The highest town in Queensland (920m), Ravenshoe is a cool mountain retreat in the tropics with comfortable year round temperatures, clean air and friendly people.
Situated on the Evelyn Tablelands south west of Cairns, Ravenshoe was named after the book Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley, which a party of surveyors found abandoned in the fork of a tree.
Attractions include Ravenshoe Heritage Steam Railway, running between Ravenshoe and Toumoulin on Sundays, Winsome Board's art Gallery, and Millstream falls - the widest waterfall in Australia.
The Tablelands Mountain Institute maintains a conference and convention center, and there are a range of cabins, mountain retreats, bed and breakfast accommodation, a motel, caravan park and camping facilities. The town has a golf course, and a short distance south is Innot Hot Springs.
Harvesting and milling timber formed the backbone of the economy until the late 1980s, and still exists alongside the dairy industry, beef production, and other farm-based industries. Tourism is a growing economic sector. Windy Hill Wind Farm, and the Tully - Millstream hydro scheme are helping to provide a growing sustainable economic sector.
The Ravenshoe district is the traditional home of the Jirrbal aboriginal people.
Originally named Cedar Creek, Ravenshoe began as timber milling camp established by John Moffat of Irvinebank to service the mining industries around Herberton and Irvinebank. Timber remained as a mainstay of the local economy until the Rainforest around Ravenshoe were given World Heritage conservation status in the late 1980s.
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