Wunya Ngulum! (Welcome Everyone) to Gubbi Gubbi country.
The Gubbi Gubbi people are the Traditional Owners of the lands that include beaches, lakes, rivers, creeks, mountains and rainforests, located in South East Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast.
On this full day culinary and cultural experience, we delve deep into the history and customs of our first nations people and discover bush tucker, explore waterways and listen to yarns from elders.
Your first stop is My Dilly Bag where you'll be guided through an introduction to bush tucker.
Learn about bushfood practices that have sustained Australia's First Nations peoples for centuries.
Engage all your senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, as well as spiritual connection.
Try foraged and harvested seasonal produce including Australian botanical leaves, grains, seeds, nuts, and fruits. These may include Myrtles (Anise, Curry, Cinnamon, and Lemon), Strawberry Gum, Old Man Salt Bush, Pepper Berry, Wattleseed, Native Thyme, Bunya Nuts, Warrigal Greens, Lilly Pilly, Wild Mints, and more.
Then take time to wander around the store and take home some great bush tucker ingredients and products such as Aunty Dale's famous Lemon Myrtle shortbread, Wild Brews Tea, Bush tomato dip, Dukkah and native botanical infused Macadamia nut oil with crusty bread.
Next we take a short drive to the waterways of Mooloolaba where you'll board the heritage listed and fully restored 'Spray of the Coral Coast'. This 114 year old timer sailing vessel is the pride and joy of the team at Saltwater Eco Tours. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable cultural experience through storytelling and entertainment, as you enjoy a range of bush-tucker inspired canapes served with a refreshing beer, sparkling champagne or our signature Lemon Myrtle cocktail.
At Beachtree Distilling Co. the journey starts with ancient knowledge passed down through generations and is amplified by innovative science and engineering, to create small-batch, handcrafted artisan products that transport consumers across our great Australian landscapes. Here you'll enjoy a guided tasting paddle of their award winning Gins and Vodkas.
For thousands of years, Indigenous Australians have been using native Australian flora as part of bush tucker. This includes extraordinary botanicals. The team at Beachtree Distilling Co. follow our ancestors by using ethical and sustainable methods to source and produce world-class products. And it shows, with them brining home gold in the 2022 World Gin Awards.
Each Beachtree product tells a story through its aromatic native botanicals. Not only are native Australian botanicals bursting with tasty flavours, but they also provide many health benefits for us too. Often referred to as ‘superfoods’, they contain tons of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Using these native botanicals, along with classic gin ingredients such as juniper berries. The base spirit used in our tasty gin and vodka is made from certified organically grown sugar cane. No pesticides, no chemicals and harvested with sustainable practices.
Each bottle displays an intricate, hand-drawn illustration of an Australian animal and the botanicals that inspired the creation of the gin. From the bush to the bottle, enjoy the aroma and taste that transports you on a journey to the Australian bush.
Duration: 9.30am - 2.30pm
Departure: One Saturday per month. Check website for availability
Maximum guests: 11
All participants must be 18yrs +
Tours run with a min total of 4 people
Bush tucker tastings and education
2hr cultural cruise on Mooloolaba Canal with lunch
Gin tasting paddle and information
My Dilly Bag:
1hr introduction to bush tucker, tastings and information session
Time to shop
Saltwater Eco Tours:
2hr cruise down Mooloolaba Canals on 114yr old ship
Story telling, entertainment and bush tucker canapes
Beachtree Distilling Co.:
Guided craft spirit tastings
Time to shop
Door to door pickup and drop off
Gift bag with water bottle, tour booklet, pen, mints and inclusions from each venue
Experienced local guide