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Local Area | Yungaburra |  The Atherton Tablelands

 

The Tablelands are always a few degrees cooler than Cairns and with plenty of things to see and do, it is a good destination to go exploring on a self driving road trip.

Lake Tinaroo

Tinaroo is a man-made reservoir that supplies most of the Tablelands communities and farms. It is also extremely popular for camping and watersports.

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Avenue of Honour

This beautiful memorial beside Lake Tinaroo is dedicated to soldiers involved in the conflict in Afghanistan. The avenue of flame trees is best seen in October-December when the trees are flowering.

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Platypus spotting

There are a few different places in the Tablelands where you can see platypus. One of the easiest is at sunrise or sunset at Petersen Creek in Yungaburra although it can get quite busy with all the bus tours.

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Curtain fig tree

The Curtain Fig Tree and Cathedral Fig Tree are huge strangler figs trees that are both thought to be about 500 years old. They are both within the last remaining remnants of a particular type of rainforest called Mabi Rainforest, which is almost extinct with only 4% left.

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Gallo Dairyland

Also close to Yungaburra, this is a great spot to pick up some delicious cheese and chocolate. There is also a cafe and a farm animal shed out the back, which is popular with children.

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Lake Eacham

One of two volcanic lakes, Lake Eacham is a fantastic place to go swimming in the summer. It has a pier and steps for easy access. There are also BBQ’s available.

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Lake Barrine

Also a volcanic lake, Lake Barrine has a walking track around the lake and optional boat ride. This is a good stop for Devonshire tea too.

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Herberton

Anyone with a fascination with Australian pioneering history with love Historic Village Herberton, which is essentially an open air museum.

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Mount Hypipamee

This massive diatreme is just one of the many volcanic remnants of the Tablelands. Find a stone, throw it in and wait for it to plop. Dinner Falls is also right nearby.

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Nerada Tea Plantation

Nerada has a cafe where you can drink the locally grown tea while overlooking the beautiful tea crops. This is also a good place to spot tree kangaroos.

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Misty Mountains

For those who enjoy exploring wilderness areas, head to the Misty Mountains for bird watching and hiking. There are several walking trails.

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Waterfall circuit

The waterfalls are probably one of the main drawcards of the Atherton Tablelands and there’s plenty of choice; Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie falls, Ellinjaa Falls, Stoney Creek Falls and Malanda Falls.

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Bird watching

Bird watching

With over 300 bird species due to the variety of habitats, the Atherton Tablelands are very popular with birdwatchers. Spots include national parks with lakes and waterfalls, as well as Hasties Swamp, Nardellos Lagoon, Bromfield Swap, Abbatoir Swamp and the Mareeba Wetlands.

Bush walking

There are lots of bushwalking trails around the Tablelands.