ATHERTON TABLELANDS ATTRACTIONS

When staying at Limni House, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. This luxurious retreat has absolute water frontage on Lake Tinaroo, making it perfect for water sport enthusiasts, or just relax and unwind in the comfortable house and landscaped gardens.

Meanwhile, the Atherton Tablelands surrounds offer a plethora of things to see and do, some of which are listed below for your reference and convenience.

Yungaburra

YungaburraYungaburra Markets

This is the closest township to Limni House. This picturesque, historic village in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands has 18 heritage-listed buildings, making it the largest National Trust Village in Queensland. Many of the original buildings are still in use today, including the historic Lake Eacham Hotel and Yungaburra Chapel.

The Lake Eacham Hotel attracts visitors with its old world architecture and displays of historic photographs of the area’s early saw milling days. The interior of the hotel still displays its original magnificence, a showpiece of Federation architecture, using locally felled and milled timbers like cedar and silky oak.

The Yungaburra Village Chapel is now the oldest building in the Yungaburra Village. Originally built in 1901 in Atherton as the Methodist Church, it served the community for 60 years. It has recently been restored to its former glory in a traditional Queenslander-style, reflecting a simple yet elegant blend of old time charm and modern beauty. The Chapel now serves the community of Yungaburra as the ideal venue for wedding ceremonies, seminars, conferences, concerts and recitals.

A popular icon of Yungaburra is the Yungaburra Markets; these take place on the fourth Saturday of every month. They are the most popular markets on the Atherton Tablelands, boasting over 320 regular stall holders. They showcase the region’s produce, culture and crafts, selling everything you could imagine from homemade jams to hand-crafted outdoor furniture. The markets are held in the main park opposite the Lake Eacham Hotel from 7.30am to 12.30pm.

Curtain Fig Tree

Curtain Fig Tree

Yungaburra’s high profile landmark, the amazing Curtain Fig Tree, is only minutes from the village and is accessed by a short boardwalk from the sealed road. The tree is over 800 years old, stands 50 meters tall and spreads to 39 meters at the base. It’s located along the Curtain Fig Road between Yungaburra and the Malanda / Atherton Road. From the car park there is a 59-meter walk through the rainforest along a wooden boardwalk. The wooden boardwalk surrounds the tree so you can see it from any angle. There is also a large photo-taking platform, so don’t forget to bring your camera. An information board is present at the site to explain the origins of the tree.

Atherton

From its humble beginnings as a timber-getters’ camp and a staging post between the tin mines and the coast, Atherton has blossomed like its trademark jacaranda trees into a diverse, regional service centre, whose well-presented homes and streets are regularly featured in Australia’s Tidy Town awards.

Atherton Jacaranda

All the services you need can be found here: restaurants, parks, pubs, galleries and a large shopping centre. There are plenty of attractions to visit in and around the town including: Platypus Park and the historic Hou Wang Miau Temple, the Upper Barron School Museum and the Wongable Botanic Walk, with its 2.6 kilometre interpretative rainforest trail.

Crystal Caves is one of Australia’s best mineralogical museums, displaying its natural crystals, real fossils and specimens in a fantasy land cave in Atherton. Cave visitors are fitted with helmets that are equipped with lights and a catalogue of the crystals to be seen in the underground cave.

From Atherton, a historic steam train carries passengers on a 44-kilometre journey to Herbeton, travelling through wetlands and mountain ranges. The steam train stops for lunch in Herbeton, where the first tin was discovered in 1880, before returning to Atherton.

Milla Milla

Milla Milla Hill Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy

Millaa Millaa is situated in the heart of the most picturesque dairy county in Australia. This quiet, peaceful and idyllic village is made famous by its 17km long Waterfall Circuit, which includes the beautiful Millaa Millaa Falls.

The township features the historic cheese factory, an interesting timber and dairy museum and a number of sculptures including the Millaa Millaa Cow; a life size artwork that shows a cow, which doesn’t want to be put into the bails for milking. The farmer pushes her from the back, while she steps into the milking bucket.

Nearby is the Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy, which produces a variety of cheese and dairy products and has daily cheese tastings. You will also find the Gallo Cheese Centre in the area, which features homemade cheeses and chocolates and is a lovely place to stop for lunch.

A visit to Millaa Millaa should include a stop at the Falls Teahouse on the turnoff to Millaa Millaa Falls. The Teahouse is famous with travellers for their great coffee and homemade meals, including the very best meat pies in the area.

Just west of Millaa Millaa is the Millaa Millaa Lookout, which is probably the most popular lookout on the Tablelands, with 180 degree views from the north-west to the south-east, including the distant coastal areas of Innisfail and the volcanic peaks scattered across the Tableland.

Sweeping views can also be experienced along the roadways, including the much photographed Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest mountain, and the nearby tea plantations. Millaa Millaa is the access point for the 130km network of walks that form the Misty Mountains Trails.

Malanda

Malanda FallsMalanda's Majestic Theatre

The pretty town of Malanda is situated in the heart of the Tableland’s rainforest region, and is great for bird watching, bush walking and taking a cooling dip in the Malanda Falls.

Take a break at the historic Malanda Hotel – step inside for a cool ale! The kids may even enjoy a double movie in the old local movie theatre, The Majestic Theatre, which still features the canvas seats – an experience in itself. The Malanda Dairy Centre in the main street features an innovative ‘retro milk bar’ restaurant, while the girls may enjoy the quaint fairy shop.

The Malanda Falls Centre is a great place to start, with comprehensive information on the geological, cultural and natural history of the region. The centre’s volunteers provide local information and the guided rainforest walks are moderate, enjoyable trails where you are likely to see some of the local wildlife such as platypus and tree kangaroos.

The Malanda Falls are next door and provide perfect all year round swimming and picnicking, unless you wish to try out the Kangaroo Cafe which provides a selection of home cooked food.

At Glen Allyn Road, visitors can tour the Nerada Tea Estates in the shadow of Mt Bartle Frere. This is the largest tea plantation in Australia, and the visitor centre here provides tours and tastings.

Not far from Malanda is the extinct volcanic crater known as the Bloomfield Swamp. A roost to hundreds of cranes each winter, this is a must for birders hoping to see the enchanting, dancing displays of the saris cranes early in the morning, or their fly-in at dusk.

Tarzali

Nearby Tarzali has a terrific attraction in the Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre where you can buy the freshest fish possible! The park and its natural surroundings are a place for families and groups wanting to participate in activities such as platypus tours, fishing, learning about commercial aquaculture techniques, nocturnal tours and dining at the Smokehouse Cafe.

Mt Hypipamee Crater

Mt Hypipamee National Park, the Crater, Dinner Falls (45 minutes drive from Yungaburra)

A short 400m walk through the rainforest will bring you to the eerie volcanic pipe crater, where granite walls plunge 124m straight down to a water filled crater. Further down is Dinner Falls, a series of falls and slides down gleaming black rocks. This mountain stream later becomes the mighty Barron River. Mt Hypipamee is a great place for bird watching and nightlife spotting, with possums regularly seen (at night) from the car parking area.