where are they now?

Where are they now?

Here's a list of bushfood firms I compiled back in 1999. The list wasn't exhaustive even then and I have removed individuals - but I'm still am amazed at just how many different firms were involved in the industry back then. Are there more today? Fewer?

Here's a nice little exercise for your quiet moments - work out how many of these firms are still around.

I'll post the answers in the next week or so...

Alpine Bush Foods



(Australian Native Bushfoods Industry Consortium, I think!) Defunct



Aroma Australis

Still have a mention in the Toowoomba local page http://www.toowoomba.ido.com.au/entry.php3/5/292

but their link (http://www.aromaaustralis.com.au/) doesn't work

Auntie Myrtle's Spice Factory & Bellinger Valley Bushfoods

Contact: Maree Blewitt
Phone: 66552073

Region: Mid North Coast
Locality: Bellingen

Email: maree@midcoast.com.au

Australian Bush Flower Remedy Society - BACH


Australian Bush Prods


Australian Native Food Resource Development


Australian Wild Rice


Australian Aromatics


Australian Botanical Prods


Australian Bush Foods & Products Co-op


Australian Bush Products


Australian Bushtucker Wines


Australian Gourmet Wildfoods


Australian Harvest Bushfoods


Australian Native Foods Management


Australian Native Plant Industries


Australian Natural Tucker


Australian Tropical Native Food Industries


Australian Tropical Native Foods


Baddaginnie Bush Foods


Bandicoot Nursery


Basically Wild Edible Art


Beh Enterprises


Bibbawarra Blooming


Birmunda Herbs


Blue Gum Fine Foods


Bunya Mountains  Eco  Tourism

Bush Berry Farm


Bush Garden Native Plants


Bush Nuts Native Nursery


Bush Tucker Plant Nursery




Bushlife Native Nursery


Cherikoff the Rare Spice Co.


Coen Regional Aboriginal Corp


Daley's Nursery


Davo Group


Diemen Pepper


Dinkum Fare


Dreamtime Oils




Earth Farm Native Produce


Emu Bottom Bisquits


Essences from the Australian Bush


Eva's Place


Finger lime group


Flamin' Bull Bushtucker Restaurant


Forbidden Fruits Nursery


Four Seasons Organic Orchards


Freshzest Pty Ltd


Future Fruits


Gilston Native Nursery


Good Oil


Goozeff Seed


Goozeff Seeds


Grandpa Tuckers


Green Farmhouse






Hank's Jams


Herbsorganic Bushfood


Hinkler Farm


Joliffe's Outback


Kareelah Bush Nursery


Kullanteenee Bushtucker


Lacewood Jams


Lahnlea Quandongs


Lenah Game Meats


Lizotte's on the Bay


Local Focus Native Tours


Local Native Flora


Longreach Bush Tucker


Macadamia Plantations of Australia Pty Ltd


Maleny Dreaming

 Makers of tea - business sold. Seems to be gone.

Matilda Fresh Foods


McMillan's Backdoor Bakery


Melbourne Indigenous Seedbank (GA)


Milligans Gourmet Gallery

Hard to find - mentioned in Austrade document of 2004.

Minjaroo Native Seeds

 Nothing on net

More than a Morsel (Kadjunga)

 Nothing on net

Mother Nature's Bush Tucker

 Now closed.

Mt Tara Bushfoods

Elizabeth & Brian Blakeman
Lemon Hill Farm - Wairewa via Nowa Nowa 

Phone: 03 51557383
Fax:     03 51557383
Email: lemonhill@net-tech.com.au

Approx. 20 species in plantation format & hydroponic setting.Monitor growth to identify species suited to E. Gippsland. Will sell produce direct or via co-operative to restaurants or manufacturers. Currently use produce ourselves in tourism.

Mudgee Native Food Growers Group

 Only old mentions on net


 Brian King has gone back to 'working in the city' - but he plans on returning.

Native Foods SA

A mention in

and that' s about it.

Native Harvest

Website gone but they still manufacture exquisite native jams. Under new owners at 

Shed 4 14 Lawyer St Maleny QLD 4552;
Tel: (07) 5499 9255

Natives Naturally


New Directions

www.newdirections.com.au – essential oils

Nindery Nursery wsale

Can't find  it anywhere *

Nindethana Seed/Gondwana Seed


Norfolk Punch


'Ooray Orchards'

Still registered but can't find

Peppermint Ridge P/L


Prickles Cafe

408 South Terrace , Fremantle  Postcode :

Phone :

(08) 9336 2194

Quorn Quandongs P/L


Bob Lott
Level 11
68 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: + 61 8 8223 1450
Fax: + 61 8 8223 6568
Email: bob@venuetix.com.au

Raymondo's Gourmet Pizza Still serving pizzas with native ingredients:

Islander Resort, Thomas St, Noosaville, Qld

07 5442 4944


Red Dog


Reedy Creek Nursery


Rhys Freeman Native Plants


no mention of his business but he gets a page (above) in the Aus Plants Society web site

Riberries Restauarant

Can't find it

Robins Bush Foods



Seem to be gone

Samarian Goods

ASIC listing “RMVD”.

Sandalwood Research Newsletter


Santalum Australia

Can't find this firm but will keep hunting - last contact was Elizabeth Gordon-Mills, Magill, SA

Serendipity Ice Cream


Shoalmarra Quandongs


doesn't work but his last contact details were:

Ben McNamara Owner & Manager QUANDONG Grower & Marketer 

PO Box 21, Tumby Bay, South Australia 5605

Southern Vales Bushfoods

 and www.tmorganics.com/living_art.conmap

Southern Vales Bush Foods Inc.

Contact Ben Lethbridge, tel. 8383 6181
Ewa Jones, tel. 8388 7360

Sunshine Tropical Fruits

Still around but seem to have dropped their bushfood range

Tambourine Mountain Distillary


Tanamera Bushfoods

Hunt Road, McLaren Flat, South Australia, Australia 5171
Phone: (08) 8383 0374
Fax: (08) 8383 0374

Tarnuk Bushfood & Flowers

Gil & Meredith   Freeman
PO Box 274
Korumburra VIC 3950
03 56598238
03 94167150

The Essential Ingredient


The Food Forest


very permaculture oriented - not so much about bushfoods anymore.

The Fudge A'Fare

The Fudge A'Fare - Lutana, TAS
13 Athol Street
Lutana TAS 7009




The Gourmet Gum


Now trading as Lloyds Gourmet Condiments

The Pharmaceutical Plant Co

Only mentioned in very old sites

Tjuringa Emu Products


Reesville Rd, Maleny,

Queensland, Australia. 4552.

Phone 05 00561444 - Int +61 500561444

Fax 074639 2333

Mobile 0409 061 444

Email : tjuringa@bigpond.com

Toad Gully Growers

still around, but promoting Paulownia, which is not a native.

Toona Essential Oils



Top End Seeds

Top End Seeds
PO Box 86, Nightcliff NT 0814
Contact: Marj King
Tel: (Aus 08)(Internat 618) 8985 6885
Fax: (Aus 08)(Internat 618) 8985 6456
Email: topendseeds@octa4.net.au



Tuckombil Native Foods



Walkabout Foods

Listed in this article: http://www.tmorganics.com/living_art,conmap,1950
Also here: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/programs/nativefoods4.html.

Waratah Mt  Pepper


Warrigal Foods of Australia


Wild About You Bushfoods


Wild Harvest (Taylor Foods)


Wilderness Foods

This is worth chasing up as Peter was one of the real pioneers. Peter established the original Wilderness Foods plant nursery in the 1980’s

Peter Hardwick

Mentioned here:  www.earthwise.org.au/bushfoods.html

Also here: www.home.iprimus.com.au/michellejbailey/recipes.htm

Willamba Wirra Bushfoods

Still registered but can't find online

Willow Creek Farm


Lyn Whiteman 

33 Fiddlewood Drive

Freeling SA 5372

Zhora's Delights

I'm chasing her up as I think she's still around - makes the best 'Davidson fruit strap' in the world!


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