Atherton Tablelands Arts and Culture

Unique heritage embodies the Atherton Tablelands Arts and Culture. You will find this displayed in history museums as well as art galleries throughout the Tablelands.


Tolga Woodworks Gallery and Cafe celebrates the art of woodwork craft. It features a superb selection of products. Discover pieces produced by local artisans. For example, woodturning, sculpture, carving, beaten iron. In addition to slumped glass, decorative pottery and jewellery.

In Kuranda, you will find Cantata Studio. It features the photographic art of Toni Rogers. A visit to the Kuranda Arts Cooperative will show you the high-quality creations of local artists. Gaze upon the paintings, photography, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, textile designs, glass, wood and metalwork.

Meanwhile, local artists also display their work in various other locations. These are found in and around the main towns. You can purchase a lot of this at the many local markets in the region.


Experience the revival of the Chinese culture at Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum in Atherton. It’s an award-winning interpretive museum initially built by the Chinese settlers around 1890.

They were the region’s early pioneers of agriculture. Including starting dairying and established wide ranges of support services such as medical, general merchandising and food supply.

Therefore, their influence was a cornerstone of the region’s development. From the late 1880s into the early decades of the 20th century. However, it’s relatively unsung today.

Across the tablelands are traces of military encampments and airfields. For example, you can find museums and memorials dedicated to the forces of men and women from many wars.

In Yungaburra, the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour celebrates the memory of all who served in the fight against terror. In addition,  the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park is found near Tolga.

Atherton War Cemetary and other sites at Tinaroo. While Kairi, Wongabel, Herberton, Wondecla, Ravenshoe and Mt. Garnet all sustain the military resemblance culture.