The picturesque Atherton Tablelands offers inspiration for many artists. Here are a few stops on an Atherton Tablelands arts and culture tour:
Kuranda itself could be considered a work of art – or a performance piece – as anyone who has enjoyed a meander through its funky streets knows. The Peter Jarver Gallery features the owner’s striking landscape photographs and unique images of the skyline. The late, great Peter Jarver’s photography career started with pictures of electrical storms and grew to include everything else in the natural world. Browsing the gallery you will see places you have been and want to go – through the lens of one of Australia’s best known and skilled artists.
Peter Jarver Gallery – Coondoo St Kuranda
Yungaburra’s Artistree Gallery pays homage to the diversity of crafts and level of skill of artisans in the local area. Running the gamut from brilliant jewellery to wooden objects d’art the quality is first rate. Happily it’s not a souvenir shop but a showcase for lots of very cool pieces that were Made in Paradise.
Artistree Gallery – 14 Kehoe Place, Yungaburra
Atherton has a couple of very special stopovers on the arts and culture trail – the Old Post Office Gallery and the Tablelands Regional Gallery.
The Old Post Office Gallery is housed in a beautiful double fronted villa near the Hou Wang Chinese Temple. It has frequent exhibitions of local artists and community and school groups. It’s last was Tropical Splendour featuring artworks inspired by living in the tropics – and its latest – Beginnings, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Dorothy Webster inspired by the culture of the Bama people.
It’s run by the Tablelands Regional Council, which also runs the Tableland Regional Gallery.
It has been closed for repairs recently so check to see if it has re-opened before visiting.
Old Post Office Gallery – 86 Herberton Rd, Atherton
Tablelands Regional Gallery – 16 Robert St, Atherton
Jewell in the Crown
It’s hard not to drool over this treasure of a store. Tucked away in Tolga, Rainforest Gems has the look of a modern, spacious city gallery but is imbued with the hospitality and friendliness of the owners who make all the jewellery in house. Browse the big range of opals and other gems plus paintings, sculpture, glassware and other art works. Everything is made in Australia. The store itself is beautiful enough but it is also surrounded by lovely gardens to make any visit magical.
Rainforest Gems Gallery – 26 Kennedy Highway Tolga
Malanda’s Bundarra Pottery is a place to wander, enjoy and find out a little more about being a potter form ceramic artist Annette Tranter. Her studio/gallery is a busy place and she urges visitors to watch her work and ask questions about her craft. Set in beautiful grounds and up high for great views, her purpose-built pottery is the happy result of being besotted from an early age with clay and fire. Much of her inspiration comes from the natural landscape of the Atherton Tablelands and Tropical North Queensland.
Bundarra Pottery – 145 Atherton Rd, Malanda
In the pink
You can’t miss it – it’s the big pink two story art deco store. Atherton Antiques and Australiana is a bright, happy mix of antique furniture, china, silver and glassware plus pure Australian collectibles. It’s a family business that has been welcoming visitors for 25 years. There are some real treasures including furniture made from local timbers such as red cedar, silky oak and Queensland maple along with beautiful jewellery as well as all sorts of Aussie keepsakes. Pop in for 10 minutes and you will be there an hour later, contentedly fossicking around and yarning to the owners.
Atherton Antiques and Australiana – 2 Tolga Rd, Atherton