Tarzali is a rural village 22 km south-east of Atherton and eight km south of Malanda. It is thought that the name derived from an Aboriginal expression describing a local eucalypt species.

Tarzali was a product of the promotion of closer-settlement on the fertile and well-timbered Atherton Tableland. Its northern neighbour, Malanda, was surveyed for a township in 1909, and in the following year the Tableland railway reached there. The next stage encountered particularly rugged country, and reached Tarzali in 1916. (The final stage to Millaa Millaa was completed in 1921.)


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