Millaa Millaa is a scenic village on the Tropical Atherton Tablelands easily accessed from Innisfail and Cairns. It is part of the Waterfall and Crater Lakes district, which also includes Malanda and Yungaburra.
The word 'millaa' is aboriginal for 'waterfall' and 'Millaa Millaa' means 'many waterfalls'. At 900 metres above sea level the district enjoys a cooler mountain climate than coastal districts and high rainfall.
Millaa Millaa Falls, about a 5 minute drive from the town, is one of the most popular attractions in the area. It is an iconic symbol in the region and has been used in television advertising and other media in the marketing of tourism and other products. It's a popular place to swim. Millaa Millaa Falls from part of a 17 kilometer waterfall circuit which also includes Mungali, Pepina, Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls.
There are surrounding national parks with walking trails, and nearby is Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland's highest peak. The Mamu Tropical Skywalk - an elevated walkway giving access to the canopy of the rainforest, is also accessible from Millaa Millaa in nearby Wooroonooran National Park.
The climate makes it an ideal location for dairy farming, and this has been the dominant economic activity around Millaa for most of its history. The town once had a butter factory, but today milk is sent for processing at the Malanda milk factory.
The nearby Tarzali Lakes aquaculture center offers camping, platypus viewing, fishing, and gourmet foods.
Pioneering industries focused on harvesting the rainforest timbers and dairy farming. Today these activities are part of a diversifying economy that contains a growing tourism and hospitality component as well as agriculture. There is a pub, post office, golf course, museum, cafes, and stores, and nearby is the Mungalli biodynamic cheese factory.
Millaa Millaa has accommodation to suit every budget from caravan park and camping, to luxury bed and breakfast retreats.