Curtain Tree Fig, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 932

Yungaburra is a historic town on the edge of the Atherton Tableland. Originally a resting spot for miners, it was slow to develop. The tourism boom did not hit until the coastal road opened from Cairns in 1926. Today the town offers craft shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Visitor Information

Allumbah Pocket Cottages, Gillies Hwy, (07) 4095 3023; or Nick's Restaurant and Yodeller's Bar, 33 Gillies Hwy, (07) 4095 3330

Nearby national parks

  • Crater Lakes National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, this national park surrounds two lakes, Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. These are volcanic...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

  • 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

Nearby towns

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

In Town

Historical precinct walk: take this self-guide walk past heritage buildings, including the popular Lake Eacham Hotel in Cedar St; brochure available from visitor centre.

Platypus viewing platform: see the elusive animal at sunrise and sunset; Peterson Creek, Gillies Hwy.

Galleries, craft and gem shops: various outlets in town.


Crater Lakes National Park The 2 volcanic lakes, Lake Eacham (8 km E) and Lake Barrine (12 km NE), are surrounded by rainforest and offer watersports, bushwalking and birdwatching. Look for the eastern water dragons along the 3 km track around Lake Barrine or take a wildlife cruise on the lake. There is a children's pool at Lake Eacham, a self-guide trail through the rainforest and a 3 km circuit shore track. Both lakes are popular recreation areas. (07) 4091 1844.

Malanda Malanda is a small town in the middle of rich dairy-farming country. It claims the longest milk run in the world (to Alice Springs) and boasts the still-operating 19th-century Majestic Theatre, and the Gourmet Food Factory, specialising in local produce. On the southern outskirts of town is the Malanda Falls Conservation Park, with signposted rainforest walks, and the Malanda Environmental Centre, which has displays on local history, vulcanology, flora and fauna. The Malanda Falls actually flow into the local swimming pool. 20 km S.

Curtain Fig Tree: spectacular example of strangler fig with aerial roots in curtain-like formation; 2.5 km SW.

Tinaburra: a great spot for swimming and watersports on Lake Tinaroo; boat ramp provides access. Nearby Seven Sisters are 7 volcanic cinder cones; 3 km N.

Lake Tinaroo: watersports and fishing; travel around on a houseboat or dinghy – hire available; north of Yungaburra.

Heales Outlook: spectacular views over Gillies Range; 16 km NE.

Tinaroo Falls Dam outlet: views over lake; 23 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Tinaroo 11 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

Trinity Inlet 41 km

The Cairns region offers more than gamefishing. South of the city are rivers like the Russell and Mulgrave; to the north are the Daintree and Mowbray Rivers. Anglers heading inland will find opportunities like the famous... Find out more

Russell Heads 41 km

Russell Heads is the junction and estuary system of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers, south of Cairns. I was fishing with Kieran Livingstone who had a Cairns Custom Craft aluminium, a solid boat ideal for river and... Find out more

Cairns 45 km

Many international game anglers regard Cairns as the game fish capital of the world, with plenty of big black marlin – the Holy Grail of gamefishing. Granders or Julies, call them what you will, these huge female... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cheese-tasting 27 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

Savannahlander 43 km

This small two- or three-carriage train heads out across the savannah country from Cairns to Forsayth on a four-day round trip, allowing you to get off at towns and see key places, such as Undara, along the way. You can... Find out more

Wildlife experience - Cairns 50 km

Combine several of the Cairns area’s main wildlife attractions into one seamless day out: the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Book through... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Eden House

Everything about Eden House is elegant, from its accommodation and spa to its food, whether enjoyed in its heritage dining room or on wide tropical verandahs. And while the food is described as simple country fare, the... Find out more

Flynn’s Licensed Restaurant

A small restaurant but a good one, with chef/owner Liam Flynn preparing local Atherton Tableland produce with French and Italian touches. Flynn’s has regularly won awards from the Queensland Restaurant and Caterers... Find out more

Nick’s Restaurant 
and Yodeller’s Bar

The Swiss–Italian food is good and this restaurant is great fun, possibly helped along by the large selection of schnapps, grappa, and European and Aussie beers in the Yodeller’s Bar. Saturday is the evening... Find out more

Campsites around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Tinaroo 12 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

Fong-On Bay camping area 13 km

A favourite with waterskiers, this campground is divided into 2 sections with good water access: Bulmba and Gungul. To get here, turn off Danbulla Forest Dr 16.5 km from the western entrance, or 11.5 km from the eastern... Find out more

Platypus camping area 13 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

Downfall Creek camping area 14 km

This campground is 7 km from the western entrance and 21 km from the eastern entrance of the Danbulla Forest Dr. Campers can take the 2.4 km walk through the forest to Kauri Creek. Bring all self-sufficient supplies,... Find out more

School Point camping area 14 km

School Point can be reached by 2WD or boat. It has has 8 numbered campsites with a gravel surface. To get here, turn off Danbulla Forest Dr 16 km from the western entrance, or 12 km from the eastern entrance, and follow... Find out more

Kauri Creek camping area 15 km

A great spot for swimming and canoeing, Kauri Creek is 9 km from the western entrance and 19 km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Forest Dr. Open fires are allowed in fire rings; generators are not permitted.... Find out more

Goldsborough Valley camping area 22 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

Junction camping area (bush camping) 22 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

Dinden camping area (bush camping) 27 km

A 4WD is advisable for accessing these 6 bush campsites, 5 km along Davies Creek Rd from Davies Creek National Park. It is preferable to visit in the dry season (Apr–Oct). Bring your own water, rubbish bags, and a... Find out more

Western Summit camping area (walk-in camping) 28 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

Caravan parks around town

Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park 12 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

BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park 12 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

Walkamin Central Van Park 23 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

Big4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort 38 km

Enjoy the excellent facilities of this quality park, on the southern approach to the city 7 km from the centre of Cairns. There is a cafe, free minigolf, tennis and aqua aerobics, and the list continues. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park 40 km

This good quality park is easily accessible and only about 5 km from the centre of Cairns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairnsvilla and Leisure Park 42 km

The park is 4 km from the centre of Cairns, set in a quiet area with beautiful tropical surrounds. It has very good facilities including a mini-mart and a TV room. It is an ideal park for a holiday.... Find out more

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park 43 km

Located in suburban Cairns, this park is easily accessible and is a good base to spend a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cool Waters Holiday Park 43 km

Located in the foothills a few kilometers out of Cairns, this is a quality park with very good facilities. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Lake Placid Tourist Park 46 km

This park is about 10 km north-west of Cairns, on the bank of the Barron River. Enjoy the covered barbecue area, and the Skyrail terminal, a major attraction, is nearby. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Eden House Retreat 
& Mountain Spa

These beautifully furnished cottages and villas set in tropical gardens are a delight. The spa cottages and villa include ambient electric fireplaces to add atmosphere to those cool, misty mountain nights that sometimes... Find out more

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

Six secluded tree houses sit on the rainforest slopes of an extinct volcanic crater here, part of a 57-hectare property registered with Land for Wildlife. It is home to the rare tree-climbing kangaroo and a large variety... Find out more

Williams Lodge

Spend much time in these parts and you will notice a lot of places and spaces bear the name Williams. Williams Lodge has been the family home on and off since 1915. Along with the Lake Eacham Hotel, also a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 13 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

The Canopy, near Malanda 15 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

Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages 24 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

Rest areas around town

Gordonvale park area 29 km

33km N of Babinda (R) or 27km S of Cairns (L)

Just off the highway at the Mulgrave River.

The Boulders camping area 31 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.

Babinda rest area 38 km

T/O at Babinda

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

Bramston Beach camping area 47 km

At Bramston Beach

Idyllic foreshore campground situated 17km east of the highway.

Fred Drew rest area 51 km

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

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

What's on around town

Market: renowned produce and craft market; Gillies Hwy; 4th Sat each month.

Tour de Tableland: bike race; May.

Malanda Show: July.

Folk Festival: Oct.

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