Malanda & Lakes District
Rainforest Walks | Panoramic Lookouts | Crater Lakes | Wildlife
- Malanda Falls
- Lake Eacham
- Lake Barrine
- Malanda Dairy Centre
The pretty town of Malanda is situated in the heart of the Tablelands rainforest region, and is great for bird watching, bushwalking, and taking a cooling dip in the Falls. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairying industry, the village has many resident artists whose works can be viewed on an art trail of the vibrant mosaics depicting the town’s history.
The area’s traditional owners are the Ngadgon-ji people. Informative and highly personalised guided rainforests walks with an Indigenous elder are available on weekends at very moderate rates. The local guided rainforest walks are moderate, enjoyable trails, and in this section of rainforest there have been more recorded day time sightings of the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo than elsewhere and it’s common to see platypus, turtles and lizards. The Malanda Falls are are a must-see with perfect conditions for year round swimming and picnicking.
At Glen Allyn Road, visitors can tour the Nerada Tea Estates in the shadow of Mt Bartle Frere. This is the largest tea plantation in Australia, and the Visitor Centre here provides tours and tastings. Not far from Malanda is the extinct volcanic crater known as Bromfield Swamp . A roost to hundreds of cranes each winter, this is a must for birders hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of the sarus cranes early in the morning, or their fly-in at dusk. Birdwatching tours are a feature at nearby Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat.