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Lake Tinaroo


the Rainforest meets the Outback


ATHERTON TABLELANDS

Millaa Millaa Lookout

Millaa Millaa Falls

is so much more on offer from wildlife attractions, walking trails, river cruises, souvenir shops and artists’ galleries.

Lush rolling hills, abundant wildlife, rugged bushland, tropical waterfalls, impressive lakes, rich history, gourmet food and friendly hospitality sum up the Atherton Tablelands. Whether your passion is fishing, water skiing, bird watching, swimming, mountain biking, or stunning landscapes for young and old, couples, families and adventurers alike the Atherton Tablelands has it all. Plan to spend a few days exploring the diverse and interesting towns of Kuranda, Mareeba, Malanda, Yungaburra and Atherton or the smaller centres of Millaa Millaa, Tarzali, Ravenshoe, Herberton or Chillagoe. Tropical food and wine, bird-laden wetlands, lush dairy pastures, World Heritage-listed rainforests and stunning ochre savannah plains are all within driving distance of each other and create a unique journey and offer amazing experiences. Located in a world-heritage rainforest 1,000 feet above Cairns, lies the picturesque village of Kuranda, renowned for its delightful mix of quaint village shops, world-famous markets, colourful characters and natural beauty. Initially people come to admire the mighty Barron Falls, but there 4

Mareeba is one of the biggest townships on the Tablelands. Its history goes back to the gold mining era but these days over 70 per cent of Australia’s coffee crop is grown there. Check out some tastings and buy coffee products at a number of local coffee roasters and coffee plantations. Browse through Atherton’s quaint shops, enjoy a picnic at Hallorans Hill or learn about the Chinese history of the town. Nature-lovers and bird-watchers must check out Hasties Swamp, a seasonal wetland which has an annual cycle of wet and dry, attracting a range of resident and migrant birds. Yungaburra offers country charm with stunning landscapes and beautiful natural attractions. There is so much on offer, from the landmark Curtain Fig Tree, charming cafes, award-winning restaurants, galleries, quirky retail shops and the Avenue of Honour - a dedication to all who served in the fight against terror in Afghanistan. Lake Eacham is a beautiful place to relax and regenerate during your holiday. The famous crater lake, surrounded by tropical


Devonshire Tea, Nerada Tea Rooms

rainforest, has pristine blue water that is perfect for swimming. Visit Lake Barrine, another natural lake hidden in tropical rainforest. This water filled crater, was left by a volcano that erupted approximately 50,000 years ago. Experience a fully-guided boat tour of the lake and its creatures, have a swim, take a walk or grab some breakfast or lunch at the teahouse. The Atherton Tablelands is known for its adventure sports, and the best place to get the adrenalin pumping is at Lake Tinaroo where you can water ski, sail, swim and fish. Malanda is a small country town known synonymously throughout Tropical North Queensland with milk and cheese. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairying industry this small country town is home to Malanda Falls and is great for bird watching, bushwalking, and scenic drives.

Known as the village in the mist, Millaa Millaa is home to the Waterfall Circuit. The waterfalls in this area have been attracting visitors for over a century and are Queensland Heritage-listed. Visit Ravenshoe for its outlying areas offering spectacular scenery. At 930 metres above sea level Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland. There are fantastic craft shops and a high-quality art gallery which has been operating for years The pioneer town of Herberton has become renowned as a centre for bushwalking, mountain-biking and horse-riding. Check out the dynamic heritage village with its rustic old buildings and museums. The Atherton Tablelands’ rolling, paved country roads interconnected by quaint villages are just waiting to be explored. Don’t miss great places to swim, walk, hike and ride and other places of interest.

Located half-way between Millaa Millaa and Malanda is the small township of Tarzali. Stop off and camp for a night while enjoying the serenity without the hustle and bustle. Spend the day at the Australian Platypus Park, a great stop for families and groups wanting to view the elusive platypus. 5

Places to swim

Waterfall

Walk

Lookout

Hike

Canoeing

Mountain Bike Trail

Place of Interest


DRIVE ATHERTON TABLELANDS

Driving in Tropical North Queensland is an unforgettable travel experience and self-drive tours are the most popular way to see the best of what the Atherton Tablelands has to offer.

at your fingertips but check out pages 46-53 of this guide for some of the best driving trails on the Atherton Tablelands. Whether its history, wine, waterfalls, food or pubs you are into, this region has it all.

Hire a car, pick-up this handy guide and off you go. Get off the beaten track, explore and discover everything you want, all on your own schedule. It’s impossible to list all the choices you have with four wheels

For more information pop into one of the many accredited Visitor Information Centres across the Atherton Tablelands. The friendly volunteers are always happy to help. See the back page of this magazine for locations.

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CAIRNS TO

MAREEBA TO

Kuranda

27km

30 mins

Atherton

30 km

30 mins

Mareeba

62km

1 hr

Kuranda

44km

30 mins

Tinaroo

41km

35 mins

Yungaburra

Via Gillies Highway

68km

1 hr 15 mins

Yungaburra

45km

35 mins

Malanda

77km

1 hr 15 mins

Lake Eacham

52km

45mins

Lake Barrine

55km

45 mins

80km

1 hour 15 mins

Malanda

54km

45 mins

Via Kuranda

93km

1 hr 30 mins

Tarzali

64km

55 mins

Yungaburra Via Kuranda

Millaa Millaa

77km

1 hr 5 mins

105km 1 hr 35 mins

Herberton

52.8km 46 mins

Herberton Via Kuranda

Chillagoe

144km

1 hr 50 mins

113km

Chillagoe

205km 2 hrs 50 mins

Yungaburra

12km

15 mins

Tinaroo

20km

20 mins

Atherton

Via Gillies Highway

Atherton

1 hr 42 mins

ATHERTON TO

KURANDA TO

Malanda

20km

20 mins

Atherton

68km

55 mins

Lake Eacham

23km

20 mins

Tinaroo

74km

55 mins

Lake Barrine

24km

25 mins

Tarzali

29km

6 mins

Mareeba

30km

30 mins

Millaa Millaa

45km

45 mins

Herberton

19km 19mins

Chillagoe

160km 2 hrs 5 mins

Yungaburra

79km

60 mins

Lake Eacham

85km

1 hr 5 mins

Lake Barrine

87km

1 hr 5 mins

Malanda

88km

1 hr 10 mins

Tarzali

97km

1 hr 20 mins

Millaa Millaa

110km

1 hr 25 mins

NORMANTON TO

Chillagoe

178km

2 hs 15 mins

Karumba 7

72km

50 mins


KURANDA

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Located in the world-heritage rainforest 305 metres above Cairns, lies the picturesque village of Kuranda, renowned for its delightful mix of quaint village shops, world-famous markets, eclectic cuisine, colourful characters and natural beauty.

roof. A superb location for that perfect holiday selfie with a feathered friend. The mighty Barron Falls lures visitors from around the region and the world. Stop off at the lookout to see the most famous waterfall in Tropical North Queensland. The Falls are at their most spectacular during monsoon season when the Barron River is in full flood.

Kuranda is most famous for its markets, the Kuranda Heritage Market and the Original Markets. Here you will find locally designed and produced fashions; hand crafted jewellery; indigenous artists; leather products; masseurs; woodwork and gemstone specialists, as well as Tropical North Queensland’s best range of honey; local coffee; cafes; tropical fruits; coconuts and macadamia nuts.

After all that sightseeing and shopping you are sure to have worked up an appetite. Luckily enough there are a range of restaurants and cafes offering tropical taste sensations to suit everyone. There is so much to do in Kuranda so make sure you allow plenty of time to visit all the attractions and activities. If you run out of time there is a diverse range of accommodation to be found, whether it’s a cozy bed and breakfast, a motel, camping park, historic hotel, or a modern resort.

The Kuranda Heritage Market also features two native wildlife attractions. Visit Kuranda Koala Gardens where you can actually hold a koala or just observe them doing what they do best - eating sleeping and looking adorable. Get up close and personal at Birdworld with one of Australia’s largest collections of freeflying native and exotic birds under one

For more information on the area visit the award winning Kuranda Visitor Information Centre where dedicated volunteers can offer friendly advice. 8


DON’T MISS Stoney Creek Jumrum Creek Walk Kuranda Down Hill Barron Falls Barron Falls  orld Heritage W Rainforest

The best way to discover and immerse yourself in Kuranda is by combining Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway for one unforgettable adventure. Admire Australia’s World Heritage listed Rainforest from a truly unique perspective of as you glide just metres above the pristine canopy before descending to explore the forest floor. Take a complimentary Ranger Guided Tour at

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Red Peak Station. From the moment you step aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, you’ll enjoy a nostalgic and scenic journey. Travelling across 37 bridges and through 15 hand-carved tunnels, reaching heights up to 328 metres above sea level, you’ll marvel at the engineering feat. Passing steep ravines and lush vegetation so close you could almost touch it; see the impressive heights of Stoney Creek Falls, before a photographic stop at the grand Barron Gorge Falls.


Birdworld

Koala Gardens

Discover the friendliest and cutest Australian wildlife at Koala Gardens and Birdworld, located right in the heart of Kuranda village.

around, are species from the vanishing rainforests of the world, including some of Australia’s most precious and beautiful birds.

Kuranda Koala Gardens gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia’s most unique wildlife up-close, including wallabies, gliders, quokkas, wombats, lizards, snakes and freshwater crocodiles. The new ‘Aussie Bush Collection’ is a delight for photographers.

There are brilliant amazonian macaws, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos and many more. The Finch Aviary is also home to a range of rare and colourful endemic species. Naturally landscaped with waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants, Birdworld replicates the natural habitats of almost 60 species that roam this unique rainforest immersion exhibit. It is truly a photographer’s delight.

Take the opportunity to cuddle a koala and receive a great souvenir photo. Check out the Nocturnal Wonders exhibit including bilbies, northern bettong and the rare mahogany gliders. Right next door is Birdworld Kuranda, a free-flight walk-through exhibit allowing visitors to interact with a spectacular collection of birds from Australia and around the world.

Don’t be surprised to find a feathered friend taking a ride on your shoulder. If a bird happens to land on you, take the greatest selfie of all time, to show friends and family back home. There are bags of feed available for purchase at the front desk to give you an even greater opportunity to interact with the various species of birds.

Birdworld boasts a large and very colourful collection of native and exotic parrot species. Join the birds in their beautiful rainforest habitat. Flying 10


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EXPLORE KURANDA

Explore Kuranda

COME FOR A STROLL THROUGH OUR VILLAGE RAINFOREST Located in the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest, 330 metres above Cairns, lies the picturesque village of Kuranda. Renowned for its delightful mix of quaint village shops, world-famous markets, colourful characters and natural beauty, Kuranda is one of Tropical North Queensland's must-see destinations. Come for a day, or stay for the weekend, and take a stroll through our beautiful village in the rainforest. Drop into the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre for travel information, maps, brochures, tour bookings, information on the local area as well as the whole Queensland region. Part of the centre houses an interpretive corner showcasing a unique display of Djabugay Artefacts, touch table, and cassowary display.

P 4093 9311 visit www.kuranda.org #kuranda


Kuranda Heritage Markets

Rainforest View Restaurant

Open every day from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with a wide range of stalls offering locally-produced souvenirs, art & craft, jewellery, gemstones & clothing. Also featuring native wildlife attractions Koala Gardens and Birdworld, as well as a choice of tasty food from the renowned Frogs Restaurant. 2/4 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda

Tropical Dining. Air-conditioned - Open Deck - Licensed. International Cuisine, Seafood, Grill, Pasta, Pizza & Light Meals with Friendly Service. Ideal place for the perfect meal with the perfect view. 28 Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9939 www.rainforestview.com.au

Ph (07) 4093 8060 www.kurandamarkets.com

Opal Time

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Glide just metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls Rainforest Stations. Arara Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4038 5555 www.skyrail.com.au

With over 50 years’ experience in opal mining, opal cutting and jewellery making, Opal Time are committed to bringing you the best opals Australia has to offer, sourced directly from the opal mines. 5c Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph 0434 992 741 www.opaltime.com.au

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Birdworld

This is the only attraction in Kuranda Village where you can actually HOLD a koala (extra cost). Experience all the most popular Australian animals.

The largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia. 500 in all from around the World. Wander through this lush, tropical aviary. Hand feeding and photo opportunities.

At the Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9953 www.koalagardens.com

At the Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9188 www.birdworldkuranda.com

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Emu Ridge Gallery

The Australian Bush Store

Two storey high, unique Dinosaur Skeleton, fossil and gemstone museum, gift shop, gemstones, crystals and jewellery. Located at the Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets - look out for the big Dinosaur out the front! Free Admission.

Browse in this quaint Queenslander for souvenirs with a difference and clothing for men, women and children of all ages. Open 9.30am - 4.00pm 7 days.

7-11 Therwine Street, Kuranda Ph 0408 728 711 emuridgegallery@bigpond.com.au

17 Therwine Street. Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 8850 www.australianbushstore.com.au

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre

Ceti Bath Shop

Visit our dedicated volunteers for friendly advice on where to stay, what to do or just chat with a local. As well as information about Kuranda attractions, Wet Tropics and National Parks information and free WiFi.

A local business specializing in their own brand of plant based and essential oil soap, as well as other bath products including a range of natural skincare.“Products suitable for every body.� Shop 4 / 25 Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph: 0428 643 117 cetihandmadesoap@bigpond.com

OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM TO 4PM Ph (07) 07 4093 9311 info@kuranda.org

Rainforestation Nature Park

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Award-winning, offering three unique experiences. Board an amphibious World War II Army Duck for a rainforest tour, watch the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience traditional dance performances, and visit Australian animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park. Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda Ph (07) 4085 5008 www.rainforest.com.au

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia, home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies including the blue Ulysses and majestic green Cairns Birdwing. Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 7575 www.australianbutterflies.com

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WHATS ON

Music events include the Tablelands Folk Festival, while food festivals celebrate the local tropical produce. Experience the thrill of a Wilderness Bike Tour. Marvel at outback stockman skills at a rodeo or delight in the sheer quirkiness of events like the Great Wheelbarrow Race, a tribute to the region’s pioneers.

September

5–19 Torimba Festival It is a celebration of Tourism and Timber. Ravenshoe www.torimbafestival.com.au

11 Kuranda Easter Festival Kuranda

13 Tableland Regional Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition Atherton

18 Art Exhibition. Floating: From Rainforest to Reef Tableland Regional Pop-up Gallery, Atherton

15 – 17 McDonald’s Great

19 Tablelands Food Safari Atherton

19 Malanda Hotel Wine & Food Evening Malanda Lodge Motel, Millaa Millaa Rd, Malanda 21–23 Cardiac Challenge Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation fundraiser. www. cardiacchallenge.com.au 28 Diner en Vert at Lake Barrine Culinary Journey & Cultural experience www.rainforestbounty. com.au/events

25-27 Tablelands Folk Festival. Yungaburra

November

Early November Malanda Bullride. Malanda 8th–10 The Barra Bash – Tinaroo tinaroobarrabash.com.au

Laura Dance Festival

July 2020

11–12 Mareeba Rodeo Mareeba

29 Ooray Plum Family Picnic at Rainforest Bounty www.rainforestbounty. com.au/events

December

Octocber

31 New Year’s Eve Street Party - Herberton

4 Old Post Office Gallery Exhibition Opening – Happy. Atherton

Wheelbarrow race www.greatwheelbarrowrace. com/

June 2020

2–29 Wallaby Creek Festival FDamily-friendly music and arts festival. Home Rule Lodge, Cooktown

1 Tastes of the Tablelands One-day festival showcasing the produce of the Tablelands. Atherton

May 2020

6 Christmas on Byrnes Byrnes Street, Mareeba

April 2020

24 – 26 Undara Outback Rock & Blues www.undara.com.au 4–5 Yungaburra Triathlon Yungaburra

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August 2020

8–9 Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc Ride Mount Carbine


MAREEBA

Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Start your day on a high, in Mareeba, by watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands in the silence and romance of a hot-air-balloon. Enjoy the 360-degree panorama, before coming gently back to earth.

Granite Gorge Nature Park

area’s vastly rich and truly fascinating history. Just inside the Centre is a small shop with a gift range to suit all needs. Visitors can find local crafts and produce, souvenirs, books on the region’s history, cowboy hats and even a pair of thongs. Finish up at the Mareeba Heritage Coffee House and enjoy the very best local produce in a charming and comfortable setting.

No trip to Mareeba is complete without stopping in at the Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre. The Museum is host to a wide variety of incredible exhibits that allow visitors to learn more about the local

For those fascinated by natural marvels, the Granite Gorge Nature Park is an

EXPERIENCE Whether it’s a picnic, a cool dip or simply admiring the cascading water over granite; Emerald Creek Falls is a destination for many. A moderately graded walk through the Dinden West Forest reserve will bring you to the picturesque location ideal for one of those famous 300-days of Mareeba sunshine. 16


DON’T MISS Davies Creek Lamb’s Head/ Kalilphalin Rock Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park Emerald Creek Falls The Seven Sisters Volcanic Craters

unforgettable spectacle. Volcanic activity has forced up huge boulders where you can spot and feed the Wallabies. Like no other place in the world, this awesome landscape stretches as far as the eye can see.

when it served mainly as a railway and communications centre for the mining, dairying, farming and beef industries which opened up the region towards the end of the 19th century.

Mareeba is the largest town on the Atherton Tablelands and has developed as a major multicultural centre. It boasts a total of 64 different nationalities which call it home. Mareeba’s history dates back to the gold-mining days

If you happen to be in town towards the second half of the year don’t miss out on two of this area’s major attractions, the Mareeba Rodeo (July) and Mareeba Multicultural Festival (August). See more information on page 15 of this guide.

EXPERIENCE Set amongst the Dinden National Park, Davies Creek offers a plethora of activities and sites for all types of visitors. The creek flows over the granite landscape into a swimming holes surrounded by picnic areas, purpose-built mountain bike trails amongst a thicket of picturesque eucalypt woodland. 17


ATHERTON

Main Street, Atherton

farmlands and rolling hills. This popular attraction includes picnic and barbecue facilities, children’s playground and walking track. The ideal times for the best views are early morning or late afternoon when you can watch the sun set or rise.

Atherton is an historical town with an easy pace located in the middle of an area that boasts some of the most picturesque driving in Australia. Like Mareeba, Atherton serves the outlying farming communities, but it is also a thriving hub.

Just outside Atherton is the last timber and iron Chinese temple in Australia, the Hou Wang Temple. Donated to the National Trust of Australia in 1979, the temple has undergone meticulous conservation of its unique, historical integrity. Locals and tourists alike can explore and appreciate the significance of its Chinese cultural heritage. Featuring a full display of cultural artefacts, it will engage and educate the whole family

Nature lovers and bird watchers will enjoy a visit to the Nyleta Wetland Bird Hide at Hastie’s Swamp National Park. Home to more than 230 species of birds, it includes a two-storey Bird Hide overlooking the wetlands within the 56-hectare Nyleta Wetlands National Park. Hallorans Hill Lookout is an ideal spot for a barbecue or picnic, watching the sunset or just enjoying the view of the surrounding

EXPERIENCE Accessed via the Rifle Range road is the level four graded Mount Baldy Hike. The challenging walk (1.5 hours return) takes you to the 1109m summit which offers views over Atherton and the neighbouring Tablelands landscape. Dogs are permitted within the park. Those looking for an extended route beyond Mt Baldy, Yabi mountain can be traversed on the descent or from the beginning of the route closer to the top of Rifle Range road adding another 1.5 hours to the trail. 18


DON’T MISS Stoney Creek Mount Baldy Atherton rail Trail Dinner Falls Halloran’s Hill Hasties Swamp

Hasties Swamp

No visit to Atherton is complete without stopping at The Crystal Caves in main street. Visitors are offered an interactive tour of a truly unique museum. Rockhound Rene Boisseavain has built 300m2 of tunnels and grottos to house his collection of crystals and fossils. You can explore at leisure, see, touch and feel the ancient treasures of earth.

on what was once a site of social and religious significance for the region’s pioneering Chinese community. Discover the beautifully preserved artefacts within the temple as you are guided by passionate volunteers who are brimming with facts and information about this exceptional property. It is said to be the only existing temple dedicated to Hou Wang outside of China.

If you want to peer into a 44 million-year-old prehistoric bubble, you can do the crack a geode experience. You choose your own geode and the giant cutter will crack it into two neat halves, revealing the thousands of glittering crystals inside. Understanding that no one has ever seen the beauty that lies hidden within these geodes, created by nature millions of years ago, is a thrill indeed.

Located in the cultural arts precinct on Robert Street, the Tableland Regional Gallery was opened in 2008. This facility showcases the diverse artistic talent found on the Atherton Tablelands and has a regularly changing exhibition schedule of local artists’ work and travelling exhibitions in three gallery spaces.

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galleries

David Stacey

The range of art and artefacts they create are on display in the many shops and stalls in Kuranda Village and Kuranda Arts Co-Operative Gallery. The art is affordable as there are no middleman fees. It is inspiring to meet the artists in their galleries and watch in wonder as they ply their craft, the sounds of a didgeridoo player and birdsong wafting over the bustling village in the background.

By David Maguire The Atherton Tablelands has a rich tradition of art and craft, from the rainforest environs of Kuranda across the region to Atherton and beyond. In the many surrounding and outlying villages, there are smart and quirky galleries and stores, community markets and stalls offering the works of local painters and craftspeople. The touchstones of these art communities are also traditional exhibition spaces. In Atherton there are three galleries and Kuranda has its free-standing Arts Co-operative building. Both the towns and their many communities are hosts to stores that sell a diverse range of art and craft. It consists of the aesthetic and artisan, the big and small, figurative and folksy, quirky and graphic.

To drive home the message that “art, heritage and culture matters” in Kuranda, there is a public art streetscape trail around the village that steps visitors to 26 community artefacts. The brochure hails the art ethos of the village. “Kuranda, with only 2% of the Far North Queensland population, is the lifestyle home to 16% of the region’s artists,” it says.

The art and craft ethos of Kuranda on the northern Tablelands is distinctive to the area. It has been nurtured and evolved from a decades-old culture of clusters of painters and artisans who have escaped to the lush surrounding rainforest environment where privacy, coolness and calm inspire their work. They paint, weave, potter, chisel, cut, sew and blow in home studios and markets to create unique pieces of craft. Their numbers also include master wood workers, jewellery designers, photographers and Aboriginal artists. 20

The Arts Co-operative Gallery is a good place to get a taste for the many different items produced by local professional artists. A stroll through the village and market then opens your eyes to the variety of art sellers and underscores the fact that art differentiates Kuranda. Look out for David Stacey Gallery, Terra Nova Gallery, Peter Jarver Gallery, Doongal Gallery, Australis Art Gallery (mostly local and high-end), Didi La Baysse Art Studio and Gallery, and stalls at both markets selling authentic and high-end Aboriginal art.


3 must see galleries Operated by the Tablelands Regional Council

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Josie Lowerson

A dynamic arts community also thrives and fans out from Atherton in the southern Tablelands region, inspired by the natural beauty of wide, rolling pastures, bountiful crops, bustling villages and a deep cultural history.

THE TABLELAND REGIONAL GALLERY 112 Main Street, Atherton. Tuesday to Friday 10am–4pm Saturday 10am–2pm

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Artists, potters, photographers, sculptors and teachers create artworks that capture the true heart of the Tablelands. Their works evoke the core agricultural and mining roots and small community ethos of the always unique and often awesome landscapes and rural neighbourhoods. The pulsing community heart of the Tablelands is rendered by the skills of painter, potters, sculptors and photographers, among others, and proudly displayed for discerning art lovers and buyers.

THE OLD POST OFFICE GALLERY Tuesday to Friday 1oam–4pm Saturday 1oam–2pm 86 Herberton Road, Atherton

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The hubs for displays of art and craft are Tableland Regional Gallery, the Old Post Office Gallery at Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum, and Foyer Gallery, all in Atherton. They are touchstone venues for local lovers of art and regular visitors to town from surrounding regions, interstate and overseas. Exhibitions are constantly changing and include works by local artists, travelling exhibitions, and school and community groups. They have multiple display areas and maintain a constant schedule of new exhibitions.

THE FOYER GALLERY Monday to Friday 8.30am–4.45pm 45 Mabel Street, Atherton

Tablelands Regional Council www.trc.qld.gov.au/lifestyleleisure/arts-and-culture/


Fronds Gallery and Cafe

Annette Tranter, Malanda

Pink Agate, Crystal Caves, Atherton

Arts Co-operative Gallery

These have included works done by Malanda ceramic artist Annette Tranter, painter and mixed media artist Louise Taylor, and a collaborative exhibition of artworks by Josie Lowerson and Bek Honeyman. As well as the three main galleries, art is offered in eclectic shops whose decor and ambience are often a work of art in themselves. These can be found by avid art aficionados in Malanda, Yungaburra,

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Herberton, Tolga and points between and beyond. At Artistree gallery they want to share their passion with you for high quality, beautiful, handcrafted items at very achievable prices. They represent a varied mix of artists, creative talents who work in wood, wire, clay, oils, pastels, glass, stone, felt, photography – just to name a few. You will find this inspirited and creative gallery in Yungaburra.


Artistree, Yungaburra

Kuranda artist David Stacey is acclaimed for his fine art interpretations of the beauty and diversity of the region’s landscape. He arrived in Kuranda about 38 years ago “just slightly after the first wave of hippies.” David has started doing “public painting” at the retail outlet that he cobrands with photographer Ric Steininger and has noticed the different dynamic it has created among customers.

Artistree, Yungaburra

For something completely different, drop into the Crystal Caves in Atherton. This large rockshop offers natural treasures from all over the world. The passion of one tablelands local character, Rene has been an avid rockhound since the early 60’s. Whether you choose to take a self- guided tour through the museum or not, the shop itself has an impressive range of crystals, jewellery, homewares, gemstone carvings and natural crystals to choose from.

He does it “a couple of days a week” and has needed to adjust to the extra layer of insecurity attached to being on show. He says this “isn’t necessarily a bad thing and can be used to push yourself forward.” Among the positive outcomes of this new approach are that he has had “ many good raves with people.” “Kids are the most curious, and that blows me up because I realise I am still a kid,” he says. “I relate to them more than I do to adults and it’s really nice. You know that saying, the creative adult is the child who survives. They are the most interested.” The Europeans are appreciative of David’s work and he finds the Japanese are visually astute and like his spare and fine works. “I just try to do the best I can and hope to god that it sells,” David says as he notes the art market is changing in line with competition from other media. 23


BIRD WATCHING

Lesser Sooty Owl

If birdwatching is your passion you have come to the right place as the Atherton Tablelands’ 327 bird species attract global awe and attention. Twelve bird species are endemic to the region. The diverse range of species is due to the variety of surrounding habitats including riverine, wetland, woodland, rainforest, grassland, agricultural

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and parkland. Birding tours are available across the Atherton Tablelands including at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges. October to April are the hotter and wetter months, but also the time when migrant species arrive from Papua New Guinea, including the beautiful Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Channel-billed Cuckoo and Common Koel. Many birds such as Noisy Pitta are also breeding at this time of year and are easier to observe as they search for food. During the cooler, drier, winter months (May to September) the Victoria’s Riflebird species are displaying and winter breeders such as the White-eared Monarch can be easier to see. During this period, Brolgas and Sarus Cranes are also found on the Tablelands feeding on agricultural fields.

If you are early risers, enjoy the morning chorus of bird song. Listen for the whip-crack call of the Eastern Whip Bird or the eerie cry of the Spotted Catbird or the morning melody of the Chowchillas. During the night you can listen for the unusual “bomb falling whistle” call of the Lesser Sooty Owl or the call of the Boobook Owl.

Top birdwatching spots include the dry regions of Mt. Molloy and Kaban, the wetlands of Mareeba, Nyleta, Hasties Swamp, Nardellos Lagoon, Bromfield Swamp, Abattoir Swamp, the National Parks of Mt Hypipamee, Crater Lakes, Davis Creek, Barron Falls and Wongabel State Forest. 24


MOUNTAIN BIKING

Biking Tablelands

Mountain Biking is another way to experience the stunning beauty of the Atherton Tablelands, and this region offers some of the best mountain biking and road cycling trails. The refreshing tropical climate and unspoilt natural scenery provide ample opportunities all year round to get active and explore this unique region of Australia. Mountain bike trails are built to world-class standards and nature trails through World Heritage areas provide experiences you will never forget. Whether your preference is road riding or mountain biking, recreational or competitive riding, the Atherton Tablelands has something for riders of every skill level. Enjoy tailor-made tracks and parks, the thrill of rides of all distances and hill tracks through the epic landscapes of the outback and wet tropics. Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park is a network of flowing trails, winding along the slopes of the Lamb Range. This park includes lengths and grades suitable for all riders. The Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park is a network of purpose-built, single-track

bike trails located in Herberton Range State Forest. Trails meander through an open forest of gums, bloodwoods, mahoganies, she-oaks, grasstrees and cycads and some of the trails pass former forestry experimental plots of teak, blackbutt and tallowwood (eucalyptus) trees. The trails have been built to international standard with Atherton having hosted many large events over the years, including segments of the Croc Trophy, the Subaru Australian Marathon Championships and many local events such as Elev8 and Bike Fest. Bike hire, guided cycling tours, and repair services are available across the Atherton Tablelands. For more information drop into one of the information centres in the area. Always be prepared and follow these tips to ride safely. Wear appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your cycling abilities. Be aware of road crossings and give way to vehicles, while maintaining at least 50 metres between riders. To safely alert horses, slow right down and talk hearing a human voice helps a horse stay calm when a bike appears suddenly. 25


YUNGABURRA

Heritage Buildings, Yungaburra

Step back in time in Yungaburra and enjoy village pleasures. Yungaburra Village is largely unchanged since its settlement in the early 1900s, with many of the original buildings remaining. Eighteen of them are heritage-listed, the highest proportion outside of regional centres in Queensland. There is so much to discover in this small village. From exploring the several art and craft galleries, grabbing a bite at one of the many cafes or restaurants, picking up a gift or souvenir at one of the quirky shops or exploring nature by boat, on foot or in a kayak. Bushwalking is the ideal way to encounter the wildlife of the surrounding area. A network of easy and moderate walking tracks leads through wetlands, rainforest, scrub and lakeside paths. The twokilometre Peterson Creek Walk follows a

creek that runs at the edge of town. This is a great walk for bird-watchers and is also where you can spot the occasional platypus and tree kangaroo. The Yungaburra Heritage Walk is a self-guided trail, approximately three kilometres long. Pick up a guide from the Visitor Information Centre and learn about all the heritage listed-buildings and sites in Yungaburra. Platypus viewing on the edge of Yungaburra village, at Peterson Creek Platypus platform, is a great place to see these shy creatures in their natural habitat. The best viewing times are morning and dusk. You can drive and park at the viewing area or take a pleasant stroll from town. Nearby Tinaburra is popular for water sports, offering a boat ramp and areas for

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DON’T MISS Lake Eacham Peterson Creek – Wildlife and Botanical Walking track Tinaroo Creek Road Hill Climb Curtain Fig Tree

Yungaburra Hotel

water skiing and jet skiing. This is where the world’s largest barramundi fish are caught! Call in to the Visitor Information Centre, located in Yungaburra Village, where friendly volunteers will be happy to help you with general tourist information, what’s on, where to go, maps and specific information on the area.

There are many natural attractions in the beautiful countryside surrounding Yungaburra. The rolling green hills, crater lakes, waterfalls, and lush rainforests and pastures are a legacy of volcanic origins. The landscape around Yungaburra has been shaped by millennia of volcanic activity, the most recent eruptions being approximately 10,000 years ago.

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Curtain Fig Tree

roots, which gradually became thicker and interwoven. Over hundreds of years the roots have strangled the host causing it to fall into a neighbouring tree. Vertical fig roots then formed a curtain-like appearance and the host trees rotted away, leaving the freestanding fig tree. A boardwalk surrounds the tree so you can see it from every angle and there is also a large photo-shoot platform. So, don’t forget your camera. Estimated to be over 500 years old, it is one of the largest trees in Tropical North Queensland and is heritage-listed.

This small village community is home to a permanent population of just under 1,000 residents and is positioned 750 metres above sea level. Yungaburra is the perfect base to explore all the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. One of its unique attractions is the Curtain Fig Tree. Located just a five-minute drive from the town centre this massive tree has, by an accident of nature, created a vast curtain of roots which drop 15 metres to the ground. Starting from a seed dropped high in the canopy, this strangler fig grew vertical

Quincan Cottage CafĂŠ and Gallery The perfect place to enjoy meals made with all local ingredients and a freshly ground Vittoria Mountain Grown coffee. This quaint, relaxed, family friendly atmosphere offers plenty of room, including seated garden space. Meander through the gallery and enjoy the wide range of items while you wait for your meal to be served.

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Avenue of Honour

On the calm and pristine shores of Lake Tinaroo, near the village of Yungaburra, stands an avenue of Illawarra Flame Trees. This living memorial commemorates the courage and commitment of those who served and is dedicated to the memory of the young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against terror in Afghanistan.

encompassing Remembrance Day. An Honour Board stands proudly, displaying name plaques of the fallen in memory of their sacrifice. This powerful and dignified National Memorial represents all Australian servicemen and women and stands as testament to their inspiring sense of pride and purpose. It serves as a reminder to future generations of the enormous debt our nation owes to their bravery. To donate visit www.avenueofhonour.com.au/donate

The tree-lined Avenue of Honour is recognised as a significant national memorial and stretches 250 metres almost to the waters’ edge. The show of flame red blossoms happens each year from October to December,

Lake Tinaroo

3km from Yungaburra Village

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Curtain Fig Motel

YUNGABURRA ACCOMMODATION

28 Gillies Hwy, Yungaburra • Swimming pool • In-house dining by arrangement •D  VD Library, Microwave, Toaster, Expresso Coffee Machine, complimentary Devonshire Tea • Surrounding quality restaurants and cafes • Can cater for private functions and special events

You will need more than a few days to see everything this region has to offer, so why not base yourself in Yungaburra. There are many styles of accommodation, from charming B&B’s to hotels, motels, cottages and Air BnB’s.

Ph: (07) 4095 3168 holiday@.curtainfig.com www.curtainfig.com

Curtain Fig Motel 28 Gillies Hwy, Yungaburra • Swimming pool, in-house dining by arrangement, • DVD library, microwave, toaster, espresso coffee machine, complimentary Devonshire Tea • Surrounding quality restaurants and cafes • Can cater for private functions and special events

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Kookaburra Lodge 3 Eacham Rd, Yungaburra Paradise off the main road, this 3.5 star B&B offers 12 ensuite rooms and fragrant garden surrounds. Short stroll to cafe’s, restaurants and Platypus viewing. Secure bike storage facility, tools and equipment. Free WiFi and guest BBQ area.

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Lakefront Holiday Villas, Yungaburra 30 Oleander Drive, Yungaburra • Two detached cottages • Private veranda overlooking Tinaburra Waters • Spacious kitchen, stone fireplace • Birdwatchers’ and wildlife paradise

Ph: 0428 953 330 nickcrameri58@gmail.com www.lakefrontholidayvillas.com.au

Blue Summit Hideaway Villas Check in at 22 Gillies Hwy, Yungaburra • Luxury, boutique escapes • Cosy studio, 2 & 3 bedroom spa, king spa and king twin spa villas. • In the heart of the village • Walking distance to eateries, boutiques & platypus viewing

Ph: (07) 4095 2218 E: stay@yungaburraaccommodation.com.au For more information and bookings online www.bluesummithideaway.com.au

Birds ‘n’ Bloom Cottages Check in at 22 Gillies Hwy, Yungaburra • Luxury escape, home away from home • Fully self-contained 2 & 3 bedroom cottages • Great holiday retreat with all facilities • Designed to relax & revive

Ph: (07) 4095 2218

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For more information and bookings online www.bnbcottages.com.au

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discover the markets

of artworks by Josie Lowerson and Bek Honeyman. Kuranda Markets

As well as the three main galleries, art is offered in eclectic shops whose

MT MOLLOY 1st Saturday of the month (March to December) 8am-12noon Fraser Road

ARCHER CREEK 2nd of the month décorSunday and ambience are often 7am-12noon Kennedy Highway a work of art in themselves.

TOLGA 1st Sunday of the month. 7am-12noon Morrow Park Racecourse

ATHERTON

These can be found by avid 1st Saturday of the month 7am-12noon Platypus Park

art2nd aficionados Malanda, Sunday ofin the month 7am-12noon Atherton

Yungaburra, Herberton, Tolga Showgrounds

KOAH 1st Saturday of the month. 8am-1pm

HERBERTON and points between and beyond. 3rd Sunday of the month. 7am-12noon Woondecla Sports Ground KURANDA Every day Original Markets 9am-3pm Heritage Markets 9am-3:30pm

INNOT HOT SPRINGS 3rd Sunday of the month KARUMBA Every Sunday (April to September) 7am-12noon MALANDA 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month 7am-12noon, Malanda Showgrounds MAREEBA 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month 7am-12noon Centenary Park

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TUMOULIN 4th Sunday of the month 7am-12:30pm Tumoulin, Ravenshoe YUNGABURRA 4th Saturday of the month 7:30am-12:30pm Bruce Jones Park


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Local Produce

Foodies, prepare your taste buds for a sensory assault! The Atherton Tablelands is the lushest food bowl of Queensland and the fresh tropical local produce is easily sourced. Its world renowned tropical fruits include mangoes, bananas and pineapples as well as vegetables and Asian greens and they are grown in a patchwork of farms across the region. It is home to many beef and dairy farms, the latter producing their own valueadd yoghurts, ice cream, cheeses and chocolate that can all be sampled. This is one of the only places in the world where you can source from local growers everything you need for a cuppa - coffee, tea, milk and sugar. A Food Trail tour is an excellent way to taste the abundance of tropical produce on offer. See the adjacent map and create your own self-guided, selfdrive tour depending on what your taste buds are craving. There are many food festivals throughout the yearly event calendar. Offering fresh and local produce from the region, these events are not to be missed by discerning foodies. Farmer’s markets and roadside

stalls are abundant through this vast area and are a great way for visitors to sample an array of products. Nerada Tea’s plantation and factory just 10km outside the town of Malanda is the largest producer of Australian-grown tea. In 15 years, its range has grown from five products to 85, expanding from black tea to green tea, white tea and a range of infusions. The plantation is now home to more than 360 hectares of tea-growing fields, delivering 6.6 million kilos of fresh tea leaves to the Nerada Tea processing factory every year. That’s more than 1.5 million kilos of black tea per year. The Tea Room is open seven days a week between 10am and 4:30pm. Visitors to the estate can discover how tea is grown and processed, see the factory in operation, buy factory-fresh tea or a special gift and enjoy a Devonshire tea overlooking the beautiful tea fields. If you linger long enough, you might even spy the friendly ‘mascots’ Billy and Misty, a resident pair of Lumholtz tree-kangaroos. 34


SMOKING HOT

Pickle and Smoke, Malanda

feasting board, Pickle and Smoke supports local farmers and suppliers by using their meats and paddock fresh ingredients. The smoking starts at 3am in readiness for that perfect bark, melt-in-your-mouth texture and smoky taste that is loved by locals and visitors. The grand copper fireplace sits proudly in the centre of the room and crackles away while diners feast on a sensational BBQ journey.

Pickle and Smoke at Malanda Lodge offers a point of dining difference on the Atherton Tablelands as the region’s first and only American-style BBQ restaurant. Diners can enjoy the smoky, tender and juicy tastes of locally sourced meats cooked according to grand old American traditions. The meat is house rubbed and cooked slowly at low temperature over burning charcoal and smoking woods such as hickory and pecan. From its beefy BBQ to pork cuts or a vegan

EXPERIENCE The Tablelands has two award winning cheese outlets – Gallo’s Dairyland near Atherton and Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy near Millaa Millaa. Traditional European cheese-making techniques are used and combined with the highest quality, freshest milk and ingredients to make a range of cheese that is rapidly becoming the taste sensation of Australia. Cheese tastings are available at both locations. 35


PADDOCK TO PLATE

The Watson Family at Mungalli Creek Dairy

The Atherton Tablelands is a garden paradise of rolling green hills and pastures, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, grazing beef and dairy cattle, and never-ending fields of crops, from blueberries and strawberries to bananas, avocados and mangos, and a whole lot more.

With such variety, and many food and drink options being literally as fresh as the time it takes to transit from paddock to plate, you can create your own “food tour” tailored to destinations on your itinerary, or join an organized, educative eats tour to talk and taste tucker with experts.

A road tour of the region is a visual delight and the many large and offthe-beaten-track towns and villages along the way also provide culinary delights in their hotels, cafes and restaurants. There’s a huge variety of fresh and healthy food options available for all tastes throughout the area.

Open most of the day and ready to offer morning or afternoon tea, and often lunch, are several cafes, teahouses and farms that serve both the local and visiting populations. Most impressive is the historic Lake Barrine Teahouse perched above the banks of a volcanic crater lake. The atmosphere is “special” and the food fare is freshly made meals and desserts, including the late afternoon Devonshire Tea.

They range from coffee and tea plantations to biodynamic dairies producing milk, cheese and yoghurt, to aquaculture farms and distilleries, and tried and true lunches and dinners found on the Country Pub Trail.

Off the Mareeba main road is Coffee Works, a hidden gem boutique roastery and chocolatery that over 36


years has blossomed into a fullyfledged eatery serving all types of snacks and lunches, including roasting and blending a wide range of coffees. Jacques Coffee Plantation at Mareeba boasts 85,000 Arabica coffee trees, its own roaster and the world’s first coffee harvester. It offers a guided tour with coffee and liqueur tastings, all items available for purchase. You can arrive by helicopter on the airstrip or take a gyrocopter adventure flight. The licensed cafe and restaurant serves healthy bounty from the region. The heritage of Nerada Tea plantation, 10km outside of Malanda and with rolling hectares of tree crops, can be traced back to the 1880s and is worth a visit for a factory tour after lunch. Mungalli Creek Dairy is a national market leader in biodynamic and organic dairy products, helping to sustain the local dairy industry.

Visit their Farmhouse Cafe for a delicious Devonshire tea, delectable cheese platter, ploughman’s lunch or one of their famous cheesecakes. Their setting offers magnificient views to Mt Bartle Frere, Qld’s highest mountain. Their cheese, butter, cream, yoghurt and ice-cream as well as a great selection of local artisan gifts are available for sale. Out at Millaa Millaa, The Falls Teahouse is housed in a beautiful old Queenslander on top of the hill near town. It’s on the waterfall circuit (Millaa Millaa, Ellinjaa, Pepina, and Mungalli) and is a great drop-in for lunch. Gallo Dairyland on Malanda Road, halfway to Atherton, is ideal to show the children how a fully operational dairy farm works. It has an animal nursery, milking demonstrations, cafe and licensed restaurant. Cheeses and chocolates are in abundance. 37


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NATIVE BUSH FOODS

Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures Tour

Rainforest Bounty

By David Maguire

group of farmers who specifically grow for us in a loose cooperative deal. Everyone runs their own property, but we provide a fair price and take responsibility for manufacturing and marketing. All the hard stuff, basically.”

The bush foods industry on the Atherton Tablelands is moving along at a cracking pace largely due to the efforts of Malanda dynamo Geraldine McGuire at the helm of her Rainforest Bounty company.

She said the whole native food industry has been on “a bit of a journey for about 30 years up here” starting off as a wild harvest practice, characteristics of which are still evident.

The hard work of identifying which bush foods to commercialise and then establish viable crops in the local area has required vision and an entrepreneurial gene, both of which Dr. McGuire has in spades. A long term local, she is a qualified plant scientist and has spent more than a decade building the unique intellectual property of the company. This has also involved selecting superior yielding native fruit trees and developing products and tastes from the harvests.

“The Atherton Tableland is the most advanced region in Australia in terms of a bush foods industry because we’ve actually had quite large plantations and quite a large number of them. “People don’t realise that it’s highly sophisticated and we’re now about to go to the next level in partnering with Indigenous people.”

“We’ve been growing the trees on our property for 20 years and started manufacturing about 10 years ago,” she said. She describes the native foods industry as “fledgling.”

Dr. McGuire said that while she developed the intellectual property of the growing systems and the products, the knowledge that these were edible foods was owned by Aboriginal people.

“It’s made up of a combination of very small-scale suppliers and growers, wild harvesters and large manufacturers based in Sydney and Melbourne.

Rainforest Bounty has identified four fruits to harvest, process and promote in this phase of its development. They are the Ooray Plum, Lemon Aspen,

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Cape York Lilly Pilly and Boonjie Tamarind, all with superior nutritional benefits and which are used to create flavouring condiments and meal bases.

“When I started getting interested in this, I found an old CWA cookbook that had recipes for Davidson Plum Jam and Aspen Cordial. It showed that bush food had been used by previous generations in cooking, sweet things like jams and syrups, but it was a quirky local thing that never got beyond the CWA and local markets.

“They have awesome natural flavours and colours that we have used to make a whole range of mainstream products like curry bases, vinegars, syrups and chutneys,” Dr McGuire said.

“But they at least knew this much, so someone at some stage all those decades ago had shared the knowledge with them.”

She sources her skills to develop all these products to a “condiment gene” inherited from both sides of her family on the Tablelands.

In deciding on the initial four bush foods as the basis for development, Dr. McGuire identified a wider range of hundreds of others which will be selectively introduced through expansion stages.

“I had a grandmother who was always making marmalades and chutneys and the like and a maternal grandfather who did the same. I hung out with them a lot as a kid when they were doing the cooking.”

Rainforest Bounty sources product locally from six advanced orchards and about six new growers. A large supplier will have about 10,000 trees planted but the average is about 1,000. The Plum and Tamarind are gathered after falling from the trees and Aspen and Lilly Pilly are harvested from branches.

But another big influence came from her time living in Asia and sampling an amazing array of fresh foods and fruits and learning alternative cooking processes. Her initial work in bush food development found that knowledge of the ingredients and their food value had been lost on the Tablelands through the passing generations of both local Indigenous and white residents.

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Dr. Geraldine McGuire picking Cape York Lilly Pilly

Sunset Ridge Products

consultancy business, Sustainable Solutions Global, that advises on capacity building, including rehabilitation of mine sites, in complex projects in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji and Laos.)

These berries are used in various combinations with the Ooray Plum, while the Lilly Pilly gives lots of flavour to chutney. The syrups are ideal for cordials or as a mixer and a best seller is the spicy plum sauce.

Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures is a delicious and fantastic gourmet food and wine tasting tour showcasing the spectacular Atherton Tablelands. A foodie tour from Cairns and Port Douglas you will thoroughly enjoy and remember.

A new range of curry bases is due this year using Boonjie Tamarind (Malaysia style) and Lemon Aspen (green Thai). Rainforest Bounty hosts food tours, runs cooking classes and does private birthday and wedding events, plus an Ooray Plum Festival in September, at its Lindsay Road property on the North Johnstone River. (Dr. McGuire also runs an international

This boutique food and wine experience provides the ultimate way to enjoy the local delicious delights! They will take

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Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures

you through a variety of contrasting landscapes; from lush rainforest to stunning ochre savannah plains. The rich volcanic soil allows farmers to grow many and diverse crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus, berries and so more which you will learn about as they taste their way around the ‘tropical food bowl of the north’

They are not just a food tour as they often spot local wildlife along the way including platypus, tree kangaroos, cassowaries, possums, eastern grey kangaroos and amazing birdlife.

Enjoy visiting seven unique sites (some exclusive to their tours) they meet the local characters and share their passion for this region with you. Just some of the delights you will sample with them are

With a maximum of just 12 passenger sit back and relax, take in the beautiful views as they take you on a fascinating and tasty journey through another gem of Tropical North Queensland.

tropical wines, award winning spirits, local cheeses, coffee and liqueurs, rainforest condiments, gourmet chocolates, tropical fruits, macadamia nuts, crocodile, kangaroo and much more.

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dairy and chocolate

Gallo Dairyland Chocolates

The award-winning Gallo Dairyland provides visitors with the unique opportunity to experience a working dairy farm, then indulge in the amazing cheese and chocolate derivative products made on site. It is a short drive from Yungaburra, Atherton and Malanda on the Atherton Tablelands and is a popular choice for locals and visitors.

renown all over the Tablelands, Cairns, and Far North Queensland and used in many local restaurants by discerning chefs. The style range is extensive with 16 flavours currently available, including a selection of “lactose free” gourmet cheeses. Gallo’s use the finest ingredients to produce a range of chocolate products to suit the sweetest tooth of every chocolate connoisseur. Visitors can choose from handmade truffles, bars, a variety of chocolate-coated treats and specialty chocolates. The art of blending and tempering used by Gallo chocolatiers to bring out the flavours, textures and aromas is what distinguishes fine chocolate and has been practiced for over 100 years around the world. Once blended and tempered, Gallo Dairyland chocolate is then ready for use in an array of wonderful products.

The region’s rich red volcanic soil provides lush tropical green grass for Gallo’s herd of over 350 Friesian and Jersey milking cows which yield the best tasting milk used in resulting dairy products. The herd is milked twice daily, and visitors are invited to view the afternoon milking between 3 and 4 pm. The bulk of milk produced by Gallo’s is processed at Dairy Farmers factory in Malanda, about 10 minutes down the road. The rest is used on site in Gallo’s own cheese factory and chocolate-making.

The main dining option at Gallo’s is a licensed cafe that is fully air-conditioned and seats around 100 guests. It offers wholesome menus prepared daily from a range of fresh local farm produce. Visitors can stage their arrival in time for a late breakfast, morning tea, lunch or afternoon

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Gallo Dairyland Cheese

induction to the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame, an honour won as a result of achieving Certificates of Excellence over five consecutive years.

tea. Cheese platters are available all day and can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or beer. Special dietary requirements will be met. Gallo Dairyland is celebrating its

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Mungalli Creek Dairy Farmhouse Cafe

The passionate farming owners of Mungalli Creek Dairy are nationally recognised for their commitment to regenerative farming and the production of artisanal dairy products.

The quality of their products is recognised as being among the nation’s pre-eminent food producers “who care for the produce that lands on our plates.” At the 2019 Delicious Produce Awards, The family was commended for its commitment “to regenerating the land and leaving it in a better state for future generations and ensuring the cows that live on it are as happy as possible.”

It’s a family-run, third generation dairy farm operated by the Watsons who use biodynamic methods to produce dairy products that are nutritious and wholesome for the consumer and healthy for the environment. They treat the farm as something much greater than meandering cows and organic green pastures. It is respected by them as a living organism, as much a part of and integral to the natural environment as the World Heritage rainforest on its boundaries. An underlying ethic of the company is to support other small family farms on the Atherton Tablelands many of which were negatively affected by deregulation through a growing range of niche products. Their current products include biodynamic milk, cream yoghurt, kefir, cheese and icecream made from milk sourced from the family farm and herds from around Millaa Millaa. Their products are sold in North Qld supermarkets and gourmet and health food outlets around Australia. 46

The acclaim was included in judge’s comments in awarding the dairy a gold medal for its natural-set yoghurt made from full cream biodynamic milk . As with their milk, the cream in this yoghurt rises to the top to create a decadent layer to enjoy … “it was really beautiful and creamy and had great acidity,” judge Matt Moran said. In Millaa Millaa, the dairy’s boutique Farmhouse Cafe (originally the family homestead) offers free cheese and yoghurt tastings and a delicious menu of light lunches, gourmet platters and cakes. All items are made on site from their own farm produce and locally sourced ingredients and include dairy and gluten-free items. The production area adjoins the cafe and strategically placed viewing windows give visitors a glimpse into the creative heart.


Mungalli Creek Dairy Farmhouse Cafe

Famous for the ‘world’s best’ cheesecakes which feature native fruits of the region, the cafe is a ‘must stop’ for lovers of fine, food. With a BYO licence guests can bring their favourite drop with them as they settle in for lunch and savour the stunning rural mountain views from a

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verandah looking out to Mt. Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest peak. After lunch and a browse for a gift from the many local artisan products the nearby Millaa Millaa waterfall circuit (10-minutes’ drive) or the Mamu Skywalk (20 minutes) beckon for postprandial activity.


TABLELANDS TEA and COFFEE

Over 70 percent of Australia’s coffee crop is grown in Mareeba. Tour around the region and taste a number of local coffee roasters at several different plantations. Bring your hunger for new experiences and your thirst for something completely different when you visit Coffee Works, an extraordinary world of gourmet bliss in Mareeba. Here, you can indulge with impunity and enjoy the world’s finest flavours of coffee, tea, liqueur and chocolate all at once. Try one of the 43 rich and delicious coffees, a range of

gourmet coffee products or choose from a seriously superb selection of chocolates at the in-house chocolaterie. Australian coffee and chocolate liqueurs are created for, and are exclusive to, Coffee Works, having been made from their own espresso range, Black Mountain. If none of that takes your fancy, pick from a range of four of the world’s rarest teas, fresh from local plantations. The taste spectrum starts from the full flavour of Swagman’s Tea to the fine and elegant taste of Misty Mountains Tea.

EXPERIENCE Experience one, or all, of the many coffee plantations across the Atherton Tablelands region. Be warned, you don’t want to go overboard and get the caffeine jitters, you need to keep a hold of the steering wheel to get home! Coffee Works - Mareeba www.coffeeworks.com.au Skybury - Mareeba www.skybury.com.au Jaques Coffee - Mareeba www.jaquescoffee.com.au

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Nerada Visit Australia’s Biggest Tea Plantation

Nerada Tea Plantation

Nerada Tea’s plantation and factory just 10km outside the town of Malanda is the largest producer of Australiangrown tea. In 15 years, its range has grown from five products to 85, expanding from black tea to green tea, white tea and a range of infusions. The plantation is now home to more than 360 hectares of tea-growing fields, delivering 6.6 million kilos of fresh tea leaves to the Nerada Tea processing factory every year. That’s more than 1.5 million kilos of black tea per year. The Tea Room is open seven days a week between 10am and 4:30pm. Visitors to the estate can discover how tea is grown and processed, see the factory in operation, buy factory-fresh tea or a special gift and enjoy a Devonshire tea overlooking the beautiful tea fields. If you linger long enough, you might even spy the friendly ‘mascots’ Billy and Misty, a resident pair of Lumholtz treekangaroos.

Tea & Scones

Sit back and enjoy your favourite cup of Nerada Tea in our Tea Rooms with our Devonshire Tea, freshly made scones, and delicious High Tea, not to be missed.

Meet our Neighbours

There’s a family of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos living in the trees outside our Tea Rooms.

N E R A DA T E A RO O M S 933 Glen Allyn Road, Malanda (07) 4096 8328 tearooms@neradatea.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, 10AM TO 4.30PM* Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Opening times may very in Jan-March. Please refer to our website for specific details.

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THE WINE TRAIL

and marvel at the beautiful peacocks roaming freely.

The Atherton Tablelands region produces quality boutique wines and distilled spirits from exotic fruits by talented local winemakers. There are five wineries in Tropical North Queensland that produce national and internationally acclaimed wines, lemoncellos and spirits. Jump on the wine trail and check them all out. De Bruey’s Boutique Wines makes fabulous fermented drinks made from local crops of lychee, mango, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, passionfruit and star apple. Visit the Winery and Cellar Door at Mareeba, tour the orchards, and then sample the world-class fruit wine range, including liqueurs and ports. Don’t forget to take some home to friends and family, or maybe just for yourself. Mt. Uncle Distillery is a stunning place to visit, set in beautiful landscaped gardens in a banana plantation outside of Walkamin. Visit the fantastic Bridges Bar and Restaurant which serves a selection of delicious wood-fired pizzas and slowcooked meats, plus salads and desserts. Take a stroll around the grounds and meet the friendly alpacas, donkeys and goats,

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery uses the pure essence of fruit in its range of wines from very dry to ports. All the fruits used have big flavours and are grown organically in their own Mossman orchard. All but one of the wines are single-fruit products, the exception being Sunset Tawny Port. Murdering Point Winery is set amongst fertile cane fields and lush tropical rainforest at Silkwood. It produces a range of high-quality red and white fruit wines, ports and liqueurs that are uniquely Australian and deliver an exciting and stimulating tropical taste experience. The winery has rapidly gained a reputation for the quality of its products and innovative use of a wide range of exotic tropical fruits, particularly the Davidson Plum. Golden Drop Wines are award-winning and lovingly crafted from fresh, ripe and juicy exotic fruits on the family-owned and operated plantation near Mareeba. Tourists and locals are welcome to visit the winery, open daily, for the unique

Golden Drop Winery - 227 Bilwon Road, Mareeba

De Brueys Boutique Wines - 189 Fichera Road, Mareeba Mount Uncle Distillery - 1819 Chewko Road, Walkamin Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery - 417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman Murdering Point Winery - 161 Murdering Point Road, Silkwood

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Golden Drop Winery

plantation. Sample the refreshing tropical Mango Wine, together with Citrus Cello, Mango Port, and Golden Mango liqueur-style wines. Give your friends and family a gift of the crisp, intense and refreshingly fruity flavours with a bottle of Golden Drop Wine, also available at Cellar Door outlets at Kuranda Market or Paronella Park and selected bottle shops in Atherton, Cairns and Mareeba.

experience of a seasonal working mango plantation. Over the past 25 years, the plantation has expanded to more than 17,500 trees, making it one of the largest mango production areas in Australia. The Nastasi family’s niche wines are 100 per cent locally-produced and are a valueadd using their own Kensington Red mangoes. Visit the winery for a unique experience and see a working mango

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LAKE TINAROO

DON’T MISS Lake Tinaroo Jungaljungal Walk Lake Tinaroo Wildlife

Shores of Lake Tinaroo

Tinaroo is located on the shore of Lake Tinaroo, a man-made reservoir built on the Barron River in the 1950s. Lake Tinaroo is now a well-known tourist spot that hosts tens of thousands of visitors and locals each year. With over 200 kilometres of shoreline, Lake Tinaroo offers many bays with calm water that are protected from the wind. All kinds of recreational water activities are offered, from fishing for world record-size barramundi to sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming and camping. 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. Tinaroo is well known amongst fisherman for its Monster Barra catches and has held up to 19 world records. The Tinaroo Barra Bash is an annual family fishing event held at Lake 52

Tinaroo. All profits from the event go to the Tableland Fish Stocking Society, enabling it to undertake research and stock monitoring programs and to restock the lake with a variety of species. In 2016, the Tinaroo Barra Bash changed its format to a catch and release tournament. In 1952, the Queensland Government approved construction of Tinaroo Falls Dam. It was the first dam built in Queensland solely for irrigation and to this day remains one of the region’s biggest infrastructure projects. It took six years and over $12 million to complete and supplies the townships of Tinaroo, Walkamin, Mareeba, Kuranda, Mutchilba, Dimbulah and Yungaburra through the Barron River. Accommodation at Lake Tinaroo ranges from resorts to holiday houses, caravan parks and camping.


LAKE Barrine

DON’T MISS Lake Barrine Lake circuit track Lake Barrine Wildlife

Lake Barrine

The popular Lake Barrine Park near Yungaburra features a deep crater lake surrounded by cool lush rainforest. Part of Crater Lakes National Park, it is a maar — a crater lake formed by two massive volcanic explosions. Here you can take a short stroll to the pair of giant 45m-tall bull kauri trees, stretch your legs on the longer 5km track around the lake looking for rainforest animals, or paddle a canoe on the smooth surface and look for fish, turtles, eels and water birds. A pleasant walk around the lake passes through rainforest characteristic of the area’s red earth environment. The track features secluded forest-fringed views over the water and of wildlife, including saw-shelled turtles and eastern water dragons. The surrounds also feature several bird and mammal species that are endemic to the Wet Tropics. The saw-shelled turtle and eastern water dragon have set up

home in the area. Amethystine pythons, whose distinctive colour pattern blends into the forest background, are also found patrolling the water edges. The colourful Boyd’s forest dragon, a lizard that grows to 45cm, can be spotted clinging to narrow tree trunks. Over 130 bird species have been recorded in and around the lake and it is more favourable for water birds than Lake Eacham. They can be spotted at shallow edges on reeds, water lilies and fallen trees that act as natural perches. Ornamental gardens at the teahouse frontage and grassy edges along boundaries support a variety of birds that would otherwise not be seen in the park. Musky rat-kangaroos are active by day and have been spotted by visitors walking around the lake. Lunch or afternoon tea is offered in the privately-operated teahouse. 53


LAKE EACHAM

Lake Eacham

and you might be lucky enough to spot some local wildlife. Musky rat kangaroos, methystine pythons, Boyd’s forest dragons and saw-shelled turtles all inhabit the Lake Eacham forest.

Discover the ancient crater lakes of Barrine and Eacham on the Atherton Tablelands. Formed many thousand years ago by violent volcanic eruptions, it took several hundred years for water to fill these giant craters and for the trees to grow back. Lake Eacham in geological terms is a maar - a volcanic crater formed by massive explosions from the superheating of groundwater. The crater then filled with water, forming a lake 65 metres deep.

There is a children’s activity path branching off the start of the 3km perimeter walking path. Keep your children entertained with this educational track winding through the rainforest and across small bridges with regular activity stations along the way. Lake Eacham is a bird-watchers’ paradise with over 180 bird species recorded, including Wet Tropics endemic species like the Spotted Catbird, Atherton Scrubwren, Bower’s Shrike-Thrush and the Toothbilled Bowerbird.

Lake Eacham is now a beautiful place to relax and regenerate during your holiday. Enjoy the pristine blue water surrounded by tropical rainforest. There are shady picnic areas with barbeque facilities and a huge grassy area ideal for catching the sun’s rays.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges is hidden in 1,200 acres of the Lake Eacham forest. As pioneers in ecotourism their lodges specifically cater for birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, naturalists, photographers, film crews and all those who want to have a true rainforest experience. Accommodation includes 10 fully self-contained 52sqm one-bedroom lodges and a 108sqm five

If you are seeking a bit more adventure, go for a hike along the three-kilometre track. This is an easily accessible, wheel-chair friendly path around the perimeter of the lake. It is perfect for bushwalkers, birdwatchers, families or anyone looking to get an insight into the local ecosystem 54


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Wildlife Viewing at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges

bedroom lodge. The resort includes a 1.3km rainforest walking path to Platypus ponds, Brush Turkey mounds, and Tooth billed Bowerbird stages. A

Wildlife Viewing Platform is illuminated until 11pm for guests to view Sugar Gliders, Striped Possums, Uromys, Bandicoots, Melomys and Antechinus.

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MALANDA

Malanda Falls

Malanda is a small country town known synonymously throughout Tropical North Queensland for its milk and cheese production. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairying industry this small country town is home to Malanda Falls and is great for bird watching and bushwalking. Start by visiting the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre, nestled beneath the canopy of the towering rainforests. It’s a great place to stop on your travels and discover more about this unique region. The Visitor Centre has wide cool verandas

overlooking the rainforest and many informative and interactive displays that will entertain all ages. Next stop is to explore the adjacent Malanda Falls Conservation Park. Take a walk with one of the local guides, so they can explain the seasonal changes in the Park. There are two short walks through the surrounding remnant rainforest. The Tulip Oak Walk features information signs written and designed by local Aboriginal people. They describe the Aboriginal and European history of the area and of Ngadjon-Jii culture and lifestyle. The Rainforest Circuit Walk follows the river before winding back through the forest. Look for platypus, fish and turtles from the viewing deck over the river and learn about some of the many tree species that make up the forest. If your on the Atherton Tablelands for pleasure or work Malanda Lodge Motel is the ideal base. Every major tourist attraction and all 6 of the Atherton Tablelands towns are within a 20 km radius. From Australia’s most photographed waterfall at Millaa Millaa to Queensland’s highest town Ravenshoe or the heritage village at Herberton. From fishing, sailing or water skiing on

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the magnificent Tinnaroo Dam, 5 times larger than Sydney harbour. From the famous crater lakes of Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine or the unique bird watching craters around Atherton. Tree Kangaroos, Platypus and giant Fig trees. All are within easy reach. Malanda Lodge Motel offers modern comfortable accommodation. All rooms have a ground level balcony and views over the lush green Atherton Tablelands. A large resort style pool and BBQ area plus 11 acres of manicured tropical gardens will ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay with them. Why not wonder down to the creek and enjoy the tranquility while you look for our resident Platypus family. They offer free WIFI, air conditioned / heated rooms, microwave, toaster, tea and coffee making facilities and ample free sealed parking including for trucks. They also provide a complimentary continental breakfast box daily for each guest. Malanda Lodge Motel has a fully licensed restaurant and a large relaxing bar area. If you are considering a venue for your upcoming wedding, function, meeting or business conference they can offer a number of interesting options.


Malanda Hotel

Located in the heart of town is Malanda Hotel, the largest timber hotel in Australia when it was built in 1911. Take note of the extensive use of local timbers, including the magnificent silky oak staircase. Check out the Historic Country Pub Trail on pages 4849 of this guide for more information about the Malanda Hotel and others like it across the Atherton Tablelands. Pack your swimmers and a picnic and stop in at Malanda Falls, on the North Johnstone River. The Falls tumble over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that spread from the Mount Hypipamee area 15 kilometres away. Sandy beaches at the lower end of the pool make it a good place for children to enjoy a paddle. Not far from Malanda on the Upper Barron Road is the

extinct volcanic crater known as Bromfield Swamp. A roost to hundreds of cranes each winter, this is a must for birders hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of the sarus cranes early in the morning, or at dusk. Visit the Nerada Tea Plantation and factory on the Atherton Tablelands just 10 kilometres from Malanda. Discover how tea is grown and processed, take a tour of the factory, buy fresh tea or a special gift or just relax and enjoy a quiet Devonshire. Malanda has a rich and interesting history. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, it was home to the Ngadjon-Jii Aboriginal people. In the 1880s when tin was discovered at Herberton, the miners moved through the tiny settlement on their way from the coast.

EXPERIENCE Stay at Malanda Falls Caravan Park where you can enjoy their hands on experience at their animal nursery. They have private access to Malanda Falls that flow all year round, its brook meanders through their rainforest providing a home to many turtles and platypus. The park is in easy driving distance to many other local attractions. A wilderness experience. 58


MILLAA MILLAA DON’T MISS Ellinjaa Falls Harold West Walk/ Tulip Oak Walk Millaa Millaa Falls Millaa Millaa Lookout

Millaa Millaa Falls

Nestled in emerald hills surrounded by dairy farms and a circuit of waterfalls, beautiful Millaa Millaa is gateway to the Southern Tablelands. Its lookout presents the most expansive views in the area and the image of Millaa Millaa Falls has become an icon of the region.

rainforest. Over 130 kilometres of tracks have been constructed under a unique partnership between the region’s shires and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. One of the most superb vistas in the region unfolds from the Millaa Millaa Lookout.

Just south of Millaa Millaa township is the start of the Waterfall Circuit (more information on page 48 of this guide) beginning with Theresa Creek Road, encompassing Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie and Elinjaa Falls. These are also popular swimming spots with picnic facilities, change rooms and toilets. Look out for the Ulysses Butterfly and Platypus late in the afternoon.

Drop in to the Millaa Millaa Historical Museum and Visitor Information Centre to learn about the town’s rich heritage as a diary and timber centre. Friendly volunteers are on hand to help with any information you might need during your stay. Take a walk in the clouds at Mamu Tropical Skywalk, just 25 minutes out of Millaa Millaa. The Skywalk allows visitors to enjoy close-up views of rainforest plants, insects and birds, and take in sweeping vistas.

Millaa Millaa is also gateway to the Misty Mountain Trails, a network of long distance walking trails in high altitude

EXPERIENCE Right in the heart of Millaa Millaa is the Harold West walk which follows along St Patrick’s Creek offering a plethora of unique flora and fauna along the 10-minute trail. To extend the walk, trekkers can begin at the pioneer statue at the northern end of Main St and at the conclusion of the Harold West Walk, continuing onto the Botanical walk at Palm Avenue. 59


HERBERTON

Stamps, Herberton Mining Museum

Panning, Herberton Mining Museum

The origins of settlement across the Atherton Tablelands can be sourced to the quaint, undulating town of Herberton, a lively centre whose pretty streets are replete with historic buildings, proudly kept weatherboard homes, and majestic Jacaranda trees. The oldest town in the region (located about 90km west of Cairns), it was the thriving heart from 1880 of the tin mining industry started by John Newell and Willie Jack on the basis of James Mulligan’s discovery. The tin boom paved the way for ultimate settlement of the modern towns of Atherton, Mareeba, Malanda and Ravenshoe and confirmed Cairns as the major port in Far North Queensland. That heritage is celebrated at Herberton Mining Museum and Visitor Centre which sits on the heritage-listed Great Northern

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Mine site and is devoted to preserving the town’s mining history ethos. Its extensive exhibits feature an ore processing battery and explain the different stages of tin development through rock and mineral samples. There’s a donated working model dredge and an enviable display of collected mining and mine-worker paraphernalia. The importance of tin to the town and region is acknowledged by a bank of old records and a valuable research area where local history and genealogy can be mined. Integral to the museum are its contextual displays of the social development of Herberton and surrounding areas, including family history archives and high school histories. The modern town’s main street is full of character, enhanced by the beauty of the courthouse precinct, particularly when the Jacarandas are in full purple bloom

Herberton Walking Trails - Immerse yourself in the history that surrounds Herberton. Walk the tracks trodden by past fossickers and mineworkers. Varied in difficulty and length these trails include the Great Northern Mine, Macleod St, Magazine Road Escape, Mount Ida, Denbeigh Road, Southern Firetrail, Stewart Head Trail (12km). All trails are beset with centuries-old history and illicit great intrigue. Although intrigue must come with sensible practises trekkers should not deviate from trails or stand too close to the edge of any de-commissioned shafts. 60


DON’T MISS Watsonville Mill Trail Herberton Walking Trails from Info Centre Halls Falls Herberton Michael Petersen Photography

(September-October). The multi-level Mt. St Bernard’s College is an education icon sitting high on the hill on the outskirts.

Historic Village

The historic railway project run by volunteers is dedicated to reviving the area’s steam train heritage and to successfully run a service to Atherton, thus extending the current trip from town to historic village. The original service’s end of line was Ravenshoe.

While the museum pays tribute to the mines and their finds, a fuller rendition of the old town, its working communities and services can be experienced at Historic Village Herberton on the main road. Its revived buildings and thousands of original items displayed in and around them reflect everyday life in Far North Queensland as it was from the 1880s onward and it is a fine tribute to early pioneering days. The past is also celebrated by the Spy and Camera Museum set up in one of the town’s oldest premises and is a ‘must’ visit for tech and photography fans.

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Herberton’s small population is boosted during the tourism season by “grey nomad” visitors, escapees from Townsville and Cairns regions, international tourists and others seeking a heritage, hereditary or lifestyle change from city life. A recent tin and tungsten research conference boosted the region’s international profile. By David Maguire


RAVENSHOE

Wind farm, Ravenshoe

At 930 metres above sea level, Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland. Visitors are attracted by the many spectacular outlying areas that offer unique scenery, rainforest and rolling mountain pastures.

windmills standing 45 metres high is a spectacular sight to behold. They feed enough power into the national grid to charge 3,500 homes. Learn the history of the upper Tablelands area at Ravenshoe Visitors Centre. It features displays on the rainforest, timber-milling, dairy-farming and the World War II military presence in the area. The newest addition is Ravenshoe Heritage Gallery which illustrates the area’s history in photographs.

Ravenshoe is one of Queensland’s most charming rural towns due to its isolation and rainforest surroundings. One of the featured attractions in the region is the ultra-modern wind turbine system whose tower blades twirl slowly in nearby pastures. Located five kilometres from Ravenshoe, 20

The adjoining Nganyaji Interpretive Centre uncovers the rich culture of the Jirrbal rainforest people. Ravenshoe offers a variety of accommodation, with well-appointed bed and breakfast facilities and farm stays as well as hotel, motel, guesthouse, camping and caravan park options. There is also an assortment of dining options, from counter meals at hotels and motels through to cafes and restaurants. Ravenshoe is the access point for both the Little Millstream Falls (2 kilometres south on the Tully Gorge Road) and the Tully Falls (24 kilometres south on the same route). The Millstream Falls are said 62


DON’T MISS Millstream Falls Bally Knob Trailhead Millstream Falls Innot Hot Springs

Millstream Falls

to be the widest in Australia. The Tully Falls are regarded as one of the most dramatic and beautiful in Tropical North Queensland. The most spectacular time to visit the area is just after some rain.

Just 4.5km from Ravenshoe, you’ll discover reputedly the widest singledrop falls in Australia along with a fascinating World War II heritage.

To satisfy your thirst for history, explore the park’s war heritage on the easy World War II Heritage walk (1km, 45mins return). During the early 1940s, training areas for up to 100,000 Australian troops dotted the tablelands. In this area, camp sites were built for the Battalions of the 7th and 9th Divisions between 1943 and 1945. Hard to imagine now but back then, this camp site was home to almost 1000 men and comprised mostly tent accommodation as well as cooking, latrine and washing facilities, linked by a network of rock-lined granite paths and roads. Take your time as you wander along the track and look for remains of tent sites, corduroy roads, training and parade grounds and trenches.

Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is surrounded by dry, open woodland, thanks to the rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range. Follow the sealed walking track (680m, 15mins return) through forests of pink-trunked lemonscented gums to a view over Big Millstream Falls. Take a moment to enjoy the serenity as you capture the memory in a photo or three.

A separate entrance to the park leads to Little Millstream Falls. You can view these beautiful falls from the car park or take a closer look from a steep and narrow walking track (700m, 25mins return). Take a breather to stop and view the falls from numerous points along the track. These slender falls spill gracefully through and around massive boulders and rock faces. If your luck is in, you may even see platypus in the pool at its base.

About half an hour from Ravenshoe is Innot Hot Springs where natural underground water bubbles at up to 75 degrees Celsius. The hot springs of Nettle Creek have long been established as rejuvenating and healing and the water was even bottled and shipped to Europe at one stage.

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NATIONAL PARKS

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For something more strenuous, tackle the Turtle Rock circuit or Kahlpahlim Rock trail to vantage points on the Lamb Range for spectacular views. Get your adrenalin pumping at Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park as you explore rainforest clad slopes on gently-flowing single trails. Discover Aboriginal rock art galleries and sense the ancient connection between Djabugay people and this landscape at Bunda Bibandji (Bare Hill).

BARRON GORGE NATIONAL PARK

DAVIES CREEK AND DINDEN NATIONAL PARK

With rugged landscapes, lush rainforest and spectacular views, this is a park not to be missed. Near Kuranda, the impressive Barron River tumbles 250 metres down a series of ledges and spills into the gorge below. Take an easy stroll along the elevated walkway (suitable for strollers and wheelchairs) to Din Din Barron Falls Lookout. Along the way, discover the history of the Djabugandji Aboriginal people. If you have the time, try one of long-distance tracks (half and full day walks) that traverse this large park.

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Near Mareeba, discover the picturesque Emerald Creek Falls, a series of cascades falling over smooth granite boulders, contrasting starkly with the surrounding dry, rocky landscape of the forest. Climb to the lookout and soak up views of the falls, the valley below and across the northern tableland. Admire bottlebrush trees sprouting from between the rocks, their red flowers adding a splash of seasonal colour to the scene. Look for dragonflies and damselflies around sunlit sections of the creek then relax over a picnic or barbecue among tall gum trees beside Emerald Creek.

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Between Kuranda and Mareeba, discover some of the region’s best kept-secrets in national parks straddling the Lamb Range, the mountainous backdrop to Cairns. Reconnect with nature among granite outcrops, towering forests, boulder-strewn creeks and rushing waterfalls. Camp beside gurgling waters of paperbark-fringed Davies Creek and enjoy an easy stroll on the Davies Creek Falls circuit for views over the falls. CRATER LAKES NATIONAL PARK

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sights of the massive gas explosion that formed this crater. Detour to Dinner Falls on your return walk then relax in the picnic area, where you may be lucky to spot the resident cassowaries. At night, spotlight for possums, tree-kangaroos, spiders and insects.

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Near Yungaburra on the southern tableland, refresh in the clear blue rainforest-fringed waters of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham - extinct craters up to 65 metres deep. At Lake Eacham, join with the locals in lazing around the water’s edge with your picnic, watch the kids swim and play, then take an easy stroll around the lake, spotting wildlife. At Lake Barrine, admire the giant bull kauri pine trees and continue the walking track through the cool rainforest around the lake. Finish your day with a boat cruise on the lake followed by tea in the Lake Barrine teahouse.

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This large sprawling national park south of Cairns on the wet tropics coast offers something for everyone. Enjoy scenic waterfalls, lush rainforest, panoramic views and peaceful picnic areas in the Palmerston section, near Innisfail. At the delightful Josephine Falls near Mirriwinni, marvel at the clear cold waters as they thunder down from the summit of Bartle Frere. Spend a day tackling the exhilarating heights of Walsh’s Pyramid near Gordonvale to enjoy outstanding views over the coastal lowlands from the summit. Sit around a campfire cooking your freshly-caught fish at Goldsborough Valley camping area beside the scenic Mulgrave River near Gordonvale.

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Near Atherton, discover the awe-inspiring feature of this park - a deep, cylindrical volcanic pipe with a lake at the bottom. Follow the easy Crater track to emerge from high-altitude rainforest onto a viewing platform offering views over the crater, 70 metres across with sheer granite walls plunging 58 metres to the surface of the lake which is 70 metres deep. Try to imagine the sounds and

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CHILLAGOE

Balancing Rock, Chillagoe

Discover the astounding beauty and natural wonder of Chillagoe’s limestone caves in ChillagoeMungana Caves National Park. In the cool darkness of this underground world, an informative Park Ranger will guide you around steel walkways to point out exquisite cave features, spectacularly lit by spotlights. Discover the hidden beauty of stalactites, stalagmites and cave coral and find out how this fascinating subterranean world was formed. If you are feeling adventurous, ask

for advice at the Hub about caves you can explore without a guide. Equip yourself with sturdy boots and torches then clamber and scramble underground to discover shadowy tunnels and underground chambers. Make time to explore Chillagoe’s remarkable above ground landscape, too. Stroll to Royal Arch through open woodland, spotting wallabies and wallaroos. Walk to Balancing Rock to capture a selfie in front of the impressive limestone outcrop or discover

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DON’T MISS Chillagoe Weir Mungana Caves Hike Millstream Falls Chillagoe Caves Chillagoe Smelters Balancing Rock

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Aboriginal rock art shelters at Mungana or Wullumba. Step into the past when you explore the heritage site of Chillagoe Smelters. Gaze at picturesque relics of the state’s mining and industrial heritage dating back to the 1890s.

Aboriginal rock art galleries. At Mungana, a small gallery is located 1.2km along the gravel road to The Archways. Another gallery, the Wullumba art site, is a short walk from the Balancing Rock car park, 2.5km from Chillagoe.

Learn about the colourful mining history of this region as you explore walking tracks. At the end of the day enjoy a magnificent outback sunset from your vantage point over the surrounding limestone landscape.

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Chillagoe Caves

THE WHEELBARROW WAY CAIRNS OUTBACK If you drive along inland roads linking the townships of Irvinebank, Chillagoe, Mareeba and Mt Carbine, you will see several signs with golden icons depicting a miner pushing a wheelbarrow. This means you are following the legendary Wheelbarrow Way, the Far North’s newest tourism route. The Wheelbarrow Way has been named as a tribute to those hardy souls whose efforts paved the way for the development of Far North Queensland in the past 100 years or so.

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THE WATERFALL CIRCUIT

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The Waterfall Circuit meanders across the heart of the Atherton Tablelands and is home to Tropical North Queensland’s greatest waterfalls. Walking tracks take you to crystal clear mountain streams and creeks cascading down rocks and crevasses on their journey towards the sea. Start at the Barron Falls in Kuranda, then move on to Davies Creek Falls, Emerald Creek Falls, and Granite Gorge as an introduction to the unique Waterfall Circuit of the Atherton Tablelands. The circuit starts at Millaa Millaa Falls, the region’s most popular and most

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Millaa Millaa Falls

photographed. Then drive to Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls before visiting Mungalli Falls. On the way to Ravenshoe, visit Souita and Pepina Falls and Australia’s widest waterfall, the Millstream Falls located five kilometres past the township. Continue to Little Millstream Falls and Koombooloomba Dam, an excellent spot for camping and fishing. Dinner Falls is located inside the Mt Hypipamee National Park, also home of the Mt Hypipamee Crater. At Malanda, take a refreshing stop at Malanda Falls where the North Johnstone River runs over a wide lava flow into a year-round swimming pool.

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Millstream Falls


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COUNTRY PUBS

Malanda Hotel

There are at least 20 hotels on the Atherton Tablelands where the architecture and style, if not the hospitality, dates back a dozen decades to when they were the heart and soul of communities. Take a walk back in time and marvel on this Historic Country Pub Trail at the old-world architecture, historical photos and artefacts, and cold beer from the tap. Some have been updated and modernised but all serve reasonably priced, hearty traditional and easy light fare. If you get the chance to chat with a local at the bar, the stories are guaranteed to be tall and sometimes true, but always engaging.

is worthy of National Trust listing, and Peeramon Pub evokes pioneering days of mining, timber and tobacco. Kuranda Hotel was the favoured watering hole for men working on the Cairns to Kuranda railway and a “must� stopover for troops before their deployment to the Pacific during World War II. Barron Valley Hotel is a fabulous pre-war pub in the heart of Atherton. It has undergone extensive renovation and restoration, all in keeping with its original Art Deco style. Malanda Hotel is regarded as the most outstanding, the largest timber-structure hotel in Queensland. As you enter the restaurant section, notice the prominence of timber floors and magnificent staircase, of local Silky Oak, leading to the second floor.

The Barron Valley Hotel in Atherton has a unique art deco style, the Kuranda Hotel’s colourful history dates to the 1880s, the structure and design of Malanda Hotel

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Yungaburra Pub

Speewah Country Tavern

Speewah Country Tavern

Millaa Millaa Hotel, Millaa Millaa

38 Speewah Rd, Speewah

15 Main St, Millaa Millaa

• N  estled on the edge of lush World Heritage Rainforest and fresh water Groves Creek • 5 minute drive from Kuranda Village • Lunch: 12pm-2pm Wed to Sun Dinner: 6pm-8pm 7 days

 here the spirit is strong and the beer is cold W • Geat meals, family friendly with 6 motel rooms • Lunch 12pm-2pm Monday to Sunday • Dinner 6pm-8pm Monday to Saturday

Ph: 4093 0055 speewahcountrytavern38@gmail.com

Ph: 4097 2212 mmhotelqld@gmail.com

www.speewahcountrytavern.com.au

Yungaburra Pub, Yungaburra

Mt. Molloy National Hotel

6 Kehoe Pl, Yungaburra

17-19 Main Street, Mt Molloy

• Historic hotel built in 1910 • Wholesome, home cooked, country meals a few secret recipes • Lunch 12-2pm. Dinner 6-8pm

•  The oldest hotel on the Tablelands, Est. 1900 • Hotel accommodation, pub and beer garden • Live music, tasty and versatile food menu • Lunch 12-2pm. Dinner 6-8pm Ph: 4094 1133 info@mtmolloyhotel.com.au www.mtmolloyhotel.com.au

Ph: 4095 3515 info@yungaburrahotel.com.au www.yungaburrahotel.com.au

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Club Hotel Ravenshoe

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Innot Hot Springs Hotel

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GULF SAVANNAH

Cobbold Gorge

The Gulf Savannah is a vast, rugged land where natural attractions and extraordinary beauty, including spectacular gorges and lava tubes, are in stark contrast to the wide, open spaces. Friendly characters and historic towns showcase the outback’s rich pioneering heritage and offer a true Australian adventure.

a giant barramundi in a mighty river. The only thing more colourful than the characters and experiences of Gulf Savannah is the spectacular red ball of the sun as it dips into the Gulf of Carpentaria each evening.

Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of explorers in a 4WD vehicle, join a luxury coach tour to explore underground marvels, jump aboard a rail adventure through cattle lands and country towns or swoop in from the air to remote eco-resorts, there’s an outback adventure sure to appeal. World Heritage fossil fields, wetlands abounding with wildlife, mining relics, limestone caves and hot springs are all part of this region’s enormous diversity. Crack a whip at a working cattle station, fossick for gemstones, canoe beneath rugged sandstone cliffs, boil the billy on a campfire or watch the dance of the jabiru. Relax with a cold drink at an historic hotel, discover a complete rainforest ecosystem hidden in a lava tube, be mesmerized by opera in a spectacular natural setting or hook 76

Various accommodation options from camping grounds and caravan parks to historic hotels, motels, railway carriages and lodges and working cattle stations are an exciting part of a visit to the Gulf Savannah. Mt Surprise is the first stop when travelling east across the area. It is a centre for gem fossicking, with quantities of topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm and aquamarine to be found. Beyond Mount Surprise lies the Undara Lava Tubes, Cobbold Gorge and the gem fossicking area at O’Brien’s Creek. Discover this region a little differently by taking a journey on the Savannahlander train. This classic 1960s silver bullet rail motor travels the original 90-year-old rail line that serviced the pioneering mining towns of Forsayth, Einasleigh and Mount Surprise.


NORMANTON

Normanton Station

Normanton is a beautiful and fascinating town with old-world charm and a rich history. It started life as a port for the Gulf of Carpentaria’s cattle industry and grew in importance with the discovery of gold at Croydon in 1885. The area was first explored by Ludwig Leichhardt on his journey from the Darling Downs to Port Essington. The next Europeans through the area were Burke and Wills who made their final dash to the Gulf, 26 kilometres west of the town. The location of Burke and Wills last northern camp is signposted on the main Normanton-Burketown road. It is only a 1.5-kilometre drive into the bush to the spot which is marked by a couple of plaques. The town’s greatest tourist attraction is undoubtedly The Gulflander, one of the last great characters of the rail world. From wetlands and grasslands to arid Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside that most people will never see. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect

way to discover an area steeped in pioneering history and heritage. The railway line was originally planned to service the beef industry by running from Normanton to Cloncurry but the discovery of gold at Croydon redirected it. Today it runs services twice a week, leaving Normanton at 8.30am on Wednesday and returning from Croydon at 8.30am on Thursday. Drop into the Normanton Visitor Information Centre, in the historic Burns Philp Building, to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or cool drink and talk to the friendly staff. Purchase a small souvenir or check out the displays featuring pioneers and explorers, wildlife, historical artefacts and flood photos of Normanton. Pick up a Normanton Town Walk brochure to discover a total of 30 places of historic interest around town, including the Purple Pub and the Albion Hotel. 77


KARUMBA

Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre

Karumba is truly where the savannah outback meets the sea. Situated on the mouth of the Norman River, Karumba is well known as a recreational fishing mecca and bird-watchers’ paradise.

the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline. During the summer, monsoon rains replenish the waterways and attract a multitude of birds in preparation for the popular winter tourist season.

The rich marine wetlands wind their way inland some 30 kilometres from

This is when fishing enthusiasts, including many Australian and overseas travelers, descend on Karumba for some of the best wild caught barramundi.

EXPERIENCE

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre and Hatchery – where you can explore the local flora and fauna through interactive displays, get educated on barramundi and their lifecycle and be entertained while hand feeding the well over one metre long barramundi!

If you want to head out on the water, Karumba offers boat hire for fishing, sightseeing and cruises on the Norman River. Charters are also available for fishing and there are several experienced river tour operators. For an unforgettable sunset, stop off at Karumba Point to enjoy sea views out over the Gulf of Carpentaria. This is a beautiful place to relax and experience the outback. Call into the Karumba Visitor Information Centre and have a chat to the friendly staff. Pick up a map and take a selfguided walk to discover the history of Karumba from the cemetery to the Norman Mouth Telegraph Station. In the 1870s a telegraph station was built on the site of Karumba, known at the 78


Fresh Seafood

flood in living memory caused huge damage to the town. A fun fact for music fans, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers song “Animal Bar” from their 2006 album Stadium Arcadium is about a bar located in Karumba, called the Animal Bar.

time as Norman Mouth. In 1937 Karumba became a refueling point for Qantas and BOAC flying boats travelling from Australia to London. During World War II the town was an RAAF base for Catalinas flying into New Guinea, Timor and Indonesia. By the 1950s, Karumba was the main access point for people wanting to fish in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Today Karumba is still home to extensive prawn, mud crab and barramundi fishing fleets that turn over $130 million each year.

In the 1960s and 1970s the town became the centre for the Gulf fishing industry, the first catch of commercial prawns occurring in 1964. In 1976 the biggest

Karumba is located approximately 760 kilometres from Cairns and over 70 kilometres from Normanton. www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au www.barracentre.com.au

Normanton & Karumba So many things to see and do

• Heritage walks • Gulflander train • Burke & Wills Camp 119 • Cruises • Fishing • Croc spotting • Muttonhole Wetlands • Bird watching • Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre

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Normanton Visitor Information Centre & Library Cnr Landsborough & Caroline St, Normanton (located in the Burns Philp building) P (07) 4747 8444 F (07) 4745 1072 E tourism@carpentaria.qld.gov.au Karumba Visitor Information Centre 149 Yappar Street, Karumba P (07) 4745 2211 E info@barracentre.com.au Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre 149 Yappar Street, Karumba P (07) 4745 2211 E info@barracentre.com.au


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Visitor guide to Atherton Tablelands and the Gulf Savannah