When you visit the Daintree Ice Cream Company, your taste buds will be surprised and delighted by the exotic ice cream flavours.
Situated in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, you will blown away by the sweeping green vistas, colourful native wildlife and bright blue skies.
But that’s not all that’s on offer.
There are many surprises to be found on our 22 acre tropical fruit orchard, that make us very different to your typical ice creamery.
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There are many different reasons why we really are no ordinary ice cream company, but here’s our top five.
#1 Guests enjoy a FREE Orchard Tour
It’s not often that you get to enjoy exotic fruit ice cream under the very tree where the fruit was organically grown.
Yet when you visit the Daintree Ice Cream Company, that’s exactly what you’ll do.
With over 15 species of rare and exotic fruit trees on the property, you really can taste the flavours of the Daintree rainforest.
Ice cream is served in our Signature Cup, featuring four unique, fresh flavours. These change as and when the fruit is in season, depending on what tastes best, to ensure you’re delighted every time you visit.
Many visitors ask why they can’t choose the flavours, but this is to ensure we always deliver the best taste experience, and work with the natural fruit seasons.
Our focus on working with Mother Nature, and seasonal fruit cycles, leads us to number two.
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#2 We focus on sustainable farming
After a decade of guiding rainforest tours and working on the Great Barrier Reef, owners Dave and Jenna were looking for a business where they could combine their passion for conservation and sustainability.
By switching to organic farming and reducing nutrient runoff, Dave and Jenna were able to transform the property into a sustainable venture. They began planting native ‘companion’ plants to fix nitrogen and ‘sacrificial’ plants to stop pests eating fruit crops.
Revegetation to create habitat and food for native wildlife, along with corridors for transitory species was another major step in their transformation of the property.
Once the transformation of the property was complete, they continued to work towards a zero waste business. They did this by introducing sustainably sourced compostable ice cream cups, reusing these as compost to support the next season of organically grown fruit.
As business owners, Dave and Jenna are passionate about using this pristine land holistically, to contribute to a better understanding of rainforest ecosystems.
#3 The Exotic fruit Ice Cream is actually Gelato
Our home grown fruit is the centrepiece of each unique ice cream flavour. But what you may not know, is that our ice cream is actually gelato!
When Dave and Jenna purchased the property, they threw everything they had into learning about the craft of making ice cream.
Specifically, they learnt that the process of making gelato delivered a much creamier, and more intense ice cream flavour. This is because gelato contains more milk than cream, and so can freeze at a much lower temperature. As we use organically grown fruit, the cooler and more intense flavour that gelato brings allows us to hero the exotic flavours without adding any packet mixes.
In order to ensure we had the best ice cream in the Daintree, Dave and Jenna ensured the commercial kitchen underwent a massive refurbishment. This included buying a top of the range, hand-built gelato machine to make sure that our ice cream is the best it can possibly be.
This investment and careful consideration of how we create our ice cream has helped to refine, perfect and deliver the very finest quality ice cream, gelatos and sorbets possible.
See how we make our banana gelato here.
#4 We are invested in conservation
With only 11.5% of the Australian landmass classified as a protected area, our incredible Australian wildlife desperately needs our help to survive.
This is why private landholders with a concern for wildlife protection are in a unique and important position to make a very real contribution to conservation. We have a responsibility and an opportunity to make a real difference to our pristine rainforest and adjacent coral reef ecosystems.
Not only do we organically grow fruit to create deliciously exotic ice cream, but a portion of our land is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary for orphaned macropods.
Owners Dave and Jenna are registered wildlife carers, rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned native wildlife like wallabies and red-legged pademelons. After the animals are rehabilitated, they’re released into the Daintree Rainforest. Whilst our rescued wildlife are not for public display, as their successful release back to the wild is our top priority, you can follow us on Instagram to get the inside scoop on their recovery.
#5 No car no worries! Take a full day tour with FREE ice cream!
If you’re planning to take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest and you’re thinking of stopping by, we’d love to see you.
However, not all tourists are lucky enough to visit with a car.
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If you don’t have a car, why not take a day tour of the Daintree rainforest and joy a delicious signature 4-scoop ice cream at the same time?
Daintree Wonder Tours can offer you a day to remember, with a local and experienced guide that includes:
- A visit to the Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation
- Crocodile cruise across the mighty Daintree River
- Panoramic coastal views from Alexandra Lookout
- Sumptuous morning tea, tropical restaurant lunch and exotic fruit ice-cream for afternoon tea
- Refreshing swim/paddle in a secluded Daintree rainforest setting.
The tour departs from Port Douglas at 7:15am and returns at approximately 5:00pm, and you can book your spot here.