVER THE SKYBURY ESTATE
VIEWS OVER THE SKYBURY ESTATE

Australian Coffee Centre

Updated: 22-May-2012

“Discover Australia’s oldest coffee plantation”
The Australian Coffee Centre is a dedicated multi-million dollar award winning visitor centre overlooking the Skybury Coffee Estate, Australia's oldest and most successful coffee plantation.  Perched on the peak of the Great Dividing Range, the stunning timber building enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.  With extensive open decks cooled by natural breezes throughout the year and surrounded by extensive native gardens, this is the place to taste, tour and take home Australia’s purest coffee. 

The Australian Coffee Centre also represents the very best of Australian craftsmanship, with extensive use of Australian timbers and showcasing the talents of local artists.  The centre has a fully licensed restaurant and bar, with meals served throughout the day.  The centre also has a wonderful gift shop, where visitors can indulge their passion for all things coffee.  Discover why The Australian Coffee Centre was voted the best new tourism development at the 2006 Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards.

This multi-award winning attraction is located 10kms from Mareeba on the Atherton Tableland/Cairns Highlands, approx. 1 hour's drive from Cairns, Cairns International Airport and Port Douglas. Drive yourself or take a day tour but make sure you don't miss this one of a kind attraction! Take a Plantation tour to see the coffee production process from planting to tasting or simply enjoy coffees, teas and lunches and the astounding views from the beautiful timber built centre.  There are also day tour options which incorporate Kuranda village, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic railway - true visitor icons of Tropical North Queensland. 

The cool elevated plateau climate here is ideal for growing coffee and we produce 60% of Australia's coffee right here. Skybury is the oldest coffee plantation in Australia and is owned and operated by the MacLaughlin family.

No trip to the plantation would be complete without undertaking the Skybury Plantation Tour.  The tour is a fully escorted, undertaken by Skybury’s expert tour guides. Taking approximately 1 hour the tour will take you on a journey of coffee discovery. You will discover why the Mareeba area provides the perfect growing conditions for some of the world’s finest coffee.

With specially planted areas which ripen and flower throughout the year, there is always a chance of seeing brilliant white, jasmine scented coffee flowers or crimson coloured, ripe coffee cherries. Returning to the coffee centre, you will see at close hand a working dry processing plant. Here you will learn how dried coffee is processed, graded and bagged – ready to be exported around the world in our distinctive Hessian sacks.

In the coffee lab, the guide introduces you to coffee tasting or ‘cupping’, a traditional practice used to evaluate quality and taste. The guide explains how coffee taste is affected by processing systems, roasting and storage conditions. Through specially chosen samples, you will taste for yourself how different processes produce different coffee flavours. If time permits, you will learn some of the skills of the coffee barista, with the guide explaining the importance of roast, grind and extraction, as well as the various ways of preparing coffee.

The tour finishes with a viewing of the amazing ‘Coffee Dreams’ movie in a 54 seat fully air-conditioned theatre!! Projected onto a curved screen over 6 metres wide, the movie showcases the diversity and history of the region, contrasting the creation of the area in the aboriginal ‘dreamtime’ with the modern stewardship of the land on the plantation. You will see the plantation in flower, the locally built coffee harvester in action, the Skybury wet plant processing fresh coffee cherries and hear the stories of tho

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