Malanda & Lakes District
Rainforest Walks | Panoramic Lookouts | Crater Lakes | Wildlife
- Malanda Falls
- Lake Eacham
- Lake Barrine
The pretty town of Malanda is home to Malanda Falls and is great for bird watching, bushwalking, and scenic drives. 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.
Malanda Falls, on the North Johnstone River, tumbles over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that spread from the Mount Hypipamee area 15km away. There are two short walks through the surrounding remnant rainforest.
More information: www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/malanda-falls
Rainforest Dreaming Guided Walk
Join local Ngadjon guide, Drew Morta, on a 45 minute Rainforest Dreaming Guided walk through the Malanda Falls rainforests and see the forest through the eyes of the local Ngadjon people. Small group sizes ensure a personal and very special indigenous experience. Educational tours for school and other groups are also available, and we have a range of curriculum based activities for school groups. For more contact 4096 6957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30am and 11am. Cost: $20 adult, $10 child (5-15 years), $50 family. Bookings recommended and group rates are available on request.
Two easy walks meander through the rainforests. Allow half an hour to an hour for each walk. Early in the morning and later in the afternoon are the best times to go birding, but tree-kangaroos are just as easily seen during the day. Maps are available at the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre. Download map: Malanda Falls Conservation Park map
Not far from Malanda on Upper Barron Road 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.
Lake Eacham is a popular lake of volcanic origin within the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Queensland. Lake Eacham offers swimming, birdwatching, canoeing, picnic areas and shady walking tracks. It is a popular recreation area for locals and visitors. The Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Lake Eacham welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special place. For more information on Lake Eacham including Park Alerts and facilities, visit www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lake-eacham.
Lake Barrine was formed over 17,000 years ago when a large volcano erupted, leaving a crater that over time filled up with water to create a lake. The crater was formed as a result of a series of volcanic explosions. These explosions were caused by the hot molten rock coming into contact with groundwater. This caused a build-up of steam, gases and pressure which blasted the central core from the volcano. This massive explosion left a huge crater, which filled with rainwater to create Lake Barrine. For more information including Park Alerts and facilities, visit www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lake-barrine/.
Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park
Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range. Visit www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bartle-frere/ for more information including Park Alerts and facilities.