The sweltering heat of Cairns in northern Queensland is a sweating contradiction to the lush, fertile landscape of the Atherton Tablelands. An easy hour and a half drive inland, the towns of Mareeba and Atherton are an oasis from the heat and bustle ... 

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Gillian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Recommend this trip! Paul was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He remembered everyone's name throughout the whole trip. Small sized tour which was helpful for the wildlife sightings. Was able to see a lot of wallabies and possums but also a tree kangaroo family, a gecko, and even a platypus. Tea/snacks were nice and the dinner was great. Just a heads up for those that may suffer from motion sickness the road up to the tablelands consists of many curves.

Doing what: Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

shermila227

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

View was breathtaking up the tablelands. Had a great time seeing the waterfalls and lakes despite the rain. Local tour Operator barefoot tours was Fantastic.

Doing what: Atherton Tablelands Tour from Cairns

Jenny H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This tour was the highlight of my trip to Cairns. Our guide Paul was passionate and knowledgeable about the Tablelands rainforest and provided very personalised glimpses into the wildlife of the forest. Our twilight experience viewing a platypus in a forest pool was magical. Dinner at Nick's cafe was delicious and this was followed by a unique experience spotlighting nocturnal mammals. We were lucky to see several varieties of possums and bandicoots and experience the beauty of the forest after dark. Would recommend this ecotour to all who value the wonders of the rainforest.

Doing what: Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

Lei W

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2016

The tour was cool. Our guide was funny. He took us to multiple falls in a van ... to swim, and took nice photos through the whole journey. Lunch self-paid in a small town was nice but morning tea and afternoon tea was not as good. The guide boiled water for us to make coffee and tea but the water itself was brown like carrying mud in it. It's recommended to bring your own water. The guide also brought TimTam and taught us the TimTam slam. It was fun.

The view in Atherton Tablelands is great, however driving there is not easy for non-locals. It takes more than 1 hour just driving the zigzag mountain roads. So taking a tour would be a good choice for most people. This tour is more like youth tours recommended to people under 25 or with a heart under 25. I'm sure there're many other nice tours to grown-ups.

Double consider if you're not a good swimmer, 'cause the fun is highly involved with deep water activities.

Nice tour overall! I will recommend it to friends definitely.

Doing what: Atherton Tablelands Tour from Cairns

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