Mungali Falls Recreational Area
Just 1.5 hours drive south-west of Cairns is a beautiful Mungali Falls. Set against a background of tropical rainforest and green hills for dairy farmlands is a place for recreational getaways that suits all from FIT (Free Independent Travellers) and families. Away from major tourist attractions and sightseeings, you will find this quite tiny location where time seemingly come to a stand still.
Untouched by mass tourism, Mungali is a place where you can still see, feel, and taste the real quietness of Atherton Tablelands. The Mungali landscape is a diverse mixture of rainforest, green hills, dairy farmlands, quite, isolated and sleepy towns nearby and neighbourhoods but it has some of the most beautiful landscapes, waterfall and lookouts you will ever laid your eyes on
What to do
If your visiting the place for the first time, you will be wondering how best to spend your time in this bucolic corner of Atherton Tablelands region. I have put together this guide to help you plan your day in this quiet location. Mungali Falls is 20 minutes from MillaMilla township and about 45 minutes drive from Innisfail township. This place is a little higher and can be a little cold at night during summer months but during winter periods, warm clothings are highly recommended.
Mungali Falls is away from bustle and hustle of shops, cafes and all major attractions so to fully enjoy your stay in Mungali Falls and to make the most of the regions attractions, I would recommend visiting some of the little towns in the area. This way, you get to sample the beautiful countryside and this is where you taste the true heart of Mungali shines but the main purpose of visiting Mungali is getting away from the rest of the world and enjoying the area with plenty of space to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and a very peaceful life.
Mungali Falls is home to Mungali cheese factory, only a very tiny place but worth a visit and it supplies some of the best cheese in the Far north Queensland region. It is a great place to start your day if your planning to travel around Tablelands region. Just another short drive from the cheese factory is MillaMilla Falls an iconic symbol of the Atherton Tablelands.
It is entirely possible to get around and visit many towns in the area: MillaMilla, Malanda, Yungaburra, Atherton, Ravenshoe, Herberton, Tolga and Innisfail. Driving in the area is straightforward as long as you keep your wits about you and don’t mind the locals who drive much faster than wary tourists. When visiting this old towns, it is easier to park anywhere and walk around the towns – Yes wander the old towns and see if you can find the same street twice!!
Other things to see and do
- Visit Malanda falls
- Sample the locally made cheese and chocolates – Gallo cheese factory
- Curtain fig tree
- Tinaroo dam and recreational area
- Yungaburra museum and recreational area
- Herberton OldTown
- Lake Barrine
- Lake Eacham
- Visit the outdoor farm markets depending on which town is hosting the market day – wise to check the local guides