The Atherton Tablelands cover an area of 32,000 square kilometres and their altitude ranges from 500 to 1280 metres above sea level. The distinctive climatic conditions lend themselves to a diverse and arrestingly photogenic range of natural phenomena. No less than 12 species of birdlife are unique to the tablelands, which encompasses pockets of the forest that once covered it, now protected as National Park.
With a high yearly rainfall, waterfalls in the area are abundant and active. Local attractions include platypus watching, boat cruises and hot air ballooning, and the region is famous for its produce markets and wineries. Bird watchers and bushwalkers will find an immense selection of nature trails that are well-maintained and cater to all fitness levels.
The Atherton Tablelands is a place to be savoured and enjoyed, explored via adventurous day trips, and immersing oneself in the rich and vibrant lifestyle the area has to offer.
Tours & Tickets
Looking for some adventure in paradise? Get high in the sky on a tandem sky dive over Cairns with spectacular bird's-eye views of the Great Barrier Reef and ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Discover the high-elevation landscapes of the Atherton and Southern tablelands on a rainforest and waterfalls excursion from Cairns. Spot rare kangaroos and ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
See the best of Cairns and enjoy upwards of 45% in savings with a Cairns Attraction Pass. Attractions and activities include the Australian Butterfly ... Read more
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hobart
See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)