I’m parked on the Bruce Highway, about an hour north of Townsville.
It’s nonetheless early, however the Queensland air has settled round me like a heat blanket as I sit in my automotive and wait. I’m right here to research a neighborhood establishment, the Frosty Mango, and I’m sitting straight throughout the highway. Caravans roll previous, tyres buzzing on the bitumen as they make their means north. Tractors trundle alongside, hauling cane farming implements. There’s an countless stream of vans.
Eventually, it’s time. It’s 9am and the doorways have opened to the public.
Almost immediately, the automotive park fills up. You must surprise the place all of them got here from, and the way they knew to drag over at this exact minute, however clearly the Frosty Mango’s status precedes it. I squeeze in between two 4WDs, navigating my means by automobiles, utes, caravans, and even an APT explorer tour bus. It’s June and tourism is again on North Queensland’s Cassowary Coast.
Frosty Mango is inconceivable to overlook, with a cheery bow-tie carrying mango statue out the entrance. It has a broad smile, with two large palms waving howdy, and virtually immediately an orderly assortment of parents gathers at his ft able to pose for selfies. (Guilty as charged – how may you resist?)
It’s a stunning day, the form you see on postcards of the space. The solar is thrashing down and there’s not a cloud in the azure sky. The earth is lush and inexperienced, with all types of fruit timber bursting out of the wealthy soil in the show orchard. A fast stroll reveals mangoes – after all – in addition to bananas, lychees, kumquats, mulberries, guavas, lemons, and lots of extra.
For mango lovers, the menu is much more improbable than you might think about.
There’s toast with butter and mango jam. Mango pancakes, with ice cream, cream, and mango sauce. A mango muffin, with mango jam and cream. Mango trifle. Mango scones. Mango ice cream. (And a number of common meals like sandwiches, wraps, pizza, and salads for everybody else.)
And smoothies. My goodness, the smoothies. Having stayed in Townsville for the weekend, a variety of locals had beneficial the Frosty Mango smoothies. One particular person even advised me that college college students would drive one hour every means (a 142km spherical journey), simply to get their palms on a cup of the fruity, creamy deliciousness. The large query is whether or not it was price the hype?
Short reply: sure. Long reply: it’s the best smoothie I’ve ever tasted.
First of all, the smoothie is chilly, which instantly make me look on it favourably.
On prime of that, nonetheless, all the fruit used is sun-ripened and harvested straight from the 550 timber out the again. It’s a quintessential paddock to plate expertise, and the full flavours imply you actually can style the distinction. Paul Mercurio, of Dancing With The Stars, visited some time again and his video continues to be proudly displayed on the web site’s dwelling web page.
Perhaps it was best summarised by this quote: “Jeez it’s good.”
Frosty Mango has been in enterprise since 1989 and it’s simple to see why it’s turn into a neighborhood icon. It’s at the intersection of Queensland’s moist and dry tropics, which makes it lower than an hour to every of the Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforest, outback desert, or the city centre of Townsville.
Worth the detour? No journey to North Queensland could be full with out it.