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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 why The Australian Coffee Centre was voted the best new tourism development at the 2006 Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards.

“Discover Australia’s oldest coffee plantation”

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 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 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.

 Day Tours

The Australian Coffee Centre operates two day tours — "The Kuranda & Skybury Coffee Experience" and "The Australian Coffee Centre Experience".

The Kuranda & Skybury Coffee Experience

Including: Kuranda, Scenic Rail, Skybury, Skyrail

Departs from Cairns, Beaches and Port Douglas

After a coach transfer to Caravonica Terminal, board Skyrail for the journey to Kuranda enjoying breathtaking views over pristine, World Heritage-listed rainforest. Explore Kuranda before transferring to Skybury Coffee Plantation. You will take part in the Plantation Tour, escorted on a journey of coffee discovery on Australia’s oldest and most successful coffee plantation. After your tour, relax in the coffee centre bar and a la carte restaurant to savour your complimentary coffee. A choice of meals is available at your own expense. After being transferred back to Kuranda, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Your journey ends at Freshwater Station where your coach is waiting to take you back to your accommodation.

7:00 — 8:00am
  • Hotel pickup
  • Coach transfer to Skyrail
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda
  • Return transfers to Skybury Coffee Plantation
  • Plantation tour
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Heritage markets (daily)
3:30pm Kuranda Scenic Rail
4:50pm Return transfer departs

The Australian Coffee Centre & Plantation Experience

Departs from Cairns and the Northern Beaches

The Skybury Coffee Plantation offers ‘The Australian Coffee Centre Experience’ with transfers from Cairns and the Northern Beaches (departing between 8:15am & 9:00am and returning 3:30 pm.)

Enjoy a sleep-in and get your morning coffee fix with direct transfers to The Australian Coffee Centre. The Australian Coffee Centre Experience includes the Skybury Plantation Tour. Enjoy some of the world’s finest coffee in the relaxed surrounds of the Centre bar and restaurant and take in the spectacular views.

The Australian Coffee Centre is the place to relax and take in the spectacular views of the weather-perfect Cairns Highlands.