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Malanda is a medium-sized town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is located 85km from Cairns and 732m above sea level. Malanda first developed in the 1900s after the discovery of tin and copper at Herberton saw a steady stream of miners and engineers moving over the mountains from the coast. At the 2006 census, Malanda had a population of 1,009.Malanda MilkThe name Malanda is synonymous throughout North Queensland with milk and cheese. Local promoters, noting that Malanda milk is sold in the Northern Territory and as far north as Weipa, declared Malanda to be 'the headquarters for one of the largest and longest milk runs in the world'. The milk is also exported to Indonesia and Malaysia. Malanda Milk is now a part of Dairy Farmers, but with a shorter milk run, only as far south as Mackay and as far north as Darwin.HistoryIn 1886 a decision was made to bring a railway into the area but the problems of construction were enormous. Over 3412km of railway was installed into the region in the next six years. By 1890 it had reached Kuranda. It pushed on to Mareeba in 1893 and Atherton in 1903 and did not reach Malanda until 1911. The line closed in 1964.
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