Avenue of Honour
The Avenue of Honour opened on June 22, 2013 to honour the Australian Diggers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. This living memorial commemorates the courage and commitment of those who served and is dedicated to the memory of the young men who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. Private Ben Chuck, one of three commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010, was from Yungaburra. Located within the Avenue is a sculptured set of wings in full flight depicting the contributions made by all services and symbolising the undaunted spirit of the Australian Diggers. Yungaburra, the historic heart of the Atherton Tablelands, is a picturesque village established in 1890. With 18 heritage-listed buildings, it is the largest National Trust village in Queensland and with its lovely streetscapes largely unchanged from those early pioneer days it is easy to see why. Wide verandahs and historic shop fronts line the pretty lanes, while charming cafes, award-winning restaurants and arts and crafts galleries complete the picture. The village is set below Mt Quincan, an extinct volcanic crater whose slopes cradle the award-winning timber pole treehouses of Mt Quincan Crater Retreat, which also happens to be a great place for wildlife watching or functions. The treehouses have been sensitively placed in the rainforest to maximise the privacy of the relaxing surrounds. Yungaburra’s focal attraction is the Peterson Creek Walking Circuit where there are nearly always platypus to be spotted. The re-vegetation program has ensured Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos are also making their home there. The platypus viewing platform at Peterson Creek also provides an excellent place to watch these elusive creatures. Nearby Tinaburra Waters is popular for water skiing and windsurfing. There is easy access with a boat ramp and special areas set aside for water skiing and jet skiing. Active travellers will love exploring the lakes and trails by bike, hire or kayak. The world’s largest barramundi was also caught in these waters, coming in at 121cm long and weighing 38.75kg. The lake’s ability to produce world record fish also makes it a unique fishing destination. If you are looking for more adventure, hire a kayak, bike, or join a cycling tour.
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 Cathedral Fig Tree, another 500-year old strangler fig, is located in the nearby Danbulla State Forest. The Lake Eacham Hotel, or Yungaburra Pub as it is commonly known, is a magnificent showpiece of federation architecture. Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant, an awesome Alpine-style chalet, has also become an icon in this Australian country town.
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. Fresh produce, flowers, homemade crafts, local wines, books, wooden furniture, clothing and more can all be found here. In late October, the Tablelands Folk Festival takes place in various venues around the village, bringing musicians, singers, poets and fans from around the region and interstate. Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant is the place to celebrate Octoberfest in early October with German beer, music and dancing.
ACTIVITIES Bushwalking is the ideal way to encounter the wildlife of the surrounding areas. A network of easy and moderate walking tracks leads through wetlands, rainforest, scrub and lake-side paths.