Yungaburra is currently a 4 star accredited Queensland Tidy Town. You can tell us what you think by voting in the poll.
Established in 1890, Yungaburra (originally Allumbah Pocket), takes its name from the language of the Yidinji Aboriginal people. It is said to mean meeting place, a place of enquiring or questioning. Prior to European settlement the area around Yungaburra was inhabited by about 16 different Indigenous groups, who met to trade, camp and conduct ceremonies.
Yungaburra is located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, roughly 67 kms from Cairns, with a population of 1,116 people.
Within the village there are 19 sites listed on the Queensland Register for the National Trust of Australia (see Old Town Loop brochure) creating a vibrant and interesting town to visit or live in.
The village of Yungaburra is surrounded by countryside which has been influenced and shaped by many, now extinct, volcanoes. The landscape is stunning, with outstandingly beautiful natural attractions: crater lakes, waterfalls and World Heritage rainforest. This tranquil and picturesque village is situated 720 metres (2400 feet) above sea level.
Adjacent to Lake Tinaroo, the historical town centre is in close proximity to a boat ramp, the recently established Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (see www.avenueofhonour.com.au) and nature walks and rails along Peterson Creek.
Historically, timber and agriculture were the main industries, with tourism and hospitality services, boutique businesses (example: www.globalfreestyle.com.au) innovative specialist services (example: www.ecobiotics.com.au), health (example: www.thedoctorhouse.com) and wellbeing (example: www.massageyungaburra.com) now current key industries.
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The Atherton Tablelands is fast developing a reputation as an outdoor recreation destination, with its refreshing tropical climate, mountains, wide open spaces and safe year-round swimming. Horse riding, bushwalking, waterskiing, sailing, fishing and cycling are all on offer. The Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail provides a great way to explore on foot, horseback or bicycle , while the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park offers world class rides to take your breath away!
The town boasts an array of volunteer based, community focused groups including:
- Lions – providing loan medical equipment, fundraising through Hungerbuster van at markets and events, maintaining and providing mini train and jumping castle for kids entertainment at events
- Lioness – providing fundraising for improved park facilities (recently installed new playground equipment) and work with Lions to organise annual Christmas Eve party
- Yungaburra Association Inc – recently combined business, sport, recreation and community groups into one entity to help progress new initiatives such as town beautification project (hanging flower baskets throughout town centre), seniors week activities (now hosting weekly bingo) and business promotion
- Peterson Creek Group – meet weekly to maintain and improve walking track and new plantings along Peterson Creek
- Avenue of Honour committee – managing memorial site, conducting regular working bees, supporting fundraising activities and hosting events
- CWA – meet monthly providing fundraising activities including morning teas on market weekends, international awareness school program
- Yungaburra Community Kindy Association – enabling a community based early childcare service
- Yungaburra State School Parents & Citizen Committee – meet monthly to influence school based decisions, seek funding for enhancements to the school and organise monthly Yungaburra markets (see yungaburramarkets.com/)
- Yungaburra Village Artists – supporting arts and cultural development and host annual exhibition in Tableland Regional Gallery
- Yungaburra bowling, tennis and rowing clubs – providing weekly activities and regular events to support active lifestyles
- Yungaburra Triathlon – organising committee for the annual event drawing over 500 competitors to help raise funds for returned service men and women.
Visit www.yungaburra.com for further information including maps and images.
The Top 5 things to do in Yungaburra:
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, is situated adjacent to Lake Tinaroo on the Tinaburra Peninsula. The site is to be maintained in perpetuity as a national memorial in honour of all the men and women who served, as well as to commemorate the memory of all Australian soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the fight against terror in Afghanistan. It is one of the few monuments of its type outside of Canberra. [click here to view the brochure]
In the heart of Yungaburra is a special Peterson Creek – Wildlife & Botanical Walking Track where you may be able to view platypus, a rare Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo, the unique Lloyd’s Suspension Bridge, historical objects and more. [click here to view the brochure]
Watch the resident platypus swim and dive at the Yungaburra platypus viewing area on the Gillies Highway, located on the Atherton side of the village. You can drive and park at the viewing area or take a pleasant stroll from town. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Although the best viewing times are morning and dusk, it’s worthwhile stopping for a look at any time of day. The Yungaburra Visitor Centre receives regular reports of midday sightings.
Yungaburra has the greatest number of heritage listed sites of any Queensland town outside the larger regional centres. Many of the buildings in the heart of the village remain in their 1910 type splendour. The Eacham Historical Society have researched and published many excellent books that detail local history.
Curtain Fig Tree – This rainforest giant has been wowing visitors for decades. In the daytime watch for ground and arboreal birds. At night, bring your torch to spotlight for tree-kangaroos and possums. From Yungaburra, drive towards Atherton. Just out of town, turn left on Fig Tree Boulevard, drive 2km to the car park. The all-weather boardwalk is wheelchair friendly.
Yungaburra boasts an assortment of accommodation options from camping on the edge of Lake Tinaroo at Lakeside Motor Inn & Caravan Park, on the Wallaby Backpackers, hotels and motels, quaint B&B’s, cabins or holiday homes – see www.yungaburra.com accommodation.
Dine in or takeaway at:
- Nick’s Swiss-Italian restaurant
- Yungaburra Pizzeria
- Obi’s restaurant
- Flynn’s restaurant
- Quincan Cottage cafe
- That Retro cafe
- Whistle Stop cafe
- Mad Hatterz cafe
- Spence & Murphy Booksellers
- Keddies Takeaway
- Yungaburra Pitstop
- Gillies Roadhouse
- Milly Molly Mandy, Allumbah Pocket Cottages