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2014/15 VISITOR’S GUIDE

Atherton Tablelands

Cairns Highlands & Beyond Uplifting by Nature

Uplifting by nature

SAVANNAH WAY | KURANDA | MAREEBA | CHILLAGOE | TOLGA | ATHERTON YUNGABURRA | MALANDA | MILLAA MILLAA | LAKE TINAROO | HERBERTON | IRVINEBANK RAVENSHOE | INNOT HOT SPRINGS | MT GARNET | CASSOWARY COAST

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René Boissevain is a man with a passion.

He has spent a lifetime travelling to every corner of the world to collect crystallised mineral specimens, gemstones, fossils and rocks. He searches only for the best - the most perfect, the most extraordinary, the most valuable, the rarest and the biggest. To house his growing collection of more than 600 individual pieces, René has built 250 m2 of tunnels and

grottos for you to explore. The imagination of one man to build a fantasy cave is only surpassed by the quality and size of the crystals and fossils. This virtual cave gives the feeling of finding these natural formations yourself. Carefully positioned and delicately lit, you are free to discover in your own time and encouraged to touch and photograph the crystals.

Open your mind and put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum…

Be Different!

Established in 1983, Fascinating Facets is a combination of gallery, rockshop and jeweller. The selection of fossils, gemstones, unique jewellery and gifts from around the world

is overwhelming and the prices very reasonable. You can crack a geode formed 44 million years ago or select a spectacular piece or Amethyst from the rotating carousel. This family business prides itself on offering only natural gemstones of the highest quality.

Open seven days a week* Look for the 12 international flags at 69 Main Street in Atherton Weekdays: 8.30 am - 5 pm Saturday: 8.30 am - 4 pm Sunday and public holidays: 10 am - 4 pm *We close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and for the month of February Phone: (07) 4091 2365 fax: (07) 4091 3285 welcome@crystalcaves.com.au www.crystalcaves.com.au 2 Discover the Atherton Tablelands /Cairns Highlands and Gulf Savannah. For more information visit www.athertontablelands.com.au


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Finding Your Way

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Tours and Adventure

10 Cassowary Coast 12 The Savannah Way 14 Gourmet Delights 16 Birding & Wildlife 18 Lake Tinaroo 20 Natural Wonders 22 Millaa Millaa 23 Ravenshoe, Innot Hot

Springs & Mt Garnet

24 Herberton & Irvinebank 25 Events & Markets 26 Regional Maps 30 Kuranda 34 Mareeba 38 Tolga & Walkamin 40 Atherton 43 Chillagoe & Petford 44 Malanda 46 Yungaburra 51 Easy Reference Guide

Welcome to Atherton Tablelands/ Cairns Highlands & Gulf Savannah People often ask what is the best thing about the Atherton Tablelands but if you have ever visited the region, you will have discovered there is more than one. The Atherton Tablelands epitomises what is best about Tropical North Queensland. Lush rolling hills, vast green fields, abundant wildlife, rugged bushland, tropical waterfalls, impressive lakes, rich history, gourmet food and friendly hospitality sum up an Atherton Tablelands experience. Produced annually by Tropical Tablelands Tourism, Discover will take you on a selfdrive journey of discovery. Explore the gateways from the reef to the rainforest before you find yourself spoiled for choice in our stunning region. Plan to stay at least five days, as there is so much to see and do. Venture out and discover how wonderful it is to stay at a cosy B&B, in a timber tree house, inviting inn, holiday park or eco-lodge. If you are travelling in a motorhome or caravan, you will discover many RV friendly towns with central holiday parks that offer great overnight parking rates. For history buffs, the Tablelands boasts some incredible historical points of interest from wartime to Chinese settlement and Australia’s early pioneer days. Country markets brimming with local produce and homemade craft are also worth a visit. Foodies be warned – from coffee, tea, sugar, to tropical wines, macadamias, milk, cheese and chocolate, the Tableland’s fertile land not only makes for stunning scenery, it also serves up some of the freshest produce in the country. For those who like to play, you are entering an adventure playground complete with watersports, mountain biking, hiking and camping. For more information once you are here, be sure to visit one of the friendly volunteers at the Visitor Information Centres. For more information on where these centres are located see page 50. Enjoy your holiday and thanks for visiting.

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Finding your way to the Tablelands Gateways | Attractions | History | Scenery | Reef Tropical North Queensland has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most beautiful and diverse localities to visit in the world. Where else can you experience the Great Barrier Reef, the ancient World Heritage Listed rainforests of the Daintree, stunning beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, the golden outback and some of the most unique flora and fauna to be found anywhere in one region? Finding your way to the Tablelands has never been more adventurous or uplifting, with some of Australia’s best drives located right here in North Queensland, and the best thing yet is that they all lead to the Atherton Tablelands.

The Great Tropical Drive The Great Tropical Drive offers selfdrive travellers a holiday choice unlike any in the world with its vast array of experiences and ever-changing scenery taking in pristine rainforests, azure coastlines and the dramatic landscapes of rural and outback Queensland.

The 2079km Great Tropical Drive incorporates the coastal drive from Cooktown through Cairns and Townsville to Ayr and Charters Towers in the south, plus the Tableland communities’ of Mareeba and Atherton. Incorporated within the Great Tropical Drive is a series of 13 shorter drives or Tropical Discovery Trails, enabling visitors to explore shorter sections or offshoots of the primary route.

on to Cape Tribulation there is 200km of tropical coastline that mirrors the Great Barrier Reef that it stretches alongside and is truly one of the most spectacular drives.

The route travels through areas of enormous environmental and aboriginal significance including 70 National Parks, conservation areas and state forests, the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island and World Heritage tropical rainforest. Towns along the Great Tropical Drive offer insights into the early history of the area, while others present opportunities to savour unique tastes of the tropics and experience exhilarating adventures.

Visitors can tailor the Great Tropical Drive itinerary according to their personal interests, length of visit and preferred destinations.

Some of Australia’s best-known attractions such as the Undara Lava Tubes can also be seen on this drive. From Cairns, through Port Douglas and

No journey would be complete without a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. See the big crocs up close during feeding times as well as experience the wetland boat rides and wildlife presentations.

Visitors travelling the Great Tropical Drive should give themselves time to really enjoy the North Queensland lifestyle, which is renowned for its relaxed tropical pace. While a few of the offshoot trails require a 4WD, most of the primary loop of the Great Tropical Drive is sealed, making it safe and easily accessible for all vehicles. Visitors can also obtain detailed local information at visitor information centres along the way.

Don’t miss Great Barrier Reef Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Palmer River Gold Fields Mt Carbine Caravan Park

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Discover the real story of pioneer Australia at the Historic Village Herberton. With more than 50 restored period buildings showcasing Australian collectibles, vintage machinery and vehicles and thousands of genuine antiques, the Historic Village Herberton is the most significant outdoor museum in Queensland. Plan to spend the day and treat yourself to delicious homestyle cooking at the Bakerville Tearooms. Don’t forget your camera and dogs on leads are welcome. Special event programs run during school and public holidays. Visit the website for more information.

historic village herberton 6 Broadway Herberton Queensland 4887 Telephone 07 4096 2002 info@historicvillageherberton.com.au www.historicvillageherberton.com.au Allow a 90-minute drive from Cairns

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High Season (Mid-March to Mid-October) 9am–5pm, last entry 3.30pm Low Season (Feb to Mid-March & Mid-Oct to Christmas) 10am–4pm, last entry 2.30pm Refer to website for more information

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Barron Gorge Experiences found on the Great Tropical Drive Adventure Explore the walking tracks, fishing holes and gemfields of this challenging landscape, push yourself to the edge, discover your inner strength and let soft and extreme adventure take your breath away. Nature Uncover the hidden secrets of an area of unrivalled natural beauty. Ancient tropical rainforests, vast savannah plains and wetlands will restore your faith in our planet’s future. Indigenous The Great Tropical Drive passes through the traditional lands of over 20 distinctly different tribal groups. Their customs and beliefs are deeply imbedded in the landscape you are driving through. North Queensland’s unique Indigenous culture evolved in tropical forests over many thousands of years. Food and Wine The bounty of the Coral Sea, rich volcanic soil and mild tropical climate yield a vast range of produce including fresh seafood, rare tropical fruits and specialty teas and coffee. From these raw ingredients taste creations such as native fruit wines and mouthwatering five-star cuisine that has evolved. Heritage Follow in the footsteps of great explorers – including the greatest

of all, Captain Cook. Experience the life of a shipwrecked castaway, seek out the treasures which inspired Australia’s last great gold rush in 1872, explore the rich fusion of cultures and stories which give this region its eccentric character. Wildlife Tropical North Queensland is home to diverse wildlife and an abundance of species resulting from the four natural bio-regions including the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics, the Desert Uplands and the Brigalow Belt bio-regions. Due to this migratory and endemic species can be found habituating the tropical North Queensland region. Come and spot, watch or observe the fascinating behaviour of this wildlife in a splendid setting. If you are fascinated by history, want to reach the very tip of Australia or want to delve further into the North’s Golden outback than the specialised drive routes of Chillagoe and Wheelbarrow Way and Cooktown and Cape York will take you off the beaten track.

Chillagoe & The Wheelbarrow Way The Wheelbarrow Way encompasses some of the richest and most important history of our national heritage between Mareeba and Chillagoe. Drive through ancient landscapes, with spectacular escarpment formations and be sure

not to miss the beautiful limestone caves at Chillagoe. Spend some time in Chillagoe touring the historic copper mines of the Old State Smelters, marvel at ancient indigenous culture at the Chillagoe Museum - housing some of this country’s oldest and most important Aboriginal rock art – and ensure to take a torch for your tour to the Bauhinia and Pompeii Caves.

Cooktown & Cape York The push to the tip of Australia is a must for the intrepid road warrior. Visit amazing Aboriginal rock art and relics, marvel at nature in the national parks or try your luck sport fishing. Why not stop in at Mt Carbine Caravan Park enroute? It is ideally located for further exploration of the Palmer River Gold Fields, Lakeland Downs, the Annan Gorge, the mysterious Black Mountains and historic Cooktown. Heading out west to Palmer River visitors to the solitary roadhouse perched above the famous river can get a glimpse of the remnants of one of north Queensland’s most famous gold mining towns – with tens of thousands of miners, including Chinese immigrants, flocking to the town in the 1870s sparking the establishment of the ports of Cairns, Cooktown and Port Douglas.

Don’t miss Murdering Point Winery Palmerston Highway Daintree Rainforest Chillagoe Caves

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Tour TaSTe buy Visit Skybury, Australia’s oldest coffee plantation to enjoy freshly roasted barrista coffee and the most breathtaking views on the Tablelands. Take a guided tour and see how the entire coffee process happens, before relaxing at the Australian Coffee Centre’s restaurant for a delicious meal and homemade desserts. There is a gift shop as well as the opportunity to take away some of Skybury’s award winning coffee. Tours 10.30am, 11.45am, 2.15pm Open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm (Closed Good Friday & Dec 24 to Jan 1) Located 9km west of Mareeba, 1.5 hours drive from Cairns / Port Douglas GPS S 17° 00.662 ‘E 145° 20.296’

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Tours and Adventure Mountain Biking | Food & Wine | Outback Want to explore all the Atherton Tablelands has to offer but want to sit back relax and let some else do the work? Choosing a guided tour can be a lot of fun and ensures you get the most out of your visit learning a lot of about local culture, art and history. It also offers the chance to meet other like minded travellers and of course the friendly locals. Food Experiences Food Trail Tours offers unique and exclusive food experiences that will allow you to savour regional foods at their source and hear the stories behind the foods. Departing from Cairns daily, you will travel across the Tablelands where you will sample locally grown coffee, macadamias, cheese and more. Outback Experiences Let Billy Tea Safaris take you to the Chillagoe Caves and outback with stops at Mt Uncle Distillery and Mareeba Wetlands. Wilderness Expeditions also offers a range of different walking treks and camping with pack donkeys that will give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of

Australia’s most famous explorers, with a friend to carry your gear. Transport Trans North offers three return trips weekly from Cairns to Karumba connecting at Undara.

Adventure If you love the outdoors, then the Atherton Tablelands offers some of the best and diverse experiences on offer. Stunning lakes, rivers and forestry, not only provide some of the most splendid scenery in North Queensland but also some of the most fun. Experience the heights of hot air ballooning, sail the calm waters of Lake Tinaroo, fire up the jet ski for some heart pumping fun, snag a world record barramundi or take in some of the best scenery across the Tablelands on dedicated mountain bike trails. Hiking With the option of summiting Queensland’s two highest mountains – Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Kerr – from the Atherton Tablelands, the region has also become a draw card for hiking enthusiasts.

Mountain Biking is an exhilarating way to experience the stunning beauty of the Tablelands and there is no doubt this region offers some of the best mountain bike and road cycling adventures. The rolling, paved country roads have little traffic, the mild temperatures provide the perfect conditions for year round cycling and the scenic rides interconnected by quaint villages are just waiting to be explored. The Atherton Tablelands also boasts world class dedicated mountain bike trails. Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park is located just 3km from Atherton township. There are currently 30km of single track and endless fire trails. At Dinden State Forest Mareeba, the Davies Creek Mountain Bike Track has approximately 21km of fire-road and single track loops. Horse Riding There is an extensive network of tracks suitable for horse riding, particularly on the Herberton Range. First explored by early pioneers, followed by mining and logging activities, it is the tracks opened by these ventures that are now used.

Don’t Miss Mountain Biking Hiking Horseriding Water Sports

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

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Discover North Queensland’s Outback and Cape York,see the flora and fauna,live some of our heritage, and explore with a friend to carry your gear!

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Discover the Atherton Tableland’s and’s history, World Heritage Wet Tropics and visit Lake Barrine, while you explore what regional food and wine producers have to offer. Savour foods at the source and hear the stories behind the foods.

Includes regional, tropical fruit wines, chocolate, cheeses, macadamias, i tours. coffee, and plantation The tour departs from both Cairns and the NNorthern orthern Beaches.

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Paronella Park

Cassowary Coast & Canecutter Way Waterfalls | Wine | Coastal Drives From stunning beaches to rugged coastal ranges and fertile flood plains, the Cassowary Coast Region is a fascinating gateway to the Atherton Tablelands. The region is known as the nation’s banana-growing hub as well as the home of both the endangered southern cassowary and the giant golden gumboot. It encompasses the larger towns of Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell and Mission Beach and is a must see tourist destination. A major highlight is the Canecutter Way. Described as 42km of pure magic, this stunning drive sits between Innisfail and Kurrimine Beach and has become renowned for its immense beauty, picturesque towns, and fascinating early history. It is home to standout attractions such as Paronella Park and Murdering Point Winery. Learn about the Berryman family’s 50-year history of making tropical fruit wines at their Murdering Point Winery, with produce sourced directly from their farm.

You can taste medal-winning wines made from fruits and native exotics such as Lemon Aspen and Davidson Plum. Paronella Park, located at Mena Creek, tells the amazing story of one man with an incredible dream. Built in the 1930s by immigrant Jose Paronella, it was voted the number one thing to do in the 2009 RACQ poll. Since then it has received a number of awards including best major tourism attraction in the region. Today the dream continues at this beautifully restored, intriguing venue. During the day, visitors are charmed by guided tours including the Tunnel of Love. By night, the park presents a dramatic evening tour. As well as being a visionary, Jose was a pioneer in ecotourism with the park powered by fully restored original 1930s hydro-electric generators. Stay over in Mena Creek at the caravan park and camping grounds with its six boutique cabins or at the Mena Creek Hotel, which offers comfortable, air conditioned rooms (including family room options).

Mena Creek is also home to a number of walks including the Gorrell Track – an easy 3.7km to MacNamee Creek’s lush rainforest and picnic spot. Another walk from Henrietta Creek to Goolagan Creek is part of a network of trails in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park. Another area that should be explored is Babinda. Nestled in a valley between Queensland’s two highest mountains of Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Kerr and with attractions such as the Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls and Eubenangee Wetlands, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Kurrimine Beach remains almost untouched and with the reef just off the beach, it offers one of the best fishing spots in the country. You can even walk out to King Reef and explore these ancient corals close up. From Innisfail, the Palmerston Highway is the easiest road route to the Atherton Tablelands. There are a number of highlights on this drive that will lead you to the Tablelands.

Don’t miss Paronella Park Murdering Point Winery Canecutter Way Waterfalls

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Paronella Park- The wonderland that was voted the #1 must do in Far North Queensland

Enjoy restaurant quality food and drink at pub prices at the

Mena Creek Hotel

1671 Japoonvale Rd Mena Creek Ph: 07 4065 0000

www.paronellapark.com.au

Extend your experience stay overnight in either Paronella Park’s Cabins or Mena Creek Hotel’s Rooms

Corner of Japoonvale Rd & Mena Crk Rd , Mena Creek Ph: 07 4065 3201

www.menacreekhotel.com.au

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Invisible pool at Cobbold Gorge

The Savannah Way Fishing | History | Fossil Fields The adventure drive of the Savannah Way, stretches from Cairns to Broome via Katherine. The route, which covers almost 3700km, traverses some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery, including four world heritage listed areas and over 15 national parks.

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-ofthe-century restored railway carriages.

The Route With the road sealed from Cairns to Karumba, 4WDs, motorhomes, caravans and the family car all travel well.

A 1960 rail motor, the Savannahlander train, comes from Cairns to Forsayth once a week and can be combined with an Undara tour.

You can visit the Savannah Way all year round – the summer and winter months have their unique aspects and travel during the Green Season is comfortable and uncrowded. Traversing the six Gulf Savannah shires of Etheridge, Croydon, Carpentaria, Burke, Mornington and Doomadgee, the route features unusual outback attractions and welcoming country towns.

Another famous train, the Gulflander, tracks from Croydon to Normanton each week. Enroute to the Tablelands visit the historic town of Georgetown, which has a caravan park, motel, hotel and museum.

Activities include fantastic fishing, exploring natural springs, caves, waterfalls and bird-filled lakes. Attractions At Undara Volcanic National Park, stop and marvel at the 160km lava tube system – the world’s

Further on at Mt Surprise Gems, why not try your hand at fossicking and learn about lapidary. Experience one of their fossicking tours and enjoy a morning digging at its mining claim, searching for gemstones such as Topaz, Aquamarine, and Smokey Quartz. Located near Forsayth, 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 is a campground for RVs as well as ensuite accommodation. 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. Karumba, at the Norman River mouth, is the centre for prawning and barramundi. Don’t miss the Barramundi Discovery Centre or sunset 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, take a boat cruise, swim, walk and enjoy a scenic flight.

Don’t Miss Cobbold Gorge Undara Experience Mt Surprise Gems Sunsets at Karumba Point

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Bus CAIRNS to KARUMBA 3 return trips weekly All services connect: Undara Experience Bookings visit: www.transnorthbus.com.au

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Ph: 07 4095 8644

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Indulge at Coffee Works

Gourmet Delights

Food and Wine Trails | Coffee and Tea | Tropical Drops Since the 1900s, visitors have been coming to the fresh, clean highlands of the Atherton Tablelands for rest and recreation. Today they also come in search of delicious, fresh produce and award-winning wines, cheese, fruit, coffee and chocolates. Rich fertile farming land has not only created stunning landscapes as far of the eye can see but also some of Australia’s best coffee, tea, milk, sugar, tropical fruits, cheese and more. 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 or stock up at roadside produce stalls.

acre coffee and tropical fruit plantation and is a place where visitors can tour, taste and take home some of the world’s purest Arabica coffee. It also has a restaurant, open daily, offering a great range of dishes from favourites such as burgers and wraps to calamari, fish and chicken salads. In town, a gourmet feast awaits at The Coffee Works. Compare the finest flavours of coffee, tea, chocolate and liqueur. Don’t miss the exquisite chocolate in the chocolaterie, and explore the largest collection of coffee artifacts in the world – Coffee World. Take the time to stroll through the gift store, offering unique homewares and gifts handpicked by the owners, after enjoying a delicious meal with coffee to finish.

At Mareeba, you enter the coffee zone. Australia’s oldest coffee plantation, Skybury’s Australian Coffee Centre, is an attraction not to be missed.

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.

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Gourmet travellers will also discover the day tour that has all the foodie highlights – Food Trail Tours.

Travel off the beaten track to visit private plantations, experience exotic tastes, and uncover secrets even locals do not know. A highlight on the annual calendar in October, The Tastes of the Tablelands festival showcases the best wines, coffees, cheeses, chocolates and other local produce that this region produces. If you love exploring new flavours why not take a lesson in native cooking at the Rainforest Bounty Cooking School? Indulge and Restore Take your taste buds on a tour at great local restaurants and cafes. Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant, Eden House, Tolga Woodworks Cafe, Bridges Cafe at Mt Uncle Distillery, Snibbles in the Rainforest at Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn, Tinaroo Lake Resort and the region’s picturesque, welcoming pubs are just some of these. Indulge in a spa bath for two at your luxury chalet, or a couple’s treatment at Eden House Mountain Spa.

Don’t Miss Restaurants and Spas Roadside Stalls & Cellar Doors Coffee and Tea Tours Seasonal Tropical Produce

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A birdwatcher’s paradise

Birding & Wildlife

Rare Species | World Heritage | National Parks Playful platypus, dancing Brolgas, and cute tree kangaroos these are just some of the unique Australian wildlife you will discover in the 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 on the Tablelands. Birding The diverse avifauna is due to the variety of local habitats including riverine, wetland, woodland, rainforest, grassland, agricultural and parkland. Birders can easily find the best spots by downloading the free Bird Trails North Queensland app, which puts all the top locations in the region at your fingertips with GPS precision and provides a wealth of birding information. October to April may be the region’s hotter and wetter months, but it is also the time when the migrant species arrive from Papua New Guinea including the beautiful Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Channel-billed Cuckoo and Common Koel.

Many birds such as the 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 from May to September Victoria’s Riflebirds are displaying and winter breeders such as White-eared Monarch can be seen. At this time, Brolgas and Sarus Cranes can also be found on the Tablelands feeding on the agricultural fields. Top birdwatching spots include the dry regions of Mt Molloy and Kaban, Nyleta Bird Hide (Hasties Swamp), Nardellos Lagoon, Bromfield Swamp, Abattoir Swamp, the National Parks of Mt Hypipamee, Crater Lakes, Davis Creek, Barron Falls, Mt Lewis, and the Wongabel State Forest. However, a highlight for the Atherton Tablelands bird watcher, is the Mareeba Wetlands. This is the most comprehensive, purpose built, bird watching facility boasting a species list of over 200. The 5000 acre reserve has sweeping views from the wide verandah of the visitor centre, across

Clancy’s Lagoon to the mountains beyond, providing a sanctuary for almost all of Australia’s tropical waterbirds.
 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 see and learn more about these microbats and flying foxes. You can also see wildlife at excellent attractions such as Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. 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.

Don’t Miss The Mareeba Wetlands Malanda Falls Conservation Park The Bat Hospital Atherton Peterson Creek Platypus Platform

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On-the-road Visitor Information from the locals!

For comprehensive knowledge on things to see and do in the local area visit:

OFFICIAL INFORMATION CENTRES

• Booking services - activities, accommodation, transport and touring.

OUTLETS

• Complimentary maps and brochures and MORE!

The Bat Hospital

Visitor Centre

can help you!

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

Croydon

51-59 Samwell Street

07 4748 7152

www.croydon.qld.gov.au

Georgetown

Low Street Georgetown

07 4062 1485

www.terrestrialgeorgetown.com.au

Herberton

1 Jack’s Road

07 4096 3474

info@herbertonvisitorcentre.com.au

Innisfail

Cnr Bruce Hwy & Eslick Street 07 4061 2655

innisfailtourism@ccrc.qld.gov.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

Normanton

Cnr Landsborough & Caroline Sts

07 4745 1065

tourism@carpentaria.qld.gov.au

Ravenshoe

24 Moore Street

07 4097 7700

info@ravenshoevisitorcentre.com.au

Yungaburra

Maud Kehoe Place

07 4095 2416

yungaburravic@gmail.com

Millaa Millaa

Main Street

07 4096 6239

millaamillaamuseum@gmail.com

Mt Garnet

Anniversary Park, Garnet St

07 4097 9230

visitors@mountgarnet.org.au

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

Open Wed to Sun 3-6pm June to September

ACCOMMODATION • TOURS • BIRD WATCHING • CAFE

Enter an upside down world and discover the real stars of the night

2000ha Wildlife Refuge Cafe and Interpretive Centre Bird Watching Self Guided Walking Trails Daily Boat Cruises: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm 4WD Sunset Safari Daily: 3.30pm winter, 4pm summer African style safari tents

www.tolgabathospital.org

Open daily 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

Close to Hastie’s Swamp

P: 07 4093 2514 www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au

Booking essential at other times of the year Adults $15, Children $8

Pickford Rd, Biboohra

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Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo

Mountain Bike Trails | Water Sports | Fishing At the very heart of the Tablelands is Lake Tinaroo. With over 200km of shoreline, it offers fishing, sailing and water sports enthusiasts plenty of room to spread out. More than 500,000 people visit the lake each year, built in the 1950s on the Barron River. Lush green scenery and deep, clear water affords the perfect backdrop for sailing, boating, canoeing, water skiing and more. Recreational fishing is also popular with ample opportunity to snag a barramundi, sooty grunter, sleepy cod, mouth almighty, archer fish, spangled perch and many species of crayfish, including the red-claw and yabby.

annual competition to monitor and collect data on the fish they stock. The Soldier On Triathlon will be held at the beautiful Avenue of Honour at Lake Tinaroo for the first time in November. This event will embody the essence of the Soldier On Organisation, which is to inspire and empower. It is about Australians coming together to show support for the physically and psychologically wounded. Local Defence communities will also show their support.

Drive along the shores of Lake Tinaroo, stopping at Platypus Rock Lookout for a view over the lake and Tablelands.

Day Visits There is plenty to see and do around Lake Tinaroo from fishing and kayaking to bird watching and bushwalking. Visitors to the region can also enjoy tours of the lake, a hot air balloon ride or explore the surrounding national parks.

Events The Lake Tinaroo Barra Bash is an annual fishing competition held each October and attracts local and out-of-town fisherman, both young and old, to compete for prizes and land a big barramundi. The Tablelands Fish Stocking Society Incorporated use this

History Built in the 1950s on the Barron River, the dam wall is 45.1m high and traps enough water from the Barron River to create a lake three-quarters the size of Sydney Harbour. It was built to irrigate approximately 9000 hectares annually in sections of the basins of

the Barron, Mitchell and Walsh Rivers, also supplying around 800 local farms from the channel system and streams fed by Tinaroo Falls Dam. This water also supplies the Barron Gorge Hydro Electric Power Station in Kuranda. Accommodation Options Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park is a popular pet-friendly holiday spot with a range of accommodation options including 47 waterfront villas, poolside, family and studio units, budget cabins and caravan and camp sites. The park has plenty to keep the family entertained with a large resort-style swimming pool and a giant jumping pillow. Guests can also hire peddle carts, kayaks, canoes and boats. Tinaroo Lake Resort is a stylish homeaway-from home with all apartment balconies providing views of the lake. The resort has an outdoor pool, barbecue area, library, restaurant and bar so there are plenty of places to relax and unwind after a day out on the lake. Canoe and bike hire is also available for guests.

Don’t Miss Fishing & Sailing Tinaburra Township Platypus Rock Lookout Dam Spillway

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> Membership base Chamber of 78 "The Mareeba of Commerce works tirelessly to members, ranging from promote Mareeba and districts as small business, tourism, a vibrant commercial centre for schools, sporting retail shopping, trade supplies and clubs, government, indusprofessional services. The chamtrial, rural and individuals ber also assist in the development > The chamber playsand a tourism by of trade, industry working cooperatively key role in marketing the with like individuals and town to minded further investments, organisations". visitors and additional ecoBECOME A MEMBER TODAY! Large and diverse membership base – ranging from small business, tourism, schools, sporting clubs, government, industrial, rural and individuals  The chamber plays a key role in marketing the town to further investments, visitors and additional economic opportunities  The chamber acts as a facilitator and promoter of its members  Our committee is focused on progression, outcomes, and driving economic development 

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Phone/Fax (07) 4095 8912

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info@tinarooresort.com.au

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Lake Barrine

Natural Wonders

Subterranean Attractions | Marvellous Landscapes | Breathtaking Waterfalls 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. Mother nature really is something to marvel at and this region is home to some of her best. Here are just a few to explore. Referred to as a volcanic pipe, the Hypipamee Crater was formed after a large gas explosion below the surface spread volcanic bombs across the landscape millions of years ago. It is 61m wide and 85m deep from the water surface. There is a viewing platform that allows you to view this natural wonder up close. Chillagoe’s limestone caves are the relics of an underwater coral reef, while the Undara Lava Tubes were formed from the world’s longest continuous lava flow from a single volcano. Cobbold Gorge’s dramatic sandstone escarpments offer an unforgettable

vista, while the Gulf Savannah’s treasures of Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the prehistoric landscapes of Lawn Hill and the stunning Morning Glory Cloud formations are unmatched. The spectacular Barron Falls is easily accessed by the interpretive walkway, or viewed from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Kuranda Scenic Railway. Lake Tinaroo’s vast expanse is used for hydro and is an aquatic playground year round. Lake Koombooloomba was built in 1961 on the Tully River system and is another excellent fishing and camping getaway spot. Formed 12,000 years ago, 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. There is also a short walk to the towering twin Kauri trees, thought to be over 1000 years old.

At Lake Eacham, a long stretch of grassy lawn meets the lake’s edge. 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. Near Yungaburra, the spectacular Curtain Fig Tree has aerial roots, which drop 15m to the ground and is a site not to be missed. This rainforest giant has been wowing visitors for decades. In the daytime, watch for ground and arboreal birds. At night, bring your torch to spotlight for tree-kangaroos and possums. Get up close to nature at the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve, 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, and Paronella Park near Innisfail are examples of this.

Don’t Miss The Waterfall Circuit Crater lakes: Eacham & Barrine The Barron Falls Curtain Fig Tree

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Waterfalls Here in the northern tropics, there is plenty of water. Luckily, the rivers and streams cascading from the highlands to the coast spill over terrain that creates natural features such as lakes and cascading waterfalls, which are the stand-out attractions of the region. In fact, they 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). It could be easy to spend days exploring all the waterfalls across the Tablelands. All the waterfalls are easily accessible and within a reasonable distance from each other. Some of the more notable falls include Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls, Ellinjaa Falls, Mungalli Falls, Nandroya Falls, Tchupalla Falls, Malanda Falls, Dinner Falls, Lake Eacham Falls as well as the Millstream and Little Millstream Falls.

Southern Waterfalls This is the home of the highly recommended Waterfalls Circuit, which begins near Millaa Millaa on the Palmerston Highway. Follow the scenic road to the fairytale 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 Cafe. Drive on to Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls, and visit Mungalli Falls. More spectacular falls such as the Tchupala, Wallcher and Nandrova Falls can be visited as you travel east towards the Mamu Canopy Walkway. In the other direction on the way to Ravenshoe visit Souita and Pepina Falls and Australia’s widest waterfall, the Millstream Falls, which is located 5km past the Ravenshoe. 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 what was 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. These northern waterfalls are special because of their granite outcrops, open eucalypt woodland and clear, flowing streams. Davies Creek Falls is a magnificent waterfall cascading over huge granite boulders, however, 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 Barron Falls is easily accessed by the interpretive walkway, or viewed from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Kuranda Scenic Railway.

undercover swimming pool

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Millaa Millaa Falls

Millaa Millaa

Panoramic Lookouts | Famous Waterfalls Beautiful Millaa Millaa, known as the Village in the Mist, is gateway to the southern Tablelands. The image of its picturesque waterfall has graced thousands of travel pages. At 850 meters above sea level, the town is nestled among emerald hills surrounded by lush dairy pastures, majestic rainforests and magnificent waterfalls. Millaa Millaa Town The village celebrated its Centennial in 2011 and its rich, rural heritage is outlined in the local museum. Don’t miss the massive Kauri pine logs evidencing the logging industry of the past. Next to the museum is a covered picnic area featuring a sculpture of the famed explorer, Christie Palmerston. Explore further, and you will 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 Cafe, and the convivial atmosphere of the Millaa Millaa Hotel.

Take a stroll along the Harold West Walk to see the town’s tropical forests and gardens, or tee off at the best nine holes on the Tablelands at the Millaa Millaa Golf Course. One of the most superb vistas in the region can be seen from the Millaa Millaa Lookout just west of town. Waterfalls Millaa Millaa’s picturesque waterfalls, which have been attracting visitors for over a century, are Queensland Heritage listed. The Waterfalls Circuit begins at Theresa Creek Road just east of town and the drive encompasses Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls. All the falls have walking tracks, however Millaa Millaa Falls also has picnic tables, change rooms and toilets. Other falls to visit include Pepina and Souita, which are located 10km from Millaa Millaa along the Old Palmerston Highway towards Ravenshoe. From town, travel east 11km to Junction Road and follow the signs onto the Mungalli loop, which includes the

Mungalli Falls, the highest waterfall on the Tablelands. Misty Mountain Trails Millaa Millaa is also the gateway to the Wet Tropics wilderness long distance walking trails. There are over 130km of tracks that have been constructed. This network of short and long wilderness tracks takes visitors through pristine, high altitude rainforest with crystal clear creeks, waterfalls and panoramic views. These tracks are intended for visitors with medium to advanced bushwalking and navigation skills. Gourmet Produce Don’t miss the very successful bio-dynamic/organic dairy, Mungalli Creek where you can sample its 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.

Don’t Miss Millaa Millaa township Millaa Millaa Falls & Circuit Misty Mountain Trails Mungalli Creek Dairy

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Ravenshoe Steam Train Millstream Falls

Ravenshoe, Innot, Mt Garnet

Golden Outback | Australia’s Widest Waterfall | Wind Farm Surrounded by natural wonders like Millstream Falls and Lake Koombooloomba, the locals here live a lifestyle to be envied, and celebrate it every year during the annual Torimba Festival and Festival of the Forest in October. Ravenshoe Queensland’s highest town, Ravenshoe is 920m above sea level and is home to Windy Hill wind farm, which generates enough electricity to supply approximately 3500 homes. Created on the extinct Windy Hill volcano in 2000, 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, timbermilling, dairy farming and the WWII military presence in the area. It also has a section on bats as well as a noctarium, which simulates night spotting of local native animals. The centre is home to the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre showcasing the

culture and lifestyle of the region’s Jirrbal people whose spoken language is the world’s oldest. 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, the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, one of 14 species of kangaroo to be found in the area. The wildlife and landscape of the region are beautifully translated into fine Australian art and woodcraft at Win’s Gallery. Mt Garnet During its heyday, large deposits of copper, silver, tin and lead were extracted from Mt Garnet, the town named from a large garnet lode discovered during copper mining. If you would 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.

There are also some great prizes for best dressed race goers. From Mt Garnet you have easy access to Blencoe Falls. Located 96km southeast of Mount Garnet in Girringun National Park, Blencoe Falls is considered one of the most stunning waterfalls in Australia plunging 90m to the pool below, before cascading a further 230m to the bottom of Blencoe Gorge. Access should only be attempted in dry conditions and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Access roads are not suitable for caravans. 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 to the waters at the Innot Hot Springs Leisure & Health Park, which has six public pools. Innot Hot Springs is also great base for gem fossicking, fishing and bird watching.

Don’t Miss Windy Hill Queenslander Pubs Outback Hospitality Hot Mineral Springs

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Historic Village Herberton

Herberton & Irvinebank World Class Museums | Mining | Bushwalks 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.

between 10am and 3pm. Please check their website for more information on public and school holidays.

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 Arts, in the main street and wander down to the Jack & Newell Store c.1882, which houses the fascinating Spy & Camera Museum.

The Herberton Mining Museum and Information Centre Occupying the site of the first big tin discovery at the Great Northern Mine, the museum has themed areas telling the fascinating story of Herberton’s mining history and the town’s development. There are mineral collections on display plus a small theatre for multi-media displays. Nearby, the Mine Walk leads visitors to two restored machinery sheds featuring rare examples of early mining machinery. The museum is the trailhead for longer walks through spectacular upland scenery.

The Railway Museum Also worth a visit is the Railway Museum, located at the end of John Street. Open on weekends and public holidays, the museum is operated by the volunteer organisation The Atherton - Herberton Historic Railway Inc. Having restored the old train line, they now operate train rides from Herberton Station to the Historic Village Herberton on a regular Sunday timetable

Historic Village Herberton This astounding collection of Australiana is an entire village of over 50 buildings on the fringe of the Herberton township. Spanning two centuries, the dwellings, vehicles, memorabilia and antiques, which fill this cultural asset have been meticulously restored and inventively displayed. Among many treasures, there is 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 great place to take children and show them the pews and slates yesteryear’s pupils made do with. New attractions at the Village include the chemist shop, John Deere exhibit, music shop, police and Aboriginal exhibit. Serving food daily at the Bakerville Tearooms, which is also a wonderful gift store, visitors are urged to spend the day. Dogs on leads are welcome. 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. At nearby Montalbion, a former Cobb & Co. stop, you can fish in the dam and camp under the stars.

Don’t Miss Historic Village Herberton Herberton Mining Museum & Visitor Information Centre Heritage Trails

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Kuranda

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OCTOBER

St Paddys Dinner Dance Normanton Barra Classic

15 18-20

07 4096 6301 07 4745 1218

APRIL Outback Country Rock and Blues 25 - 27 Kuranda Easter Celebration 19 Real Insurance Cross Country Marathon Series 25 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 25 - 26

www.undara.com.au www.kuranda.org 0418 878 391 www.cycling.org.au

MAY Mt Garnet Races & Rodeo Pioneer Weekend, Herberton Big Weekend Chillagoe Rodeo The Great Wheelbarrow Race Dimbulah Lions Festival

2-3 3-4 10 - 11 16 - 18 31

0418 182 595 07 4096 2002 07 4094 7119 0427 673 954 07 4093 5105

JUNE

Opera in the Outback Torimba Festival Brian Ball Memorial Scout Bikathon FNQ Country Music Festival Torimba Mardi Gras & Carnival Day Tinaroo Barra Bash Kuranda Day Festival Tastes of the Tablelands Festival Tablelands Folk Festival Croc Trophy

9 - 12 4 - 19 12 10 - 12 11 31 - 2 25 - 26 19 25 18 - 26

www.undara.com.au 0418 976 131 0408 161 683 07 4092 6189 0418 976 131 tinaroobarrabash.com.au www.kuranda.org 07 4091 7757 tablelandsfolkfestival.org www.crocodile-trophy.com

Soldier On! Triathlon Challenge

9

07 4043 4000

Tablelands Toy Run

22

07 4095 3603

NOVEMBER

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Avenue of Honour Black Tie Dinner Dance 7 Kuranda Roots Festival 20-22 Mareeba Rodeo Festival 28 -13

07 4096 6301 www.kurandaroots.com www.mareebarodeo.com.au

JULY Oak Park Races Malanda Show Mareeba Rodeo Ball Mareeba Cutting Competition Atherton Show Mareeba Annual Art Exhibition Mareeba Mazda Downtown Parade Mareeba Woodchops Chillagoe Festival Christmas in July, Mareeba The Wild West Comes to Mt Molloy

27 - 29 4-6 4 5 7-8 7 11 12 - 14 19 27 TBC

07 4062 5161 07 4096 5349 07 4092 1583 www.mareebarodeo.com.au 07 4091 4260 07 4092 7539 07 4092 1583 07 4092 1583 0403 603 983 07 4092 3053 07 4094 1890

2 3 9 9 10 11 - 29 17 17 17 28 30

07 4062 1334 07 4091 6009 07 4091 4905 07 4094 8337 1300 362 242 www.maizefestival.org.au 0418 878 391 0417 647 477 warbirdadventures.com.au 0457 336 484 0418 770 095

AUGUST Forsayth Turnout Atherton Gem Festival Nth Qld Gold Panning, Mareeba Mt Carbine Bull & Bronc Ride VP Day Memorial Service, Tolga Atherton Maize Festival Atherton 8hr Mountain Bike Race 2013 NQ Outlaw Speedway Warbirds Airshow Atherton Mardi Gras Mareeba Multicultural Festival

SEPTEMBER Herberton Flower Show Queensland Billy Cart Titles

5-7 21

07 4096 3474 07 4096 6806

Archer Creek

2nd Sun of the month, 7am-12noon, 07 4097 6545 Archer Creek, Kennedy Hwy.

Atherton

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

0427 818 091

2nd Sun of the month, Atherton Show Grounds Lions Park, Louise St.

0448 336 035

Herberton

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

07 4096 2408

Kuranda

Original Markets: Every Day 9am-3pm.

07 4093 7261

Heritage Markets: Every Day 9am-3.30pm.

07 4093 8060

Speewah Country Markets: Every Sunday 9am-2pm.

07 4093 0361

Karumba

Every Sunday April until Fathers Day, 7am-12noon.

07 4745 9183

Malanda

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

0439 702 657

Mareeba

2nd and 5th Sat of the month, 7am-12noon, Centenary Park.

0419 788 277

Mt Molloy

1st Sat of the month, MarchDecember, 8am-12noon, Fraser Rd.

07 4094 1036

Tolga

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

07 4091 2810

Tumloulin

4th Sun of the month, 8am-12.30pm, Tumoulin, Ravenshoe

0447 976 936

Yungaburra

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

07 4095 2111

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Culture | Shopping | Attractions | Wildlife Colourful and quirky, Kuranda is the place to find art, tropical handicrafts and jewellery by local artisans. The Village in the Rainforest is one of the gateways to the Atherton Tablelands where you can be entertained by buskers, dine at an array of restaurants, enjoy walking trails or a river cruise and experience the region’s iconic nature-based attractions. Spend a few days here immersed in Kuranda’s culture – this vibrant and close knit community has both unique style and engaging sophistication. Attractions One of Kuranda’s most treasured landmarks is the Barron River and its spectacular gorge, – home of the mighty Barron Falls. The Kuranda Riverboat Wildlife Spotting Cruise operates from beside the train and Skyrail arrival stations. During a 45-minute calm water cruise, spot freshwater crocodiles, turtles, snakes, water dragons, fish and many gorgeous tropical birds. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest

butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia is a beautiful garden aviary containing more than 1500 colourful butterflies. Birdworld Kuranda has one of the best single collections of free flying birds in Australia with over 300 species from around the world. 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, as well as exquisite artisan pieces. Spend time browsing the unique stores or the delightful Kuranda Heritage Markets. These markets are very diverse and have been a feature of the Village for

25 years. Start your day here and take advantage of the free shuttle from the Skyrail / Kuranda Scenic Railway Station. These markets are all-weather and are open daily from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Inside, you will find souvenirs, art and craft, fashion and local wildlife attractions. Offering free admission to its fossil and gemstone museum, why not get up close and personal with a 9m Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton at Emu Ridge Gallery. Many of the products sold in Kuranda are made by the people who live and work in the town. Whether it is an original painting, individually designed jewellery, locally made sweets or a handcrafted bowl, these unique gifts are sure to be perfect even for the person who has everything. Best Kuranda buys are the hand-made local products such as Ceti bath soaps. You will also find handmade toys as well as locally designed and produced fashion items.

Don’t Miss Restaurants and Cafes Arts, Crafts and Souvenirs Indigenous Artifacts Jungle Walk

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KURANDA RIVERBOAT TOURS Tours depart from our riverside landing below the Railway Station. You will find us over the Railway foot bridge and down the stairs. PURCHASE YOUR TICKET ON THE BOAT - 45 minute cruise. Departs 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm daily. www.kurandariverboat.com Ph: 0412 159 212

KURANDA KOALA GARDENS

AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY A spectacular live butterfly exhibit, with hundreds of colourful tropical butterflies flying through the all-weather rainforest enclosure. Tours run between 10.00am and 3.15pm. Open daily 9.45am to 4.00pm. 8 Rob Veivers Drive www.australianbutterflies.com Ph: 07) 4093 7575

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EMU RIDGE GALLERY / FOSSIL AND GEMSTONE GALLERY 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. Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets • 7-11 Therwine Street emuridgegallery@ bigpond.com • 0408 728 711

CETI BATH SHOP “ceti” essential oil soap and bath products, handmade in Kuranda since 1996, natural skincare, essential oils, bathing accessories, gifts and more. Shop 4/ 25 Coondoo Street cetihandmadesoap@ bigpond.com Ph: 0417 643 117

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BUSH STORE See your favourite Australian animals at this The best single collection of free flying birds in boutique wildlife attraction. Wallabies & Browse in this quaint Australia. See a spectacular display of over 300 wombats, lizards, snakes, freshwater crocodiles Queenslander for souvenirs with birds from all over the world in their natural habitat. & lots of koalas. Opportunity to cuddle a a difference and clothing for men, Wander through this lush, tropically landscaped koala or a snake and have a photo taken (extra women and children of all ages. aviary, home to the endangered Cassowary and charge). Open daily 9.00am to 4.00pm. many other native & exotic birds. Hand feeding and 17 Therwine Street photo opportunities. Open daily 9.00am to 4.00pm. info@australianbushstore.com Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive Ph: 07 4093 8850 www.koalagardens.com Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive Ph: 07 4093 9953 www.birdworldkuranda.com • Ph: 07 4093 9188 Discover the Atherton Tablelands /Cairns Highlands and Gulf Savannah. For more information visit www.athertontablelands.com.au 31

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THE ORIGINAL KURANDA RAINFOREST MARKETS – EST 1978 The World Famous Kuranda Markets began in 1978 to attract visitors to Kuranda and sell their hand made arts, crafts and local produce. Today Kuranda Markets operates 7 days a week and specialise in funky hand made arts and crafts and you will find locally designed and produced fashions; hand crafted jewellery; Aboriginal artists; wood and leather workers; gem stone specialists; as well as North Queensland’s best range of honeys; local coffee; homemade ice cream; coconuts and macadamia nuts. Therwine St • www.kurandaoriginalrainforestmarket.com.au


Kuranda Markets Restaurants and Cafes Historic buildings from the past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. In between shopping, try the locally grown coffee, honey, macadamia nuts and homemade ice creams or sit back and relax at one of the cafes or restaurants dishing up everything from locally made pies to fresh reef fish. Firefly Pool Bar & Bistro also offers great food in a relaxed environment complete with swimming pool and pool tables. Events Kuranda hosts two free community events each year, Easter in the Park and Kuranda Day, which commemorates the official survey of Kuranda in 1888. Easter in the Park has free activities for the whole family including a giant Easter egg hunt, live bands, buskers and plenty of games for the kids. Celebrating everything that makes Kuranda such a unique and vibrant destination, Kuranda Day sees the Village in the Rainforest come alive with unique competitions and free activities for the whole family in October. Key events include the annual Bash of the Barron River Raft Race, the Great Kuranda Undie Fun Run and the German Sausage Eating Competition.

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 1960s, 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 to be found in and around Kuranda so plan to stay a while at B&Bs, 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 comfort and fine hospitality at the Kuranda Hotel. 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 one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia, crossing

Stoney Creek Bridge and stopping at Barron Falls. Learn the history of the north’s pioneers along the way, as the stories from yesteryear are brought to life. Skyrail’s gondolas take visitors gliding above the canopy of the rainforest, with stops at an interpretive centre and boardwalks into the lush forests. This is a not to be missed opportunity to learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas. A popular option is to combine both a trip on the train and Skyrail. Walking Trails Kuranda has a network of interlinked walks that provide access through the village and its surrounding environment, including Barron Gorge National Park. The Village Walk showcases the main street and finishes at the site of the original Kuranda markets. Jumrum Creek Conservation Park is a walk through the rainforest while the Jungle Walk passes through a regenerating forest. The River Walk offers a pleasant riverside stroll down a tree shaded esplanade. The walks are linked, so you can mix and match options to suit your interests and available time. At the start of each track is an introductory sign.

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Welcome to Firefly Bar & Grill. The perfect venue for your wedding, birthday party, functions, product launch or just lunch. Open weekends till late, watch for our live music updates. Firefly Bar & Grill @ The Kuranda Hotel, 4 Arara Street www.kurandahotel.com.au • Ph: 07 4093 7206

On the deck or air-conditioned dining, children’s room, great lunches, friendly service. Guinness on tap, opposite Skyrail and Railway. Motel rooms available at great rates. Corner of Arara & Coondoo Street www.kurandahotel.com.au • Ph: 07 4093 7206

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An Award winning ECO and Wildlife Retreat and B&B. Restaurant overlooking the Rainforest and Creek. Relax in the Spa, go for a Bushwalk or have a drink at the Lagoon. Internet and Laundry service. 250 Cedarpark Road • www.cedarparkresort.com.au Ph: 07 4093 7892

Kuranda’s only caravan and tourist park set amongst 10 acres of lush rainforest. Self contained cabins, units, caravan and campsites and seasonal restaurant. Night walks available. 88 Kuranda Heights Road • www.kurandarainforestpark.com.au Ph: 07 4093 7316

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Coffee, Food and Wine | Birding | Scenic Flying Located 417m above sea level, Mareeba is a region of breathtaking landscapes, rugged gorges, savannah grasslands, crisp blue skies and clear nights perfect for stargazing.

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.

Mareeba is the largest town on the Tablelands, once serving as a railway and communications centre.

Taste, tour and take home Skybury Coffee – Australia’s oldest commercial coffee plantation situated on the rolling hills and huge rock formations behind Mareeba.

A multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine, 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. Considered the heart of Australia’s thriving tropical fruits and coffee industry, you will find large mango and paw paw farms, coffee and macadamia nut plantations, along with sugar cane, pineapples, cashews, bananas and a whole banquet of other crops. Coffee and Wine Over 70% of Australia’s coffee crop is grown in Mareeba and you can taste, buy and explore at a number of local coffee roasters and coffee plantations.

Experience one of Skybury’s Australian Coffee Centre tours and afterwards relax on the deck taking in the breathtaking views over the coffee and tropical fruit plantation while enjoying a fresh lunch and coffee.

Get Airborne Each year, more people choose to experience hot air ballooning in Mareeba than anywhere else on earth. Choose to go ballooning with Hot Air and you will fly as part of the biggest fleet of hot air balloons in Australia. In fact, more people fly with Hot Air than with any other balloon operator in Australia. From the minute you arrive, you will see the spectacle at launch of so many large colourful balloons standing ready for take off at dawn. Enjoy the 360 degree panorama, before coming gently back to earth. One of the region’s most spectacular airbourne sights is the Tyrconnell Historic Gold Mine.

Fruit wines are another specialty of the Mareeba region. Golden Drop’s wines will introduce you to the delights of mango. Their wide range of products includes sparkling wine, port and liqueurs, which are available at retail stores throughout the region.

Birding The Mareeba region is acknowledged by birding experts as the richest region for birdlife in Australia.

At de Brueys Boutique Winery, taste the fabulous fermentations of lychee, mango, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, passionfruit and star apple.

Nearly half of Australia’s 750 bird species can be found here, and birders have recorded over 300 species within a 15km radius of nearby Mt Molloy.

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Skybury’s Australian Coffee Centre The Mareeba Wetlands is a regionally significant Brolga and Sarus Crane roost. The best wildlife watching is during the Reserve Twilight Safari. Events The Mareeba markets are held on the second and 5th Saturday (when they occur) of the month between 7am and 12 noon next door to the Heritage Museum in Centenary Park. Gourmet homemade jams, delicious fresh produce with an abundance of tropical fruit, arts and craft including woodwork, handmade baby clothes and stunning jewellery are just some of the things you will find at this great little market. Mareeba also welcomes plenty of grey nomads for its annual Christmas in July celebrations. The Far North Nomads Chapter of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia hosts the event, which is held at the end of July. The event is now in its 17th year and has become an extremely popular celebration in Mareeba. The Mareeba Rodeo, which kicks off on June 28 and runs through until July 13, has a history dating back to 1949. See the town come alive with an agricultural show and exhibition, wood chopping competition, junior cowpokes, night parade, garden show and the announcement of the rodeo queen.

Attractions Beautiful sunny skies and crisp cool days ensure a morning out isn’t too hot either. After exploring the markets, make your way into the Mareeba Heritage Museum, which is also the town’s visitor information centre. Offering a real insight into the region’s rich history, the museum is a must do when visiting Mareeba. In fact, many visitors call into the museum for tourist information and end up spending a considerable amount of time there. See into the past with displays on Aboriginal culture, tobacco, early explorers, pioneer and early history, the war years, the Mt Mulligan mine disaster and the timber industry. Outside, the facility has an historic rail ambulance, railway carriage and a workable blacksmith shop and tobacco display. Further on, located between Mareeba and Atherton is Mt Uncle Distillery. Having earned a reputation for its award-winning premium liqueurs, which are all produced on site, Mt Uncle Distillery is set in landscaped gardens on a banana, avocado and macadamia plantation. The Cellar Door and Bridges Tearoom/ Cafe also serves delicious produce

seven days a week as well as offers gluten free banana flour. Nature based experiences can include cooling off in the rock pools after exploring around Emerald Creek Falls where there are public toilets, barbecues and tables, and a walking track leading to an excellent lookout. A popular locals’ picnic spot, Davies Creek Falls, has camping grounds. There is a moderate 850m circuit walk, which leads to the head of the falls. Granite Gorge’s spectacular boulders also offer a breath-taking site, stretching out for over 1km. Accommodation Bring nature to your door step with a stay at Jabiru Safari Lodge. Jabiru Safari Lodge at Mareeba Wetlands is a personalised, unique, allinclusive, outback experience located within the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve. Located on the edge of the CBD, the family owned Mareeba Lodge is a short walk to restaurants, supermarkets and shops. With spacious, comfortable rooms, it is perfect for all the family. For a nature experience like no other a visit to Granite Gorge is a must. Hand feed the cute rock wallabies and take a dip in the cooling waters of the gorge.

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Tolga and Walkamin Woodworks | Fruit and Produce | WWII History 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 and agricultural industries, and at the Tablelands Heritage Centre. Rocky Creek War Memorial Park During 1943 to 1945 the Atherton Tablelands became the largest military base in Australia hosting between 100,000 and 300,000 troops from 140 different units. The Rocky Creek Memorial 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 Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day. For further exploration into the region’s war history, follow up your visit with

a trip to the Mareeba RSL, which has excellent historical displays. Attractions Tolga is central, pretty and the ideal holiday base with a choice of budget accommodation. 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 jewelry. These showcase the collective talents of North Queensland’s finest artisans. There is also a great cafe, 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 jewelry, 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. Walkamin Walkamin was built during the 1950s during the construction of Tinaroo Dam. Described as food bowl country, the site for the town was chosen due to its perfectly balanced weather patterns with the ideal climate for a wide variety of crops. Just north of Tolga, Nardello’s Lagoon is a peaceful retreat with waterbirds. Or visit the Cellar Door and Bridges Cafe nearby at Mt Uncle to taste its excellent liqueurs and spirits. The distillery is nestled on the fertile foothills of Mt Uncle from where it claims its name. The mountain was named after the uncle of the founding pioneer John Atherton. Bridges Cafe looks out onto native woodland and provides a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere and interestingly has the largest selection of teas, with over 50 from around the world, in North Queensland.

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Children are welcome to see, touch and feel the crystals inside the Empress of Uruguay at The Crystal Caves

Atherton

Facets and Fossils | Chinatown | Bat Hospital From its beginnings as a timbergetters’ camp and staging post between the outback tin mines and the coast, Atherton has blossomed like its trademark jacaranda trees into a diverse regional centre. Well known to the locals as a highland getaway destination, Atherton is also famous for its rich soils, which grow superb produce and flowers. 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 with a view of the Seven Sisters volcanic cones. Just out of Atherton is an attraction that 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 (Nyleta Wetlands) is a seasonal wetland with an annual wet and dry cycle. The two-storey Bird Hide

provides 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. Here, you can meet flying foxes and microbats at the visitor centre. This internationally renowned 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 will find one of the most remarkable and novel attractions in the whole of Australia. The Crystal Caves are a spectacular private mineralogical collection with over 600 specimens made up of rare crystals, gemstones and fossils. These gemstones have been brought together by one visionary who found love at first site more than 40 years ago after cracking his first geode along the banks of Agate Creek in North Queensland. Rene together with his wife Nelleke Boissevain have made

it their life’s work to build one of the largest mineralogical collections in Australia. Today, the caves are an adventure museum where visitors don a miner’s helmet complete with headlamp for a fun tour of this fairy-tale underground cavern. Marvel at the world’s largest amethyst geode, The Empress of Uruguay, and the gravity defying attraction, The Magic Spheres. The Fascinating Facets gift shop is also an attraction in itself. It features the largest collection of amethyst geodes in Australia, beautifully displayed under lights to create a glittering showpiece. You could spend hours just in here and best of all it is free. Sahara Seabed Collection Next to the Crystal Caves, the adventuring Boissevains have created a another attraction featuring some of the world’s oldest items. These fossils dating back more than 240 million years are found beneath ancient rocks under the Sahara desert, where sediment captured countless small animals such as the ancestors of the beautiful

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Nautilus shell 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. 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. It was the social and religious heart of Atherton’s Chinese community. Apart from the temple itself, there was also a community hall, kitchen and a pig oven. People gathered here to worship, celebrate festivals and discuss community issues. 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 roadside stalls and take away a memory of the taste of farm fresh produce. Accommodation 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. Visitors can enjoy comfortable accommodation at the Rainforest Motor Inn, Atherton Blue Gum B&B, or holiday parks such as Halloran’s Leisure Park.

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. 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.

History Back in the days of the pioneers, Atherton was the Mulligan Highway connecting the seaside port of Port Douglas to the newly opened tin deposits at Herberton.

Mountain Biking Atherton Tablelands offers some of the best mountain bike and road cycling adventures in Queensland. Magnificent flowing single track, family trails, epic mountain bike rides and scenic back country roads that take the breath away are just some of the highlights on offer.

The Mulligan Highway passed through the present Main Street of Atherton, which was then known as 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.

Ride some of the newest single tracks in Australia only 3km from the Main Street of Atherton. There are a range of different trails to suit all abilities including green level, as per the IMBA standard, as well as intermediate and black levels. There is a brand new 6km section of blue level trail (Trail 6, also known as Ridgey Didge) designed and constructed by Glen Jacobs and his company World Trail.

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Chillagoe & Petford

Limestone Caves | Historic Sites | Observatory Easily accessed by conventional vehicles via the Wheelbarrow Way, Chillagoe is a genuine outback town with fascinating attractions and abundant wildlife. Starting at Mareeba, the Wheelbarrow Way was named after the gold mining pioneers who, when work was scarce and transportation limited, trudged out bearing their worldly goods in a wheelbarrow. An annual footrace with wheelbarrows commemorates this along The Way each May and raises money for charity On Route Dimbulah, the gateway to the gold fields sprang up on the Walsh River to service the ore trains. Once mining faded, cropping became the focus and today sugar cane, mango and lychee plantations can be seen. 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.

All are heavily decorated with stalactites and stalagmites.

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 travellers.

At the extremities of these bluffs, colourful marble and rich mineral deposits can be found.

History After the gold rush in the 1880s, 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 can now be viewed from a high vantage point that also features interpretive storyboards. Geology and Caves Millions of years ago 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 11km of passages.

Attractions Three limestone cave systems, Donna, Royal Arch and Trezkin Caves, have been chosen by National Parks because of their different stages of natural development and have steps, walkways and lights for guided tours. Near the caves is a 10m high balancing rock resting on its few centimetres base. The site of the old smelter is also of interest for visitors who can view the tall brick chimney set high on the hill overlooking the town. This is Chillagoe’s landmark that can be seen from a great distance. Billy Tea Safaris offer a fully inclusive one-day Chillagoe and outback day tour, so why not let someone else do the driving, so you can take in all the history.

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Malanda Visitor Information Centre

Malanda

Rainforest Walks | Waterfalls | Wildlife 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. Their work can be viewed on an art trail showcasing a series of vibrant mosaics depicting the town’s history.

surroundings are a place for families and groups wanting to participate in activities such as platypus tours, fishing, nocturnal tours and camping.

Attractions Take a break at the historic Malanda Hotel and step inside for a cool ale. Today’s visitors have a choice of accommodation options including The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary.

The area’s traditional owners are the Ngadgon-ji people. Informative and highly personalised guided rainforests walks with an Indigenous elder are available on weekends or by appointment at a small cost.

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 Pioneer Museum depicting the history of the area is also worth a visit.

Centre volunteers provide local information – ask about the guided rainforest walks through the Conservation Park, which are moderate, enjoyable trails.

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

Activities The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is a great place to start. Allow time to browse the fascinating displays and learn about this unique tropical region, its natural history and its people.

In the rainforest surrounding Malanda there have been more recorded daytime sightings of the rare Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo than elsewhere. It is common to see platypus, turtles and lizards as well.

Two self guided walking trails, the Tulip Oak Walk and the Rainforest Walk weave through the forest or along the banks of the North Johnstone River, each taking approximately 30 minutes to enjoy, and start right near the visitor information centre. The beautiful Malanda Falls is a mustsee stopover and offer year round swimming and picnicking. Gallo Dairyland is located half way between Atherton and Malanda. Here you will find a fully operational dairy farm, gourmet cheese factory, cafe and world class chocolate. At Glen Allyn Road, visitors can tour the Nerada Tea Estate in the shadow of Mt Bartle Frere. This is the largest tea plantation in Australia, and the visitor centre provides tours and tastings. Not far from Malanda is Bromfield Swamp, an extinct volcanic crater. A roost to hundreds of cranes each winter, this is a must for bird enthusiasts hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of the Sarus Cranes and Brolgas.

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Curtain Fig Tree

Yungaburra

Heritage-listed Buildings | Nature | Dining | Shopping Yungaburra, the historic heart of the Tablelands, is a picturesque village established in 1890. With 18 heritage-listed buildings, it is the largest National Trust village in Queensland and with its lovely streetscapes largely unchanged from those early pioneer days it is easy to see why. Wide verandahs and historic shop fronts line the pretty lanes, while charming cafes, award-winning restaurants and arts and crafts galleries complete the picture. 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 500year old strangler fig, is located in the nearby Danbulla State Forest. The Lake Eacham Hotel, or Yungaburra Pub as it is commonly known, is a magnificent showpiece of federation architecture. Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant, an awesome Alpine-style chalet has also become an icon in this

Australian country town thanks to the passion of its owners Nick and Gina Crameri. Opening in 1986, Nick’s has earned a reputation for its original dishes with a European and Australian flair. They also offer free guided tours of their organic garden, explaining the workings of their worm garden and the different herbs grown and used. Activities Bushwalking is the ideal way to encounter the wildlife of the surrounding areas. A network of easy and moderate walking tracks lead through wetlands, rainforest, scrub and lake-side paths. The village is set below Mt Quincan, an extinct volcanic crater whose slopes cradle the award-winning timber pole treehouses of Mt Quincan Crater Retreat, which also happens to be a great place for wildlife watching or functions. Yungaburra’s focal attraction is the Peterson Creek Walking Circuit where there are nearly always platypus to be spotted. The re-vegetation program has ensured the Lumholtz’s Tree

Kangaroos are also making their home there. The platypus viewing platform at Peterson Creek also provides an excellent place to watch these elusive creatures. There are numerous recommended and easy wildlife walks that can be taken from the village. Evening wildlife tours – or nightspotting – are a great way to see the nocturnal creatures of the rainforest. Nearby Tinaburra Waters is popular for water skiing and windsurfing. There is 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, hire or kayak. The world’s largest barramundi was also caught in these waters coming in at 121cm long and weighing 38.75kg. The lake’s ability to produce world record fish also make it a unique fishing destination. If you are looking for more adventure, hire a kayak, bike, or join a cycling tour.

Don’t Miss The Curtain Fig Tree Peterson Creek Platypus Platform Galleries, Boutique & Craft Stores Superb Restaurants & Cafes

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LUNCH: Fri-Sun 11.30 - 3.00 DINNER: Tues-Sun 5.00 - 10.00

33 Gillies Hwy, Yungaburra Next to Nick’s Restaurant

33 Gillies Hwy, Yungaburra

Ph: 4095 3577

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Nick’s Swiss Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

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. Fresh produce, flowers, homemade crafts, local wines, books, wooden furniture, clothing and more can all be found here. 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 is the place to celebrate Octoberfest in early October with German beer, music and dancing. Hospitality Yungaburra is something of a foodie heaven. As well as Nick’s and its adjacent pizzeria, there are quaint cafes and restaurants. Yungaburra is also known for its great hospitality, which can be experienced first hand from local hosts at Allumbah Pocket Cottages, Eden House or Birds ‘n’ Bloom Cottages. Shopping The village features a garden centre, 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 fostered by the Yungaburra Business Association. History Volcanic activity shaped much of the Tablelands, and evidence of this is easily spotted around Yungaburra. There are the obvious geological features of the Seven Sisters (cinder cone hills) and Mt Quincan with its dish like crater. Also nearby is Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine. These explosive craters known as maars were 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 selfguided walk around the quaint village nestled in the hills. It is very hard to resist the charm of this small village, offering unique accommodation, award-winning restaurants, adventure sports and fishing, an abundance of animal and

plant life as well as early Australian history. Avenue of Honour Australia’s newest war memorial opened on June 22, 2013 to honour the diggers who have been killed in Afghanistan. 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. Private Ben Chuck, one of three commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010, was from Yungaburra. Located within the Avenue is a sculptured set of wings in full flight depicting the contributions made by all services and symbolising the undaunted spirit of the Australian Digger. This National Memorial also features a tree lined Avenue that stretches 250m, almost to the waters edge of Lake Tinaroo, and will display a spectacular show of flame red blossoms each year from October to December, once the trees have matured. The rosemary spring featured predominately throughout the avenue is also the national symbol of remembrance and commemoration.

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Allumbah Pocket h Pocket AlluEnjoymbthealuxury, experience the heritage... 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and TTNQ Tousism Award Finalist for Hosted Accommodation Heritage-style, self contained, boutique, bed & breakfast cottages, in the heart of Yungaburra.

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Visitor Information Centres

PHONE HOTLINE: 9am - 5pm

1300 366 361

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MALANDA FALLS VISITOR CENTRE

RAVENSHOE VISITOR CENTRE

Centrally located in the heart of the Tablelands region. OPEN DAILY: 9am to 5pm Cnr Main St & Silo Rd, Atherton Ph: 07 4091 4222 info@iTablelands.com.au www.iTablelands.com.au

Located in the heart of the unique rainforest village. OPEN DAILY: 10am to 4pm Therwine St, Kuranda Ph: 07 4093 9311 info@kuranda.org www.kuranda.org

Book a rainforest walk with a Ngadjon guide. OPEN DAILY: 9am to 4.30pm Atherton Road, Malanda Ph: 07 4096 6957 info@malandafalls.com www.malandafalls.com

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

Lat 17° 05’ • Long 145° 28’

Lat 16° 49’ • Long 145° 38’

Lat 17° 35’ • Long 145° 58’

Lat 17° 61’ • Long 145° 48’

CHILLAGOE HUB 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 chillagoehubinfo@bigpond.com www.chillagoehub.com.au

HERBERTON MINING CENTRE

MAREEBA HERITAGE CENTRE

YUNGABURRA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Immerse yourself in the history of the oldest town on the Tablelands. Try panning for tin! OPEN DAILY: 9am to 4pm 1 Jack’s Road, Herberton Ph: 07 4096 3474 info@herbertonvisitorcentre.com.au www.herbertonvisitorcentre.com.au

Explore the rich cultural, agricultural and mining origins. OPEN DAILY: 9am to 5pm 345 Byrnes St, Mareeba Ph: 07 4092 5674 info@mareebaheritagecentre.com.au www.mareebaheritagecentre.com.au

A friendly welcome and helpful service in Yungaburra centre. OPEN DAILY: 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm Maud Kehoe Place, Yungaburra Ph: 07 4095 2416 yungaburravic@bigpond.com www.yungaburra.com

Lat 17° 09’ • Long 144° 31’

Lat 17° 23’ • Long 145° 23’

Lat 17° 03’ • Long 145° 25’

Lat 17° 16’ • Long 145° 36’

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Easy Reference Guide ACCOMMODATION Atherton

Lakes District

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Atherton Halloran’s Leisure Park

www.halloransleisurepark.com

1800 88 50 30

Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn

www.rainforestmotorinn.com.au

07 4095 4141

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The Summit Rainforest Retreat

www.summitrainforestretreat.com.au

07 4091 7300

39

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges

www.rainforest-australia.com

07 4095 3754

21

Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park

www.laketinarooholidaypark.com.au

07 4095 8232

19

Tinaroo Lake Resort

www.tinarooresort.com.au

07 4095 8912

19

Figtree Getaway

www.figtreegetaway.com.au

07 4096 5124

45

Malanda Falls Caravan Park

www.malandafalls.com.au

07 4096 5314

45

The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses & Wildlife Sanctuary

www.canopytreehouses.com.au

07 4096 5364

45

Jabiru Safari Lodge

www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au

1800 788 755

17

Mareeba Lodge Motel

www.mareebalodge.com.au

07 4092 2266

37

The Savannah Way

Mt Carbine Caravan Park

www.mtcarbine.com

07 4094 3160

9

Yungaburra

Allumbah Pocket Cottages

www.allumbahpocketcottages.com.au

07 4095 3023

49

Eden House Retreat & Mountain Spa

www.edenhouse.com.au

07 4089 7000

47

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

www.mtquincan.com.au

07 4095 2255

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Birds ‘n’ Bloom Cottages

www.bnbcottages.com

0438 953 330

47

Atherton Antiques & Australiana

platypus@tablelands.net.au

07 4091 4455

41

Atherton Chinatown & Hou Wang Temple

www.houwang.org.au

07 4091 6945

41

Fascinating Facets The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre The Crystal Caves

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

07 4091 3285 07 4091 2683 07 4091 2365

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Herberton

Historic Village Herberton

www.historicvillageherberton.com.au

07 4096 2002

5

Kuranda

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway / Kuranda Scenic Railway www.skyrail.com.au / www.ksr.com.au

07 4038 5555

33

Malanda

Gallo Dairyland

www.gallodairyland.com.au

07 4095 2388

41

Nerada Tea Visitors Centre

www.neradatea.com.au

07 4096 8328

45

Coffee Works

www.coffeeworks.com.au

07 4092 4101

15

de Brueys Boutique Wines and Functions Venue

www.debrueys.com.au

07 4092 4515

37

Golden Drop Winery

www.goldendrop.com.au

07 4093 2750

37

Jabiru Safari Lodge and Mareeba Wetlands

www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au

07 4093 2507

17

Mt Uncle Distillery & Bridges Cafe

www.mtuncle.com

07 4086 8008

35

Mareeba Heritage Museum & Visitor Info Centre

www.mareebaheritagecentre.com

07 4092 5674

37

Skybury - The Australian Coffee Centre

www.skybury.com.au

07 4093 2190

7

Millaa Millaa

Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy & Organic Cafe

www.mungallicreekdairy.com.au

07 4097 2232

21

The Canecutter Way

Murdering Point Winery

www.murderingpointwinery.com.au

07 4065 2327

9

Paronella Park

www.paronellapark.com.au

07 4065 0000

11

Cobbold Gorge

www.cobboldgorge.com.au

07 4062 5470

13

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

www.crocodileadventures.com

07 4055 3576

9

Mt Surprise Gems and Post Office

www.thegemden.com.au

07 4062 3055

13

Undara Experience

www.undara.com.au

1800 990 992

13

Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe

www.tolgawoodworks.com.au

07 4095 4488

39

Rainforest Gems

www.rainforestgems.com.au

07 4095 5223

39

Avenue of Honour

www.avenueofhonour.com.au

07 4095 4488

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Malanda

Mareeba

ATTRACTIONS Atherton

Mareeba

The Savannah Way

Tolga Yungaburra

RESTAURANTS/CAFES Millaa Millaa

Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy & Organic Cafe

www.mungallicreekdairy.com.au

07 4097 2232

21

Tolga

Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe

www.tolgawoodworks.com.au

07 4095 4488

39

Yungaburra

Nick’s Restaurant & Yungaburra Pizzeria

www.nicksrestaurant.com.au

07 4095 3330

47

Billy Tea Safaris

www.billytea.com.au

07 4032 0077

9

Food Trail Tours

www.foodtrailtours.com.au

07 4041 1522

9

Rainforest Bounty

www.rainforestbounty.com.au

07 4096 8026

17

Wilderness Expeditions

www.wildex.com.au

07 4096 2266

9

AVIS Budget Trans North Bus and Coach

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

136 333 1300 362 848 07 4095 8644

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TOURS, ACTIVITIES & TRANSPORT Tours & Activities

Coaches, Self-drive and Hire Car

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presents

The Empress of Uruguay

Visit the Atherton Tablelands No.1 Tourist Attraction Stand in awe of the most spectacular discovery out of Uruguay… The world’s biggest Amethyst geode has been awarded the title ‘The Empress of Uruguay’. Standing 3.5 meters tall and weighing 2.7 tonnes. You are encouraged to touch and photograph this magnificent natural creation. It is truly an experience to take your breath away. One of more than 600 specimens on display in The Crystal Caves.

Open seven days a week* Look for the 12 international flags at 69 Main Street in Atherton Weekdays: 8.30 am - 5 pm Saturday: 8.30 am - 4 pm Sunday and public holidays: 10 am - 4 pm *Not open February, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day 52 Discover the AthertonPhone: Tablelands Highlands and4091 Gulf Savannah. For more information visit www.athertontablelands.com.au (07)/Cairns 4091 2365 fax: (07) 3285 welcome@crystalcaves.com.au www.crystalcaves.com.au

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