About Us

Floravilla Ice Cream

Betty Hinton Floravilla

Our Story

Betty Hinton

Founder of Floravilla, Botanical Artist & Master Ice Cream Maker

Established in 1982, FLORAVILLA is proudly operated by the original owner Betty Hinton and has become one of the Daintree’s favourite icons.

Initially, Floravilla was known for its famous Rainforest Scone however, as demand for Betty’s cooking increased, a licenced al fresco restaurant was opened & operated successfully for many years.

Since then, Floravilla has developed their main stay business of Biodynamic Organic Ice Cream which is made onsite and recognised nationally and favoured by many locals and visitors to the region.

Floravilla takes great pride in offering delicious and unique ice creams using only the best biodynamic and organically produced ingredients.

We’ve has received some wonderful compliments. A while ago an Italian visitor spent several hours at Floravilla enjoying some five or six ice creams – I recall. Enquiring, I discovered he was in fact an ice cream maker from Italy. Praising Floravilla ice cream as the nicest he had ever tasted! He then wrote out a precious family recipe for vanilla ice cream dating back 200 years. We continue to use this recipe in our Vanilla Classic ice creamBellissimo.”

Visitors to Floravilla Ice Creamery can choose from over 60 flavours of ice cream (depending on season) featuring exotic fruits and local produce.

Located centrally on Cape Tribulation road in the Daintree Rainforest, the lush tropical gardens of Floravilla provide an ultimate place to relax and enjoy your ice cream.

Made the good old fashioned way - with all natural ingredients, no artificial flavours, colours or additives!

Betty Hinton

Botanical Art

Betty is also a world renowned botanical artist inspired by the incredible flora and fauna of the ancient Daintree Rainforest surrounding Floravilla.

Betty has had 13 solo exhibitions at major centres in eastern Australia, several commissions for 12 picture calendars, book illustrations and book dust jackets. By invitation Betty exhibited in conjunction with the Ellis Rowan Exhibition at the Cairns Regional Gallery where her paintings were hung with works by Robert Tucker and Sydney Parkinson. Parkinson was Capt Cook’s botanical artist.

Betty’s illustration of Idiospermum which was purchased by Dr. Shirley Sherwood was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. The exhibition was labelled by the Smithsonian as “Masterworks by the finest 20th Century artists”.