COLEAMBALLY TOUR PROGRAM
All tours run on demand when staff are available.
Please give as much notice as possible of your wish to take a tour.
You MUST wear robust, fully enclosed shoes for every tour. We also recommend long, loose fitting clothing.
A variety of add-ons are available for these tours.
MEET A COLY RICE FARMER AND UNDERSTAND THE INDUSTRY (3 hours)
Australian rice farmers are among the world’s most efficient. Visit a Coleambally rice farm, meet the farmer, and understand how they use soil, sunlight, water, machinery and scientific know-how to produce high quality crops.
Meet a farmer, observe a rice crop, learn of their business operations including use of machinery and technical know-how. See how irrigation water is managed to maximum efficiency
This tour runs on demand between 1st November and 1st May, the rice growing season.
The tour can be conducted at any level from industry technical/professional down to primary school.
Fee: $490.00 for 1 to 4 people. Larger groups by negotiation.
MEET A COLY JUJUBE HONG ZAO OR CHINESE RED DATE FARMER AND UNDERSTAND THE INDUSTRY (3 hours)
Used extensively in Chinese cuisine, but also eaten as a fresh fruit, Hong Zao (Chinese Red Dates – or Ziziphus jujuba, if you must!) is somewhere between an apple and a pear when eaten from the tree. Prickle Hill Orchard has been growing Chinese Red Dates commercially since 2010, employing organic chemical-free techniques.
Visit the orchard, meet the growers and see how they add value to their clean, organic produce including hong zao, plums and a variety of other fruit and vegetables. Learn their marketing methods. Taste their product and perhaps purchase some to take home with you. You won’t be disappointed!
Morning or afternoon tea is included in the price. Travel in your vehicle or ours.
Fee: $470 for 1 to 4 people. Larger groups by negotiation.
MEET AN OLIVE PRODUCER AND UNDERSTAND THE INDUSTRY (2 hours)
The Coleambally district features good drainage, cool winters and hot, low humidity summers – perfect conditions for the perfect olive!
For long an essential part of the health-giving Mediterranean diet, olives for table, for oil, for tapenade, for leaf extract and even for decoration have become important in Australian cuisine in recent decades.
This 2 hour program introduces you to an experienced commercial grower and retailer of olives and olive products. Visit a grove of different varieties of olives, learn of the health giving benefits of olives and learn something of the different taste sensations that different varieties offer.
After registering, meet at Yarrow Park Winery/Olives. No further travel is involved.
Fee: $195.00 for 1 to 10 people. Larger groups by negotiation.
MEET A COLY MIXED CROPPING FAMILY AND UNDERSTAND THEIR INDUSTRY (3 hours)
Visit a family, observe their farming operations and gain an understanding of how their lives revolve around seasons and other factors important to success of their business enterprise.
What crop is that, why is it grown here, now, in rows or not in rows; when was it planted and how; what pests and diseases must it be protected from and how; when will it be harvested and how; how is it stored and why that way; how many processes must it pass through before we find it on shop shelves?
Morning or afternoon tea included in the price. Travel in your vehicle. Pets on leashes allowed.
Fee: $500 for 1 to 4 people. Larger groups by negotiation.