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Nov 29

Flames of the Forrest

Posted on November 29, 2009 by
After a 45 minute coach ride from Palm Cove, we arrived at our secret location.  Immediately we saw a path lit up by torches.  As we followed the path we couldn’t believe our eyes at the extraordinary natural venue that we were going to be spending our evening in.  The dining area is covered by massive open air tent style roofing; therefore the rain will never have an impact on the evening and in fact actually sounds quite soothing as you hear it lightly hit the canvas above you. 

Immediately the complimentary beer, champagne, wine and soft drinks are brought out… and yes you guessed it… it is complimentary all night.  On Thursday and Friday nights the show features 2 indigenous brothers who share their history, culture, didgeridoo, songs and stories of their ancestors that took place in the very area that you are situated many years ago.  While this is going on, the degustation meal commences and the dinner journey begins with bush damper with smoked semidried tomato pesto olive tapenade and herb infused butter.


The Aboriginal Cultural show continues while the rest of the meal begins to come out in very large platters for the table.  Be sure to save room on each though, because you have 6 main courses to get through as well as dessert.  The menu is as follows:


Salad of Thai style green pawpaw with local tiger prawns and nahm jim


Slow roasted roma tomatoes with bocconcini and lemon myrtle infused rainforest salad


Locally smoked crocodile and kangaroo pastrami tumbled with wattle seed linguini truffle oil and baby spinach


Tropical barramundi steamed in banana leaf wakami seaweed, plum coriander, marinade and fresh coconut salad


Vanilla poached tender chicken with walnut and orange glaze on a roast pumpkin and baby spinach salad


Slow roasted grain fed sirloin on rosemary beetroot and kipfler balsamic medley topped with pesto and leek straw.


CO-STARRING – Rocket and toasted macadamia nut salad with marinated feta and fig vincotta vinaigrette & bok choy, wombak and choi sum with sesame oil


After the brothers have taken a break to walk around and speak to the guests to ensure that everyone is personally having a fantastic evening, the show starts back up for a fantastic conclusion of intriguing stories mixed with more didgeridoo, songs and dance.  We then all take 5 minutes to turn the little lights that illuminate the area off and leave nothing but the flames and the forest to take you away.  The group sits still and no one speaks.  It truly does feel like an enchanted rainforest as your senses ignite listening to the rainforest sing its own song in the darkness.



After our 5 minutes of silence, the lights go back on and dessert is served: Lavish tropical fruit and berry pavlova smothered with caramelized passion fruit coulis and crowned with Mareeba coffee and bitter chocolate cream.  There’s time for one more drink before the bus has arrived to take you back to your accommodation.  Be sure not to forget your souvenir menu and Flames of the Forest postcard. 


This is truly a magical evening to experience and is well worth it for the incredible delicious “food for the soul” you get the opportunity to enjoy.  Flames of the Forest run 3 nights per week.  Thursday and Friday include all of the above at the rate of $199.00 per adult and $130.00 per child.  Saturday nights are a smaller package including the transfers, a 3 course meal in the rainforest setting, tea and coffee, champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks are included at the rate of $149.00 (adults and children).  For the extra $50.00, I would definitely upgrade to the Thursday/Friday show with the indigenous brothers as personally they made the night for me and really made the atmosphere feel like we were in another time era.   I was incredibly impressed at how accommodating they were to those who have special dietary requirements.  The staff was very prompt at ensuring that they had a special menu to suit their needs.  This venue is also commonly used for weddings/parties/get-togethers and conference groups.  Overall, this is a magical evening that is one of a kind and definitely not one to be missed when visiting North Queensland.


For more information about this tour and much more please visit The Tour Specialists


By: Blythe Rallo, Tour Consultant at The Tour Specialists, Palm Cove.

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