Malanda is a small country town based on the tropical dairy industry, and lying within the crater lakes and waterfalls district of the Atherton Tablelands.
Where to Stay
You will need plenty of time to enjoy our region, contact us to book your accommodation, or book on line at www.athertontablelands.com.au
What to Do
Here are just some of our suggestions of what to see and do when you visit. For more about Malanda’s history, visit Eacham Historical Soc website.
- The Malanda Mosaics commemorate the rich history of Malanda. Maps of the Malanda Mosaics trail are available at the Centre, or download one here.
- The Majestic Theatre is a heritage listed building said to be the oldest continually-operating cinema in Australia! Open at weekends, this is a real step back in time with its canvas backed seating!
- The Malanda Hotel is claimed to be the largest wooden structure in Australia. Much of the original timberwork can still be seen inside the dining room, which is open for meals daily.
- Malanda Dairy Centre provides a fascinating look at the Tablelands’ dairy industry, with a pioneer museum and tours of the Malanda Milk Factory, as well as a café providing delicious farm fresh local treats. The Mabi Gallery within the Dairy Centre showcases works of local wildlife artist Daryl Dickson and photographer Martin Willis.
- Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine Located just 15 minutes from Malanda the clear deep waters of the lakes surrounded by lush tropical rainforest are stunningly beautiful. Walks of roughly 3 – 5km in length encircle both lakes, whilst boat trips are offered on Lake Barrine from the teahouse. Swimming and bbq facilities are provided at Lake Eacham. At Lake Barrine take a short walk to the magnificent Twin Kauri Pines. Estimated to be 1,000 years old the Kauri Pines are living fossils.
- Millaa Millaa Waterfalls Circuit The famous ‘waterfalls circuit’ starts at Millaa Millaa, just to the south of Malanda. Of the three falls on the circuit, it is the Millaa Millaa Falls that are reputedly the most beautiful and photographed in the Wet Tropics. However, Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls are well worth exploring for those who enjoy a short walk.
- Mt Hypipamee, the Crater and Dinner Falls A beautiful drive from Malanda, passing Bromfield Swamp and through the farmlands of Upper Barron Road, takes visitors to The Crater, located within Mt Hypipamee National Park. This is also a great place to spot that elusive cassowary and other wildlife on the short walk from the car park and picnic area.
- Bromfield Swamp A few kilometres from Malanda is the extinct volcanic crater known as Bromfield Swamp . A roost to hundreds of cranes each winter, this is a must for birders hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of the Sarus Cranes early in the morning, or their fly-in at dusk.
- Curtain Fig Tree This giant is located between Malanda and Yungaburra with a short boardwalk around the gigantic strangler fig. A second strangler fig, the Cathedral Fig Tree, lies close to Lake Tinaroo on Danbulla Forest Drive.
- Yungaburra The historic village of Yungaburra is just a short drive from Malanda, and well worth a visit with its quaint cottages, crafts and restaurants, the Avenue of Honour, and the nearby Lake Tinaroo, renowned for its annual Barra Bash.
There are many other local attractions and tours, especially for food or wildlife lovers, just ask us!
Local markets take place in various Tablelands towns each month, and are a great place for fresh local produce. Take a look at the Tablelands Events for further information.