Yungaburra – The Cutest Market Town In Queensland
Searching for things to do in Cairns or Port Douglas? Then why not head away from the coast and box the Great Barrier Reef for calmer weather. The tropical interior offers the rolling hills of the Atherton tablelands and many picturesque towns like Yungaburra, possibly the cutest market town in Queensland.
Most locals to tropical north Queensland will be able to tell you about the Yungaburra market. Once a month the marketeers set up shop on the green in the middle of the quaint tablelands village of Yungaburra. The market itself attracts a mostly “farmer” type vendor but is has its share of artisans alongside fresh produce and food. Far North Queensland has its fair share of quality markets, but what makes Yungaburra special is the town itself. It’s just soooo cuuute. Yes the market brings an energy to the town but you don’t actually need it to make the trip worthwhile.
Yungaburra – The History
For a town of only 1,100, Yungaburra has a colourful and dark past. The name comes from the indigenous Yidiny word for the common Queensland Silver Ash tree. There were originally more than fifteen indigenous groups in the area until white miners and settlers moved into the area in the late 1800’s. The indigenous population was decimated through disease and systematic massacres and was reduced by a staggering 80% within thirty years.
Today Yungaburra relies mostly on tourism and attracts a local population of artisans and small businesses owners. Every October the two-day Yungaburra Folk Festival features concerts from Australian artists and the odd international sprinkling. Nearby, Lake Tinaroo draws crowds for watersports and camping… I’m more interested in the boat house, or should I say their scones. The local Yungaburra bakery cafe does a wicked version as well.
I’ll let the pics do the rest of the talking but if you fancy a chilled few hours checking out some gorgeous little galleries, cafes and maybe a cold one, I thoroughly recommend. Be warned, if you plan on attending the market on the fourth Saturday of the month, which you can read all about here in our Complete Guide To Markets Of Far North Queensland post, come early as parking is a bitch.
Map – Yungaburra & Surrounding Area
The Google Map below will give you a street by street explanation of the artist and work.