Just minutes from the centre of Ballina, discover the original home of tea tree. This magical and unique tea tree plantation welcomes visitors 7 days, allowing you to explore the plantation and discover the healing properties of tea tree, first used by our indigenous ancestors.
Entry to Thursday Plantation is free. When you enter through the cafe, make sure you take the time to watch the short movie in the theatre on how the family got started to be the first to commercialise tea tree, it is really fascinating. Today it is an international success with distribution of its products all over the world.
The whole property is relaxing, the large open spaces and interesting gardens give you the feeling that you are a long way from anywhere. Enjoy the walk through the small pocket of rainforest that was saved in the 1840 – 1880’s from destruction. It is a lovely example of the rainforest that blanketed the whole region.
GET LOST IN THE MOMENT
The tea tree maze is a lot of fun, so let the kids explore while you sit and enjoy the shade under a magnificent fig tree or sample the wonderful range of herbs growing throughout the gardens.
TROPICAL & TRANQUIL SETTING
The verandah Café serves morning and afternoon tea and lunches daily. The Devonshire tea is a lovely treat, beautiful fluffy scones and a loose leaf pot of tea or fresh local coffee is delightful on the verandah overlooking the gardens.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
All the wonderful products that are made on-site are available to try with free testers. There is also a wide variety of essential oils and some great factory door specials. This is a great place to pick up your natural health care products.