Yungaburra is located a one hour drive from Cairns, if you are taking the Gillies Highway. Alternative routes include the Kuranda Range and Palmerston Highway (travel times vary). This small village community is home to a permanent population of just under 1,000 residents and is positioned at the top of the Great Dividing Range, 750m above sea level on the Atherton Tablelands.
It’s a tropical, green paradise that invites you to breathe deeply of the fresh mountain air, before immersing yourself in a natural landscape, where rich rainforest merges with volcanic crater lakes and rolling green pasture.
Yungaburra is the perfect base to explore all the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. Apart from the village itself, which is the largest National Trust village in Queensland, Yungaburra is in the heart of the waterfall and lakes precinct.
If you are an animal lover or bird watcher, then this is paradise for you. Yungaburra and its surrounding rainforest, lakes and streams are home to a diverse array of native fauna and flora, including the ancient Musky Rat Kangaroo, mysterious and shy Platypus, impressive Fig Trees and climbing vines.
This is a great self-drive location and apart from the impressive scenery, Yungaburra and the Atherton Tablelands promise a fantastic selection of gourmet produce, local dairies, boutique handmade chocolates and cheeses, coffee, tea and country hospitality.
Make sure you check out the Atherton Tableland Markets, a great place to see, sample and purchase local produce, art and craft.
Want some top tips of things to do from a local? Gina Mete, owner / operator of Yungaburra Accommodation is pleased to provide.
Gina’s top 25 things to do in Yungaburra and the surrounding Tablelands
- Platypus Viewing Platform
- Curtain Fig National Park with the possibility of spotting a tree kangaroo
- Cruise on Lake Barrine
- Peterson Creek Walking Track
- See the Cathedral Fig Tree and then continue your hour and a half drive round Lake Tinaroo on the Danbulla road.
- A walk round the stunning Lake Eacham followed by a swim to cool off
- Take an 80 metre stroll to the 1,000 year old giant Twin Kauri Pines at Lake Barrine
- The Crystal Caves
- Hasties swamp National Park a paradise for birdwatchers
- Hallorans Hill lookout
- Horse riding at Tait’s Wongabel Stables
- Mt. Hypipamee Crater
- Waterfall Circuit – Millaa Millaa, Zillie, Ellinjaa, Pepina and Mungalli
- Rainforest Heart Orchard – Explore the native fruit orchard and taste the fruits as evolution has created them
- Historical Village Herberton
- Spy and Camera museum
- Mining Museum
- Take a short walk to Malanda Falls where you have the opportunity to see a tree climbing Kangaroo
- Nerada Tea Plantation
- Granite Gorge
- Mt. Uncle Distillery
- Jaques Coffee Plantation
- Golden Drop Mango Winery
- Coffee Works – boutique roasters & chocolatiers
- Davies Creek National Park
Yungaburra Historic Village
The Atherton Tablelands has a rich and vibrant history of pioneering, mining and agriculture. The fertile soils and cooler than coast climate have long been drawcards for visitors and locals alike. Indeed, people have been coming to Yungaburra for over 100 years and this is reflected in the stately, traditional Queenslander buildings, which have stood the test of time and still line the streets of Yungaburra.