Malanda Falls Visitor Centre
CIVIC – PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
Modular and transportable the building acts as an attractor in its roadside location
The articulated, wrapping external façade features the volcanic history of the region, recalling indigenous stories of the seven-sisters whilst nestling up to the pristine rainforest
- Location: Atherton Rd, Malanda, QLD, Australia
- Year of completion: 2007
The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre was established in 1996 by a team of enthusiastic and passionate locals. Their dream was to provide a place to help visitors and school children understand and appreciate this unique rainforest environment.
On 24th April 2010, the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre was destroyed by fire. It was a devastating blow to the staff and volunteers. All the original displays and many irreplaceable artefacts were destroyed.
After the fire, Tablelands Regional Council worked with volunteers and the community to rebuild the Centre. People from a range of organisations generously gave their time and contributed their ideas including Ngadjon elders, members of the Choorechillum Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC), the Malanda Chamber of Commerce, Eacham Historical Society, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Wet Tropics Management Authority, as well as Tablelands Regional Council staff and volunteers. Rather than recreate what had been lost, they decided on a more modern style for the Centre, to be rebuilt on the same site (see http://malandafalls.com/our-story).