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Forage to Farm - Native Foods Trail

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Tweed Eco Cruises

Join us for a delicious day of exploration and education about native foods - from the 'root to the fruit’ in Bundjalung County on the North Coast of New South Wales. Meet three local businesses who are passionate about the story of native food, land history and the abundant lands of Bundjalung County, creating a future together as an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community dedicated to protecting Country.

Taste fresh seafood paired with locally made gin and devour a degustation of native food, from the river to the farm. Be connected with local providores, local knowledge and local Aboriginal systems that honour a sustainable future together.

*This experience runs on demand for exclusive group bookings. Please enquire Now to discuss your group requirements and availability*

$360

Insights into your experience

Experience Highlights

  • Traditional Owner Welcome to Country
  • Learn about traditional oyster farming and ancient ecology
  • Cruise the stunning Tweed River
  • Enjoy a floating lunch of native and farmed local foods


Visit local farms and a gin distillery using native botanicalsYour immersive day begins with a Traditional Owner Welcome to Country ceremony in the Minjungbal language at Fingal Head, home to the oldest Aboriginal community in the Tweed. Learn the story of traditional oyster harvesting and see evidence of ancient aqua oyster farming while cruising the Tweed River.

A private floating lunch is enjoyed alongside Stotts Island, the last pocket of pre-historic Riparian Rainforest in the Northern Rivers that is home to over 400 species of trees, magnificent ceremonial orchids and extensive birdlife.

Our menu is a selection of native and farmed foods from the region. Expect to experience the flavours of land, river and sea of the Tweed Northern rivers region. The menu reflects and incorporates our seasonal produce from the list below:

  • Refreshing iced teas
  • Tropical Seasonal fruit platters
  • Wild caught Tweed River Mud Crab
  • Oysters from the Tweed River and Ballina shire
  • Fresh Fish from the region baked with local flavours
  • Crunchy and fresh Salads that incorporate native flavours
  • Local cheeses from the Northern Rivers
  • Local sweet potato and macadamia salad
  • Breads infused with lemon myrtle
  • Accompaniments from the region

An experienced guide will talk you through the ecological wonder of this ancient rainforest island while you taste the bounty of this river region, embraced by a lush rainforest and surrounded by Wollumbin and the Border Ranges.

Enjoy a story of deities and ceremonies linked by five large volcanic peaks, from the Bundjalung Nation to Kabi Kabi Country on the Sunshine Coast. Learn about ancient land formations and great underwater oceans and how this is all connected to what is grown on the soil, harvested from the rivers and served onto our plates.

Disembark at Tumbulgum for a stunning rainforest drive to Burringbar where you'll visit Pocket Herbs Farm and learn about Native Foods by Currie Country. Take a seat at the farm table to learn about Aboriginal science systems, agricultural systems and aqua farming and enjoy native teas and breads while interacting with traditional tools and stones that reveal Aboriginal people as the world's first bread bakers.

At Cape Byron Distillery “home of Brookies Gin” you'll be introduced to native food botanicals while learning about logging, land use changes and commitments to return the land to its native state. Taste finger limes and Davidson plums, both infused into the Brookies gin range, and enjoy an immersive farm tour with tasting paddles and conversation to enhance deep respect for rehabilitated land, sustainable farming techniques, and the abundance of local native foods.

Currie Country's Arabella Douglas has featured on SBS and consulted with leading Australian chefs using native foods in their restaurants. Arabella is an academic, writer and local traditional owner raised on Country and practiced in the lores of her Country.

Inclusions

Aboriginal guide
Cold drink
Lunch
Tea and coffee

You should bring

Camera
Hat
Spare clothing
Sunglasses
Sunscreen

Things to know

This is a full day tour that is also available for group bookings and requires a minimum booking of 20 people.

Cost is $360.00* per person and includes:

  • Welcome to Country ceremony
  • Tweed River cruise with Tweed Eco Cruises
  • Private floating lunch 
  • Tour at Pocket Herbs Farm including native bread and tea tastings
  • Visit to Cape Byron Distillery “home of Brookies Gin” including private tours and gin tastings

*Cost price valid for 2021-2022


Meeting point

Fingal Boat Harbour Boat Ramp, 71-77 Fingal Road NSW, Fingal, NSW. 

Location

Fingal NSW 

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