The pretty town of Malanda is situated in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands’ rainforest region. It is great for bird watching, bushwalking and taking a cooling dip in the falls. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairy industry, the village has many resident artists. Their work can be viewed on an art trail showcasing a series of vibrant mosaics depicting the town’s history.
ACCOMMODATION Today’s visitors
have a choice of accommodation options including The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Malanda Falls Caravan Park.
In the rainforest surrounding Malanda there have been more recorded daytime sightings of the rare Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo than elsewhere. It is common to see platypus, turtles and lizards as well. Two self-guided walking trails, the Tulip Oak Walk and the Rainforest Walk weave through the forest or along the banks of the North Johnstone River. Each walk takes approximately 30 minutes to enjoy and begins near the visitor information centre. The beautiful Malanda Falls is a mustsee stopover with year round swimming and picnicking. Not far from Malanda is Bromfield Swamp, an extinct volcanic crater. Hundreds of Sarus Cranes and Brolgas roost here each winter. It is a stopping point for bird enthusiasts hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of these birds.
ACTIVITIES The Malanda Falls Visitor
Centre is a great place to start. Allow time to browse the fascinating displays and learn about this unique tropical region, its natural history and its people. The area’s traditional owners are the Ngadgon-ji people. Informative and highly personalised guided rainforests walks are available on weekends or by appointment at a small cost. Centre volunteers provide local information so make sure you ask about the guided rainforest walks through the Conservation Park, which are moderate, enjoyable trails.
ATTRACTIONS Take a break at the historic Malanda Hotel and step inside for a cool ale. The Malanda Dairy Centre in the main street features an innovative retro milk bar restaurant.
Nearby Tarzali has a terrific attraction in the Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre. Here you can buy the freshest fish possible. The park and its natural surroundings are a place for families and groups wanting to participate in activities such as platypus tours, fishing, nocturnal tours and camping.
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