The Malanda Falls are a “must visit” item on your Tablelands’ “to do” list. A favourite with birdwatchers and bushwalkers alike. They’re ideal for family fun, swimming, and a relaxing barbecue picnic. Boasting magnificent milk and cheese industries, you will find something for everyone in this picturesque little country town.
Situated on the North Johnstone River, the falls cascade over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that spread from the Mount Hypipamee area. Sandy beaches at the lower end of the pool make it an excellent place for children to enjoy a paddle.
Malanda Falls Conservation Park preserves surviving vestiges of what was once the region’s dominant rainforest. Here you will find two short, guided walks available to visitors. Wildlife enthusiasts are sure to spot many unique species.
Not far from Malanda on the Upper Barron Road is the extinct volcanic crater known as Bromfield Swamp. A roost to hundreds of cranes each winter. A must for birders hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of the sarus cranes in the early morning or at dusk.
Nerada Tea Plantation and factory is 10 kilometres by road from Malanda. It offers presentations about tea-growing and processing, and its products are available at the gift shop or for Devonshire Tea consumption. You will often catch a rare glimpse of a Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo here!
Explore a town steeped in history
The Tulip Oak Walk features signage depicting the area’s Aboriginal and European history. Written and designed by local Aboriginals. They also describe the local Ngadjon-Jii culture and lifestyle. Platypus, fish and turtles are visible from the viewing deck during the Rainforest Circuit Walk. Follow the track along the river before heading back through the forest.
In the heart of town is the majestic Malanda Hotel. The largest timber hotel in Australia was built in 1911. Look in awe at the extensive use of local timbers. Particularly the magnificent silky oak staircase.
The milk and cheese heart of the Tablelands
Malanda is a small, rural pastures country town that anchors a highly successful dairying industry. To get a sense of all things milky, check out Malanda Dairy Centre. Located near the Dairy Farmers milk processing factory in James Street. It includes an interpretive centre, museum, gift shop and cafe and takes bookings for guided tours of the factory which produces a million litres of bottled milk a week.
Malanda Country Market
When: 6 am to 12noon. Third Saturday of each month.
Where: Jack May Park, Malanda.
What: Local produce, cakes, jams, home-made goodies, plants, arts and crafts.
Malanda Falls Visitor Centre
132 Malanda-Atherton Road
Malanda, QLD 4885