Natalie Gruzlewski went to Port Douglas in Queensland's north to meet a well-known local character and legend. His name is Grub and he's been riding motorbikes for more than 40 years. He describes himself as a jack of all trades and he's just purchased a bright yellow and gleaming chrome trike and started his own tour business.
Grub takes between four and five personalised tours a week to a variety of locations tourists don't usually see. Local knowledge goes a long way and Grub's tours go off the beaten track. Some of the roads are pretty rough, but Natalie felt quite comfortable and safe with the wind in her hair.
Grub and Natalie headed into the Whyanbeel Valley, 25 minutes from Port Douglas. The scenery is stunning and you pass tropical fruit orchards, sugar cane fields and rolling beef cattle country. There's also a historic memorial to the Japanese bombing raid in 1942.
Further on from the sugar town of Mossman is a stop at High Falls Farm, Grub's favourite lunch spot. Set on a tropical fruit farm, it's surrounded by lush rainforest and its timber deck overlooks Whyanbeel Creek which winds through rainforest. The farm grows more than 70 varieties of fruit which is used in many dishes.
After a wonderful lunch it was back on track to another of Grub's favourite spots. Natalie had to agree that the views from the top of the Rex Range would be hard to beat anywhere in the world.
Another different place to visit is Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. The Woodall family makes award-winning wines from very dry to ports. They produce single-fruit wines which are not sweet and sticky. Fruit flavours are retained and the subtle flavours of mango, pawpaw, pineapple, ginger, lychee and other fruits are evident.
Their fortified wines are made from orange, grapefruit, purple mangosteen, lemon and jaboticaba. The black sapote port has a hint of chocolate and won a gold medal in the Cairns wine show. You're bound to want to take a bottle or two home.
Grub does Cairns airport pick-ups and drop-offs and even has a trailer for luggage. He'll take you on the ride of your life for half an hour or a full day. Just let him know what you'd like to see, or leave it up to him.
Port Douglas in Queensland's far north.
Grub's Personalised Trike Tours start at $50 for two people. They operate around Port Douglas for around 80-minute tours all year.
Virgin Blue has flights to Cairns.
One-way fares from:
- Brisbane $159
- Sydney $169
- Melbourne $209
- Adelaide $249
- Perth $340
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at April 1, 2010, and are subject to change.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Grub's Personalised Trike Tours
Ph: (07) 4094 1412
High Falls Farm Restaurant
Old Forestry Road
Miallo via Mossman 4873
Ph/Fax: (07) 4098 8231
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
417 Shannonvale Road
Ph: (07) 4098 4000
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