Ravenshoe, Queensland’s highest town

  • Population: 1400 (2016 census)
  • Area: 139 km²
  • Postcode: 4888
  • Distance from Cairns
    • via Gillies Highway 117.4 kilometres.  Drive time 1 hour and 49 minutes
    • via Kuranda Range 144 kilomters.  Drive time 2 hours and 1 minute
  • Elevation: 930 metres
  • Weather: Typically, the annual temperature is between 9°C and 28°C.  In June 2018, Ravenshoe recorded a low of -1, considered rare.

Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland.  Rising 930 metres above sea level.  It is located in the heart of a lush region of mountain pastures and surrounded by unspoiled World Heritage rainforest and spectacular scenery.

Its charm is due to its isolation in the southwestern part of the upper Tablelands.  The primary industries here are tourism and beef and dairy farming.

Pastoralists first settled Ravenshoe in 1881.  Within a couple of decades, the fast-growing timber industry overshadowed their activity.  They collected red cedar, Queensland maple, oak and black walnut from local rainforests.

The area became a World Heritage rainforest in 1987.  All logging then ceased.  This had a dramatic impact on the local economy throughout the Atherton Tablelands.

Ravenshoe Attractions

MIllsteam Falls

One of the major attractions is the Millstream Falls.  They are the widest falls in Australia.  Marvel at some of the most dramatic and beautiful falls in Tropical North Queensland.

The most spectacular time to visit is just after some rain.  Ravenshoe is an access point for both Little Millstream Falls and the Tully Falls.

The nearby Innot Hot Springs is also a must-visit.  You will discover natural underground water bubbles at up to 75 degrees Celcius.  The hot springs at Nettle Creek are known for rejuvenating and healing.  The water from the springs is even bottled and sent to Europe.

Connections to the area’s heritage are on display at Ravenshoe Visitors Centre.  They feature exhibits and photo collections.  You will learn about the rainforest, timber milling, dairy farming and World War II military activity.

The nearby Nganyaji Interpretive Centre covers the rich Culture of the Jirrbal rainforest people.

Ravenshoe offers various accommodation options.  Choose from bed and breakfast, farm stays, hotels, motels, guest houses, camping, and caravan parks.

Ravenshoe map

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