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Just over an hour south-west from Cairns, Yungaburra is the first stop for travellers who've completed the spectacular drive up the Gillies Highway from Gordonvale. With its fresh air, great cafes and 28 heritage buildings, it's an enticing introduction to the charm of the Atherton Tablelands. There's good interpretation of the local streetscape, so take the time to stroll around, pick up the local history and check out the locally made arts and crafts.

The town itself is surrounded by the remnants of volcanic activity. Ask someone to point out the extinct volcanic mounds, the Seven Sisters, and then take a drive to the Crater Lakes of Barrine and Eacham. While they're often talked about in the same breath, the lakes have quite different characters. Barrine is smaller, with a quiet, almost Scandinavian feel (assisted by a delightful cruise boat and tea house), while Eacham offers large scale picnic facilities and is often very busy on a sunny day. Both however offer well interpreted walks which are worth taking the time to complete. The Barrine track at 6.5 kilometres is too long for many day trippers, so the fit nature lover has a good chance of a quiet time spotting the local wildlife.

On the way to Lake Eacham, take the Gadgarra turn-off to the Giant Red Cedar tree. Although the tree fell in cyclone Larry and is now lying on the ground, the size of it is still a spectacular site. Imagine the scale of the forests that once would have covered the rich dairy country of the Tablelands. Similar thoughts will no doubt come to mind when viewing another of the great Tablelands trees - the Cathedral Fig. It's well signposted off the Gillies Highway and has never yet failed to impress.

Yungaburra is also well placed as a base for exploring the considerable expanse of Lake Tinaroo. Boating, swimming, camping, bushwalking and fishing are all available on the dam. Try the 28 kilometres Danbulla Forest Drive around the lake and follow the signs to find the many lookouts, swimming holes and refreshment stops along the way.


Yungaburra: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Curtain Fig National Park

This park protects a small area of an endangered type of forest, called mabi forest, the local Aborignal (Ngadjon) word for the Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo. The large fig tree found in this park is unique because the extensive aerial roots, that drop 15 metres to the forest floor, have formed a 'curtain'. Starting from a seed dropped high in the canopy, this strangler fig grew vertical roots, which gradually became thicker and interwoven. Over hundreds of years these roots have strangled the host causing it to fall into a neighbouring tree-a stage unique to the development of this fig. Vertical fig roots then formed a curtain-like appearance and the host trees rotted away, leaving the freestanding fig tree. The tree is thought to be nearly 50 metres tall, with a trunk circumference of 39 metres, and is estimated to be over 500 years old.

Explore the elevated boardwalk that encircles the curtain fig, protecting the roots while allowing for uninterrupted views from all angles. Return at night to spotlight for the elusive Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo and other nocturnal animals.

Fig Tree Road
Yungaburra, QLD, 4884

Located 1.9K from Yungaburra

Curtain Fig Tree

The Curtain Fig National Park contains the renowned Curtain Fig Tree, an enormous strangler fig tree. Located a short drive out of Yungaburra, a small town in the Atherton Tableland, the giant tree has several aerial roots hanging down from its branches that look like curtains. It's over 500 years old and definitely worth a look! There's a short boardwalk around the base of the tree that is wheelchair accessible.

Atherton-Yungaburra Road
Yungaburra, QLD, 4884

Located 1.9K from Yungaburra

Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park

A clear, blue lake surrounded by cool rainforest, Lake Eacham offers swimming, birdwatching, canoeing, picnic areas and shady walking tracks, making it a popular recreation area with locals and visitors alike. Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Like Lake Barrine, Lake Eacham is a maar (a crater lake formed by volcanic explosions) surrounded by rainforest.

Take a refreshing dip then lounge on the grassy area near the viewing decks which offer uninterrupted views of the lake. Walk the 3 kilometre lake circuit track and look for musky-rat kangaroos, small marsupials which are active during the day, turtles and fish at the lake's edge and a variety of birds in the rainforest. Explore the fun 1.4 kilometre return Children's walk and learn about local wildlife. Paddle a kayak or canoe on the clear smooth waters of the lake. Ride your bike through the park on Lakes Drive, a winding sealed bitumen access road.

Lake Eacham Road,
via Gillies Highway,
6 kilometres south-east of Yungaburra
Lake Eacham, QLD, 4872

Located 4.2K from Yungaburra

Lake Barrine, Crater Lakes National Park

This popular park features a deep crater lake surrounded by cool lush rainforest. Lake Barrine, part of Crater Lakes National Park, is a maar: a crater lake formed by volcanic explosions. In several places, large bull kauri pines, a species that once dominated the tableland forests, emerge through the rainforest canopy.

Take the short stroll along the boardwalk to view the two giant bull kauris. Stretch your legs on the longer five kilometre walking track around the lake, pausing to admire the lake views. Look for rainforest animals, such as the colourful but cryptic Boyd's forest dragon, along the way. Take your canoe onto the lake and look for fish, turtles and waterbirds around the shallow reedy lake edges. Enjoy afternoon tea in the privately-operated teahouse. Lake cruises operate from the teahouse.

Gillies Highway
Yungaburra, QLD, 4884

Located 6.1K from Yungaburra

Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo is a very popular spot for swimmers, skiers, walkers, fishing (permit required), red clawing, ideal for picnics with barbecues available and has five camping areas located around the back of the dam in the Danbulla State Forest.

Tinaroo has developed into one of the shire's most popular tourist locations. It is one tourist spot that has so much to offer everyone. Enthusiasts in sailing, skiing, swimming, fishing, red clawing, bird watching, walking, are all attracted to this town. If you're looking to do something less active, take a relaxing stroll along the jetty to see the dam spillway or just relax at one of the many picnic spots in the area. You certainly won't be disappointed.

Tinaroo Falls Road
Lake Tinaroo, QLD, 4872

Located 7.1K from Yungaburra

Kairi Maize Silos

This cluster of concrete silos is the last reminder of the once vast maize industry initiated by the Chinese on the Atherton Tableland in the late nineteenth-century.

Maize was used for stock feed for the mining communities here and west to Irvinebank and in 1903 the area produced a third of Queensland's maize. The Kairi State Farm was established in 1912 to experiment in growing different strains of maize. Chinese farmers were displaced following the establishment of the post World War Two soldier settlement. However, the soldier settlement scheme was not entirely successful and the wet and humid climate led to fungal and bacterial conditions when farmers stored grain in their barns.

The Atherton Tableland Maize Board was formed in the early-1920s, and silos were built to improve storage and marketability. The silos were built by British engineer C. P. Kinninmonth using a revolutionary method known as slip-form concreting. Silos were also built at Tolga and Atherton. They were equipped with elevators, cleaning plant and driers manufactured by Sydney firm, Henry Simon Ltd. The silos were opened in November 1924. By 1936 a new management company, Athamaize, formed and the silos remained in use until the company's closure in 2002.

22 Godfrey Road
Kairi, QLD, 4872

Located 7.6K from Yungaburra

Malanda Falls Conservation Park

Surrounded by dense rainforest, the North Johnstone River tumbles over basalt rock that was formed by an ancient lava flow at Malanda Falls. The much-photographed picturesque falls flow into an artificial swimming pool in this popular park near Malanda.

Have a picnic and take a dip in the pool. Follow the easy one kilometre Tulip Oak walk beside the river and through the rainforest. Learn about the Ngadjon-Jii culture from interpretive signs as you walk along the track. Watch for platypus from the viewing platforms. Keep an eye out for secretive tree-kangaroos, sometimes seen here.

Malanda-Atherton Road
Malanda, QLD, 4885

Located 9.4K from Yungaburra

Hallorans Hill Conservation Park

This park, in the middle of the township of Atherton, protects eucalypt forest and a remnant of the endangered mabi forest on an extinct volcanic cone. The cone is part of the legacy of the Atherton Tableland's fiery geological past.

Enjoy the 1.4 kilometres walk to the top of Hallorans Hill or drive through the residential area of Atherton to the car park at the top of the hill. Enjoy the expansive views from the summit that showcase the tableland's mosaic of different land uses and geological formations. A council park adjoins the conservation park and provides barbecues, toilets, tables, play equipment, walking track and interpretive signs.

Dalziel Avenue
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 9.6K from Yungaburra

Yungaburra: Travel Tips

Yungaburra Visitor Information Centre

This Information Centre is situated right in the centre of Yungaburra directly opposite the iconic Lake Eacham Hotel. The modern Information Centre is open seven days a week, eight hours a day, and the friendly staff are ready and willing to assist you to enjoy your visit. They want you to leave better informed about their wonderful area, ready to enjoy a world class experience that you are sure to want to return to.

2 Kehoe Place
Yungaburra, QLD, 4884

Located 0.1K from Yungaburra

Malanda Falls Visitor Centre

The rebuilt Malanda Falls Visitor Centre, and its award winning modern building reflects the area's geological formations, and the connection to country, as seen through the eyes of the local Ndgaonji tribe.

The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is an accredited Tourism Queensland Visitor Information Centre within the Tablelands Regional Council area of Tropical North Queensland. In the midst of the renowned Crater Lakes and Waterfalls region, the Centre offers the full range of free visitor services and assistance from local volunteers.

The Centre is also an environmental education centre, with interpretive interactive displays on the cultural and natural history of the unique Tablelands volcanic region and its wildlife.

Indigenous cultural information is complemented by the Rainforest Dreaming guided walks through the adjacent Malanda Falls Conservation Park with Ngadjon man Drew Morta. Drew is the first indigenous accredited Wet Tropics Tour Guide, in the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Region. Guided walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, need to be booked in advance and offer visitors the opportunity to see the rare Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo, as well as discover traditional ways of the local indigenous people.

Malanda Falls is Heritage listed and offers safe family swimming and picnic areas.

132 Atherton - Malanda Road
Malanda, QLD, 4885

Located 8.4K from Yungaburra

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