Things to do near Yungaburra

There are so many natural attractions in the beautiful countryside surrounding Yungaburra. The rolling green hills, crater lakes, waterfalls, and lush rainforests and pastures are a legacy of our volcanic origins. Spend a few days exploring. There are great walking tracks for the fit or not so fit, lovely picnic spots, and drives with fantastic views at every turn. Here are only some of the attractions on the Atherton Tablelands.

See our maps page for how to find these interesting places, and our wildlife page for some of the birds and animals you may see on your travels. Also see our itineraries page for some suggestions on what to do.



Base yourself in Yungaburra, and take time to explore the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. See our Itineraries page for some more ideas.



















Lake Eacham

Lake Eacham (10 minute drive from Yungaburra)

A superb volcanic crater lake with deep emerald waters. Perfect for swimming and a picnic on the grassy bank.

The lake is surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest, with a 4.5km walking track around it's perimeter.

You may spot a musky rat kangaroo dart in front of you, or see the Boyd's forest dragon sitting motionless on a tree limb, perfectly camouflaged. The brush turkeys stalk the picnic areas, and turtles and fish are seen in the lake.

BBQ and Toilet facilities.

Lake Barrine

Lake Barrine (15 minute drive from Yungaburra)

The larger of the twin crater lakes, Lake Barrine has been operating as a tourist destination since the 1920's.

Enjoy a lake cruise and a devonshire tea at the Tea House on the waters edge. Spot the sunbathing pythons, eels, turtles, ducks and other water birds. Experience remnant Tableland Rainforest on the 6.5km walk around the lake.

There is a short walk to the 1,100 year old Twin Kauri Pines. Picnic and toilet facilities

Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo

Created by damming the Barron River in 1950 for the irrigation of agricultural areas, Lake Tinaroo has also provided a huge water sports and recreational area.

Sailing, waterskiing, canoeing and fishing are all popular, and the 200km of shoreline is great for camping, picnicking and bushwalking.

Lake Tinaroo is accessible from the east (Danbulla Forest Drive) or from the west (via Kairi and Lake Tinaroo township).

Lake Tinaroo

Danbulla Forest Drive around Lake Tinaroo (28km of unsealed road)

Travel along the Gillies Highway towards Gordonvale, turn left at Boar Pocket Road which runs into Danbulla Forest Drive. About 10km in is the Cathedral Fig Tree (very easy 5 min walk).

Further along are The Chimneys (remains of a 1924 house) with picnic, BBQ and toilet facilities. Other walking opportunities along the drive are the Mobo Creek Crater (30 min return), Lake Euramoo (30 minute return), Kauri Creek day use area (2.5 hr moderate walk along the creek), Downfall Creek Camping area (2 hr return walk to Kauri Creek).

The drive finishes off at the dam wall and Tinaroo Township. There is a large picnic area here with a playground for the kids, BBQ and toilet facilities.

Millaa Millaa Falls

Waterfall Circuit (35 minute drive from Yungaburra)

Only minutes from Millaa Millaa is the Waterfall Circuit drive that takes in 3 impressive waterfalls - the much photographed Millaa Millaa Falls, Elinjaa and Zillie Falls.

Further down the highway is the turnoff for the larger Mungalli falls. Further down the Palmerston Highway is the Wooroonoran National Park where a network of walking tracks access Tchupala, Nandroya and several other waterfalls.

The Crater

Mt Hypipamee National Park, the Crater, Dinner Falls (4 5 minute drive from Yungaburra)

A short 400m walk through the rainforest will bring you to the eerie volcanic pipe crater, where granite walls plunge 124m straight down to a water filled crater.

Further down is Dinner Falls, a series of falls and slides down gleaming black rocks. This mountain stream later becomes the mighty Barron River.

Mt Hypipamee is a great place for birdwatching, and nightlife spotlighting. Possums can be seen at night from the carparking area.


Fishing on Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo is open all year for the taking of Baramundi.

Lake Tinaroo is part of a fish stocking scheme, and permits are require to fish within them (which is a contribution to the scheme). Permits can be obtained from the caravan park shop at Lake Tinaroo township.

The famous Barra Bash is held on the lake each year, and Tinaroo holds the record for the largest freshwater barra caught.

Bushwalking, Birdwatching and Nocturnal viewing

There are many more superb bushwalking tracks on the Atherton Tableland. Try the Wet Tropics Site for a comprehensive list.

Misty Mountains is Australia 's first network of long distance walking trails in a high altitude rainforest environment. Stunning waterfalls, spectacular rainforest, crystal clear creeks and magnificent vistas . See the Misty Mountains Site.

The Atherton Tablelands is a renowned throughout the world as a birdwatcher's paradise. See our bird page for more information.

Nocturnal viewing guides and birding guides are available from Yungaburra. See our wildlife page for more information.

Coffee bush

Food Trails

The Atherton Tablelands is know as the "Food Bowl" of the north, with rich volcanic soils and ideal temperatures and rainfall.

You can visit tea and coffee plantations, organic dairies, fruit wineries, gourmet cheese and chocolate makers and pick strawberries in season.

Not to mention the award winning restaurants in Yungaburra itself.

Visit our itineraries page and click on food trails for more information.


Herberton Heritage Village

History Trails

The european history of the Atherton Tablelands dates back to the 1870's with the discovery of tin near what is now the town of Herberton.

Visit our itineraries page and click on the link for the History trails.