Enjoy a day of sunshine and sparkle with a visit to four of the Sunshine Coast’s best drinks venues. Experience a demonstration and tasting at a champagne-style cider company, followed by a tasting at the Sunshine Coast’s amazing meadery (yes, it’s a word) and a delicious locally-sourced lunch at a boutique brewery or as an alternative, an elegant two-course lunch overlooking the Noosa River. Finish up a relaxing day with gin tasting at another of our choice Sunshine Coast’s superstar venues, a combined distillery and brewery, followed by a visit to Noosa Natural Chocolate Co.
We’ll pick you and your group up from a location of your choice bright and early and welcome you aboard our comfortable, COVID-safe minibus. We’ll drive you in air-conditioned luxury through the Sunshine Coast’s pretty scenery to our first stop, the small and cosy Cellar Door at Sunshine Coast Cider. Here you’ll learn about the cider-making process directly from the maker and enjoy sampling some of the champagne-style cider that’s made on-site.
Next, it’s a short drive through the spectacular scenery of Noosa’s Hinterland to the alternative town of Pomona, nestled at the foot of Mt Cooroora. You’ll be welcomed to an amazing boutique meadery – the Amrita Park Meadery. Mead needs honey, so you may see some honey bees buzzing around the beautiful gardens. You’ll find out more about this fascinating, ancient beverage – and taste a few, of course!
You’ll have worked up an appetite so we’ll pop you back in the minibus for the short drive to the relaxed, trendy ambiance of the Copperhead Brewery, Cooroy, or Pier 11 Noosa Marina. Enjoy a delicious lunch and time to rest and digest before we head off back through pretty scenery to the Fortune still at Land & Sea Brewery, which produces vodka and a white malt as well as a range of iconic gins, not to mention Craft Beers.
The last stop of the day is at the Noosa Natural Chocolate Company, a family-owned business based in the gorgeous Sunshine Coast, Australia. The Company was founded back in 2008 with the vision of providing delicious chocolate-covered snacks that are also naturally good for you.
There’s plenty of time for you to enjoy a tasting before we round you up for the short drive back to your chosen drop-off location late afternoon in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus with Bluetooth connectivity for your choice of music
Pick-up & drop-off location as requested
Pick-up time 9.00 am Drop-off 4.30 pm
We hope you’ve had a decent breakfast to line your tummy as you’ll be tasting a wide variety of what some of the Sunshine Coast’s best breweries, cider makers & distilleries have to offer! Your Drop of Sunshine adventure starts in the morning when our experienced driver will welcome you aboard our comfy, COVID-safe minibus. Seatbelts on, music on (your choice, of course!) and it’s off to your first stop, the bijou Cellar Door at Sunshine Coast Cider.
Sunshine Coast Cider’s founder Martin is a fifth-generation cider maker originally from Switzerland, where his family made farmhouse cider in massive barrels underneath their house. Now he’s brought his expertise to the Sunshine Coast, and his specialty is méthode traditionnelle cider, better known as champagne-style cider. Martin and his team will welcome you with a glass of brut+ cider, and you’ll enjoy a tour of the Cidery, a demo of the making process and, of course, a tasting od Sunshine Coast Cider’s core range of cider and perry.
Mid-morning we’ll round you up and pop you back into the minibus for the 30-minute drive through pretty scenery up to Pomona, nestling at the foot of Mt Tinbeerwah in the Sunshine Coast hinterlands. Pomona is a community popular for its alternative lifestyle so it’s no wonder it’s a centre for artisan distilleries, organic produce, Slow Movement champions, and all that kind of loveliness.
We’ll stop at the warm and welcoming Amrita Park Meadery, set in beautiful grounds abuzz with honeybees and ablaze with flowers. There are well over 50 species of native plants and it’s part of the Land For Wildlife Program. Founders Andy and Nicola make award-winning mead from locally sourced ingredients, using the methods passed down to Andy from his late granddad Poppo.
And, just a heads up, mead isn’t necessarily sweet – it can be fermented bone dry, too! You’ll discover how mead is made, and the fruits and spices that give each mead its character. And, of course, you’ll enjoy a tasting of Amrita’s most popular meads.
Copperhead Restaurant Brewery in Cooroy is part of the new wave of Brew Pubs – a brewery with a real focus on quality food & beer made for consumption on-premise only.
Enjoy a 1-course a-la-carte lunch with full restaurant service. An extensive wine list and a fully stocked bar are also available, making Copperhead a great choice for your lunch. If beer is more your thing, Copperhead Brewery is a small batch bespoke brewery, with an ever-changing stable of beers to accompany your lunch.
If you’re a foodie, you’re in for a treat as the two-course lunch with a glass of wine or beer is at one of Noosa’s highly rated restaurants, Pier 11 – Bistro, Restaurant & Functions is spectacularly located at the Noosa Marina perched overlooking the Noosa River.
The stylish and warm decor of the main restaurant offers diners a picturesque waterfront setting for all dining occasions. The River Lounge offers a great place to take in the endless river views and the natural surrounds. A waterfront setting unmatched in Noosa.
After lunch we’ll chivvy you back into the minibus for the scenic drive back to Noosa for your next experience, the Fortune Distillery at Land & Sea Brewery. Well known for its craft beer, the Fortune is the brewery’s little secret. The Fortune team uses local ingredients to produce a range of fine spirits – vodka and a white malt as well as medal-winning gins and rum.
As the last stop of the day, you’ll visit Noosa Natural Chocolate Co where you will hand-pick a luxury choice of premium chocolate to take home with you to enjoy in your accommodation or back home. Australian Grown Strawberries Coated in Premium Milk Chocolate or Blueberries Coated in Premium Milk Chocolate, the choice of flavours is endless to list.
Noosa Natural Chocolate Company uses only the finest ingredients in all of our Gluten-Free premium chocolate products. Delicious snacks that are filled with real fruit and packed with anti-oxidants then coated in dark, milk, or white chocolate. With so many varieties available, you know what that means right? There is something for everyone!
By late afternoon, it’s time to say goodbye to the Noosa Natural Chocolate Co, as we head back to your chosen locations for drop-off late afternoon.
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