AUSSIE PUB TRAIL
Old pubs are central to Australia’s history and the Atherton Tablelands boasts a clutch of these ‘watering holes’ full of rustic charm and memorabilia of times past. Many offer accommodation, meals and ice-cold beer. Set out on the Great Aussie Pub Trail from Kuranda at the northern end of the Tablelands or at Herberton in the south. The Kuranda Hotel and the Royal Hotel Herberton hark back to the century before last. Railway workers, like thousands of World War II troops later sent to the Atherton Tablelands for jungle training, slaked tropical thirsts at the Kuranda Hotel. Tin miners shared news of latest finds and prices at the Royal in Herberton, which has been licensed since May 1880. In Atherton’s Main Street, the refined art deco architecture of the Barron Valley Hotel saw it appropriated by officers for their club during WWII. The English family built and have run the Malanda Hotel since 1911. It highlights the beauty of rainforest timbers and the ballroom staircase is a must see. The Lake Eacham Hotel/Yungaburra Hotel is a grand old dame, displaying photos of the early timber industry and Gillies Highway. The huge wood stove in the kitchen is impressive.
NATIONAL PARKS GUIDE
BARRON GORGE NATIONAL PARK AND SPEEWAH CONSERVATION PARK With rugged landscapes, lush rainforest
and spectacular views, this is a park not to be missed. Near Kuranda, the impressive Barron River tumbles 250m down a series of ledges and spills into the gorge below.
DAVIES CREEK AND DINDEN NATIONAL PARKS, BARE HILL CONSERVATION PARK AND DINDEN WEST FOREST RESERVE Between Kuranda and Mareeba, discover some of the
region’s best kept-secrets in national parks straddling the Lamb Range, the mountainous backdrop to Cairns. Granite outcrops, towering forests and boulder strewn creeks are highlights.
CRATER LAKES NATIONAL PARK Refresh in the clear blue, rainforest-fringed waters of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham — extinct craters up to 65m deep. Laze around the water’s edge with your picnic, watching the kids swim and play. Take a stroll around the lake and marvel at the 1000-year old, 50 metre tall twin kauri trees at Lake Barrine. DANBULLA FOREST DRIVE Set aside at least a day to
explore the spectacular Danbulla National Park and State Forest. With forests, plantations and World Heritage listed rainforest, this 12,000ha park is nestled between the Tinaroo and Lamb ranges and stretches along the banks of picturesque Lake Tinaroo.
HALLORANS HILL CONSERVATION PARK AND WONGABEL STATE FOREST Hallorans Hill and Wongabel State
Forest are home to Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos. At Hallorans Hill in Atherton township, walk through eucalypt forest and endangered rainforest to the summit of this volcanic cone for stunning views over the Atherton Tablelands.
PUB TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS
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Kuranda Hotel Barron Valley Hotel Malanda Hotel Lake Eacham-Yungaburra Hotel Royal Hotel Herberton
MOUNT HYPIPAMEE NATIONAL PARK Explore the Crater
track and emerge from high-altitude rainforest to the surprising sight of a diatreme (volcanic pipe). Try to imagine the sounds and sights of the massive explosion that formed this crater. Spotlight for possums, tree-kangaroos, spiders and insects at night.
See the full Great Aussie Pub Trails on the Discover Atherton Tablelands App.
MILLSTREAM NATIONAL PARK Explore the World War II
Heritage walk and see the remains of tent sites, corduroy roads, training and parade grounds, trenches and other reminders of soldiers time spent here.
Visit queenslandnationalparks.com for detailed park information.