Lake Barrine is a volcanic crater lake near Yungaburra. It is part of a national park along with Lake Eacham. There is a 6km trail in the forest around the lake where you can spot plenty of wildlife. You can also get a cruise on the lake through the Lake Barrine Teahouse.
I didn't go to Lake Eacham, but I heard it is similar to Lake Barrine, quieter, a nice place to swim, and more beautiful.
Wild Mountain Cellars is a great place to go if you have any interest in wine. The great part about this place is that it's small and offers a vast array of flavors that come from many local rainforest fruits besides grapes. You can get a free wine tasting, and it's definitely worth it just to talk to the owners and try new tastes. I ended up buying lime wine, but they also had flavors like passionfruit, pineapple, mango, and dragonfruit.
Tinaroo is a great spot for finding birds. I stopped at a small campground on the lake for a picnic and ended up giving more food to the birds than I did myself. There were all sorts of species - swamphens, ducks, kookaburras (one swooped down and caught a snake in the grass), a massive flock of cockatoos, currawongs, and the ever-present lorikeets.
One of Yungaburra's most famous attractions is the Curtain Fig Tree. What could possibly be so interesting about a tree, you ask? The fact that it is a 100+ foot tall tree that started its life in the branches of another tree, slowly strangled its host tree to death as it grew down towards the ground, latched onto another tree when the first died and fell, and now looks like a massive, convoluted triangle in the middle of the rainforest, that's what. There's a walkway all the way around its base, a staggering 100 feet again, and if you come spotlighting at night you can see many of the Tablelands' nocturnal species. This tree is one to rival the redwoods and is definitely something to see at least once. You can look at pictures of it all you want, but seeing it is exponentially better.
Lake Eacham offers beautiful turquoise water and a very interesting forest. Many people come here to swim (there is a small beach right next to the parking lot), but there is also a 3-mile (give or take) walking trail that follows the perimeter of this crater lake. You can glimpse a lot of the native fauna, including many types of birds. The plants are also incredible - there are bogglingly massive trees, leaves that stick to your clothing, and some that even make your tongue go numb (but please make sure you know which species does this - eating unknown strange plants in the rainforest is not a good idea).
The platypus is a very strange creature, on all accounts. A duck-billed, webbed-footed mammal that lays eggs and lives underwater could only live in Australia. Yungaburra has a local platypus, and its location is well-known. On the Wallaby offers free guided tours, otherwise you can go by yourself. The animal is reclusive and doesn't care for a lot of noise, so if you do go, be extra quiet and you might get a glimpse of it!
Aaaah...........the place with the very safe canoes.........
Lake Tinaroo is actually a reservoir, when the water is low you can actually see a village under the water
its a great place for watersports, and also for spotting wildlife, we saw several water dragons which are large lizards
a note of caution, if you go kayaking DO put valuables and cameras in the guides dry box
I wish we had
While Ben, our guide picked up some essentials or our picnic lunch we all went into the wine shop next door for a spot of wine tasting......and very nice it was too ! after a lot of decision making and re tasting we bought a bottle of Wild Lime wine, passing on the chocolate wine as being a mite too sickly
then it was off for our picnic lunch, where we were visited by several wild turkeys and a serious looking kookaburra
Lake Barrine is a crater lake and is amidst thick temperate rainforest, there is a visitor centre here with facilities and cafe, and there is a boat which takes you for an hour long cruise around the lake [ $10 ]
there are quiet walking tracks around the lake, where you can often see wildlife, we were snake spotting, but without success, but it was a pleasant walk and not too arduous
this tree is estimated to be between 500 and 800 years old, its a giant 50m tall and measures 43m around the base
the parasitic strangler fig has completely covered the original tree which has rotted away, leaving a large hollow inside which is large enough to walk inside
close by we were lucky enough to spot some Rainforest Mice and tiny Musky Rat Kangaroos, there are also Tree Kangaroos around here but we didnt see any
The Cathedral Fig is a strangler fig tree located not too far from Yungaburra off Gillies Highway. It is 500 years old, 43m around, and 50m (12 storeys) high. Its canopy covers 2 hectares. Many reptiles, birds, and mammals find shelter around the tree.
A strangler fig is a very agressive rain forest species. It competes with other trees by using them as hosts and stealing their nutrients and sunlight by wrapping around them. The host eventually dies. The tree also bears fruit which is very important to the diet of the animals in the forest.