Atherton Tablelands tourism icons feature in new national podcast

Atherton Tablelands tourism icons feature in a new national podcast series – Drive your own adventure – which shines a spotlight on Queensland’s regional tourism hot spots along popular road trip routes.

The 30-episode series, presented by Ingenia Holidays and featuring Skybury, Mt Uncle Distillery and David Hudson the Indigenous Edutainer, broadcasts ‘behind the scenes’ insights from tourism operators and local tourism identities to a growing audience of eager listeners, with 22 percent of Australians now listening to podcasts, up from 18 percent last year.

Ingenia Holidays Chief Operating Officer Nikki Fisher said the series would add something unique to the current podcast landscape.

“The podcast airwaves are full of people recounting travel stories, but this series gets up close and personal with many of our region’s favourite tourism operators as well as some of the ‘hidden gems’ that are well-known locally, but lesser known to the broader market,” Ms Fisher said.

“With more and more people listening to podcasts, we’re finding that people are using them as a tool to help plan their holidays, and for people on the road a lot – like road trippers and caravaners – a podcast is the perfect way to do that holiday research en route.”

Ms Fisher said the choice to feature Atherton Tablelands tourism operators and personalities on the podcast was easy, given the uniqueness of the area and healthy tourism market – with domestic visitors to Tropical North Queensland up five percent to two million visitors in the year ending March 2019, according to data from Tourism and Events Queensland.

“The Atherton Tablelands are uniquely Far-North Queensland – nowhere else can you take the Kuranda Scenic Railway, visit the spectacular Barron Falls and learn about the many destinations of cultural significance to Indigenous Australians,” Ms Fisher said.

“The podcast features Skybury Head Roaster, Candy MacLaughlin, who tells us about operating Australia’s oldest coffee a plantation in the rich Atherton food bowl, and world-renowned Indigenous Edutainer David Hudson who shares stories from his past – including the time he found himself playing digeridoo for Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando.”

The first instalment of the podcast series is now available at or via free download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud or Stitcher, with a second instalment of podcasts featuring New South Wales destinations to be released in the new year.


Full list of podcast episodes – by region


  • Cairns Aquarium
  • Blazing Saddles Adventures
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Reef Restoration Foundation
  • Tjapukai Cultural Park
  • Tourism Tropical North Queensland
  • Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

Atherton Tablelands

  • Mt Uncle Distillery
  • Skybury Tropical Plantation
  • David Hudson Indigenous Edutainer

Innisfail and surrounds

  • Paronella Park


  • Undara Experience

Fraser Coast

  • Tasman Venture
  • Hill of Promise Winery
  • Fraser Explorer Tours
  • Fraser Coast Tourism & Events
  • Hervey Bay Dive Centre
  • Bargara Brewing Company
  • Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay


  • Mary Valley Rattler

Sunshine Coast and hinterland

  • Your Mates Brewing Company
  • Sea Life Mooloolaba
  • Maleny Dairies
  • Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
  • Tourism Noosa
  • Ingenia Holidays Rivershore


  • Experience Co. Adventure Tourism
  • Caravan Life – Ken and Lorraine Martin
  • Caravan Life – Janice and Rex Drane