Atherton was first settled by John Atherton in 1877 and is today the main town centre of the Atherton Tablelands with a population of around 7,300. Offering quality public and private schools, two large supermarkets, a number of national franchise stores as well as boutique shopping, all community needs are supported.
Atherton has a number of attractive public parks and picnic areas such as Halloran’s Hill which is the sited at the top of one of the many extinct volcanic craters in the area. Platypus Park, the historic Chinese Temple and Atherton Post Office Gallery grounds are also attractive places in the heart of town.
New comers to the area will find properties ranging from units to family homes on lots sized around an average of 800m2 with larger lots of 4000m2 on the edge of town.
The rich heritage of this old Tin Mining town began in 1875 and is fascinating to explore. It is home to the Herberton Historic Village which is an integral part of the town and attracts around 26,000 visitors a year.
The township of Herberton provides basic shopping and business needs. Amenities include library, bowls club, churches, day care/kindergarten and schools. With an elevation of 915m above sea level, the area experiences low humidity during summer and crisp cool mornings during winter. Located just 18klms from Atherton and 122klms from Cairns, Herberton has an old world atmosphere which is unique from the rest of the Tablelands.
Buyers looking to settle in Herberton and surrounds will find Miner’s Cottages to modern homes on residential lots and on acreage out of town.
Irvinebank is found 27klms west of Herberton and is a quiet country community. An historic area, there are museums and walking tracks to explore. Part of the road from Herberton is unsealed and can be travelled with a conventional vehicle with care for most of the year.
Malanda is situated in the heart of the Tablelands rainforest region and is home to the northern most dairy factory in Australia. Malanda Falls is located at the entrance to town when travelling from Atherton and is a 15 minute drive from Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine, two Crater Lakes with rainforest walks and suitable for swimming.
Settled in the early 1900’s, Malanda is home to the Malanda Pub built in 1911 which is one of the largest surviving wooden structures in Australia. The longest running Picture Theatre still operates in Malanda. Malanda is the gateway to Topaz at the foot of Mount Bartle Frere, Tarzali and Millaa Millaa in the southern Tablelands. If you are seeking a rural residential style property on acreage, there are many beautiful locations around Malanda.
On the southern entry to the Tablelands, Millaa Millaa can be shrouded in mist to brilliant sunshine and boasts some magical views of the region. A quiet community, Millaa Millaa is the home base for many dairy farms supplying milk to the Malanda factory as well as to a thriving boutique dairy industry. The famous waterfall circuit starts near town and includes the highly photographed Millaa Millaa falls. If you love rolling green hills and cooler temperatures, Millaa Millaa offers a quiet country atmosphere with the opportunity to live by a flowing creek with your very own waterfall.
Rangeview is a popular rural residential subdivision just outside of Tolga and attracts families and retirees who find the larger land sizes of 4000m2+ an appealing alternative to town living. With an undulating topography, some areas boast great views; there is a Pony Club in the area and easy access to the main road network. For your new lifestyle with room to garden and play away from regular suburbia, Rangeview offers it all.
With the title of the highest town in Queensland at 930m above sea level, Ravenshoe is on the south-western edge of the Tablelands. Ravenshoe was once a thriving centre for the sawmilling industry but is now reliant on tourism, dairy and beef farming and the rich variety of community ingenuity to survive. Surrounded by world heritage listed rainforest, you may drink at the highest pub in Queensland, view the widest waterfall in Australia and explore rainforest to savannah.
Active retirees are attracted to this area which offers in town living to acreage in rainforest or eucalypt country, some with dramatic views over the Millstream Gorge. Rainfall varies and the area experiences crisp winters.
Tinaroo Village has a small residential community on the shores of Lake Tinaroo with nearby areas offering secluded rural living. Popular with boaties of all persuasion, Tinaroo comes alive during holiday periods. A convenience store services the area.
Tolga is located 10klm north of Atherton and is the community hub for locals and residents of nearby Rangeview and Tandara. Providing good convenience shopping and a popular Primary School, Tolga is also the turn off for people heading to Lake Tinaroo for water sports and fishing.
Established around 1890, Yungaburra is an historic village of the Tablelands and is home to residents of all walks of life. A popular tourist destination, there are unique boutiques and restaurants in town as well as popular every day conveniences. The Lake Eacham Hotel is a popular watering hole and meeting place; the local bowls club is in the centre of town and has an active membership. There is a Primary School and a kindergarten. A large open air market is held in the town once a month.
Local attractions include Petersen Creek for walking and Platypus viewing, heritage listed buildings throughout the Village, Lake Tinaroo and the Avenue of Honour are nearby at Tinaburra.
Besides living in town, buyers have the option to live in the ‘satellite suburb’ of Lakeside, a popular residential area less than 10 minutes away.