Tablelands Visitor Centres

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre

The Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is an accredited member of the Queensland Information Centre Association. It is located in Centenary Park at the top end of Coondoo Street. The Kuranda Visitor Information Centre acts as a gateway to the Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands and has the second highest visitor numbers in the region.
With a wealth of local and regional knowledge, Kuranda volunteers will be able to advise and help you plan your time in the village and assist in booking tours in the region. Work by local artists is showcased in and around the building.  

The centre is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm, but is closed on Christmas Day.

For more information: Email info@kuranda.org

 

Atherton Information Centre 

The Atherton Information Centre is fully equipped with friendly staff and literature to help you plan your next holiday to the Atherton Tablelands. Staff are only too happy to assist you to organise and book accommodation, tours and car hire. They can provide general information on all aspects of tourism across the Tablelands. If you areholidaying with your pet dog or cat, they'll even be able to advise you of all the accommodation places that accept pets. 
The Atherton Information Centre is located on the corner of Main Street and Silo Road  Open: 7 days 9.00am to 5.00pm. Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday.

For more information: Email athinfocentre@trc.qld.gov.au 

 

Malanda Falls Visitor Centre

The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is located on the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns, in the midst of the crater lakes and waterfalls region.

Nestled beneath the canopy of the towering rainforests, this is a great place to stop on your travels and discover more about this unique region of Tropical North Queensland, the wildlife, and the people who live here.

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.

Malanda is a dairy town surrounded by the lush rolling hills of the Tablelands. Generations of Malanda children have learned to swim in the large pool at Malanda Falls on the outskirts of town. Several short walks through the Malanda jungle begin here. After burning down in 2010, the visitor centre has been rebuilt and is now open to visitors. The new centre offers information about the natural and cultural history of the area and showcases the unique qualities of Wet Tropics World Heritage area.

Open: 7 days 9.00am to 4.30pm. Closed: Christmas Day, Good Friday and half day ANZAC day. 
For more information: Website http://www.malandafalls.com I Email: info@malandafalls.com 


Ravenshoe Visitor Centre and Nganyaji Interpretive Centre

Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland and is well known as the home of Australia’s widest waterfall and the steam train ‘Capella’. The Visitor Centre has displays about the history and wildlife of the Wet Tropics world heritage area, and the adjoining Nganyaji Interpretive Centre uncovers the rich culture of the Jirrbal rainforest people. The newest addition is the Ravenshoe Heritage Gallery, which illustrates the area’s history in photographs. It is the only visitor centre to be open 365 days of the year!Situated on the edge of Australia's largest patch of rainforest, Ravenshoe is fast becoming recognised as a regional centre for ecotourism. Its expanding bed and breakfast industry is the perfect base for exploring the south/western Wet Tropics. The diverse mixture of high altitude rainforest and sclerophyll forests host the highest diversity of possum species (13) in Australia, including the rare yellow-bellied gliders. 340 bird species and 8 kangaroo species including Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo are also found within a 20km (12 mile) radius of the town. 
The volunteer-run visitor centre features the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre displaying information and artefacts from the locally indigenous Jirrbal people. It also has displays on early settlers, the timber industry and soldiers who were based there during World War II.
Markets are held the fourth Sunday of each month at the nearby Railway Yards. 
 For more information: Email ravenshoevc@trc.qld.gov.au 
 

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