Yungaburra, the historic heart of the Tablelands, was established in 1890, and is listed by the National Trust of Queensland. Yungaburra has been a preferred holiday destination since the early 1900s with visitors returning to experience the charm of the village which has existed largely unchanged, with many of the original buildings still in existence.
In the late afternoon go to Peterson’s Creek to see platypus. The area is a haven for wildlife; here you may see platypus, tree kangaroos, wallabies and a large variety of birds. Go on a nice walk along Peterson’s Creek or do the Old Town Loop and learn about the local history.
Meet the locals
Carmel Pacey (center)
My Habitat Products
Carmel actually makes My Habitat toxin-free household products right here at her shop.With a background in organic farming, art and graphic design, she has developed these products from scratch over a number of years. Come in and try them.Carmel will be on hand to offer advice and a wealth of information, and you can see some of her paintings on display as well.
Tablelands Folk Festival
2014 Committee Members
(L-R)Saeed DeRidder, Bronwyn Hodgkins, Michael Hodgkins, Jenni Kruck (Marilyn Baldwin not present)
Your visit to the beautiful Atherton Tablelands during October would be incomplete without experiencing the 2014 TABLELANDS FOLK FESTIVAL. Centered at the historic Yungaburra Hotel, the festival runs throughout the weekend culminating in the final concert on late Sunday afternoon.
The village of Yungaburra is surrounded by countryside which has been influenced and shaped by many, now extinct, volcanoes. The landscape is stunning, with many outstandingly beautiful natural attractions such as crater lakes, waterfalls and World Heritage rain forest. This tranquil and picturesque village is situated 720 metres (2400 feet) above sea level. It’s cooler than the coastal area during summer and in winter the cool but mild climate and crackling log fires make it an ideal holiday destination.
Yungaburra is easily accessible from Cairns, just over one hour up the Gillies Range or come from Cairns’ northern beaches via the Kuranda Range. If you are driving north from Townsville you can drive the Palmerston Highway from Innisfail. See our Atherton Tablelands maps page.
Once in Yungaburra please stop by the Visitor Information Centre, located directly across the street from the Lake Eacham Hotel at the Maude Kehoe Park. The friendly volunteers will be glad to help you with your holiday needs.