Heritage steam-train, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 914

At 930 metres, Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland. Situated on the Atherton Tableland, it is surrounded by World Heritage rainforest, with 350 species of birds, 14 species of kangaroos and 12 species of possums. Once a town with a thriving logging industry, a new, alternative-lifestlye population has now developed.

Visitor Information

24 Moore St; (07) 4097 7700


Nearby national parks

  • Millstream Falls National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the centrepiece of Millstream Falls National Park in the Atherton Tableland is Big Millstream...more

  • Mount Hypipamee National Park

    This small, but very beautiful, high-altitude rainforest national park boasts a number of ‘must-see’ features. The first is an...more

  • Wooroonooran National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Wooroonooran National Park boasts the two highest mountains in Queensland, along with wild...more

Nearby towns

  • Millaa Millaa

    Millaa Millaa is at the southern edge of the Atherton Tableland, and is central to a thriving dairy industry. The 17-kilometre Waterfall...more

  • Herberton

    Known as the 'Village in the Hills', Herberton sits about 1000 metres above sea level on the south-west ranges of the Atherton Tableland....more

  • Atherton

    Originally called Prior's Pocket and renamed in 1885, this town is the commercial hub of the Atherton Tableland. It is an area renowned for...more

In Town

Nganyaji Interpretive Centre: showcases the lifestyle of the local Jirrbal people, including hunting techniques and community life; Moore St.

Scenic train ride: heritage steam-train ride to nearby Tumoulin; details available from visitor centre.


Innot Hot Springs These natural thermal springs reputedly have healing powers. The spring water was originally bottled and sent to Europe as a healing remedy until the 1900s. 3 km E of the town is the Windy Hill Wind Farm. 32 km SW.

Millstream Falls National Park: enjoy the 1 km return walk past falls and rockpools to the Millstream Falls, the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia; (07) 4091 1844; 3 km SW.

Tully Falls: walk 300 m to Tully Falls (in wet season) and the gorge; 25 km S.

Lake Koombooloomba: popular spot for swimming, watersports, camping and fishing for barramundi; 34 km S.

Mount Garnet: old tin-mining town with prospecting sites nearby; 47 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Tinaroo 49 km

Lake Tinaroo is built across the Barron River Gorge in the Atherton Tablelands; about two hours’ drive from Cairns via Gordonvale and Yungaburra. The lake was the first of Queensland’s impoundments stocked... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cheese-tasting 18 km

In the lush highlands of Millaa Millaa, overlooking Mount Bartle Frere, the certified biodynamic Mungalli Creek Dairy has a superb range of organic cheeses and yoghurts for sale and tastings. You can watch the delectable... Find out more

Campsites around town

Tully Gorge camping area 19 km

Accessible by 2WD via a bitumen road, this grassy site is the only campground in the national park available to non-hikers. A 375 m return, wheelchair-accessible rainforest walk starts from the picnic and camping area.... Find out more

Henrietta Creek camping area 29 km

Accessible by 2WD, this grassy camping area is signposted off the Palmerston Hwy, 38 km from Innisfail. There are 3 numbered and 20 unnumbered sites. The park’s Wet Tropics’ endemics include the tiny musky... Find out more

Junction camping area (bush camping) 39 km

At the western end of the Mt Bartle Frere Trail, campers can walk in or access the site via road (unsuitable for conventional vehicles when wet). Go birdwatching during the day and search for possums by spotlight at... Find out more

Big Rock camping area (walk-in camping) 42 km

The Big Rock camp clearing is a 3 km walk north-west of the Josephine Falls parking area, and is suitable for self-sufficient campers only. For experienced walkers, Josephine Falls is the starting point for the difficult... Find out more

Eastern Summit camping area (walk-in camping) 42 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers has excellent views over Innisfail and the undulating Atherton Tableland. The site is 4 km north-west of Big Rock camping area and 7 km from the Josephine Falls parking area.... Find out more

Western Summit camping area (walk-in camping) 43 km

Accessible only on foot, this campground is an 8 km walk from the Junction camping area at the Atherton Tableland (west) end of the walking trail. The Bartle Frere summit is just 750 m from this camp. There are no... Find out more

Goldsborough Valley camping area 49 km

This grassy, shady site for self-sufficient campers is on the banks of the Mulgrave River, 25 km south-west of Gordonvale. There are 4 numbered sites for e-permit holders, each with its own alcove. Open fires are... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Tinaroo 50 km

Just 150 m from Lake Tinaroo, this caravan park has an excellent range of facilities for a comfortable stay after a day of boating or waterskiing on the lake. Other activities include fishing for barramundi or sooty... Find out more

The Boulders camping area 51 km

This campground beside a creek is 6 km west of Babinda on Boulders Rd, with signposted access off the Bruce Hwy. There are 5 sites with no more than 5 people per site. There is a maximum stay of 48 hr.... Find out more

Platypus camping area 51 km

Platypus campground, 4 km from the western entrance, has 18 numbered sites for small tents, large tents and vans. Open fires are allowed here in the provided fire rings and BBQs (except when fire bans apply); bring your... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Innot Hot Springs and Leisure Park 27 km

Located in the centre of the small township, this place has good facilities and the local hotel is just a short walk away. A relaxing dip in the spring-fed pools in the park is most enjoyable at the end of the day.... Find out more

BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park 37 km

On the outskirts of Atherton, about 2 km from the town centre, this tidy park has large shady trees and makes a good base for a few days while exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Mount Garnet Travellers Park 41 km

This is a spacious park with shade and green grass in a quieter off-highway position. It has good amenities. Bookings required at Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park 50 km

This park is located on Tinaroo Dam, 17 km from Atherton. It is popular with anglers who come year round to catch barramundi from the stocked reservoir. The park has good basic facilities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Walkamin Central Van Park 54 km

This is a relatively new owner-operated park adjacent to the Kennedy Highway. There are excellent amenities and a large central building with a camp kitchen and large open fireplace. There is not a lot of shade, but we... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages 16 km

Near Millaa Millaa, the two secluded bush cabins here, on 62 hectares of bushland and rainforest, can sleep up to eight people each, and are completely powered by solar technology and a small water turbine in Possum... Find out more

The Canopy, near Malanda 27 km

Located at Tarzali, this place comprises six beautiful glass and timber treehouses set in 40 hectares of rainforest that has never been logged, with Lumholtz tree-kangaroos creeping around, green ringtail possums,... Find out more

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 41 km

By renting out nine elegant eco-accredited treehouses (near Malanda), the owners have funded a massive weed-clearing and revegetation program – including planting 20 000 trees – on their 92-hectare property,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tully Gorge camping area 29 km

T/O into main street through Tully

Pleasant campground surrounded by rainforest on the banks of the Tully River in Tully Gorge State Forest. Located 40km north-west of Tully. Good facilities and shade.

The Boulders camping area 51 km

T/O at Babinda

Small campground located 6km west of the highway via the main street. Near a picnic area in the rainforest. Limited sites.

Fred Drew rest area 55 km

4km N of Innisfail (L) or 26km S of Babinda (R)

Just off the road at the junction with the Palmerston Hwy.

Babinda rest area 56 km

T/O at Babinda

Secluded area on a riverbank located 500m south-east of the highway via the old Bruce Hwy.

Diggers Creek rest area 59 km

18km N of Tully (R) or 34km S of Innisfail (L)

Small area adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Market: railway station; 4th Sun each month.

Torimba Garden Party: Sept.

Torimba Festival: includes Festival of the Forest and mardi gras; Oct.

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