Nestled in the countryside of the Atherton Tablelands, Yungabarra is surrounded by incredible natural wonders. Malanda Falls of the famous Waterfall Circuit is only a 10-minute drive away, as are the crater lakes of Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine. And the Curtain Fig Tree – an impressive, towering structure – is just over 2km from the village.
Located 720m above sea level, Yungaburra is loved by locals for its cooler climate during the hot summer months, and is also a popular winter getaway; with some nights cold enough to sit in front of a crackling fire.
With its historic pub, boutique stores, and charming cafes you can’t help but slow down. Lap up the old-country town atmosphere with a slice of cake and coffee in the courtyard of the Whistle Stop Café. Then stroll down the main street, taking in the sites of the historic shop fronts and wide verandahs. As dusk starts to descend, head to the platypus viewing platform at Peterson Creek, or walk along the creek. Then dine at one of the many options, including the award-winning Flynn’s Restaurant.
Between the months of January and November, the Yungaburra Markets are held on the fourth Saturday of every month between 7.30am - 12.30pm. The December markets are scheduled for the third Sunday in December.
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.