Relax and Unwind

High in the mountains above Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef are the rolling green hills of the Atherton Tablelands, one hour’s scenic drive from Cairns and a relaxed four hours’ drive from Townsville.

Situated in the heart of the historic village of Yungaburra lies Eden House Retreat. Surrounded by tropical gardens, our luxury cottages offer seclusion and tranquility within walking distance of Yungaburra’s many restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries.

Yungaburra is central to all of the beautiful natural attractions of the Atherton Tableland, including the picturesque crater lakes of Eacham and Barrine, stunning waterfalls and rainforests.

Eden House Retreat accommodation consists of 6 self contained Cottages. Set in lush tropical gardens and well back from the street the cottages offer seclusion in the center of Yungaburra. Spacious and decorated in a rustic style our rooms offer a private and relaxing environment, from which to base your day trips through the Atherton Tablelands.


Eden House

Built around 1912, Eden House is the oldest remaining homestead in Yungaburra. Originally known as “Cedrella”, the house was built by Mr Archie Belson, a Tableland timber merchant and brother of the first Chairman of the Eacham Shire Council.
Since that time it has had various owners beginning with Belson’s son-in-law George Duffy. Duffy became the local State Member, having defeated his opponent Mr Gillies (after whom the highway is named). With its large verandas, tennis court and magnificent ‘old English’ gardens, Eden House was very much the social centre of the district in the early days.
In the years to follow the beautifully manicured gardens and classic timber building gradually deteriorated. The glorious ambience that surrounded the homestead slowly faded, as father time took his toll on the gracious old home.
One of the property’s more recent owners was Mrs Alice King and her husband, who for many years operated the local picture theatre. By the mid ’80s, Eden House was in desperate need of attention.
Since then, the slow and arduous task of restoring the home to the magnificence of yesteryear has been the preoccupation of the subsequent owners.
Gordon & Susan Chuck purchased Eden House in April 1998. After much painstaking work and meticulous attention to detail, Eden House now proudly displays its architectural merits and magnificent Award Winning gardens to all. The welcoming atmosphere both around the warm fire, or on the cool shady verandas is a favourite dining venue for both locals and travellers from all over the world.
Eden House Heritage Restaurant opened in October 1998. During the first year of the restaurant’s operation, the Eden House Garden Cottages were constructed. They opened in December 1999 and were rewarded with the North Queensland Tourism Award for best new Property Development.
A further six luxurious new Villas opened in November 2006, and have added another dimension of pampering and indulgence to Eden House.
In May 2014 Mr Richie Cahill whose family connection with Yungaburra stretches back to 1900 purchased Eden House and the original Garden Cottages from the Chucks and has been developing the business since. 

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