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  • Address: Atherton Tablelands
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 of one of Australia’s larger tropical cities.

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.

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Atherton Tablelands, Paronella Park and Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit Eco-Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

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

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.72

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $172.06

Cairns Attractions Pass Including Fitzroy Island and Cairns Wildlife Dome

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

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hobart
Duration: Flexible

From USD $98.71

Kuranda Rainforest Night Adventure Tour by Hummer

Spend an exciting evening on a four-wheel drive night tour in the World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest. You’ll experience life in the Australian outback ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.84

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