It’s time to rediscover Mission Beach and let your taste buds explore the innovative and sustainable food and beverage businesses that are delivering paddock to plate delights. Situated south of Cairns, Mission beach is made up of four beach villages linked by 14kilometers of beautiful golden sand. With a unique blend of art, culture and unique tourism there are many opportunities to relax and unwind!
BOKU AT CASTAWAYS RESORT
Castaways Resort has been a favourite for many travellers seeking the ultimate beachfront retreat at very reasonable prices. Castaways restaurant Boku continues to deliver Mission Beach charm and boast local produce. Idyllically located overlooking the lush green lawns, iconic palm trees and rolling turquoise ocean, Boku is there to quench your thirst and satisfy serving Mod Oz dishes from breakfast through to a nightcap cocktail. Featuring many local produce dishes as well as some luxuries like coffin bay oysters. This is a big city restaurant experience in paradise.
MURDERING POINT WINERY
With 13 years of experience Murdering Point Winery established by the Berryman family have been one of the early adopters of using local produce to create an innovative range of wines and liquors. Originally developed as a means to add value to the fruit crops that were being grown on the family farm, however after suffering the devastating effects of tropical cyclones the family moved towards sourcing all the produce from local farms to continue producing and expand their extensive list of products.
You certainly won’t find any grapes around here, what you will find is a selection of dry and sweet wines from passion fruit, mango, Davidson plum and even one for the health conscious wine drinker – “ Supherb” a skilfully blended creation jaboticaba, ginger and ginseng. Of course if wine isn’t your thing there’s an extensive range of tropical fruit ports and liqueurs including a black sapote special. While you’re there you can view the production facility. Tastings are $5 per person and redeemable on product.
ALL FISH FOR DOGS
As a commercial fisherman Glen saw first hand the amount of waste from the fresh seafood industry. Concerned by the amount of waste and impact of dumping on the environment Glen and Selena saw an opportunity to repurpose the off cuts and turn them into highly nutritious treats for canines! All Fish for Dogs was born in 2014. Solving a much needed problem while simultaneously creating an alternative industry for commercial fisherman to sell their excess rather than dispose of them and best of all creating some nutritious and tasty snacks for man’s best friend. What an innovation!
All Fish for Dogs, dog snacks are 100% natural, sustainably sourced and loaded omega oils. Omega oils are well known for assisting with joint and mobility issues and of course helping to grow that luscious shiny coat. The texture of the treats is also useful for helping to keep canine teeth clean, and as for the flavours, well you guessed it “it does smell fishy, but that’s why the dogs love it” says Selena.
BINGLE BAY DISTILLERY
Sailing through the Caribbean and enjoying a new style of rum on very island sounds like a rum-lovers fantasy, however for Paul and Lynda of Bingle Bay Distillery that exact experience gave them a thirst to bring that idealistic concept back to their home in North Queensland to Bingle Bay just a 5 minute drive north of Mission Beach.
A processing specialist by trade Paul saw an opportunity to revolutionise the world of distilling by designing, building and patenting the world’s first closed couple pot still. Unlike other stills in the market and most distilleries this unique design operates under vacuum allowing the alcohol to be produced under a much lower temperature creating a sub-atmospheric spirit that delivers a crispier and fresher flavour.
The first batches of rum have been produced under this technique and are patiently serving their 2years of barrel aging (a requirement for that type of spirit to be called rum). While we all wait patiently for the rum to make our mojitos the first batches of gin featuring locally grown produce such as pepper berries, lemon myrtle and finger limes are being bottled just in time for Christmas.
The doors of the distillery are set to reopen in January 2021.