TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
Full of stunning landscapes, lush rainforest backdrops, rolling hills, hidden creeks, pristine beaches and diving down to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland is the perfect location to race and stay a while.
The Malanda Falls
The falls are situated on the Atherton Tablelands, near the town of Malanda.
They are within the Malanda Falls Conservation Park. Two 20-minute walks in the surrounding rainforest provide the chance of seeing a tree kangaroo. The Malanda Visitor
Centre books guided walks with indigenous guides. It also has displays on the rainforest, geology and history of Malanda.
The swimming pool and associated infrastructure is very popular with locals and tourists. The Malanda Falls Swimming Pool is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register as an early example of tourist infrastructure in North Queensland.
The Curtain Fig Tree is a heritage-listed tree at Curtain Fig Tree Road, Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands.
It is one of the largest trees in Tropical North Queensland and of the best known attractions on the Atherton Tablelands. It is located just out of Yungaburra. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2009.
Food, Wine and Rainforest Tours
Enjoy a unique food and wine experience travelling from Cairns to the amazing Atherton Tablelands.
Visit Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest at Lake Barrine and the Curtain Fig. Travel off the beaten track, onto small family farms.
Tour plantations and hear the stories behind regional foods, from paddock to plate. Excite your taste buds as you savour the flavours offered by the producers.
Day tours offer visits to a Tropical Fruit Winery, a Cheese and Chocolate Factory, as well as both Coffee and Macadamia plantations. A variety of landscapes and climates, ranging from the lush rolling hills of the wet tropics with its red soil plains, and the dry outback, allow the region to produce an extensive range of foods.
Be entertained by an informative, local driver/guide with a tour narration that explains about the Atherton Tablelands history, points of interest and its historic towns and all the foods produced in the region.
Other tourist attractions and sights along these food trails provide contrasting experiences… relaxing over a cold beer in an authentic outback pub, viewing some of the wonderful ornamental horticulture, or even exploring some of the lush protected areas of many endangered species. The outback and bush are often seen as the spiritual heart of Australia. This magic is shared with visitors by the area’s traditional protectors and landowners.
But then one cannot ignore other immense taste experiences on offer – luscious mangoes, rambutans, lychees, abiu, sapodilla, longans, black sapote, persimmon, jakfruit, durian, or the more than 100 other varieties of exotic produce await the adventurous trailblazer. Alternatively, take some produce home with you or enjoy a simple picnic outdoors while you watch the Tour of the Tropics.