Skybury Australian Coffee Centre
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 Australia’s oldest coffee plantation”
Drive yourself or take a day tour of the region 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.
The cool elevated plateau climate here is ideal for growing coffee and 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.
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 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 those who work the land.
The Australian Coffee Centre is the place to relax and take in the spectacular views of the weather-perfect Cairns Highlands.