Malanda, home to Malanda Falls and great for bird watching, bushwalking, and scenic drives.

Malanda is located 85 km from Cairns and 732 metres (2,402 ft) above sea level. The town is located downstream of the Malanda Falls on the North Johnstone River.

Malanda is well known for its rainforest walks, panoramic views, wildlife and a very successful dairy industry. It is also home to the heritage-listed Majestic Picture Theatre, known as the oldest continually-operating cinema in Australia.

Magestic Theatre

Malanda Falls Conservation Park

Malanda Falls, on the North Johnstone River, tumbles over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that spread from the Mount Hypipamee area 15km away. There are two short walks through the surrounding remnant rainforest.

Self-guided walks

Two easy walks meander through the rainforests. Allow half an hour to an hour for each walk. Early in the morning and later in the afternoon are the best times to go birding, but tree-kangaroos are just as easily seen during the day. Maps are available at the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre. Download map: Malanda Falls Conservation Park map

Winfield Park

3.9km from Malanda on Lake Barrine Road, is Winfield Park, a large grassed area next to the Johnstone River with picnic tables, BBQs and public toilets.

Bromfield Swamp

Not far from Malanda on Upper Barron Road is the extinct volcanic crater known as Bromfield Swamp. Each winter hundreds of cranes come to roost. This is a must-see for birders and anyone looking to be enchanted by the dancing displays of the Saras cranes. Early in the morning, or their fly-in at dusk are the best viewing opportunities.

Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park

Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range.

Mount Bartle Frere is 1611m and is covered in rainforest from foothills to summit.  Visit www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bartle-frere/ for more information including park alerts and facilities.


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