Yungaburra, Queensland

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Yungaburra
Queensland
Yungaburra.JPG
St Patrick's Catholic Church (1914)
Yungaburra is located in Queensland
Yungaburra
Yungaburra
Location in Queensland
Coordinates 17°16′16″S 145°34′59″E / 17.27111°S 145.58306°E / -17.27111; 145.58306Coordinates: 17°16′16″S 145°34′59″E / 17.27111°S 145.58306°E / -17.27111; 145.58306
Population 932 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1886 [2]
Postcode(s) 4884
Elevation 750 m (2,461 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Tablelands Regional Council
State electorate(s) Dalrymple
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
27.7 °C
82 °F
10.4 °C
51 °F
1,274 mm
50.2 in

Yungaburra is a town located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, not far from Cairns. At the 2006 census, Yungaburra had a population of 932.[1]

History[edit]

Prior to European settlement the area around Yungaburra was inhabited by about sixteen different indigenous groups, with the custodians being Yidinji People and neighbouring Ngadjoni people. In the early 1880s the area around Allumbah Pocket was used as an overnight stop for miners travelling west from the coast. In 1886 the land was surveyed, and in 1891 settlers moved in.

In 1910 the railway arrived, and the town was renamed Yungaburra, to avoid confusion with another town called Allumbah. By 1911 indigenous numbers had fallen to 20% of the pre-settlement population due to disease, conflict with settlers and loss of habitat.

Cyclone Larry[edit]

Main article: Cyclone Larry

In 2006, The Atherton Tableland region was devastated by the Category 4 (on the Australian scale) Cyclone Larry. The roofs of the community hall, police station and one of the bush cottages were badly damaged or removed by the weather, as was the front of the Yungaburra Butchery and the sign on the Gem Gallery. As well as the above, many trees, sheds, caravans and gardens were blown away or ruined.

Heritage listings[edit]

Yungaburra has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • The Afganistan Avenue of Honour, on the Shores of Lake Tinaroo

Present day[edit]

Yungaburra's economy today revolves around tourism, and the town contains a primary school, post office, library/telecentre and a range of businesses and services for the use of residents and visitors. It has 18 Heritage Listed buildings, and is the largest National Trust village in Queensland. The Yungaburra Markets, held on the fourth Saturday of each month, are one of the largest in Far North Queensland, and each year around the end of October, Yungaburra holds the two-day Yungaburra Folk Festival, featuring concerts from Australian (and sometimes international) folk musicians. Yungaburra is also the site of the war memorial to soldiers lost, opened 22nd June, 2013. The popultation of Yungaburra is 1,034 persons as of 30 June 2009.

Geography[edit]

The landscape around Yungaburra has been shaped by millennia of volcanic activity. The most recent eruptions were approximately 10,000 years ago. Notable geological features nearby include:

Tourism[edit]

Allumbah Pocket is a picnic area on Petersons Creek which runs past Yungaburra. It is the centre for a series of walking tracks along the creek. Tracks lead to Frawley's Pool, a popular swimming hole and picnic area, then further to Yungaburra's historical train bridge. In the opposite direction there is a track to the platypus viewing deck. Aside from this all of the tracks are relatively easy and short enough for anyone to do. The site is dedicated to Geoff Tracy, a local renowned environmentalist who died in 2004.

Yungaburra has access to the southern arm of Lake Tinaroo which is popular for fishing, canoeing, sailing, swimming, water-skiing and camping. The other main places to get to Tinaroo are Kairi and the township of Tinaroo.

The Curtain Fig Tree, which is just out of Yungaburra, is a giant rainforest fig tree with roots hanging down, giving it the appearance of curtains. There is a short boardwalk around the tree.

Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham are crater lakes, formed from volcanoes. Lake Eacham is popular for swimming and Lake Barrine has a teahouse and gift shop as well as cruises around the lake however is unsuitable for swimming due to the cruise boats. Both lakes have walking tracks around them. Lake Barrine's track is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) and Lake Eacham's is 3 kilometres (1.9 mi).

There are a number of places to dine, from Takeaway to fine dining.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yungaburra (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.yungaburra.com/history.htm
  3. ^ "27 Atherton Road, Yungaburra (entry 15243)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Court House, Police Station and Residence (entry 15252)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  5. ^ "7-9 Cedar Street, Yungaburra (entry 15255)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  6. ^ "Residence (entry 15251)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Yungaburra Post Office and residence (entry 15246)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  8. ^ "Residence 16-20 Cedar Street (entry 15247)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Community Centre (entry 15254)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Special Glass Co. Shop (entry 15253)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Burra Inn Restaurant (entry 15245)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  12. ^ "The Curtain Fig Tree (entry 30615)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  13. ^ "St Marks Anglican Church (entry 15259)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  14. ^ "Cairns Plywood Pty Ltd Sawmill Complex (entry 15256)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  15. ^ "Eden House Restaurant (entry 15242)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  16. ^ "Butchers Shop (entry 15257)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  17. ^ "Lake Eacham Hotel (entry 15248)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  18. ^ "Allumbah (entry 15261)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  19. ^ "Residence (entry 15262)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  20. ^ "St Patricks Catholic Church (entry 15263)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 

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