Gillies Highway – spectacular scenic drive
Ephemeral waterfalls descending down sheer cliffs; sunlight breaking through the green and red foliage of rainforest trees; 263 corners, and a 800 m elevation change – the Gillies Highway packs plenty into 19 km of road.
The Gillies Highway runs from Gordonvale on the coast, through Yungaburra and into Atherton. Checkout the dramatic lookouts giving you a great place to photograph spectacular views of the Goldsborough Valley and the coast. Jump into a car and motor up the curvy Gillies Highway to explore the country byways off the highways of the Atherton Tablelands.
Break loose, maybe meet-up with a friend or two for a great shopping experience. Enjoy beautiful, sensual displays in a variety of retail spaces from boutiques, a fine craft gallery, dress shops, studios, plus the famous monthly Yungaburra markets. Browse a huge variety of objects of desire including timber, glass or wire fine craft works; clothing, jewellery, accessories, & gorgeous homewares; handcrafted hats, beanies & shawls and so much more! Looking for Christmas & birthday gifts? Shop locally for really creative gift ideas with that typical Yungaburra flair. View shops.
When you’re ready to take a break, enjoy a cuppa, morning tea or a delicious meal at a lovely café or restaurant and soak up the Village atmosphere. View feasting choices.
Fishing and boating on Lake Tinaroo
Lake Tinaroo was created in 1950 by damming the Barron River for irrigation of agricultural areas. The lake provides a huge water sports and recreational area. The 200km of shoreline is ideal for bush walking, picnicking and camping. The lake is restocked every year with baby barramundi producing a world class fishing location. Redclaw crayfish, sooty grunter, sleepy cod, mouth almighty, archer fish and spangled perch can also be caught in Lake Tinaroo as well as world record freshwater barramundi.
Fish from shore or your boat. There are no yearly fishing closures or maximum size limits. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required, it may be purchased from Yungaburra Food Market. Bring your boat up to the Tablelands and enjoy water skiing and water sports. Paddle a canoe or kayak up the arms of the lake to get into prime bird watching habitat. The famous Barra Bash is held each year on the lake, Tinaroo holds the record for the largest freshwater barramundi caught. More.
Bushwalking & Trekking
Queensland’s tallest mountain – Mt Bartle Frere (Wooroonooran) attracts climbers from all over the world. Take your camping gear as this is a minimum 2 day 1 night trip.
More relaxed bushwalks can be found throughout the Tablelands in World Heritage Rainforest and the dryer eucalypt forests. Many walks are situated around lakes and waterfalls or next to rivers and creeks so be prepared for a swim. Call in to the Yungaburra Visitor Information Centre for information on walking tracks or visit http://www.wettropics.gov.au for a comprehensive list. Stunning waterfalls, spectacular rainforest, crystal clear creeks and magnificent vistas are all part of the Misty Mountains long distance walking tracks. More.
Bird Watching & Night Spotlighting
The Atherton Tablelands has astonishing wildlife viewing. Watch a Victoria’s Riflebird display to attract a mate. Hear the call of the catbird.
Local habitats range from rainforest to eucalypts to wetlands, therefore a huge range of birds live here year around or visit in season.
At night, a whole new lot of animals come out to feed. Take your spotlighting torch into any local rainforest and you may be rewarded with a view of a tree-kangaroo, a quoll or one of our fourteen species of possum. More.
See you in Yungaburra!