Better known for its long, white sandy beaches overlooking the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Woodgate is also home to superb walking tracks where you can experience some of Australia’s most distinctive flora and fauna.
The Banksia Track and The Boardwalk are situated within Burrum Coast National Park. At the beginning of this stunning 5.2km walk, a wheelchair-acccessible paperbark-lined boardwalk runs for 800m and provides access through tea tree swamp. The track then continues through mangrove-lined riverbanks, wallum heath, swamp banksia, wallum banksia, tea tree wetlands and eucalypt forests. And if you visit between August and October, you'll encounter the wildflowers in full bloom.
Birdwatchers will delight in this walk, with more than 200 bird species throughout the park including the wattle and friarbirds, which are attracted to the banksia foliage.
An entire village of more than 50 beautifully restored buildings, the village of Herberton – an old tin mining town – is an incredible tribute to Australia’s past. Allow plenty of time to marvel at the incredible detail of this outdoor museum as you wander through the old school house, bank, toy shop and chemist.
The only distillery in Tropical North Queensland, Mt Uncle is set among banana, avocado and macadamia trees. Wonder the grounds with the peacocks; visit the cellar door for a taste of its award-winning spirits and liqueurs; or drop by the restaurant for a spot of lunch.
More than 500 years old, and only a short drive from Yungaburra, the curtain tree fig is a fascinating display of nature and a must-see attraction of the Atherton Tablelands.