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Yungaburra

Established in 1890, Yungaburra is a charming little village best known for its heritage-listed buildings that have remained in their original glory since 1910. The beautiful township has plenty of character with interesting cafes, restaurants, boutiques, bookshops, craft and a day spa or two, which makes for a lovely day out. A pleasant stroll through the heart of Yungaburra will bring you to Peterson Creek and the platypus viewing area. Here you might be lucky enough to catch a sighting of the elusive platypus in their own natural environment. Although the best viewing times are morning and dusk, it’s worthwhile stopping for a look at any time of day, as many sightings have occured during daylight hours.

 

Eden House Mountain Retreat & Spa

Situated in the heart of the historic village of Yungaburra lies Eden House Retreat and Mountain Spa. Surrounded by award winning tropical gardens, the luxury cottages and villas offer seclusion and tranquility within walking distance of Yungaburra’s many restaurants, cafes and craft shops. The Mountain Day Spa located next door to Eden House, provides the finest treatments in beauty, massage, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy.

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Allumbah Pocket Cottages

Each cottage has been named after a local pioneer woman and contains memorablia of bygone days. Natural Goat milk soap, shampoo and conditioner add to the heritage experience. A wood fire, king bed, double spa, candles and scents enhance the romance of staying in your very own cottage. The cottages have a fully equipped kitchenette so you can choose to 'eat-in' whenever you want to. Free Wi-fi, TV, DVD's, books provide everything you need to put your feet up, relax and enjoy your stay.

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On The Wallaby Lodge

On the Wallaby Backpackers Lodge is a family owned and operated venture that has carefully nurtured its reputation for friendliness, cleanliness and value. The lodge has a special appeal to young, budget-conscious travellers with an interest in the great outdoors. A host of interesting and informative activities and adventures can be experienced from the Backpackers Lodge.

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Curtain Fig Tree

Only minutes from Yungaburra is the famous Curtain Fig Tree, located along Curtain Fig Road between Yungaburra and the Malanda Atherton Road. From the car park there is a short 50-metre walk through the rainforest along a wooden boardwalk opening out to this magnificent structure.The tree stands 50 metres tall and spreads to 39 metres wide at the base and is over 800 years old. The curtain effect has resulted from the weight of the fig tree being too great, so the host tree fell over landing on a 45-degree angle. The strangler vine has grown along the slanting angle of the leaning tree, dangling 15 metres to the ground. This has now formed a curtain which has made the tree so fascinating and unusual. The visitors boardwalk surrounds the tree so you can see it from any angle. There is also a large photo-taking platform. An information board is also present to explain the origins of the tree.

 

Tableland Folk Festival

The Tablelands Folk Festival also known as the Yungaburra Folk Festival, is the longest running folk festival in Queensland. Held annually in Yungaburra village, the festival features a selection of Australia's best independent musicians. The line up includes
75 Concerts, 15 Workshops, Comedy, Traditional Bush Dance, Blues Showcase, Poet's Brekky, Wellbeing Fair, Market Stalls, Local Youth Bands showcase, free Children's Festival & Parade, & the famous Pub Verandah non-stop Jam Sessions. Music such as; Australian Folk, Country Folk, Celtic, Irish, Bluegrass, Jazz, Latin, Gypsy Swing, Flamenco, Reggae, and World Music are all presented in this jam packed weekend of family entertainment.

 

Yungaburra Markets

Also famous is the Yungaburra Markets which takes place on the commons in the middle of Yungaburra Village on the 4th Saturday of the month, from 7:30am until 12:30pm. Here the village comes alive as vendors from all over the Atherton Tablelands converge to sell fresh produce, flowers, home made crafts, local wines, wooden furniture, clothing, local coffee and handcrafted chocolates. If you're thinking of booking in accommodation over a market weekend, it's best to do so in advance as the markets always draw huge crowds.

 

Peterson Creek Wildlife & Botanical Walking Track

This 2km (one way) walking track can be started from either end: at the Gillies Highway platypus viewing platform or the cemetery on Mulgrave Road, as well as roughly in the middle at Allumbah Pocket. Starting at the Gillies Highway platypus viewing platform, the track winds down to the creek under the bridge, and then meanders along the creek. Picnic tables and a number of peninsulas in this re-vegetated area afford easy viewing. Platypus are regularly seen on this sector of the track. Crossing the creek on the unique ‘Lloyd’s Suspension Bridge’ leads you to the site of a preserved boiler used in the past to power a coal-fired steam pump. This pump was used to fill the water tank serving steam locomotives at the Yungaburra railway station which stood diagonally across from the Lake Eacham Hotel. A few more paces and you have reached Allumbah Pocket Platypus viewing platform and shelter which makes the perfect spot for a break or picnic.

Continuing downstream you will notice tall remnant Woodland Forest - look up to see termite nests and their visitors the Forest Kingfisher, and listen out for the Pobblebonk frogs at the water's edge. Many bird species as well as wallabies frequent this area. Platypus are often seen in the pool next to the picnic table. The track then leaves the creek and enters the Woodland Forest. Quiet observation of the rainforest scrub on the opposite bank may reveal a rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo resting in the shade. A side track at Williams Weir takes you to the site of the water wheel turbine, which used to supply power to the Hotel and town residents.

Returning to the main track and proceeding along and down the hill, you come to Frawley's Pool and the Peterson Creek Interpretive Shelter. In the early years, the pool was the village swimming hole, where Mick Frawley, a teacher at the school, taught many children to swim. Cross the plank bridge to the opposite bank, which was re-planted in May 2006. To the left, a lower track leads down to the creek and dramatic views of the Railway Bridge from below. To the right, you progress up onto a ridge with views of the 'Seven Sisters', a group of volcanic cinder cones. Both tracks will take you to the Railway Bridge. The cutting then leads you out to Mulgrave Road. For the adventurous, Stewart's Gully Road which leads to Lake Tinaroo, beckons.

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