Snuggled in the heart of the Tablelands only one hour from Cairns is the quaint village of Yungaburra. With its spectacular scenery, incredible lodging and central location Yungaburra, also known as the “Gateway to the Tablelands” has become a popular base for holidays where as a guest, you can expect the locals to welcome you with open arms.

Take a tour of the most notable buildings in Historic Old Town Loop, including the renowned Lake Eacham Hotel and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Originally inhabited by at least 16 different indigenous tribes, the site became a stopover for miners and finally, a European settlement that was formally established in 1910. Many of its heritage listed buildings from those early years remain for the most part, unchanged.

Whistle Stop Cafe
Whistle Stop Cafe Yungaburra

Yungaburra inspires nature lovers every day by connecting people with its wildlife. There is no shortage of birds with over 350 species recorded. The Wet Tropics area boasts the highest number of possums in Australia, many of which can be spotted in Yungaburra. With luck, you may even run across the rare Lumholtz tree-kangaroo. Watch platypus splash and play from a platform on the Gillies Highway erected just for this purpose.


Have a picnic on the Allumbah Pocket and watch the Peterson Creek roll by. Check out the massive Curtain Fig Tree, one of the biggest attractions on the Atherton Tableland, which actually bears edible fruit. Walking and bike tracks weave in and around the area through lush rainforest and around Eacham Lake against the backdrop of the Tableland’s rolling green hills.

Whether vacationing with the family, escaping with the one you love or going it solo, you can choose from a variety of accommodations. Backpacker lodges to luxurious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments are available to fit any budget and incredible eateries contribute to Yungaburra’s fast growing reputation as the number one choice for Atherton Tableland lodging.