Heritage-listed Buildings | Nature | Dining | Shopping
- The Curtain Fig Tree
- Peterson Creek Platypus Platform
- Galleries & Curio Stores
- Superb Restaurants & Cafes
Yungaburra is a picturesque village an hours’ drive from Cairns. Its lovely streetscape is largely unchanged since 1910; wide verandahs and historic shop fronts line the pretty lanes. Charming cafes, award winning restaurants, arts and crafts galleries complete the picture. With 18 heritage-listed buildings, it is the largest National Trust village in Queensland.
Yungaburra’s high profile landmark, the amazing Curtain Fig Tree, is only minutes from the village and is accessed by a short boardwalk from the sealed road. The Lake Eacham Hotel, or Yungaburra Pub as it’s commonly known, is a magnificent showpiece of Federation architecture. How an Alpine-style chalet restaurant Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant and Yodeller’s Bar, became an icon in an Australian country town is a testament to owners Nick and Gina, who are proudly celebrating the restaurants’ 25th anniversary this year. You can see all Yungaburra’s historical landmarks on the Village Heritage Walk.
Yungaburra is something of a foodie heaven. As well as Nick’s, there’s the recommended Eden House Retreat & Mountain Spa whose restaurant is listed by Gourmet Traveller magazine as among Australia’s finest. The spa facility here is the only one in the region and uses native Li’Tya products. Or, treat yourself to an in-room massage in one of the creatively themed guest rooms at Gumtree on Gillies.
Bushwalking is the ideal way to encounter the wildlife of the surrounding areas. A network of easy and moderate walking tracks will lead you through wetlands, rainforest, scrub and lake-side paths. The village is set below Mt Quincan, an extinct volcanic crater whose slopes cradle the timber pole treehouses of Mt Quincan Crater Retreat, which is also happens to be a great place for wildlife watching.
Yungaburra’s focal attraction is the Peterson Creek walking circuit where there are nearly always platypus to be spotted and the re-vegetation program has ensured the Tree-Kangaroos are also making their home there. The Platypus viewing platform at Peterson Creek provides an excellent place to watch these elusive creatures. Nearby Tinaburra Waters is popular for water skiing and fishing, with easy access boat ramp.
On the fourth Saturday of each month the famous Yungaburra Arts & Crafts Markets, the largest and most popular of all the region’s country markets, are held on the green in the village centre.
Avenue of Honour
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour is a living memorial dedicated to the memory of all who served in the fight against terror in Afghanistan and to those brave and selfless Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of freedom and liberty.
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour is located on the Atherton Tablelands on the shores of Lake Tinaroo, 3km from Yungaburra Village, in Far North Queensland, Australia