The township of Tolga is a quaint village with good examples of early Queensland architecture and is about eight kilometres from Atherton along the rainforest canopied Kennedy Highway.
Tolga is in a partial rain shadow from the nearby Bellenden Ker Range.
A centre strip in the main street features a towering fig tree as well as a heritage and timber display consisting of seven carved poles, much like totem poles. The creative carving showcases aspects of the Atherton Tableland’s rich heritage including Indigenous culture, animals, plants and threats to the rainforest habitat.
With its range of accommodation from caravan parks, motels to a five star retreat, and displays of art work by local people it is an interesting little township.
Close by is Rocky Creek Memorial Park, which is dedicated to the thousands of soldiers who were stationed in this area during World War Two. With its many plaques on display, it is a popular stop over for many travellers.
Walkamin was built during the construction of Tinaroo Dam in the 1950s.
Described as food bowl country, the site for the town was chosen due to its perfectly balanced weather patterns with the ideal climate for a wide variety of crops – anything from mangoes, peanuts, bananas and avocados to coffee and tequila (well agave).
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