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Welc me ‘Uplifting by Nature’ is our regional brand, and the perfect theme to adopt for your visit here. Chances are you’ve already spent time on the Great Tropical Drive or found your way here via one of our gateways: the Gulf Savannah or Cape York, two of the most uplifting touring routes in Australia! People often ask ‘what is the best thing about the region?’ There’s more than one, and this magazine which is produced by the region’s tourism organisation – Tropical Tablelands Tourism – is designed to help you discover it all. Venture out, and discover how wonderful it is to stay at cosy B&Bs, timber treehouses, inviting inns, holiday parks and eco-lodges. If you’re travelling in a motorhome or caravan, you’ll discover many RV friendly towns offering free or reasonable cost overnight parking. They also offer good local facilities with parking, including shopping and medical services, potable water, and nearby dump points. Visit www.drivenorthqueensland.com.au for tips in the region. During your stay with us, acknowledge the traditional owners of this amazing region, and learn more of their ways. Thanks for visiting us!

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Gourmet Delights

24 Herberton & Irvinebank

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Birding & Wildlife

26 Regional Maps

10 Natural Wonders 12 Waterfalls & Lakes 14 Savannah Way

30 Atherton 34 Tolga 36 Mareeba

16 Ravenshoe, Innot Hot Springs & Mt Garnet

39 Kuranda

17 Millaa Millaa

44 Chillagoe & Petford

18 Malanda

46 Canecutter Way

20 Yungaburra

48 Events & Markets

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Vintage australia Here & now

sit in the schoolhouse. stand at the bar of the pub. enjoy a cuppa or lunch in the Bakerville tea rooms and pick up a treasured gift. Herberton Historic Village is more than a vintage precinct – it’s a tangible buzz of things past. You could easily spend the whole day here – many people do ! the average visiting time at this multi-award winning attraction is over 3 hours. the collection features more than 50 original buildings, each housing an extensive display of artefacts and memorabilia. with quirky australian collectibles, old machinery, vintage vehicles and thousands of genuine antique items, the Village is regarded as the most significant outdoor museum in Queensland. Don’t forget your camera, and dogs on leads are welcome! Herberton Historic Village 6 Broadway Herberton Queensland 4887 Telephone 07 4096 2002 info@herbertonhistoricvillage.com.au www.herbertonhistoricvillage.com.au

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Gourmet Delights Food and Wine Trails | An Inspiring Getaway

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Take your tastebuds on a holiday

Since the 1900s, visitors have been coming to the fresh, clean highlands of the Atherton Tablelands for rest and recreation. Today, you’re touring a gourmet tropical destination where you’ll savour sights, sounds and - best of all - new tastes around every bend in the road. Tastes of the Tropics In October, the Tastes of the Tablelands Festival showcases the best wines, coffees, cheeses, chocolates and other local produce that this wonderful region produces. Throughout the year, visitors can explore five individual Taste Paradise food trails around the region. Download the free Taste Paradise App, and look for the best producers displaying the Taste Paradise regional food brand.

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Did you know this is the only place you’ll discover all the ingredients for a perfect cuppa? Coffee, tea, milk and sugar are all grown right here! At Millaa Millaa, the biodynamic dairy Mungalli Creek produces exquisite cheeses, yoghurts, icecream and milks. Near Malanda, Gallo Dairyland makes superb cheeses and chocolates. Break for a cuppa and a tour at the Nerada Tea Plantation, stock up at roadside produce stalls or sample the treats of Tarzali Lakes’ Smokehouse Café. At Mareeba, you enter the coffee zone. Australia’s oldest coffee plantation, Skybury, has created a dedicated visitor centre with tours and a gourmet café with amazing views. Jaques Australian Coffee is a local plantation with a roasting house, café, coffee tours. In town, a gourmet feast awaits you at The Coffee Works. Compare the finest flavours of coffee, tea, chocolate and liqueur. Don’t miss the exquisite chocolate in their chocolaterie, and explore the largest collection of coffee artifacts in the world; Coffee World. Award winning fruit wines, liqueurs and spirits are found at Murdering Point Winery, Golden Drop Mango Winery, De Brueys Boutique Wines and Mt Uncle Distillery. Gourmet travelers will enjoy Mareeba Food Basket Tours and discover the day tour that has all the foodie highlights: Food Trail Tours. Indulge and Restore Take your taste buds on a tour at great local restaurants and cafés, including Nick’s Swiss Italian, Eden House, Chilverton Fine Dining, Tolga Woodworks Café, Bridges Café, The Falls Teahouse, Snibbles in the Rainforest, Country Breeze, Tinaroo Lake Resort, Foxwell Park, Cedar Park and the region’s picturesque, welcoming pubs. Indulge in a spa bath for two at your luxury chalet, or a couple’s treatment at Eden House Mountain Spa.

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Birding & Wildlife Rare Species | World Heritage | National Parks

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Playful platypus, dancing brolgas, and cute tree kangaroos - these are some of the unique Australian wildlife you’ll discover in our region. Birdwatching here attracts global attention. There are more than 430 bird species in the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef and 327 of these can be seen right here. Birding The diverse avifauna is due to the variety of local habitats: riverine, wetland, woodland, rainforest, grassland, agricultural and parkland. Birders can easily find the best spots by downloading the free Birding Trails App which puts all the best locations in the region at your fingertips with GPS precision and provides a wealth of birding information.

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October to April may be our hotter and wetter months, but it is the time when the migrant species arrive from Papua New Guinea including the beautiful Buffbreasted 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 our cooler, drier, winter months (May to September) the Victoria’s Riflebirds are displaying and winter breeders such as White-eared Monarch can be easier to see. During this period, Brolgas and Sarus Cranes are also found on the Tablelands feeding on the agricultural fields. Top birdwatching spots include the dry regions of Mt Molloy and Kaban, the wetlands of Mareeba, Nyleta, Hasties Swamp, Nardellos Lagoon, Broomfield Swamp, Abattoir Swamp, the National Parks of Mt Hypipamee, Crater Lakes, Davis Creek, Barron Falls, Mt Lewis, and the Wongabel State Forest. Wildlife Viewing and studying wildlife is made simple by a network of National Parks, bushwalks, wildlife spotting tours and the knowledgeable interest of so many local people. The Bat Hospital in Atherton is internationally known, and has a visitor centre where you can meet microbats and flying foxes eye to eye and learn more about these fascinating animals. As well as with operators like Alan’s Wildlife Tours which depart from Yungaburra, you can see wildlife at excellent attractions such as The Mareeba Wetlands, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.

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World Heritage/National Parks The outstanding natural universal values of Australia’s Tropical Rainforests were recognised in 1998 when the Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed on the World Heritage List. You can learn more about World Heritage-listed places from regional visitor centres, or look for the green tree frog logo as you explore the area.

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Natural Wonders Subterranean Attractions | Marvellous Landscapes

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The world’s longest continuous lava flow at Undara

Nature here is very uplifting! Take a refreshing swim in an ancient crater lake, marvel at trees more than one thousand years old, stand in the World’s longest lava flow, see fairytale limestone caves and steep yourself in fascinating cultural history. In 2012, the region will be at the centre of the universe during the total solar eclipse on the morning of November 14, as the moon moves in front of the sun, completely blocking it and casting a shadow in the earth’s surface expected to last two minutes at its peak. A Natural High Nature really is something to marvel at. The Hypipamee Crater was created by an exploding vent. Chillagoe’s limestone caves are the relics of an underwater coral reef. Undara Lava Tubes are the world’s longest continuous lava flow from a single volcano. Cobbold Gorge’s dramatic sandstone escarpments offer an unforgettable vista. The Gulf Savannah’s treasures Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the prehistoric landscapes of Lawn Hill and the stunning Morning Glory Cloud formations - are unmatched. Tranquil volcanic lakes

The spectacular Barron Falls is easily accessed by the interpretive walkway, or viewed from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Kuranda Scenic Railway. Lake Tinaroo, a spectacular expanse used for hydro, is an aquatic playground year round. The Crater Lakes of Eacham and Barrine were formed 12,000 years ago by molten magma. At Lake Barrine, a short walk brings you to the towering Twin Kauri trees, thought to be over 1,000 years old. Near Yungaburra, the spectacular Curtain Fig Tree has aerial roots which drop 15 metres to the ground. The waterfalls here are record breaking, with the region home to Australia’s tallest waterfall (Wallaman Falls), the widest single-drop waterfall (Millstream Falls) and even a waterfall that featured as the tribal council on the television series Survivor (Blencoe Falls).

Hypipamee Crater - a lush wonderland

Get up close to nature at the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve, Granite Gorge Nature Park or the Peterson Creek Walking Circuit at Yungaburra. Throughout the region, the area’s natural heritage is enhanced with built attractions which sit atop the landscape in harmony. Attractions such as the Crystal Caves in Atherton, Paronella Park near Innisfail or Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway are examples of this. At Granite Gorge Nature Park the fantastic landscape of granite bolders stretches for one kilometre. Enjoy the walking trails and hand feeding rock wallabies in the wild.

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Waterfalls & Lakes Aquatic Playgrounds | Sparkling Cascades

highlights The Waterfall Circuit Barron Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls Lakes Eacham, Barrine and Tinaroo Lake Koombooloomba

Serene beauty at Lake Tinaroo

Here in the northern tropics, our wet season is spectacular. Luckily, the rivers and streams cascading from the highlands to the coast spill over terrain that creates natural features in the popular forms of the shimmering lakes and cascading waterfalls which are the stand-out attractions of the region.

Take time out

Southern Waterfalls This is the home of the highly recommended Waterfall Circuit which begins near Millaa Millaa on the Palmerston Highway. Follow the scenic road to the fairy-tale drop of Millaa Millaa Falls, the region’s popular emblem and the most photographed waterfall of all. Stop for refreshments at Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy and Café. Drive on to Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls, and visit Mungalli Falls. On the way to Ravenshoe visit Souita and Pepina Falls and Australia’s widest waterfall, the Millstream Falls which is located five kilometres past the township. Continue to Little Millstream Falls and Koombooloomba Dam which is an excellent spot for camping and fishing. Dinner Falls is located inside the Mt Hypipamee National Park, also home of the Mt Hypipamee Crater, a geological oddity which has resulted in a very deep hole. 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. Northern Waterfalls The Davies Creek National Park contains a series of pools and waterfalls fed by Davies Creek. The biggest of all the waterfalls can be found in Kuranda. Spectacular all year round, the majestic Barron Falls is at its awesome best during the wet season. The Crater Lakes: Barrine and Eacham The twin volcanic crater lakes of Barrine and Eacham are tranquil pools of water fringed by rainforest. At Lake Barrine, take a cruise to spot wildlife and enjoy a break at the quaint 80-year old teahouse which serves excellent Devonshire teas. At Lake Eacham, a long stretch of grassy lawn meets the lake’s edge and there are barbecues, picnic areas, an all weather shelter and toilets. Guests at the neighbouring Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge enjoy free nocturnal animal viewings each evening.

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Hydro Dam Lakes Lake Tinaroo’s large expanse was created in the 1950s by damming the Barron River. Recreational use of the beautiful lake is high and the camp grounds are popular with locals looking to escape the humidity of the coast during the warmer months. If you would like an extra touch of comfort, head for the Tinaroo Lake Resort. Lake Koombooloomba was built in 1961 on the Tully River system and is also an excellent fishing and camping getaway spot.

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Savannah Way Landscapes | Fishing | Wildlife

highlights Savannahlander and Gulflander Gem Fossicking / The Gem Den Cobbold Gorge and Undara Ted Elliot Mineral Collection

Sheer majesty at Cobbold Gorge

The Savannah Way is Australia’s Adventure Drive, stretching from Cairns to Broome via Katherine. The route which covers almost 3,700 kilometres, includes four World Heritage listed areas and over 15 spectacular National Parks. The Route With the road sealed from Cairns to Karumba, 4WDs, motorhomes, caravans and the family car all travel well. The best time to visit is all year round – the wet and the dry seasons have their unique aspects and the ‘Green Season’ of rains is surprisingly comfortable and uncrowded.

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Attractions At Undara Volcanic National Park, stop and marvel at the 160 kilometre lava tube system - the world’s longest lava flow from a single volcano. A network of professionals from across northern Australia known as Savannah Guides, lead tours here and guests have the choice of camping or staying in the Lava Lodge’s authentic turn-of-the-century restored railway carriages. A 1960 rail motor, the Savannahlander train, comes from Cairns to Forsayth once a week and can be combined with the Undara tour. Another famous train, the Gulflander, tracks from Croydon to Normanton each week. At Mt Surprise Gems, try sieving and learn how faceting is done. Georgetown (with a caravan park, motel, hotel and museum) features the TerrEstrial Centre – home to a collection of over 4,500 minerals, gemstones and fossils from around the world. Cobbold Gorge is a spectacular oasis and wildlife habitat accessible by tours led by Savannah Guides. A boat cruise and tour is the best way to experience the sheer, sculpted walls of the gorge, and there’s a campground as well as comfortable, ensuite cabins. Further on, Croydon town was famous for its gold rush, but the port for the gold was Normanton which is now the major service centre in the Gulf Savannah. Spend time absorbing the history and scenery here and do go fishing - this region is known as the Outback by the Sea. Karumba, at the Norman rivermouth, is the centre for prawning and barramundi - don’t miss the Barramundi Discovery Centre here or the spectacular sunsets at Karumba Point. Beyond Karumba and Normanton lies Burketown, Gregory, and Boodjamulla National Park’s spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge and the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields. The town of Katherine is renowned for the magnificent 13 gorges in Nitmiluk National Park, where you can canoe, boat cruise, swim, walk and take a scenic flight. Other highlights include Leichhardt Falls, and the northernmost camp by explorers Burke & Wills. The route continues across the Kimberley region to the pearling town of Broome.

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Ravenshoe, Innot, Mt Garnet

Heritage Steam Train | Australia’s Widest Waterfall | Wind Farm

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Ride the Capella train Meet the locals

Surrounded by natural wonders like Lake Koombooloomba and Millstream Falls, the locals here live a lifestyle to be envied, and celebrate it every year in the annual Torimba Festival and Festival of the Forest in October. Ravenshoe Queensland’s highest town, Ravenshoe is 920 metres above sea level and is home to Windy Hill wind farm which generates enough electricity to supply approximately 3,500 homes. Created on the extinct Windy Hill volcano in 2,000, its 20 wind turbines take advantage of the consistent winds. The Ravenshoe Visitor Centre at 24 Moore Street provides first-class tourist information and has excellent displays on the rainforest, timber-milling, dairy farming and WWII military presence in the area, plus a section on bats and a noctarium which simulates night spotting of local native animals. The centre is also the home of the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre which showcases the culture and lifestyle of the region’s Jirrbal people whose language is the world’s oldest spoken language. On Sundays the historic steam train Capella runs to Tumoulin, Queensland’s highest railway station. Ravenshoe is the highest point in the Misty Mountains walking tracks network, and is a great location for wildlife watching, particularly for platypus, 12 species of possums, 340 bird species and of course, Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, one of 14 species of kangaroo to be found in the area. The wildlife and landscape of the region are translated into fine Australian art and woodcraft at Win’s Gallery. Mt Garnet During its heyday, tonnes upon tonnes of copper, silver and lead were extracted from Mt Garnet, the town named from a large garnet lode discovered during copper mining. If you’d like to experience real Australian bush style hospitality, turn up at Mt Garnet on the first weekend of May for the town’s races and rodeo – as a community event this rates as one of the top in the country. From Mt Garnet you have easy access to Blencoe Falls.

Windmills at Windy Hill

Innot Hot Springs In an often quoted local export story, the hot water which bubbled out of Nettle Creek at up to 75 degrees celsius was bottled and shipped to Europe as a health treatment over 100 years ago. Today, visitors take the waters at the Innot Hot Springs Leisure & Health Park which has six public pools, or, you can simply dig your own hole in the river sand of the creek bed. Innot Hot Springs is a great base for gem fossicking, fishing and bird watching.

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Millaa Millaa

Panoramic Lookouts | Famous Waterfalls

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Millaa Millaa - your gateway to waterfalls and walking trails Everyone loves Millaa Millaa Falls

At 850 metres above sea level, beautiful Millaa Millaa is gateway to the southern Tablelands. The image of its picturesque waterfall has graced thousands of travel pages, and even been featured in a Qantas commercial. Millaa Millaa Town The village celebrated its Centennial in September 2011 and its rich, rural heritage can be explored in the local museum - don’t miss the massive Kauri pine logs evidencing the logging industry of the past. Next door is a covered BBQ/picnic area featuring a sculpture of the famed explorer, Christie Palmerston. Explore further, and you’ll discover the town’s facilities include Tobin’s General Store (incorporating the Centenary mural), pampering at Millaa’s Little Beauty Shop, unique local gifts at the Post Office, great coffee and eats at De Millaa’s Café, and the convivial atmosphere of the Millaa Millaa Hotel. Take a stroll around the Harold West Walk to see the town’s tropical forests and gardens, or tee off for nine holes at the Millaa Millaa Golf Course. Waterfalls Millaa Millaa’s picturesque waterfalls have been attracting visitors for over a century and the Millaa Millaa Falls are Queensland Heritage listed. The Falls Circuit begins at Theresa Creek Road just east of town and the drive encompasses Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls. Other falls to visit are the Pepina and Souita Falls which are located 10 kilometres from Millaa Millaa along the Old Palmerston Highway towards Ravenshoe. From town, travel east 11 kilometres to Junction Road and follow the signs onto the ‘Mungalli Loop’ (Junction/Brooks Roads) which includes the Mungalli Falls, the highest waterfall on the Tablelands with a licensed restaurant, camping ground and cabins. Misty Mountain Trails Millaa Millaa is the gateway to the Wet Tropics wilderness long distance walking trails. Over 130 kilometres of tracks have been constructed under a unique partnership between local councils, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, traditional owners and volunteers. Gourmet Produce Don’t miss the very successful bio-dynamic/organic dairy, Mungalli Creek where you can sample their whole range of award winning products as well as watch them being made. Emerging rural industries such as buffalo milk dairy farming and rainforest bush tucker orchards have also been winning awards and putting this region on the gourmet map. For more information about things to do and see visit www.millaamillaa.com.

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Malanda

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Rainforest Walks | Waterfalls | Wildlife

Nerada Tea Plantation Tarzali Lakes Malanda Falls Visitor Centre and Rainforest Trails

Discover Malanda’s mosaics and murals

The pretty town of Malanda is situated in the heart of the Tablelands rainforest region. It is great for bird watching, bushwalking, and taking a cooling dip in the falls. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairy industry, the village has many resident artists whose works can be viewed on an art trail of the vibrant mosaics depicting the town’s history. Attractions Take a break at the historic Malanda Hotel and step inside for a cool ale. Today’s visitors have a choice of hostelry with the modern Lodge Motel, River’s Edge Retreat and Canopy Treehouses. The Malanda Dairy Centre in the main street features an innovative retro milk bar restaurant which will take you back when days were longer and times simpler. The heritage listed Majestic Theatre is thought to be the oldest continually operating cinema in Australia.

Tea estate at Nerada

Nearby Tarzali has a terrific attraction in the Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre where you can buy the freshest fish possible. The park and its natural surroundings are a place for families and groups wanting to participate in activities such as platypus tours, fishing, learning about commercial aquaculture techniques, nocturnal tours, camping and dining at the Smokehouse Café. Activities The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre (temporarily housed inside the Malanda Dairy Centre) is a great place to start. The area’s traditional owners are the Ngadgon-ji people. Informative and highly personalised guided rainforests walks with an Indigenous elder are available at weekends at a small cost. Centre volunteers provide local information, and the guided rainforest walks through the Conservation Park are moderate, enjoyable trails. In the rainforest surrounding Malanda there have been more recorded day-time sightings of the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo than elsewhere and it’s common to see platypus, turtles and lizards. The beautiful Malanda Falls are a must-see stopover with perfect conditions for year round swimming and picnicking.

Refreshing Malanda Falls

At Glen Allyn Road, visitors can tour the Nerada Tea Estates in the shadow of Mt Bartle Frere. This is the largest tea plantation in Australia, and the visitor centre here provides tours and tastings. Not far from Malanda is the extinct volcanic crater known as 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 their fly-in at dusk.

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Yungaburra

Heritage-listed Buildings | Nature | Dining | Shopping

highlights The Curtain Fig Tree Peterson Creek Platypus Platform Galleries and Curio Stores Superb Restaurants and Cafés

Yungaburra’s pretty streetscape beckons

Yungaburra is a picturesque village just one hours’ scenic one drive from Cairns. Its lovely streetscape is largely unchanged since 1910, with wide verandahs and historic shop fronts lining the pretty lanes. Charming cafés, award-winning restaurants and arts and crafts galleries complete the picture. It is the largest National Trust village in Queensland.

Meet a platypus!

Attractions Yungaburra’s high profile landmark, the amazing Curtain Fig Tree, is only minutes from the village and is accessed by a short boardwalk from the sealed road. The Cathedral Fig Tree, another 500-year old strangler fig, is located in the nearby Danbulla State Forest. The Lake Eacham Hotel, or Yungaburra Pub as it’s commonly known, is a magnificent showpiece of Federation architecture. Nick’s Restaurant, an awesome Alpine-style chalet has also become an icon in this Australian country town thanks to the passion of owners Nick and Gina. The restaurant celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. You can see all Yungaburra’s historical landmarks on the Village Heritage Walk. History Volcanic activity shaped much of the Tablelands, and evidence of this is easily spotted around Yungaburra with the obvious geological features of the Seven Sisters (cinder cone ‘hills’) and Mt Quincan with its dish-like crater, as well as nearby Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine (explosive craters known as maars created when rising lava came in contact with the water basin). Yungaburra has existed largely unchanged since 1910, and The Eacham Historical Society has chronicled much of the town’s early history. The town’s original name was Allumbah Pocket, and in the early days of the 1880s miners en route to the tin and goldfields used the hamlet as an overnight stopover. The readily available Old Town Loop Map is another great way to take a self guided walk around the quaint village nestled in the hills.

Cathedral Fig Tree

Events On the fourth Saturday of each month the famous Yungaburra Arts & Crafts Markets, the largest and most popular of all the region’s country markets, are held on the green in the village centre. In late September, the Tablelands Folk Festival takes place in various venues around the village, bringing musicians, singers, poets and fans from around the region and interstate. Nick’s Swiss Italian Restaurant & Yodeller’s Bar is the place to celebrate Octoberfest in early October with German beer, music and dancing.

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STAY & RELAX

Rustic Yodellers Bar

After a wonderful night out at Nick’s Restaurant, it is a short stroll to the luxury country living of Birds’n’Bloom Cottages.

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Yungaburra’s monthly markets

Activities Bushwalking is the ideal way to encounter the wildlife of the surrounding areas. A network of easy and moderate walking tracks will lead you through wetlands, rainforest, scrub and lake-side paths. The village is set below Mt Quincan, an extinct volcanic crater whose slopes cradle the timber pole treehouses of Mt Quincan Crater Retreat which also happens to be a great place for wildlife watching or weddings. Yungaburra’s focal attraction is the Peterson Creek Walking Circuit where there are nearly always platypus to be spotted and the re-vegetation program has ensured the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos are also making their home there. The platypus viewing platform at Peterson Creek provides an excellent place to watch these elusive creatures. There are numerous recommended and easy wildlife walks radiating from the village. Evening wildlife tours – or nightspotting – are a great way to see the noctural creatures of the rainforest. Sheer indulgence at Eden House

Nearby Tinaburra Waters is popular for water skiing and windsurfing, with easy access with a boat ramp and special areas set aside for water skiing and jet skiing. Active travellers will love exploring the lakes and trails by bike, hike or kayak with Tableland Adventure Guides, and if you’re keen to fish for barramundi get yourself high end tackle from World Record Barra Tackle. On the Wallaby Tours take day and night guided canoe trips and morning mountain bike tours, and Lake Tinaroo Cruises offer skippered charter cruises from Yungaburra. Hospitality Yungaburra is something of a foodie heaven. As well as Nick’s and its adjacent pizzeria, there’s the acclaimed Eden House Retreat & Mountain Spa whose restaurant is listed by Gourmet Traveller magazine as among Australia’s finest. Yungaburra is renown for great hospitality, such as you can experience from local hosts at Tinaroo Sunset Retreat, Allumbah Pocket Cottages or Birds ‘n’ Bloom Cottages. Shopping The village features a garden centre, tackle shop, boutiques,art and gem galleries, crafts and country style antiques, a popular second hand book store, and a foodmart/newsagent/delicatessen. Today, the town’s interests are

Superb Swiss Italian fare

fostered and furthered by the Yungaburra Business Association www.yungaburra.com

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Allumbah Pocket

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Award winning heritage-style bed & breakfast cottages, located in the heart of Yungaburra.

24 Gillies Highway • Ph: 07 4095 3023 www.allumbahpocketcottages.com.au

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Herberton & Irvinebank World Class Museums | Mining | Bushwalks

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Discover the pioneering spirit at Herberton Historic Village

In the late 1880s, miners like John Moffat created a boom on the back of the tin they extracted from the bush clad hills. Today, the towns’ well-preserved buildings and inviting streets are drawing people back with a new vibrancy. Connect with Australia’s history and folklore by re-visiting the past. Herberton Town The oldest town on the Tablelands has its entire precinct listed on the National Heritage Register, and is best discovered via its intriguing photo posts and self-guided Heritage Walk. See the earliest building, the 1881 School of the Arts, in the main street and wander down to the Jack & Newell Store c. 1882 which houses the fascinating Spy & Camera Museum. Learn about the history of photography here and see real spy cameras - guided tours operate hourly. Another charming building on the main street is Herberton’s former Post Office c. 1913, now a popular B&B operating as Herberton Heritage Cottage. Finally, learn about the explorers of the past by following in their footsteps on an expedition through the wilderness with a pack donkey - it’s a real life adventure! Try tin panning!

The Herberton Mining Museum and Information Centre Occupying the site of the first big tin discovery at the Great Northern Mine, the centre has themed areas telling the fascinating story of Herberton’s mining history and the town’s development. Exhibits are being added regularly, and the young - and not so young - can try their hand at tin panning. Herberton Historic Village This astounding collection of Australiana is an entire vintage village of over 50 buildings on the fringe of the township. Spanning two centuries, the dwellings, vehicles, memorabilia and antiques which fill this cultural asset have been meticulously resurrected and inventively displayed. Among many treasures, there’s a fully restored 1926 rail ambulance and a genuine pioneer’s slab hut built in 1870. The original Herberton State School c. 1883 is a top place to take the children and show them yesteryear’s classrooms.

Herberton’s heritage township

Irvinebank Established in 1882, Irvinebank boasts many century old buildings such as Loudoun House, the original home of the town’s founder John Moffat and now a museum. The region experienced a boost of prosperity at the turn of last century, when the ‘Mighty Vulcan’ mine became the mainstay of the town, yielding the purest available tin in the world at the 1907 London World Expo. The Irvinebank Tavern supplies provisions, fuel and accommodation, and there is free camping for travellers on the town common. At the nearby Montalbion, a former Cobb & Co. stop, you can fish in the dam and camp under the stars.

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134 Carrington Road, Atherton (turn right off Herberton Road, 6kms from Atherton) Phone: 07 40912683

Open Wed to Sun 3-6pm June to September Booking essential at other times of the year Adults $12, Children $6

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Montalbion Dam

Close to Hastie’s Swamp

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A real drive adventure along the road less travelled. The push to “the Tip” of Australia is a must do for the intrepid road warrior and a great Australian experience. Visit amazing rock art and relics, marvel at nature in our National Parks, come face to face with wildlife or try your luck sportsfishing in this world class destination. Skip across to the Torres Strait Islands and discover WW2 history and the spirit of the island culture. For more information visit www.cooktownandcapeyork.com

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Atherton

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Facets and Fossils | Chinatown | Bat Hospital

Birdwatching at Hasties Swamp Chinatown/Hou Wang Temple The Empress at Crystal Caves Halloran’s Hill Lookout

Atherton’s wide and welcoming streets

From its beginnings as a timber-getters’ camp and a staging post between the tin mines and the coast, Atherton has blossomed like its trademark jacaranda trees into a diverse regional service. Well known to the locals as a highland getaway destination, Atherton is also famous for its rich soils which grow superb produce and flowers.

Pay a visit to the Bat Hospital

Attractions The region has a wealth of artists whose works are best seen at the Tablelands Regional Gallery. Check out the wonderful pre-war Barron Valley Hotel, browse through the town’s quaint shops like Atherton Antiques & Australiana and enjoy a picnic at Halloran’s Hill. Just out of Atherton is an attraction which combines the two taste sensations of dairy and chocolate – Gallo Dairyland. Taste the gourmet cheeses and chocolates, and let the children see how milk is made. Hasties Swamp is a seasonal wetland which has an annual cycle of wet and dry, attracting a range of resident and migrant birds. The two-storey Nyleta Wetlands Bird Hide there has wheelchair access (on the lower section only). Finally, take time to get to know the inhabitants at The Bat Hospital (on the road to Herberton) where you can meet flying foxes and microbats at the Visitors Centre. This internationally renown facility is operated by a not-for-profit group dedicated to the conservation of bats and their habitat. They achieve the rescue, rehabilitation and release of hundreds of bats each year and the facility is open seasonally to the public. The Crystal Caves In the main street, you’ll find one of the most remarkable and novel attractions in the whole of Australia. The Crystal Caves are the fanciful creation of the Boissevain family. A spectacular private mineralogical collection with over 600 specimens, the caves are an adventure museum where visitors don a miner’s helmet complete with a headlamp for a fun tour of this fairy-tale underground cavern. You’ll marvel at the world’s largest amethyst geode, The Empress of Uruguay, and the gravity defying attraction, The Magic Spheres.

Vistas at Halloran’s Hill

Sahara Seabed Collection Next to the Caves, the adventuring Boissevains have created a new attraction featuring some of the world’s oldest items - fossils dating back 240 million years. Beneath ancient rocks under the Sahara desert, sediment captured countless small animals - the ancestors of our beautiful Nautilus shells and preserved them for all time. Collectors can enjoy them today in the exclusively imported homeware items and collectible fossils in The Sahara Seabed Collection.

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Atherton Holiday Park Rural Outlook, on the outskirts of town!

Keenly priced and affordable accommodation so your holiday budget can go a lot further.

Local artists and touring exhibitions. The Tablelands’ only regional gallery.

Pool (slate-lined) Ensuite van sites • Great country views • Close to attractions.

Large flat sites Family sized units • 2 bedroom cottages • Camp kitchen

Small and larger Groups catered for. Phone (07) 4091 1099 4km east of Atherton Post Office - on the Gillies Hwy.

open: tues - sat 10am - 4pm sun 10am - 2pm • closed mondays 16 robert street • atherton • phone: 4091 5261

Units • Villas • Cottages • Caravan Sites

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A central tropical sancutary! Nestled amongst an amazing variety of native plants, birds and widlife, with a creek ambling between the palms and giant karri trees - Atherton Hinterland Motel is the perfect base for your Tableland adventures. • Freshly brewed take-away tea & coffee • Daily room service • Direct dial telephone • Full HD LCD TV • Free wireless Internet

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Glorious Amethysts at the Crystal Caves

Chinatown Gold attracted Chinese settlers to north Queensland in the late 1800s and when the gold ran out, many turned to timber cutting and market gardening. The remains of Atherton’s Chinatown are now an archaeological site featuring the community’s fully restored place of worship, the Hou Wang Temple. The Temple is part of a complex featuring a Chinese museum with interactive displays of Atherton’s Chinese heritage and a prized collection of original artefacts and historic photographs of the once bustling precinct. During October, the Chinatown grounds host the food festival, Tastes of the Tablelands. Agriculture The soils of the Tablelands are suited to horticulture, and around the Atherton area they yield an amazing range of produce. Small to large farming enterprises produce lettuce, strawberries, macadamia nuts, bananas, beans, maize, corn, sugar cane and avocados. Sample these at the roadside stalls around the region and take away a memory of the taste of farm fresh produce. Heritage revisited at Chinatown

History Atherton has always featured as a service centre and a stopover point for travellers. Today, the Trans North transport service provides linkages between Atherton, Kuranda and Cairns all the way to Karumba (via Undara), and visitors can enjoy comfortable hostelry like The Summit’s B&B and Retreat, the Rainforest Motor Inn, Atherton’s Hinterland Motel, or holiday parks such as Atherton Holiday Park and Halloran’s Leisure Park. Back in the days of the pioneers, it was the Mulligan Highway which connected the seaside port of Port Douglas to the newly opened tin deposits at Herberton. The Mulligan Highway passed through the present Main Street of Atherton (in those days called Prior’s Pocket), and bullock teams hauled supplies up to Herberton, and ore back to Port Douglas. The route also opened up the area to logging of the magnificent rainforest timbers, and Cobb & Co ran a service up and over the Great Dividing Range on the Mulligan Highway. The road was named after James Venture Mulligan (as was the nearby Mount Mulligan). An adventurer and prospector, Mulligan was responsible for opening most of the North Queensland mining fields.

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John Atherton was another colourful local. A pioneer grazier and adventurer who lent his name to the town and the region, Atherton first discovered tin while prospecting in 1879, naming the site Tinaroo Creek (now the site of Tinaroo Dam).

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Tolga

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Woodworks | Fruit and Produce | WWII History

Victory in the Pacific Celebrations Mt Uncle Distillery The Humpy /The Big Peanut Tolga Museum

Stay a while at Tolga

A thriving community today, Tolga began life as a simple staging post. At the outbreak of World War II, the region became a training centre and staging base for Allied Forces. Discover the past at the Tolga Museum which houses memorabilia of WWII and the local timber industries. Rocky Creek War Memorial Park During 1943 to 1945 the entire Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands became the largest military base in Australia hosting between 100,000 and 300,000 troops from 140 different units. The park was established over a decade ago at what was originally the site of the largest field hospital in the southern hemisphere and honours servicemen and women. Dedication ceremonies are held in the park each August on the Sunday nearest VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day. For further exploration into the region’s war history, follow up your visit with a trip to the Mareeba RSL.

Tolga Museum beckons

Attractions Tolga is central, pretty and the ideal holiday base with a choice of budget accommodation at the Tablelands Motor Inn or spa lodge indulgence at Allawah Retreat. Tolga’s foremost attraction is the established fine woodwork gallery, Tolga Woodworks, on the main road. As well as exquisitely crafted handmade timber pieces ranging from small spinning tops and bowls to fine furniture, the gallery features a large array of hand forged iron and hammered steel, ceramics, fused glass and silver jewellery which showcases the collective talents of north Queensland’s finest artisans. There’s also a great café which serves lunches as well as morning and afternoon tea. For more locally sourced souvenirs, fine silver-smithing and a superb range of Australian gemstones fashioned into modern jewellery, visit the studio gallery Rainforest Gems. The Tolga racecourse is the venue for the markets, with a wide range of local produce and crafts on display on the first Sunday of every month. Heading to Atherton, the road turns into a leafy canopy of rainforest at the entrance to the Tolga Scrub. Pause at roadside stalls like The Big Peanut or The Humpy (which has gluten free products) to stock up on seasonal produce including freshly roasted local nuts and locally made gelato ice-cream!

Quality souvenirs at Tolga Woodworks

Walkamin Just north of Tolga, Nardello’s Lagoon is a peaceful retreat with waterbirds like black swans and sea eagles. Visit the cellar door at nearby Mt Uncle Distillery to taste their excellent liqueurs and spirits, or take a break at Bridges Cafe which features North Queensland’s largest range of teas.

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Remember our servicemen at Rock Creek Memorial Park

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Mareeba

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Coffee, Food and Wine | Birding | Scenic Flying

Mareeba Heritage Centre Gourmet Tastes and Tours Warbird Adventures The Mareeba Wetlands

Savour views at Mareeba Skybury Wetlands Explore the ourcoffee naturaland wonders

A multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine, with clear blue skies perfect for flying, Mareeba has a history going back to the gold mining days, and a strong sense of community spirit which sees support for traditional outback sports such as the famous annual Mareeba Rodeo.

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Coffee and Wine Over 70% of Australia’s coffee crop is grown here and you can taste and buy at a number of local coffee roasters and coffee plantations. At the Coffee Works in Mareeba, follow the story of coffee from plant to cup and visit Coffee World, an antiquities museum housing a world-class collection of coffee and tea memorabilia. Taste, tour and take home Skybury coffee – Australia’s oldest commercial coffee plantation is situated on the rolling hills and huge rock formations behind Mareeba. Sip specially created house blends at Jaques Australian Coffee Plantation, an established estate where you can also take a plantation tour. Fruit wines are another specialty of the Mareeba region. The Golden Pride Winery will introduce you to the delights of mango with their range which includes sparkling wine, port and liqueurs and is widely available throughout the region. At de Brueys Boutique Winery, taste the fabulous fermentations of lychee, mango, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, passionfruit and star apple. Get Airborne Each year, more people chose to experience hot air ballooning here than anywhere else on earth. At Jaques Coffee, you can also take to the air in a microlight. The Mareeba Airport is home to Warbird Adventures offering flights in a fully restored operating warbird. The museum and hangar features an amazing collection of ex-military aircraft from around the world, wartime history, a café and more. One of the region’s most spectacular airbourne sights is the Tyrconnell Historic Gold Mine where visitors can tour an actual gold mine and stay overnight.

Luscious Mareeba Mangoes

Birding The Mareeba region is acknowledged by birding experts as the richest region for birdlife in Australia. Nearly half of Australia’s 750 bird species can be found here, and birders have recorded over 300 species within a 15 kilometre radius of nearby Mt Molloy. The Mareeba Wetlands is a regionally significant Brolga and Sarus Crane roost, where the best wildlife watching is during the Reserve Twilight Safari.

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Float above it all Choice roast beans at Coffee Works

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Kuranda

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Culture | Shopping | Attractions | Wildlife

Restaurants and Cafés Arts, Crafts and Souvenirs Indigenous Artifacts and Culture Jungle Walk over Jum Rum Creek

Kuranda’s colourful markets are a major drawcard

The delightful mountain village of Kuranda attracts visitors from all over the world who enjoy its superb wildlife attractions, walking trails, river cruises, souvenir shopping and artists’ galleries. Spend a few days here immersed in Kuranda’s culture - this vibrant and close-knit community has both unique style and engaging sophistication.

The spectacular Barron Falls

Attractions One of Kuranda’s most treasured landmarks is the Barron River and its spectacular gorge; home of the mighty Barron Falls. A river boat wildlife spotting cruise operates from beside the train and Skyrail arrival stations. Wildlife watching is one of the great things to do in Kuranda. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is a beautiful garden aviary containing no fewer than 1,500 colourful butterflies. Birdworld is home to the largest collection of free-flying birds in Australia – some 500 of them – yet its most impressive inhabitant, the endangered Southern Cassowary, doesn’t fly at all. Displays at the Australian Venom Zoo focus on venomous animals - think Australian tarantulas, centipedes and scorpions. BatReach is a rescue and rehabilitation centre operated by volunteers located off the main street. Admission is by donation. Kuranda’s Koala Gardens is ideal for visitors with limited time who want to see Australia’s best known wildlife like koalas, wallabies, wombats, crocodiles and reptiles. Shopping Over the years Kuranda has become a great place to shop. There are bargains to be had here, as well as exquisite artisan pieces at the other end of the spectrum. Spend time browsing at unique stores like the Kuranda Tea House with its fine teas, arts and crafts and admire quality workmanship at Bob’s Woodart which features hand-crafted, mostly salvaged timbers. At the Emu Ridge Gallery, there’s free admission to a fossil and gemstone museum, and you’ll get up close and personal with a nine metre Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton. The markets in Kuranda are very diverse and have been a feature of the village for 25 years. You can start your day at the Kuranda Heritage Markets with a free shuttle from the Skyrail/Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Get up close to nature

Best Kuranda buys are the hand-made local products (look for Ceti bath soaps) and quality Australiana such as opals, wood-art, didgeridoos and other authentic Aboriginal artifacts. You’ll find delightfully soft and supple kangaroo skins and leather products, and for that souvenir t-shirt for anyone back home, you simply can’t go past the range and prices here.

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Explore the Village in the Rainforest

Restaurants and Cafés Heritage buildings from the past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafés and bars. Kuranda’s historic Barron Falls Hotel is where locals mingle with international visitors, while Kuranda Rainforest View Restaurant celebrates the environment as much as its quality menu. If you like to linger over fine coffee, Kuranda Coffee Republic serves up quality locally grown and roasted coffee,while for fast and friendly service at a great location, Kuranda Village Cafe has it wrapped up - why not try their kangaroo burgers? History Kuranda has always been a magnet for visitors. The village began life in the 1800s as a retreat where locals could escape the heat and humidity of the tropical coast. During the ‘60s, a new wave of settlers arrived, embracing the alternative lifestyle movement of the day and establishing Kuranda as an arts and crafts nexus. Catering for visitors, in one form or another, forms the basis of commerce and lifestyle in Kuranda today. There is plenty of accommodation Superb wildlife attractions

to be found in and around Kuranda so plan to stay a while at B&Bs like Miju Rainforest Retreat, luxuriate and spa at Platypus Springs Rainforest Retreat, suit yourself at the central, self contained Kuranda Villas, spoil yourself at the affordable, multi award-winning Cedar Park Rainforest Resort, get close to nature at Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Park, a peaceful multi-choice accommodation and nature park or enjoy hospitality at Kuranda Hotel Motel. Around Kuranda The journey to Kuranda is an exciting one. Other than the scenic highway route, you can choose to travel to Kuranda via two of the region’s icons – the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. The railway is an amazing journey, crossing Stoney Creek Bridge and stopping at Barron Falls. Skyrail’s gondolas take visitors gliding above the canopy of the rainforest, with stops at an interpretive centre and boardwalks into the lush forests. A popular option is to combine both! Five minutes from Kuranda Village is Rainforestation, a 40-hectare nature park amid World Heritage-listed rainforest. Visitors can sample exotic fruits from the tropical orchard, take a tour on an amphibious Army Duck, enjoy Aboriginal culture with the park’s Pamagirri Dancers and the Dreamtime Walk, and observe

Kuranda’s vintage Railway Station

Australia’s unique fauna in the koala and wildlife park. West of Kuranda on the Mareeba Road, adventurers can quad bike or ride a horse at Blazing Saddles.

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Scenic views from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

An Australian icon

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Chillagoe & Petford Limestone Caves | Historic Sites | Observatory

highlights Tommy Prior’s Ford Museum Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park Walsh River Fishing and Swimming Town Walk

Chillagoe - smelter ruins

A genuine outback town with fascinating attractions and abundant wildlife, Chillagoe is easily accessed by conventional vehicles via the Wheelbarrow Way. Starting at Mareeba, this route was named after the gold mining pioneers who trudged out bearing their worldly goods in a wheelbarrow. An annual footrace with wheelbarrows commemorates this along The Way each May.

Native Wildlife

On Route Dimbulah, the gateway to the goldfields, sprang up on the Walsh River to service the ore trains. Once mining faded, cropping became the focus and today you’ll see lush sugar cane, mango and lychee plantations. Almaden, Petford and Emuford are all linked by the Etheridge railway line which welcomes the Savannahlander train on its weekly run from Cairns via Almaden and Mt Surprise to Forsayth. Petford, the junction of the road from Herberton, was originally called Wadetown and known widely as a watering hole for the miners of the day. Climb the range to the remains of the 100-year old Lappa Pub, another famed stopover of old! On entering the Chillagoe region, a dramatic landscape created by massive limestone bluffs and rock formations greets travelers. History After the goldrush, Chillagoe’s population grew to thousands in a new mining boom, however the much anticipated mother lode of copper did not materialise and the state government took control of the smelter until production ceased in 1943. The ore smelter was never reused and is now a drive-around museum complete with interpretive storyboards. The town fell into a state of decline and would have languished if not for the caves and the cattle industry Geology and Caves Chillagoe was once the site of an ancient coral reef but today the coral has been transformed into massive limestone bluffs containing over 560 known caves, the largest having over 11 kilometres of passages. Caves range from open and airy to dark and scary and are heavily decorated with stalactites and stalagmites. At the extremities of these bluffs, volcanic activity has created colourful marble and rich mineral deposits.

Fairy Grotto - Donna Cave

Attractions Three cave systems, Donna, Royal Arch and Trezkin Caves, have been chosen by National Parks because of very different stages of natural development and have steps, walkways and lights for guided tours. Chillagoe Cabins conduct informative tours that can include caves and the abandoned smelter. Billy Tea Safaris offer a fully inclusive day tour to Chillagoe - let someone else do the driving!

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Let Billy Tea Safaris take you there! Chillagoe CAVES & O UTBACK

Day Tour

Ph: 4032 0077 www.billytea.com.au

BUDGET

Chillagoe Cabins 

Drive your dollar further

AAA Rating

Transfers Clean Cabins with Ensuite A/C, TV, DVD, CD BYO Restaurant Pool and BBQ Laundry (sorry no pets) Tour Bookings

Ph: 07 4094 7206 Queens St • Chillagoe

www.chillagoe.com

Save $20 off time & kilometre charges! Rent an Economy Car (e.g. Hyundai Getz 5 door manual, Group B) through to a Full Size Car (e.g. Holden Commodore, Group E) from Port Douglas or Cairns for 4 consecutive days before 30 June 2013 and get $20* off the base rate. Quote coupon number MPNZ111 in your booking.

“The best accommodation in Chillagoe” - The Lonely Planet

CAIRNS 153 Lake St........................07 4048 8166 CAIRNS AIRPORT...........................07 4033 9777 PORT DOUGLAS 2/11 Warner St... 07 4099 5702 *Conditions apply. Valid for car groups A, B, C, D & E only. Subject to availability. $20 off time & km charges only and will be applied at time of rental. Min of 4 consecutive day rental. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, coupon or promotion including corporate and industry rates. Qantas Frequent Flyer points cannot be earned with this offer. CT8841

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Canecutter Way Gateway | Attractions | History | Scenery | Reef

highlights Paronella Park Beaches, Reef and Rainforest Murdering Point Winery Mamu Rainforest Canopy

The fairytale of Paronella Park

The Canecutter Way is a fascinating gateway to the Cairns Highlands/ Atherton Tablelands with its own award winning attractions such as

Caravans • Camping • Cabins

Paronella Park and Murdering Point Winery where you can taste medal winning wines made from fruits and native exotics such as Lemon Aspen and Davidson Plum. Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway Easily accessible and highly popular, the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is mid-way between Millaa Millaa and Innisfail on the Palmerston Highway. Elevated walkways, a cantilever and 37m high observation tower provide visitors with the exhilarating experience of being

Ask about our special weekly rates for Seniors! A small, quiet & friendly caravan park that is a little off the beaten track with easy access to explore the surrounding area.

1300 725 525

www.kurriminebeachholidaypark.com.au/seniorsspecials

high in the rainforest canopy as well as spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. Paronella Park A standout attraction at Mena Creek is Paronella Park, voted number one in the 2009 RACQ poll for 150 Must Dos. A fantasy creation from the mind of immigrant José Paronella in the 1930s, today the dream continues at this beautifully restored, intriguing venue. During the day, visitors are charmed by guided tours including such fancies as the Tunnel of Love. By night, the park presents a dramatic evening tour. Stay over at the caravan park and camping

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grounds that are part of the park (new in 2011 are six boutique cabins). As well

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as being a visionary, Jose was a pioneer in eco-tourism – the park is powered by its fully restored original 1930s’ hydro electric generator. The attraction’s ecotourism credentials were recognised with two major awards last year. Parks & Beaches The Canecutter Way lies between Mena Creek National Park

and Kurrimine Beach National Park. Pause at Mena Creek to walk the Gorrell Track – an easy 3.7 kilometres to MacNamee Creek’s lush rainforest swimming and picnic spot. Henrietta Creek to Goolagan Creek is part of a network of walks in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park. The small township of Kurrimine Beach is a great place for travellers to relax after a busy day exploring. One of the best kept secrets in north Queensland, Kurrimine Bech is almost untouched and has the “olde-worlde” flavour of the tropical North with personalities aplenty. With the reef just off the beach (you can walk to it low tide), it offers one of This is cassowary country!

the best fishing spots in the country. There are various accommodation and dining options for all budgets here, including the popular holiday park.

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Hydro Powered

Original 1930s system

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Events & Weekend Markets

Visit our website for a current and comprehensive list of events and markets...

Kuranda Markets

MARKETS Archer Creek

2nd Sun of the month, 7am-12noon, Archer Creek, Kennedy Hwy

07 4097 6545

Atherton

1st Sat of the month, 7am-12noon, Platypus Park, Herberton Rd

07 4096 5529

Cooktown

Every Saturday morning, 7am-12noon, Lions Park

07 4082 0512

Herberton

3rd Sun of the month, 7am-12noon, Wondecla Sports Ground

07 4096 2408

Kairi

2nd Sun of the month, 7am-12noon, Beside Kairi Hotel

07 4095 8250

Kuranda

Original Markets: Every Day 9am-3pm

07 4093 7261

Heritage Markets: Every Day 9am-3.30pm

07 4093 8060

Malanda

3rd Sat of the month, 7am-12noon, Malanda Showgrounds

0439 702 657

Mareeba

2nd Sat of the month, 7am-12noon, Mareeba Heritage Park

0419 788 277

Mt Molloy

1st Sat of the month, March-December, 8am-12noon, Fraser Rd

07 4094 1036

Ravenshoe

4th Sun of the month, 7am-12noon, Railway Station, Grigg St

07 4097 6322

Tolga

1st Sun of the month, 7am-12noon, Morrow Park Racecourse

07 4091 2810

Yungaburra

4th Sat of the month, 7.30am-12.30pm, Yungaburra Park

07 4095 2111

Stock up on local produce There’s always plenty of entertainment

OFFICIAL INFORMATION CENTRES Atherton

Cnr Main Street & Silo Road

07 4091 4222

athinfocentre@trc.qld.gov.au

Babinda

1 Munro Street

07 4067 1008

info@babindainfocentre.com.au

Chillagoe

21-23 Queen Street

07 4094 7111

chillagoehubinfo@bigpond.com

Georgetown

Low Street Georgetown

07 4062 1485

www.terrestrialgeorgetown.com.au

Herberton

1 Jack’s Road

07 4096 3474

info@herbertonvisitorcentre.com.au

Kuranda

Therwine Street

07 4093 9311

info@kuranda.org

Karumba

Walker Street

07 4745 9582

tourism@carpentaria.qld.gov.au

Malanda

Atherton-Malanda Road

07 4096 6957

info@malandafalls.com

Mareeba

345 Byrnes Street

07 4092 5674

info@mareebaheritagecentre.com.au

Mission Beach

Porter Promenade

07 4068 7099

info@missionbeachtourism.com

Mt Garnet

Anniversary Park, Garnet St

07 4097 9230

visitors@mountgarnet.org.au

Normanton

Cnr Landsborough & Caroline Sts 07 4745 1065

tourism@carpentaria.qld.gov.au

Ravenshoe

24 Moore Street

07 4097 7700

info@ravenshoevisitorcentre.com.au

INFORMATION OUTLETS

Join in the fun of Pioneer Weekend

Dimbulah

Raleigh Street

07 4093 5999

athinfocentre@trc.qld.gov.au

Millaa Millaa

Main Street

07 4096 6239

millaamillaamuseum@gmail.com

Yungaburra

Kehoe Street

07 4095 2416

yungaburravic@bigpond.com

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Meet the locals and join in the community spirit at these great Tableland events! Visit our website for more great activities.

www.athertontablelands.com.au EVENTS AND FESTIVALS March / April Kuranda Easter Celebration Outback Country Rock & Blues Normanton Barra Classic Einasleigh Races & Rodeo Pioneer Weekend

7 30 - 1 6-9 7-8 28 - 29

www.kuranda.org 1800 990 992 07 4745 1218 4095 4952 or 4062 5222 www.herbertonhistoricvillage.com.au

4-5 11 - 13 18 - 20 26

0418 182 595 07 4094 7111 07 4094 7111 07 4093 5219

8 - 10 8 - 10 9 - 11 24 - 30 22 - 24

www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au/events www.cooktowndiscoveryfestival.com.au www.cairns.cycling.org.au www.ridefnq.com 0427 072 748

8 - 14 29 - 30 6-8 9 - 10 9 - 14 14 - 15 14 - 15 20 - 21 26 - 29

07 4062 5161 www.kurandaroots.com 07 4096 5349 07 4091 4260 07 4092 7539 www.mareebarodeo.com.au 07 4092 1583 0403 603 983 07 4092 3053

4 11 12 18 - 31 19 25

www.nicksrestaurant.com.au 07 4094 8337 www.warbirdadventures.com.au 0409 917 724 www.tablelandscyclesports.com 0418 770 095

8-9 8 8 22 22 - 23 28 - 30

07 4096 2093 07 4097 9010 yungaburrabookvillage@gmail.com 07 4745 2665 0427 072 748 www.wallabycreekfestival.com

6 - 20 4-6 13 21 21 25 - 28

07 4097 6407 1800 990 992 www.nicksrestaurant.com.au 07 4091 7757 www.kuranda.org www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org

2-4 10 24

0438 344 992 07 4093 5319 07 4095 3603

May Mt Garnet Races & Rodeo Big Weekend Chillagoe Rodeo The Great Wheelbarrow Race Dimbulah Lions Festival June Normanton Rodeo & Show Cooktown Discovery Festival Tour de Tableland Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride Croydon Poddy Dodgers Festival

Tour de Tableland

July Oak Park Races Kuranda Roots Festival Malanda Show Atherton Show Mareeba Art Show Mareeba Rodeo Mareeba Show Chillagoe Festival Christmas in July, Mareeba August Swiss National Day Celebrations Mt Carbine Bull & Bronc Ride The Warbirds Airshow, Mareeba Atheron Maize Festival Herberton Mountain Bike Challenge Mareeba Multicultural Festival September Herberton Flower Show Mt Garnet Garden Competition Yungaburra Book Fair The Stingers Cup, Normanton Croydon Camp Draft Wallaby Creek Festival - Cooktown

Undara’s Opera in the Outback

October Festival of the Forest, Ravenshoe Opera in the Outback Octoberfest Nick’s Swiss Italian Restaurant Tastes of the Tablelands Kuranda Day & Barron River Raft Race Tablelands Folk Festival Yungaburra November Tinaroo Barra Bash St Anthony’s Fair Dimbulah Tablelands Toy Run

Rodeo action

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ACCOMMODATION

Page

Atherton Halloran’s Leisure Park

www.halloransleisurepark.com

1800 88 50 30

33

Atherton Hinterland Motel

www.athertonhinterlandmotel.com.au

07 4091 3311

31

Atherton Holiday Park

www.athertonholidaypark.com

07 4091 1099

31

Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn

www.rainforestmotorinn.com.au

07 4095 4141

31

The Summit Rainforest Retreat

www.summitrainforest.com

07 4091 7300

33

Chillagoe

Chillagoe Cabins

www.chillagoe.com

07 4094 7206

45

Herberton

Herberton Heritage Cottage

www.herbertonheritagecottage.com.au

0427 962 670

25

Lakes District

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges

www.rainforest-australia.com

07 4095 3754

13

Tinaroo Lake Resort

www.tinarooresort.com.au

07 4095 8912

13

Tinaroo Sunset Retreat

www.tinaroosunsetretreat.com.au

07 4095 3350

13

Malanda Lodge Motel

www.malandalodgemotel.com.au

07 4096 5555

19

Rivers Edge Rainforest Retreat

www.riversedgeretreat.com.au

07 4095 2255

19

The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses & Wildlife Sanctuary www.canopytreehouses.com.au

07 4096 5364

19

Mareeba

Jabiru Safari Lodge

www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au

1800 788 755

37

Tolga

Allawah Retreat

www.allawah-retreat.com.au

07 4095 3330

35

Atherton Tablelands Motor Inn

www.tablelandsmotorinn.com.au

07 4095 4130

35

Atherton

Malanda

The Canecutter Way

Kurramine Beach Holiday Park

www.kurraminebeachholidaypark.com.au 07 4065 6166

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The Savannah Way

Mt Carbine Caravan Park

www.mtcarbine.com

07 4094 3160

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Yungaburra

Allumbah Pocket Cottages

www.allumbahpocketcottages.com.au

07 4095 3023

23

Eden House Retreat & Mountain Spa

www.edenhouse.com.au

07 4089 7000

21

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

www.mtquincan.com.au

07 4095 2255

23

Port Douglas/Cairns

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

www.crocodileadventures.com

07 4055 3576

8

Atherton

Atherton Antiques & Australiana

platypus@tablelands.net.au

07 4091 4455

33

Atherton Chinatown

www.houwang.org.au

07 4091 6945

33

Tableland Regional Gallery

www.trc.qld.gov.au

07 4091 5261

31

The Bat Hospital The Crystal Caves

www.tolgabathospital.org www.crystalcaves.com.au

07 4091 2683 07 4091 3285

25 3

The Sahara Seabed Collection

www.saharaseabed.com.au

07 4091 6696

2

Herberton Historic Village

www.herbertonhistoricvillage.com.au

07 4096 2002

5

Spy & Camera Museum

www.spycameramuseum.com.au

07 4096 2092

25

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

www.skyrail.com.au

07 4038 1555

11

Tourism Kuranda

www.kuranda.org

07 4093 9311

41

Malanda

Nerada Tea Visitors Centre

www.neradatea.com.au

07 4096 8328

19

Millaa Millaa

Mungalli Creek Dairy

www.mungallicreekdairy.com.au

07 4097 2232

13

Millaamillaa.com.au

www.millaamillaa.com.au

07 4097 2359

17

Coffee Works

www.coffeeworks.com.au

07 4092 4101

7

Mt Uncle Distillery & Bridges Cafe

www.mtuncle.com

07 4086 8008

38

de Brueys Boutique Wines & Functions Venue

www.debrueys.com.au

07 4092 4515

37

Golden Drop Winery

www.goldendrop.com.au

07 4093 2750

38

Skybury - The Australian Coffee Centre

www.skybury.com.au

07 4093 2190

9

Warbird Adventures

www.warbirdadventures.com.au

07 4092 7391

37

Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway

www.derm.qld.gov.au/mamu

07 4064 5294

47

Murdering Point Winery

www.murderingpointwinery.com.au

07 4065 6278

47

Paronella Park

www.paronellapark.com.au

07 4065 0000

47

Cobbold Gorge Tours P/L

www.cobboldgorge.com.au

07 4062 5470

15

Mt Surprise Gems

www.thegemden.com.au

07 4062 3055

15

Normanton & Karumba Visitor Information Centres www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au

07 4745 1065

15

Terrestrial

www.terrestrialgeorgetown.com.au

07 4062 1485

15

The Gulflander

www.gulflander.com.au

07 4745 1391

15

Undara Experience

www.undara.com.au

1800 990 992

11

Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Café

www.tolgawoodworks.com.au

07 4095 4488

35

Rainforest Gems

www.rainforestgems.com.au

07 4095 5223

35

Nick’s Restaurant

www.nicksrestaurant.com.au

07 4095 3330

20

Billy Tea Safaris

www.crystalcaves.com.au

07 4032 0077

45

Food Trail Tours

www.foodtrails.com.au

07 4041 1522

Wilderness Expeditions

www.wildex.com.au

07 496 2266

25

Trans North Coach Services AVIS Budget

www.transnorthbus.com.au www.avis.com.au www.budget.com.au

07 4095 8644 136 333 1300 362 848

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ATTRACTIONS

Herberton Kuranda

Mareeba

The Canecutter Way

The Savannah Way

Tolga

RESTAURANTS/CAFES Yungaburra

TOURS & TRANSPORT Tours

Coaches, Self-drive and Hire Car

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What to do? Where to go? How to plan your holiday... Talk to a local at an Accredited Visitor Information Centre. Accredited Visitor Information Centres offer: • High quality independent local area information and comprehensive knowledge on things to see and do. • A booking service for a wide range of accommodation, activities, transport and touring options. • Professional standards of operation and service by a enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers. • Complimentary maps and brochures for easy information access on the go. • And discover a whole lot more...

Atherton Information Centre

Kuranda Visitor Centre

Malanda Falls Visitor Centre

Ravenshoe Visitor Centre

Centrally located in the heart of the Tablelands region.

Located in the heart of the unique rainforest village.

OPEN DAILY: 9am to 5pm Cnr Main Street & Silo Road, Atherton Ph: 07 4091 4222 Email: infocentre@trc.qld.gov.au www.athertoninformationcentre.com.au

OPEN DAILY: 10am to 4pm Centenary Park, Therwine Street, Kuranda Ph: 07 4093 9311 Email: info@kuranda.org www.kuranda.org

Located at the Malanda Dairy Centre. Book a guided rainforest walk with a Ngadjon elder. OPEN DAILY: 9.30am to 3pm Guided walks Wednesday - Sunday Atherton Road, Malanda Ph: 07 4096 6957 Email: info@malandafalls.com www.malandafalls.com

Discover the rich heritage of the Jirrbal people, and the pioneering history of the district. OPEN: May-Oct: 9am to 5pm, Nov-April: 9am to 4pm 24 Moore Street, Ravenshoe Ph: 07 4097 7700 Email: info@ravenshoevisitorcentre.com.au www.ravenshoevisitorcentre.com.au

Chillagoe Hub

Herberton Mining Museum & Visitor Information Centre

Mareeba Heritage Museum & Tourist Information Centre

Immerse yourself in the history of the oldest town on the Tablelands. Try panning for tin!

Explore the rich cultural, agricultural and mining origins.

OPEN DAILY: 9am to 4pm 1 Jack’s Road, Herberton Ph: 07 4096 3474 Email: info@herbertonvisitorcentre.com.au www.herbertonvisitorcentre.com.au

OPEN DAILY: 8am to 4pm Centenary Park, 345 Byrnes Street, Mareeba Ph: 07 4092 5674 Email: info@mareebaheritagecentre.com.au www.mareebaheritagecentre.com.au

Amazing interpretive displays of Chillagoe’s past. Bookings for cave tours. OPEN: Weekdays - 8am to 5pm Weekends - 8am to 3.30pm 21-23 Queen Street, Chillagoe Ph: 07 4094 7111 Email: chillagoehubinfo@bigpond.com www.chillagoehub.com.au

LOOK FOR THIS SYMBOL AS YOU TR AVEL AROUND THE REGION.

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