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Yungaburra is located in the Tropics & Great Barrier Reef area roughly 67 kilometres from Cairns in a place once called the Allumbah Pocket. While Yungaburra began as little more than a stopover for miners, the area has evolved into a fun little town. With volcanic craters and creeks to explore, the nearby dam and train bridge and lots of great walking tracks, Yungaburra holiday rentals are a great way to see this little town the way a local does and get away from the bustling of the major cities.
From the base of a Tropics & Great Barrier Reef accommodation, you can explore a great area with tons of natural and manmade attractions without feeling like a 'tourist.' You can visit the local platypus, take a walk along numerous different hiking tracks, or just take in the architecture of a town that hasn't changed much since the early part of the 20th century. Aside from the regional centres, Yungaburra has the greatest proportion of heritage buildings in Queensland. Whether you like history or prefer to enjoy your good times entirely in the moment, Yungaburra is a great little town.
For decades, visitors have been checking out the Curtain Fig Tree. Located a few km outside of town, this haven for arboreal birds and tree-kangaroos has been a popular sight for people of all ages. If you prefer things man-made, you can try the Eacham Historical Society's Old Town Loop, which lets you see the oldest buildings in the area and get a feeling for how the pioneers dealt with the area before it was properly civilized. If you'd prefer something cute and furry, you can always check out the Yungaburra platypus viewing area on the Atherton side of the village. The best times to watch the platypus swim and dive from the platform are at dawn and dusk.
A reasonable drive from Yungaburra is Lake Tinaroo, where they offer cruises that are great for taking the family out, getting in some fishing and checking out the local wildlife. You can even charter the boat and bring a small group for a barbecue. If you like art, you'll love the Full Circle Studio and Gallery, which showcase the work of local artist Sue Krucker. Working in multiple media, Sue's work is all about her unique heritage and showcases the best that this area has to offer.
Staying in a rental home in this area is all about getting the best stay for the most reasonable price. For the same price as an average sized hotel room, you can stay in a spacious place that looks and feels just like a home. You can even pretend that you are at home if you want to. Plus, you'll already be in the midst of everything, just the way a local is. If you want to try out small town living, a Yungaburra holiday home is the perfect way to do just that.
Few people have heard of this amazing little town, near the Atherton tablelands of Queensland. I wanted my husband to see the beautiful rainforests and fauna that exists there, so off we went!
Not only were we besotted by the amount of free swimming Platypus we saw frolicking in Pattersons Creek, but to actually find and observe Tree Kangaroo’s was astonishing.They are Lumholz Tree Kangaroo, endemic to the area and rarely seen in the wild. We were gobsmacked and on standing beneath the tree they were in, could not see them from below. These animals are human sized and climb a tree like a koala.
Markets are held monthly with all the tastes of tropical fruit etc. If you can combine the two, a real treat awaits you. We made our way from stall to stall filling up on treats for a most healthy breakfast. The town boasts a range of restaurants including a beautiful Italian restaurant. Many a backpacker passes by along the walking tracks, and sharing in the sightings at the Platypus viewing stations. This town is close to the new arboretum, planted in honour of our newest war heroes lost overseas.
The lakes, waterfalls, walks and scenery is outstanding in the region. The Day trip to the Barrier Reef is only an hour or so away along with Kuranda and it's many offerings even closer. The Ullysis Butterfly (vibrant blue in colour), and Sunbird(yellow) are well worth sighting as well.