Our story is about taking some risks, doing things differently and having fun along the way. We aim to make a difference to regional Queensland and to Australia through innovation, value adding, eco- tourism and our premium product offering.
Our story starts in 2003 when Charley’s founders, Chris and Lynn Jahnke, moved from Melbourne to tropical North Queensland to escape Melbourne’s cold and unwind from their busy handbag business. We’d been visiting for several weeks each winter and had fallen in love with the region. After looking at many properties from Mackay and northwards to Cooktown, we purchased a 400 acre (160HA) property at Mt Edna near Mission Beach in the World Heritage Wet Tropics region of Far North Queensland, Australia. This is our Mt Edna property which Charley’s now calls home.
Mt Edna was a very run-down banana farm but we could see past it rough exterior to its decent infrastructure, good soils, gorgeous views, abundant rain, amazing flora and fauna and warm tropical climate.