Located 10 minutes from the town of Atherton and just under an hour from Cairns, there are many reasons to make the move to Malanda.
Right on the edge of town are the Malanda Falls where you may be lucky enough to spy a platypus, tree-kangaroo, birds, butterflies or dancing Brolga in the surrounding forest. Enjoy a picnic on the bank or go for a refreshing dip in this crocodile-free section of the Johnson River.
Take a stroll through the quaint country town past its many historic buildings, including a huge hotel complete with a grand staircase and ballroom. It’s said to be the largest wooden structure in Queensland.
Just 10 minutes from Malanda you’ll find the Mt Hypipamee National Park, home of the beautiful rainforest-shrouded Dinner Falls and a huge water-filled crater created many thousands of years ago by a volcanic explosion.
Malanda Falls, on the North Johnstone River, tumbles over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that spread from the Mount Hypipamee area 15km away. There are two short walks through the surrounding remnant rainforest.
Visit Malanda Markets for fresh local produce, crafts, homemade goodies and more!This event is held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 7:30am to 12:30pm at the Malanda Showgrounds (opposite Jack May Park), Malanda and is managed by the Malanda Lions Club.
Our beloved annual Malanda Show is timed for the end of June each year. A great family fun affair where you can enjoy equestrian events, dairy, stud and prime cattle exhibits and the animal nursery, great for the kids.
Two easy walks meander through the rainforests. Allow half an hour to an hour for each walk. Early in the morning and later in the afternoon are the best times to go birding, but tree-kangaroos are just as easily seen during the day. Maps are available at the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre.
Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range. Mount Bartle Frere is 1611m and is covered in rainforest from foothills to summit.
The teahouse at Lake Barrine may be 80 years old but the Devonshire teas it serves are as fresh and inviting as the crisp Atherton Tablelands air around this charming landmark. The teahouse juts out over the clean, clear waters of Lake Barrine, which sits right in the middle of tropical rainforest and is protected within the Crater Lakes National Park.
Tranquil Lake Eacham is a former volcanic crater. Surrounded by dense rainforest, it has an average depth of 65 metres. It’s an enclosed catchment, isolated from any other waterways. The lake only fills with rain, making the lake crystal clear and water quality good enough to snorkel and dive in. It’s also popular with kayakers.
Millaa Millaa Falls is a heritage-listed plunge waterfall at Theresa Creek Road, Millaa Millaa, Tablelands Region, Queensland, Australia. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 5 December 2005. The falls are adjacent to the town of Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tableland.
The Mungalli Biodynamic cafe is the original farm house that the Watson brothers grew up in and is situated in the heart of our Biodynamic farm. Their veranda overlooks the Johnston River Gorge and world heritage rainforest. Behind that, Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest mountain, creates a dramatic backdrop for visitors.
On the lush tropical Atherton Tablelands you will find a dairy farm that has opened the doors or rather their gates to the public. With the farming enterprise positioned between Atherton, Malanda and Yungaburra you will be pleasantly surprised to find a fully operational dairy farm; a gourmet cheese factory; a sensational café/restaurant; and last but not least, the most beautiful hand-crafted chocolate.
Not far from Malanda on Upper Barron Road is the extinct volcanic crater known as Bromfield Swamp. Each winter hundreds of cranes come to roost. This is a must-see for birders and anyone looking to be enchanted by the dancing displays of the Sarus cranes. Early in the morning, or their fly-in at dusk are the best viewing opportunities.
3.9km from Malanda on Lake Barrine Road, is Winfield Park, a large grassed area next to the Johnstone River with picnic tables, BBQ’s and public toilets.
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