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The Saffron Trail 

Discover the secrets of ‘Red Gold’ in this amazing behind-the-scenes tour.

Meet the local Orange producers and appreciate why saffron is the world’s most expensive crop.


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Meet Angela, a passionate local saffron farmer.

lady and man holding saffron flower


Pick your own saffron and learn to strip and dry the stigmas.

lady drinking saffron tea


Enjoy saffron tea and a lamington as you discover more about this amazing spice.


Take your handpicked saffron home to enjoy.

In a very special paddock to plate experience, you will learn how our prized saffron crops are grown and harvested, enjoy saffron tea and take your own handpicked saffron home.

Your saffron tour includes:

● Behind-the-scenes tour of farm
● Private transport in our comfortable air-conditioned tour bus
● Friendly, local guide
● Saffron tea and snack
● Saffron to take home (up to 500mg)
● Saffron recipes

This is a seasonal tour. Dates for 2022 will be released via our newsletter.

Visit Argyle Australian Saffron for recipes and to purchase saffron.

  April 2022 – sign up for our newsletter for tour dates

  7 am to 9.30 am

  4 to 7 guests

  Departs from Visitor’s Centre in Byng St

  Saffron tea and snack, fresh saffron, on-farm experience, recipes

  $110 per person


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What a great experience

I was fortunate to tour with Nicole at Country Food Trails to Argyle Saffron Farm at Lidster. We were able to pick our own saffron and while doing that it was apparent what it labour intensive process it is for saffron producers and completely understandable why it is quite expensive. 

Would thoroughly recommend the Argyle Saffron tour with the lovely Nicole at Country Food Trails.

Bev Williams

Unique, Immersive and Fascinating Tour

A big thank you for organising our trip to Angela’s saffron farm, what a treat! We really loved meeting the person behind the product – to meet with Angela and hear the story behind her farm and the passion she has for her work was just wonderful. We were able to glean a tremendous insight into what goes on to produce those little specks of gold and why they are so special.

Thanks so much Nicole for this unique, immersive and fascinating tour.

Tracy O’Hearn

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Meet Nicole

Nicole Farrell is the founder of Country Food Trails and has been an Orange local for most of her life. With years of experience taking small groups on textile safaris of India and Morocco, Nicole knows how to plan a tour that's fun, flexible and filled with exciting hands-on experiences.

If you're looking for a down-to-earth food and wine tour of Orange, join Nicole on one of our signature tours, or let her design a fully customised private tour.

A focus on sustainable agritourism

At Country Food Trails, we're committed to practising sustainable tourism and running zero waste tours. We use cloth napkins and reusable containers, cups and cutlery. We'll happily take home food scraps to feed to our chooks.

As part of our commitment to reducing food waste, we've partnered with Love Food Hate Waste. We also contribute to Greenfleet to offset our carbon emissions. 


To help reduce waste, please:


  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag
  • Recycle any packaging


Is this tour suitable for children?
No, adults only. 
Is this tour available in 2021?

Our saffron tours are season and run in April each year. Join our seasonal newsletter to be the first to know when dates for 2022 are released.

What happens if it rains?
Wear a raincoat and pack an umbrella. The tour will go ahead! 
Where does the tour depart from?
The tour departs from the Orange Visitor’s centre in Byng St and returns there. We don’t provide individual pick-up/drop-off for this tour. 

Last-minute bookings

Got a question or want to enquire about last-minute availability? Call Nicole 0402 650 190