Friday, 6 January 2012

Tablelands on Friday: Eacham Park, Malanda

Not everyone has the opportunity to visit this part of the world, so I thought I would spend Fridays sharing it with you. I'm kicking off with a few photos of Eacham Memorial Park in Malanda. The park is a lovely spot for lunch, but what makes it for me are the buildings around it.

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Memorial gates

The Majestic Theatre

The Majestic is the oldest continually operating picture theatre in Australia. It shows the latest movies, saving Tablelanders a bloody long trip down to Cairns. Malanda Theatre Company regularly performs musicals, comedies and musical comedies here. Their Sweeney Todd was a triumph!

Local car mechanic

Produce store and opp shop

Malanda Post Office

'Looking Ahead': one of nine mosaics on the Malanda Art Trail

The Malanda Art Trail includes a series of mosaics depicting life in and around Malanda. 'Looking Ahead' illustrates the work done by community groups, such as TREAT (Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands), in revegetating cleared land, restoring riparian strips and planting wildlife corridors between forest fragments. I'll take you on the Trail in next Friday's post. In the meantime, you can read more about the mosaics here (PDF).

Mosaic detail: Plants of the rainforest

Mosaic detail: Smoko for the workers

Mosaic detail: Planting and mulching

Mosaic detail: Portaloo

Malanda's CBD: What more do you need?

The view from the Memorial Gates looking down English Street, half of Malanda's CBD. The town's population (if you include all the farms) is about 1,000 people, so that pub is pretty much the right size. Oh, yeah, it goes around the corner. A long way around the corner.

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