Malanda is the capital of Australia’s tropical dairy country and boasts the longest milk run in the world - to Mount Isa, Weipa, Darwin, and into parts of Western Australia. Situated 14km south-east of Atherton, Malanda offers wonderful attractions for visitors, including the Malanda Falls - for bushwalking, swimming and picnicking - the Blomfield Crater and the Mt Hypipamee National Park, where giant rainforest trees wear exotic staghorns like epaulettes, and wild orchids abound. Make sure you see the Curtain Tree Fig, where a strangling fig shoots down 15m-long exposed roots as it slowly drags its way up its host tree. Australia's only endemic crane, the brolga, is a regular visitor to the Tablelands and roosts and forages with migratory sarus cranes during the dry season at Bromfield Swamp just a few kilometres out of Malanda. A large, grey bird with a distinctive red and green head, the brolga has an elaborate courtship display in which the birds, wings outstretched, often leap a metre into the air or beat their wings while dancing forward.