After breakfast at Kettles On Cafe, we were ready to begin exploring Tweed. Our first stop was Tropical Fruit World, a working farm that cultivates more than 500 species of exotic fruits. The subtropical climate and rich volcanic soils here makes the Tweed Valley (which is a volcanic caldera) an ideal location for growing an extensive range of subtropical fruits and nuts.
Visitors to Tropical Fruit World can buy tickets for a 2.5 hour fully guided tour which includes fruit tasting, plantation safari tour, boat cruise, fauna park, island recreation, and miniature train ride. There’s also free access to a fruit market, gift shop, and cafe.
Because of insufficient time, we did not experience the full tour. But we did get to enjoy the fruit tasting and plantation safari!
We went wild when these huge fruit platters appeared on our table! Many of these fruits looked familiar, but we’ve never seen or heard of their names before.
One of them is “rollinia“, which looks and tastes like a cross between custard apple and soursop. Another one looks like mangosteen, but it’s called “caimito” or “star apple“.
Then there’s this soft, creamy fruit called “black sapote” that tastes like a mild chocolate pudding. It tastes even nicer with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
With so many interesting and delicious fruits to sample, it was a truly an eye-opening and fun experience!
After sampling the fruits, we were taken on a plantation safari to see the farm. Of course, we only saw parts of it; the entire 65-hectare commercial farm would be too big for us to cover.
Along the way, we saw exotic fruits like giant avocados…
…and macadamia nut trees!
We even tried cracking open fresh macadamia nuts with a traditional crank. It’s not as easy as it seems!
Actually fresh macadamia nuts taste pretty good on their own though they’ve not been roasted.
We also saw various varieties of citrus trees, one of which was bergamot orange tree. This is the citrus that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive scent.
We have chiku or “sapodilla” fruit in Singapore and Malaysia, but never have I seen any that are so HUGE!
Yellow dragonfruit a.k.a. yellow pitaya.
We also sampled pomelo. So fresh and juicy! Pomelos are very rich in Vitamin C and are beneficial for our digestive system.
After our plantation safari tour, we went back to the cafe for a refreshing break. There’s a “design-it-yourself” ice cream bar, where you can pick your choice of fruits (frozen) and have them blended with rich vanilla ice cream.
Fresh fruit ice creams — so yummy!
Adjacent to the Plantation Cafe is a large Gift Market.
There’s a wide selection of jams, sauces, candies, chocolates, skincare, and toys to choose from.
The Tropical Passion range of jams, pickles, sauces and salsas are made from real farm fruits.
Don’t forget to check out the fresh Fruit Market next to the entrance.
There’s a good variety of seasonal fruits for sale, freshly picked from the orchards of Tropical Fruit World.
The next time I come to Tweed with my family, I’m definitely bringing my kids to Tropical Fruit World. They can see and touch fruits from all over the world, and get to sample them as well. This will be a fun and educational experience for all ages, not just young children.
Tropical Fruit World is only about a 15-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport.
Tropical Fruit World
29 Duranbah Rd
Duranbah NSW 2487
Tel: +61 2 6677 7222
Open daily except Christmas Day: 10am to 4pm (Qld time)
- Culinary Getaway in Tweed, Australia 2014: Flying to Gold Coast on Scoot
- Culinary Getaway in Tweed, Australia 2014: Breakfast at Kettles On Cafe, Kingscliff