Yungaburra - Waterfalls, Lakes & More

Yungaburra Village

Birds ‘n’ Bloom luxury holiday cottages are located in the heritage village of Yungaburra, nestled in the lush green countryside of the Atherton Tablelands.

Yungaburra is approximately a one-hour drive from Cairns (if taking the Gilles Highway) and is the perfect place to base yourself for a wonderful stay on the Atherton Tablelands.

The town is nestled in a pocket of open rainforest, just minutes from many outstanding and beautiful natural attractions, including crater lakes, waterfalls and rainforest.

Yungaburra is a popular escape from the humidity of the coast and a ‘must visit’ by both Australian and International tourists. At least a few days are needed to explore the wonderful natural attractions surrounding Yungaburra, and to experience the unique wildlife.

Yungaburra has been shaped by volcanic activity. The legacy is a landscape with stunning surrounds, including rainforest, waterfalls, crater lakes and green pastures.

Cafes, country pubs and award winning restaurants, including Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant, offer all manner of gastronomic delights. Browse through the galleries and craft shops at the famous Yungaburra markets held on every fourth Saturday of the month.

There are great walking tracks for the fit or not so fit, lovely picnic spots, and drives with fantastic views at every turn.

Base your holiday at Birds ‘n’ Bloom luxury holiday cottages in our friendly village of Yungaburra. Where else could you experience country charm, perfect lifestyle and natural beauty at every turn?

Owner / operator of Birds ‘n’ Bloom Cottages, Gina Mete, is a long term local who was seduced by the charm, character and natural assets of this stunning destination over 25 years ago. For your convenience, she has a prepared a list of the Must things to do in Yungaburra and the surrounding Tablelands. Or check out the tabs for more information.

  • Yungaburra Village
  • Mad Hatters Cafe
  • Blooms Around Yungaburra's Streets
  • Fresh Produce Available
  • Mad Hatters Cafe
  • Curtain Fig Tree
  • Platypus Viewing
  • Local Markets
  • Historic Village
  • Pretty as a Picture
  • Lakes and Waterfalls


The home base for Birds ‘n’ Bloom Cottages, which is located at 3 Elm Street, a short walk from the centre of the village and the Platypus Viewing Platform. Yungaburra is the perfect place to stay when you want to explore rainforest and crater lakes. Suggested highlights include: Curtain Fig Tree National Park, with the chance to see a tree kangaroo; cruise on Lake Barrine, walk around it to see native rainforest, including the 1,000 year old twin Kauri Pines. See the Cathedral Fig Tree and then continue to drive around Lake Tinaroo on the Danbulla Road.


Atherton is home to the famous Crystal Caves. Nearby attractions and highlights include Hasties Swamp National Park, Hallorans Hill lookout, Mt Hypipamee Crater or try horse riding at Tait’s Wongabel Stables.

Millaa Millaa

Millaa Millaa is a part of the Waterfall Way circuit. Neighboring waterfalls to visit include Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls, Ellinjaa Falls, Pepina Falls and Mungalli Falls. There is a local dairy and museum and we recommend the Rainforest Heart Orchard, a native fruit orchard where you can taste the fruits as evolution created them.


Herberton is the mining heart of the Atherton Tablelands. This remote village, high in the hills, was once a thriving township of miners and their families. For the history buffs, make sure you visit the Historical Village, Spy and Camera Museum and Mining Museum.


Malanda is synonymous with milk and dairy, but did you know it is also home to the Nerada Tea Plantation? Check it out, there is a visitor centre and café. Malanda Falls is a popular attraction and you might get lucky and see a tree kangaroo.


Walkamin is located in the dry savannah part of the Atherton Tablelands. This landscape is home to Granite Gorge, which is a great place to pet, feed and photograph wallabies and kangaroos. Mt Uncle Distillery is also worth a visit and has a great café and restaurant.


Mareeba is also on the ‘dry’ part of the Atherton Tablelands, but what they lack in rainforest they make up for in coffee plantations, chocolates and the stunning Davies Creek National Park. Our top tips for Mareeba are Jaques Coffee Plantation, Golden Drop Mango Winery and Coffee Works.