Nuts about macadamias!

​​​​​​Nuts about macadamias!

​​BUNDABERG

The family business, Macadamias Australia, has been built from the ground up with sustainability at the forefront. Starting with a small plot of uncleared land, a huge amount of effort, never ending faith and a lifelong commitment to each other, they continue to carry on their family values of conscious farming.

Macadamias Australia’s legacy was founded in 1958 by Ron and Marion Steinhardt, the first generation of the family to cultivate and care for what was then a small patch of land in beautiful Bundaberg. Today, the family’s second and third generations continue to run the now fully vertically integrated family business.

Ron and Marion initially nurtured the farm to grow peanuts, corn, sugar cane and a variety of vegetables. Later entering large scale production of tomatoes and zucchinis, eventually supplying to major supermarket chains throughout Australia and New Zealand. It was in 2004 when the first macadamias were planted, and the magic of growing the native nut began.

For almost a decade, the family envisioned creating an interactive macadamia tourist experience at their beloved home farm. After nurturing the land for over 60 years, they truly valued their custodianship and what it took to produce quality macadamias. In 2021, the Visitor Experience Centre and Orchard Table Café opened and began welcoming guests to enjoy a truly sensory experience as they wandered through the array of information about Australia’s native nut, from seed, to tree, to table.

Customers visiting the shop at Macadamias Australia

Customers being served at the Macadamias Australia shop

​Macadamias Australia is committed to a clean and green future, continually innovating its farming and processing practices and improving its energy efficiency while minimising the environmental impact. With decades of experience and careful consideration behind a sustainable approach to farming, the team literally works from the ground up – from soil regeneration, growing, production, pollination, harvesting and transport to product care and storage – caring for the environment is at the heart of every part of the business.

The newly launched Orchard Tour provides visitors with a guided walk- through of the original orchard of Macadamias Australia and the Visitor Experience Centre, learning all about the origin of the macadamia nut, how they are planted, harvested, processed, and packaged. Then taste buds are satisfied with samples of various macadamia flavours, as well as a tasting plate from the in-house macadamia inspired café, The Orchard Table. Guests can even get their hands dirty cracking macadamia nuts in the orchard rows and watching the in-house chocolatier at work in the chocolate coating room. Visit between August and October, and you’ll get to witness the trees in bloom, with sprays of beautiful pastel yellow flowers draping along all the trees!

​Owner and Director Janelle Gerry said, “we hope visitors leave feeling proud to support the macadamia industry, knowing it’s a native Australian product that can be grown sustainably using regenerative farming methods.”​​



Images courtesty of Tourism Australia.

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