About the Northern Tablelands

The Northern Tablelands is a mixed use rural area, with large parts under agricultural cultivation, interspersed with small acreage lifestyle properties and country towns, located in the Upper Mitchell river catchment,which straddles western shed of the Great dividing range. This area supports around 30 tropical agricultural crops, including bananas, sugar cane, mangoes, avocados and citrus industries of the includes the Mareeba-Dimbulah Irrigation Area (MDIA), serviced by the townships of Dimbulah and Mutchilba, and the western extents of the Mareeba and Biboohra districts. The region also includes a large population of “peri-urban” residents on small acreage lots, particularly in the Julatten/Mt Molloy area and the bush communities in Irvinebank and Watsonville. The Northern Tablelands supports a great diversity of regional ecosystems and biodiversity, as it straddles the three bioregions of the Wet Tropics, the Einasleigh Uplands and Cape York, and contains important landscape scale linkages for biodiversity, spanning a mosaic of wet tropical rainforests, open eucalypt woodlands and dry savannah country, and including a network of important riparian corridors and waterways.

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