Welcome to Malanda, the Natural Heart of the Atherton Tablelands
MALANDA FALLS VISITOR CENTRE REBUILD
Our visitor centre was destroyed by fire on the evening of April 24th 2010. It was a devastating blow to the staff and volunteers, some of whom had been at the centre since its inception in 1996. Out of every negative we can take a positive, and we are well on the way to building a new more modern centre on the former site of the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre, at the Malanda Falls Conservation Park.
The new centre has been designed by Charles Wright Architect from Port Douglas, who also designed the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre, in a consultation process with community stakeholder groups and volunteers from the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre.
Seven Sisters volcanic craters
The new centre - designed by Charles Wright
The architect has designed the new building with 'country' in mind, and has reproduced the volcanic landscape into the formation of the building, reflecting our country in the colours chosen for the building. Utilising modern external materials that reflect the rainforest, and are fire resistant and sustainable, but with an eye catching look that will invite people to stop and come into the centre. The new building has wide external verandas that invite visitors inside, enable them to appreciate the rainforest and encourage them to explore the Conservation Park to observe the unique flora and fauna of the rainforest.
Evie Morta Ngadjonji representative from Choorchillum pbc said "Now that I see it linked to Country, I think it is beautiful. It is a building to make people stop."
Internally the building will have wooden floors, made from local hardwoods, and house a modern interpretive display that will reflect the local Ngadjonji people, the volcanos and the rainforest flora and fauna that is a major attraction of the region. We will use this facility not only for the visitors to the Southern Tablelands but also to educate students and locals about the volcanic formations and natural and cultural history of the region. Input from the local community will be sought to ensure that all our displays are accurate and informative.
We hope to be in the new centre no later than Easter 2013, and we look forward to many years working with the wider community to ensure that we are a must see attraction of the Atherton Tablelands. Look forward to more information as the project progresses, and everyone will be welcome to visit at our new centre when it is opened.
The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is located on the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns, in the midst of the crater lakes and waterfalls region.
Nestled beneath the canopy of the towering upland tropical rainforests, this is a great place to stop on your travels and discover more about this unique region of Tropical North Queensland.
The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is an accredited Wet Tropics Visitor Information Centre, and our team of friendly volunteers are always on hand to provide a wealth of information for visitors to the Atherton Tablelands region and beyond.
Visit or contact us for free maps and brochures, tour and accommodation bookings, road and weather updates, and information on all the local visitor attractions, accommodation and services.
Allow time to enjoy our range of interpretive displays – the Atherton Tablelands volcanic past, the cultural heritage of the local indigenous people the Ngadjon-ji, Malanda’s early history of timber getting and dairying, and our unique environment.
Explore the adjacent Malanda Falls Conservation Park through easy self-guided walks. Picnic and swim at the Malanda Falls, and spot some of our fascinating wildlife including the elusive Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo which lives in the rainforest./
Or take a Rainforest Dreaming Guided Walk with local Ngadjon elder, Ernie Raymont and see the rainforest through the eyes of the aboriginal rainforest people. Educational tours for school and other groups are also available.
Our Rainforest Shop offers a range of merchandise including local produce, arts and crafts, books and souvenirs. We also have a comprehensive reference library for visitors to browse.
The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is staffed by local knowledgeable volunteers who love to welcome visitors, and is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (except Christmas and Boxing Days, and Good Friday).
The Centre has good wheelchair accessibility, public toilet facilities and plenty of shaded car, bus and caravan parking right outside the Centre. Delicious fresh meals and snacks are available at the adjacent Tree Kangaroo Café.
Contact us for more information, everything from general information packs to customised itineraries, or call in and see us!
To make all visitors to the Centre welcome and to encourage them to explore the diversity and beauty of the Tablelands, ensuring their visit will be enjoyable and memorable. To take pride in offering outstanding service to everyone