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  • Lake Eacham Pontoon

  • Lake Eacham Falls

  • Lake Barrine Tea House

  • Milla Milla Falls

  • Curtain Figtree Boardwalk

  • Malanda Falls - Guided Aboriginal Walks

  • Yungaburra Markets

  • Herberton Historic Village

  • The Crystal Caves

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Behind the mountains close to Cairns lies the Atherton Tablelands - with an abundance of lush tropical greenery, volcanic crater lakes, virgin rainforests, turbulent streams, tumbling waterfalls and rich red farmland, all easily accessible by sealed roads.

Make Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges on the Atherton Tablelands the headquarters for your Tropical North Queensland stay. The Great Barrier Reef connections are just over an hour away by a scenic drive, choose a different route each time you travel to the coast, and return to the Tablelands for a cool restful night.

Lake Eacham

Attractions within 5 minutes drive

LAKE EACHAM
Surrounded by over 1200 acres of lush rainforest, Lake Eacham is one of the jewels of the Atherton Tablelands. Scientists believe Lake Eacham, and nearby sister Lake Barrine, were formed approximately 12,000 years ago by volcanic activity. Hot magma rose from inside the Earth's crust, boiling the below surface water table that existed in the region. The steam was trapped underground until pressure caused massive explosions, destroying much of the trees, animals and other plant life that existed overhead. Eventually, the water cooled and we were left with the crater lake that we see today. The clear deep waters of the lakes surrounded by lush tropical rainforest are stunningly beautiful. Both Lakes provide excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities.

These days, Lake Eacham is one of the Tablelands most popular swimming and family destinations. For the bushwalkers, there is a great 3km walk around the outside of the lake, which is perfect for birdwatchers, hikers or families looking to get an insight into the local ecosystem. Lake Eacham The lake also includes a large picnic area with BBQ's and covered shelters, making it a great spot for a weekend family lunch. No motorised boats are allowed on the lake, so it remains quiet and peaceful all year round.

 

LAKE EACHAM FALLS
This picturesque 1km walking path takes you to small waterfalls along a creek with stands of king ferns.

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Attractions within 15 minutes drive

LAKE BARRINE
It is believed that Lake Barrine and Eacham were formed some 12000 years ago during the most recent period of volcanic activity on the Tablelands, and are explosion craters known as maars. Aboriginal legend tells the story of their formation. 

The Lake Barrine Tea house and souveneir shop is a great place to have morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea. A walk of roughly 6kms in length encircles Lake Barrine. Lake Barrine is home to the magnificent Twin Kauri Pines, 1,100 year old living fossils. Wildlife cruises are run throughout the day, these cruises offer an affordable way to experience a volcanic crater's unique environment.

 

CURTAIN FIG TREE
The Curtain Fig Tree is not only the most unusual tree on the Tableland but the most visited in the world with about 600,000 visitors every year. It features a fig tree that has grown in the crown of a host tree. When the weight of the fig tree was too great, the host tree fell over. Whilst this is quite normal to be observed with other trees, the host tree here was supported half way down by another tree. The fig tree continued to grow and developed a massive number of aerial roots. These now form a curtain, which makes this tree so outstanding.

 

MALANDA FALLS CONSERVATION PARK AND MALANDA FALLS
Malanda Falls Conservation Park and the Malanda Falls itself are a worthwhile visit. Two self guided walking trails, the Tulip Oak Walk and the Rainforest Walk weave through the forest and along the banks of the North Johnstone River, each taking approximately 30 minutes to enjoy. The falls area provides a sandy rainforest pool for swimming and family picnics in the warmer weather. The Park is one of the best places to spot local wildlife such as the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, Green Ringtail Possums, and the forest has a bird list of well over 50 species, including some of the wet tropics endemics. Platypus and turtles are regularly spotted in the river and swimming pool at the falls.

 

RAINFOREST DREAMING GUIDED WALKS
To really discover the rainforest, book a guided walk with Ngadjon-ji elder Ernie Raymont. Ernie has been guiding visitors through the Malanda rainforests for many years and has an in depth knowledge of the forest and its wildlife. The hour long walk allows visitors to gain an understanding of the Ngadjonji people and their lives in the forest as well as learning some of the traditional uses of the local plants. The walk offers great opportunities for viewing the local wildlife, with regular sightings of both tree kangaroos and possums. Round off your walk with a home cooked morning tea at the adjacent Tree Kangaroo Café. Bookings for Rainforest Dreaming Guided Walk are essential.
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MALANDA DAIRY CENTRE
Malanda Dairy Centre provides a fascinating look at the Atherton Tablelands’ dairy industry, and tours of the Malanda Milk Factory (bookings recommended), as well as a café providing delicious local treats. 
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MAJESTIC THEATRE
The Majestic Theatre is a heritage listed building said to be the oldest continually-operating cinema in Australia. Open on weekends, this is a fascinating step back in time for visitors with its canvas backed seating.
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MALANDA HOTEL
This 100 year old hotel is the largest wooden structure in Australia. Much of the original timberwork can still be seen inside the dining room, which is open for meals daily. 

 

PLATYPUS VIEWING PLATFORM & PETERSEN CREEK
The Petersen Creek Walk is a 2 kilometre walk accessed from the Gillie's Highway platypus viewing platform in the historic village of Yungaburra. The creek banks have been revegetated by volunteers. Platypus are often sighted in the creek and there is abundant birdlife.

 

YUNGABURRA MARKETS
The Yungaburra Market is the biggest and oldest market on the Atherton Tablelands. Held on the 4th Saturday of each month, local producers gather on the commons in the middle of the historic village of Yungaburra to sell fresh produce, flowers, home made crafts, local wines, wooden furniture, clothing and just about anything else you can think of. The festive atmosphere of the markets is a great holiday experience.
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Attractions within 30 minutes drive

MILLA MILLA WATERFALLS CIRCUIT
The famous ‘Waterfalls Circuit’ starts at Millaa Millaa, within 30 minutes drive of Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges. Of the three falls on the circuit, it is the Millaa Millaa Falls that is reputedly the most beautiful and photographed in the wet tropics. However, Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls are well worth exploring too for those who enjoy a short walk.

 

NERADA TEA ESTATE
Tourists can take a guided tour of the plantation, seeing all aspects of tea production from seedling to harvesting stage, with lessons in the perfect cup of tea as well. Surrounded by lush green hills and thick rainforest, the plantation is a perfect place for the tea-drinking tourist to find some insight into the history and production of this famous crop. Buy fresh tea or a special gift ...Relax and enjoy a Devonshire tea. 
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GALLO'S DAIRY LAND (CHEESE & CHOCOLATE FACTORY)
Experience the cheese factory, educational viewing platform, tasting area, wholesome cafe and delectable handmade Swiss chocolate production area on this working dairy farm.
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CHINESE HOU WANG MIAU TEMPLE
The Hou Wang Miau Temple is the last building left of what used to be Cedar Camp (Atherton Chinatown), established in the mid 1880's. This unique remnant of the Far North Queensland gold rush houses a corrugated iron roof and red ceda walls. Take a tour through this temple, tour the Art Gallery, Historical Artifacts walkthrough and the Gift Shop.
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CRYSTAL CAVES
Experience this unique underground world where you can touch real fossils, see the 80 million old water move inside the amazing water agate, have your photo taken sitting on the 525kg boulder rose quartz, attempt to move the colourful petrified tree stump and discover the suprising beauty of fluorescent minerals. Fascinating Facets is the combination of a gallery, jewellery store and rock shop. Stocking Australian opals, gold nuggets and Queensland blue topaz to name a few.
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BROMFIELD SWAMP
This extinct volcanic crater or maar known as Bromfield Swamp, roosts hundreds of cranes each winter, this is a must for birders hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of the sarus cranes early in the morning, or their fly-in at dusk.

 

HOLLARANS HILL LOOKOUT
The lookout (elevation 835 metres) offers great views over large parts of the Atherton Tableland. On the top of the hill there is a shady picnic ground with toilets, BBQ areas and a children's playground. You can reach a crater like depression, which is just below the top of the hill, by a path from the picnic ground, allow 45 - 60 minutes for the one way trip.

 

HASTIES SWAMP
Hasties Swamp National Park (56.6ha) is a seasonal wetland. The balance between the different aquatic habitats changes as the swamp follows its annual cycle of wet and dry. This varied habitat attracts a wide range of resident and migrant birds, at times including large numbers of Whistling Ducks, Magpie Geese and Saurus Crane that may be viewed from a two story Bird Hide on the waters edge.

 

TOLGA WOODWORKS & CAFE
The Gallery features a stunning range of pieces by local artisans working in timber, steel, glass, clay, precious metals, leather & fabric. The work is excellent quality, with fine craftsmanship, style and imagination. The Cafe is...' the most delectable food stop'.. serving an all day lunch menu of soups, salads, cakes & bakes with locally grown coffee, leaf tea & fresh juices.

 

TOLGA BAT HOSPITAL
Tolga Bat Hospital is a not-for-profit community group, a Landcare group and a registered charity that aims to improve the public's perception and understanding of bats. Visitors have a unique opportunity to see the work of the internationally-renowned bat hospital and meet some Australian bats, up close and personal. Learn what is special about these flying mammals. 
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TARZALI LAKES AQUACULTURE CENTRE
With over 500,000 fish thriving in 16 ponds (the largest being 5 acres) there is fun for the whole family when selecting from Catch & Keep or Catch & Release fishing. There is a Cafe on site offering a range of smoked sausages, eels, fish, chorizo, hams, jerkies, pastrami and crocodile. The park is also an accredited Nature Reserve and home to a large and playful resident platypus population.
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Herberton Historic Village

Attractions within 45 minutes drive

HERBERTON HISTORICAL VILLAGE
Sit in the schoolhouse. Stand at the bar of the pub. Enjoy a cuppa or a latte in the Bakerville Tearooms. Herberton Historic Village is more than a vintage precinct– it's a tangible buzz of things past. The collection of over 50 original buildings with intact interior displays, original machinery and vehicles, plus thousands of genuine antique items and period memorabilia is regarded as the most significant ever assembled in Queensland.
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TINAROO DAMN ON DANBULLA STATE FOREST DRIVE
The dam was constructed to create a reservoir for irrigation purposes, it also serves for recreational water activities and has become a popular place for birdwatchers and fishermen. It is possible to walk over part of the dam wall as far as the spill way. Danbulla State Forest drive is a 31km drive beginning at the dam and continuing along the northern foreshores of Lake Tinaroo. This reserve has several volcanic craters and a number of historical sites.

 

CATHEDRAL FIG TREE
Perhaps the most remarkable tree in the rainforest is the strangler fig. Located on the Danbulla State Forest Drive, the Cathedral Fig Tree is a huge example of a strangler fig. Note the size of Epiphytic ferns in the crown of this giant of a tree.

 

MT HYPIPAMEE, THE CRATER AND DINNER FALLS
A scenic drive from Lake Eacham takes guests to "The Crater", located within Mt Hypipamee National Park. A walk from the carpark takes you to a risen platform looking 55 metres down to the water level of "The Crater". On the return there are beautiful swimming oportunities in the cool, crystal clear mountain waterfall Dinner Falls.

This is also a great place to spot that elusive cassowary and other wildlife on the short walk from the car park and picnic area, with at least 8 possum species resident here, as well as tree kangaroos.

 

MUNGULLI CREEK DAIRY
Delicious local dairy produce can be enjoyed at Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy. 
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TAITS WONGABELL HORSEBACK RIDING
Tait's Wongable Stables offers horse riding lessons with an emphasis on safety while riding in the bush. Beginners of all ages learn how to handle a horse on varied terrain. Half day rides provide scenic mountain riding, with a break for boiling the billy and morning tea next to a stream. Shorter, 1 hour rides are also available.
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MT UNCLE DISTILLERY
Mt Uncle Distillery offers spirits and liqueurs 100% produced on site, over 50+ teas to try and buy, Liqueur Chocolates, Café and local artworks.
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MILLSTREAM FALLS
This waterfall is the widest single drop waterfall in Australia.

 

LITTLE MILLSTREAM FALLS
A very scenic waterfall.

 

RAVENSHOE RAILWAY - HERITAGE STEAM TRAIN
This heritage-listed railway is the highest in queensland. The "Capella" D 17 Steam Locomotive hauls vintage timber carriages through picturesque rural land and State Forests to Queensland's highest station, Tumoulin (altitude 980m).
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