Malanda is a town on the Atherton Tableland in the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland. The town has a population of 2,000 people and was first developed in the 1900s. After the discovery of tin and copper at Herberton the town saw a steady stream of miners and engineers moving over the mountains from the coast. The town is surrounded by pockets of rainforest and rolling hills covered with lush green grass. Freshwater creeks snake their way through this region, culminating in waterfalls that cascade into refreshing swimming holes.
The Malanda Hotel
This is the most obvious landmark of the location, characteristically built from the timber of local trees. As you enter the restaurant section of the hotel, you will notice the prominence of these timbers, seen in the floorboards and the magnificent staircase (made from local Silky Oak) leading to the hotel rooms and second floor. The hotel serves a range of very tasty counter meals, reasonably priced, to be eaten with a selection of beers, wine, spirits or soft drink.
The name Malanda is synonymous throughout Far North Queensland with milk and cheese. The production of milk is now part of the Dairy Farmers label and the Malanda Dairy Centre café and restaurant in town is a popular spot with the locals to have lunch or dinner.
Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is located on the edge of the Malanda Falls Conservation Park featuring the scenic falls and tropical rainforest. You can spot birds, freshwater turtles and other wildlife. Right on our doorstep is one of the best places in the world to see a tree-kangaroo, and though they can be difficult to spot, many visitors are rewarded with a sighting.
Malanda 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.