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Billy Tea Safaris - The Best of the Cairns Tablelands
Posted: 02 Feb 2015
“Trip to Dantree and Cooktown”
Reviewed 21 January 2015
We went on this day trip in January 2015.. It was a hard; but absolutely a fantastic day. Both my wife and I, enjoyed all the stories our driver and guide Andy could tell us during th...
Have you ever wanted to explore one of the world’s oldest rainforest? Kuranda tours with Tropic Wings are the best way to get up and personal with the Kuranda rainforest and the animals which live in it. We offer daily Kuranda Tours, allowing you to explore picturesque tropical rainforest nestled...
Float in a hot air balloon above the Cairns Atherton Tablelands, including a delicious champagne breakfast. 20 years' experience flying over the Mareeba Valley with over 300 sunny days per year. Magical and exhilarating balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands.
Best of the Cairns Tablelands highlights include Herberton Historical Village, Coffee Works, Australian Platypus Centre & Smokehouse Cafe, Mt Uncle Distillery and the Curtain Fig Tree. Spend the day exploring the high-country west of the Cairns city, sampling local produce in the food bowl of Tropic...
The Yungaburra Markets provide a relaxed family atmosphere and has the philosophy of fostering the value of buying local. On the fourth Saturday of each month, some 250 local growers, producers and artisans gather to display and sell their produce and handiwork on the ‘Bruce Jones Market Grounds’ in...
The small town of Yungaburra has a warm country charm that will draw you back time and time again.
The village has remained the same for almost 100 years, and many of the original buildings are still being used. It has a relaxed and slow-paced atmosphere. Everything about Yungaburra is warm & fuzzy: the locals are friendly, the accommodation is homey, the animals are plentiful and approachable and the restaurants are romantically atmospheric.
Yungaburra is a major meeting point for Atherton Tablelands artists and musicians, and as such it has several art and craft galleries and displays. There are also restaurants and a variety of accommodation such as the historic Lake Eacham Hotel, which is the centre of the town.
Yungaburra is centrally located between Lake Eacham, the Curtain Fig Tree, Lake Tinaroo and the town of Atherton. It is 720 metres above sea level and located 70kms inland from Cairns.
On the 4th Saturday morning of every month, the Yungaburra Market is held in the main park opposite the Lake Eacham Hotel, from 07:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The Yungaburra markets are this regions largest and boasts some 320 regular stallholders. They have showcased the regions produce, culture and crafts for over twenty-six years, selling everything you could imagine from jams to homemade outdoor furniture. If you're booking accommodation for near the time when the market is on, ensure you book well ahead.
Yungaburra boasts outstanding restaurants, all have magnificent dishes which capitalise on Yungaburra's idyllic position in the farming community of the Atherton Tablelands. All restaurants use local produce, and have friendly local staff.
Accommodation available in Yungaburra
Yungaburra is privvy to an abundance of unique accommodation. Many of the Yungaburra accommodation properties have a focus on romance and cosiness, many are also a bed & breakfast. You will find very little 'generic' motel style accommodation in this area, which makes the accommodation in Yungaburra interesting and different. You can expect open fires, king sized beds, port & chocolates and other such decadent additions in your rooms in Yungaburra.
Things to see in & near Yungaburra
Yungaburra, besides being a historic village and interesting in itself, is central and close to a number of popular Atherton Tablelands attractions. Many are within a 15m driving radius of Yungaburra, and are well worth seeing.
Curtain Fig Tree - Perhaps one of the world's, and certainly the Atherton Tableland's most famous fig tree. A strangler fig species, the curtain effect results from one tree leaning against another tree on a 45-degree angle. The strangler vine grows along the oblique angle of the leaning tree, dangling 15 metres to the ground to create the curtain affect. Bring your camera, as the tree is very photgenic. A boardwalk surrounds the Curtain Fig Tree, allowing visitors to view the tree from all angles.
Lake Tinaroo - An awesome fishing spot, Lake Tinaroo is about 5 minutes drive from Yungaburra, and is accessible from a number of points. A boat ramp in the Tinaburra Waters area will allow you to take your vessel deep into the lake, there are plenty of swimming spots and water sport locations.
Danbulla State Forest - An abundance of attractions exist within the Danbulla Forest only 5 minutes drive from Yungaburra. The Chimneys (see picture above), Platypus Rock, Mobo Creek Crater and the Cathedral Fig Tree are all in this immediate area.
Giant Red Cedar Tree - A prized tree, but alas, missed by those pesky loggers all those years ago. More than 100 years old, many people join hands and circle the tree to see how many of them it takes.
The Crater Lakes: Eacham & Barrine - Between 10m to 15m from Yungaburra, these lakes are a sight to behold. Suitable and safe for swimming, both lakes are popular for barbeques, picnics and family get togethers. Both are surrounded by rainforest and are the home of a myriad of interesting wildlife species. Lake Barrine also has a tea house and daily cruises.