About the Farm
In 1978, Robert and Diane Stewart purchased 23 acres of land from Diane's parents to become the 3rd generation in their family to farm the hills of Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast. Following their dream to farm the land in an area close to the sea, they planted banana trees. In the late seventies, the prices of bananas dropped due to the large productions of new plantations in North Queensland. Soon they realized that they had to change to another crop to make a living and support their growing family.
Robert decided to try growing avocadoes not knowing if the trees would adapt to the climatic conditions of the Tallebudgera Valley. He planted nearly a 1000 Hass Avocado trees on the hills of the farm and that was the beginning of a long learning journey. During the years Robert and Diane learned all about growing, picking, packing and selling avocados.
Today approximately 60 percent of the land is still planted with Avocado trees of the Hass, Sharwil and Reed varieties, which produce in excess of 50 tonnes of avocados per year.
The skin care range came about as after years of intensive farm work using hand machinery, Robert developed calcifications and dryness of the skin of his arms. Looking for a cure to his skin condition, multiple creams, soaps, and remedies were tried to find little relief. One day he decided to use the avocado oil from his avocadoes on the skin of his arms. After a few weeks, the skin on his arms started to improve, until it was finally looking healthy and moisturized. Avocado oil was the only treatment that helped him improve his skin condition, reason why he decided to start producing the avocado soaps.
Robert and Diane Stewart introduced the soaps to their local farmers and arts & crafts markets. Including the Palm Beach-Currumbin Market, Coolangatta Market, Burleigh Heads Market, Broadbeach Market and Helensvale Market. Giving the opportunity to thousands of Gold Coast customers the opportunities to experience the health properties of the Essential Oils in our range of soaps. For the past sixteen years, R&D Stewart have been selling the avocado soap exclusively at the Gold Coast and Brisbane markets (under “Robs Avocado Soaps”).
In the year 2016, the soap range was redeveloped under Tally Fresh and more recently 2019 as Avo Inspirations to enable the same handmade, high standard, natural avocado soaps from the farm in Australia direct to you online.