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
Tablelands Adventure Guides
Peter has been exploring the Atherton Tablelands and beyond since 1993 and has enjoyed many multi day biking, hiking and kayaking adventures. In 2005, he helped establish Friends of Atherton Tablelands Rail Trails. Peter is acutely aware of the uniqueness of our region and is excited about sharing the outstanding natural assets of the region with you on his fun and friendly adventure tours. More>>
The Yungaburra Bowls Club is a great club to be part of. It is a small rural club and very friendly. We have a lot of fun and enjoy the game of lawn bowls. The social life of lawn bowls is very enjoyable.
Our members love visitors. We get quite a few grey nomads who would rather play bowls up here in the warmth of winter instead of being down south.
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.