The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre was established in 1996 by a team of enthusiastic and passionate locals. Their dream was to provide a place to help visitors and school children understand and appreciate this unique rainforest environment.
On 24th April 2010, the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre was destroyed by fire. It was a devastating blow to the staff and volunteers. All the original displays and many irreplaceable artefacts were destroyed.
After the fire, Tablelands Regional Council worked with the volunteers and the community to rebuild the Centre. People from a range of organisations generously gave their time and contributed their ideas including Ngadjon elders, members of the Choorechillum pbc, the Malanda Chamber of Commerce, Eacham Historical Society, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and Wet Tropics Management Authority, as well as Tablelands Regional Council staff and volunteers. Rather than recreate what had been lost, we decided on a more modern style of Centre, to be rebuilt on the same site. Award winning architect, Charles Wright, chose the volcanic landscapes of the Atherton Tablelands, and the Seven Sisters volcanic cones, as inspiration for his contemporary design.
A Commonwealth Government Your Community Heritage grant was used to record and present special stories about the Atherton Tablelands. These stories are central to the interpretation in the new Visitor Centre, while Mupee, the Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo, is the unique and linking theme. The Centre was opened by the Mayor of Tablelands Regional Council Rosa Lee Long, in September 2013.
Today, volunteers are still the heart and soul of the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre. As well as their time, volunteers donate an incredible wealth of knowledge to the Centre. From disaster comes opportunity; and in the process of rebuilding the Centre we have also rebuilt relationships and strengthened connections right across the Tablelands community. We continue to work together to celebrate the unique attributes of the upland rainforests, their cultural and natural history, and showcase them to the world.
Now that I see it linked to Country, I think it is beautiful. It is a building to make people stop.
Eliza Morta, Ngadjon-ji representative from the Choorechillum pbc
We invite you to stop and see our new Centre!
To find out about volunteering, contact the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre or call in and talk to one of the team.