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Tolga - Cities, Towns and Localities
Part of the tropical Atherton Tablelands region the town of Tolga is located just 5 km north of its nearest neighbour, Atherton. Originally called Martintown, that grew out of the Cobb and Co staging post at Rocky Creek, Tolga comes from the local Aboriginal language for 'red mud'.

The town has some examples of early Queensland architecture, as well as some heritage and timber displays that showcase aspects of the regions rich heritage and Aboriginal culture.

Located in the Atherton Tableland, there are multiple road access to the region, from the coast via four major highways:

  • the Palmerston Highway near Innisfail,
  • the Gillies Highway near Gordonvale,
  • the Kennedy Highway which passes through Tolga to Mareeba in the north, and south through Atherton and Ravenshoe, and
  • the Mossman-Mt Molloy Road near Mossman, which joins and becomes the Peninsula Developmental Road near Mount Molloy.

There are many attractions in the region including the Waterfalls and Crater Lakes District where visitors can enjoy rainforest, with bird watching and wildlife, such as the platypus and musky rat-kangaroo. A leisurely drive leads to spectacular lookouts and waterfalls, a highlights is Australia’s widest waterfall Millstream Falls, the deep blue waters of extinct volcano crater lakes, Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham (both volcanic crater lakes), the ancient Bromfield Swamp near Malanda and Hypipamee National Park. There is Lake Tinaroo (which is three quarters the size of Sydney Harbour), Millaa Millaa (Millaa Lookout), Innot Hot Springs, Mungalli Falls, Davies Creek National Park, Chillagoe (home of the Limestone Caves), Koombaloomba Dam, Mt Hypipamee Crater and much more.

Check out our listing of Tolga accommodation and Atherton and Atherton Tableland accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Tolga Attractions

Tolga Bat Hospital
• Ph: 07 4091 2683 (please telephone to visit - bookings are essential) • Email
Every year Tolga Bat Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and releases hundreds of bats that might otherwise die. We also provide lifetime sanctuary for many bats that are too severely injured to return to the wild. While this makes a real difference to the individual animal, and the volunteers who are privileged to interact with them, there is a lot more to be done. We are therefore very actively engaged in education, habitat restoration, research and advocacy.

A not-for-profit community group that is 100 percent staff by volunteers. Please help us save these wonderful animals by becoming a member of Tolga Bat Hospital, staying at the guesthouse, making a donation or shopping with us on-line.

The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
• 134 Carrington Rd, TOLGA QLD 4882
• Open 3-6 pm - 1st June to 30th September - Wednesday to Sunday
Visitors have a unique opportunity to see the work of the internationally-renowned bat hospital and meet some Australian bats. Learn what is special about these flying mammals. Why do they hang upside down? Why are they so important for the environment?

Visitors have the best experience if they keep to the 3-6pm timeslot as it is feeding time for the bats. They come down from their 6 metre roosting area and are down at eye level, ready for dinner.
Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe
• Kennedy Hwy, TOLGA QLD 4882 • Ph: +61 7 4095 4488 • Email
Atherton Tablelands most prestigious woodworking centre, providing a showcase collection of woodwork and craft by local artisans working in a range of material such as timber, steel, glass, clay, precious metals, leather and fabric.

A visit here is a must if you appreciate stunning concepts and fine craftsmanship. After you have viewed the pieces of art on display and maybe purchase an item or two, relax in the cafe with a meal and refreshment.
Rocky Creek Memorial Park & Camping Grounds
• Kennedy Hwy, TOLGA
Located a few kilometres north of Tolga on the Kennedy Highway, the memorial park is situated on the 2/2 Australian General Hospital laundry and medical stores site.

During World War II the Tableland area became the largest military base in Australia with camps at Tinaroo, Kairi, Atherton, Wongabel, Herberton, Wondecla, Ravenshoe and Garnet. Rocky Creek was the site of the largest military hospital in the Southern Hemisphere - a 3000 bed hospital which treated over 60,000 patients from 1943 to 1945.

The first plaques dedicated in the park occurred on VP Day in 1995. A special wall of remembrance was erected in 2009. Every year on the Sunday closest to VP Day, returned soldiers, their families and descendants gather to remember ‘Victory in the Pacific’ and to take part in a dedication and unveiling ceremony.

The Tablelands Regional Council is custodian of the crown land and the park is developed and maintained in collaboration with the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park Committee.

Entry to the park is free and camping sites are available throughout the year for a gold coin donation.
The Curtain Fig Tree
• Curtain Fig Rd, YUNGABURRA
Located east of Atherton, just outside of the township of Yungaburra is one of the largest trees in North Queensland. At over 800 years and standing some 50 metres high with a spread of 39 metres wide, this amazing and unusual attraction is a fine example of the natural world. The tree is part of the genus Ficus ‘Strangler Fig’, a species known as Ficus virens, more commonly called a ‘Curtain Fig’.

The curtain effect resulted from the first tree being strangled by the developing Curtain Fig tree. The first tree then fell into a neighbouring tree (which is a stage unique to the development of the Curtain Fig tree). Vertical roots then grow down from the Curtain Fig tree to form the curtain-like appearance. The host trees die and rots away, leaving the Curtain Fig tree free-standing.

To protect the site and provide views from all angles, there is an elevated boardwalk surrounds the Curtain Fig Tree. A story board at the site details the ‘Creation of the Curtain Fig’ with a welcome from the Traditional Owners of this country, the Ngadjon-Jii.
Mount Hypipamee National Park
Situated approximately 25 km south of Atherton on the Kennedy Highway, see the Crater formed as a result of escaping gases blasting a vent hole clean through solid granite. The Crater is some 120 metres deep with a 70 metre pool of still water. Also take the walking track to Dinner Falls and enjoy a swim in the various swimming holes along the way. The Falls become the Barron River which flows into the ocean at Cairns.

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Tolga Distance

Distance to Tolga
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Tolga:
Atherton 5
Brisbane 1,717
Cairns 82
Kuranda 62
Mareeba 26
Mossman 102
Ravenshoe 56
Yungaburra 20
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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