Atherton Tablelands Tours

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Atherton Tablelands
Offering welcome relief from the sweltering temperatures of Queensland’s tropical north, the sweeping plateaus of the Atherton Tablelands lie within easy day-trip distance of Cairns. Covering an area of 20,000 square miles (32,000 square kilometers), the lush landscapes also provide scenic terrain for bush walking and bird-watching.
 
The Basics
The towns of Atherton, Yunaburra, and Malanda are the main gateways to the Tablelands region, and it’s possible to visit all three on a day trip from Cairns. Most tours combine a visit to the towns with one or more of the region’s waterfalls, such as Malanda Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls, Ellinjaa Falls, and Josephine Falls. Other popular activities include sunrise hot air balloon rides over the Tablelands and boat cruises on Lake Tinaroo.
 
The Tablelands form part of the UNESCO-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest. Guided night walks through the rainforest are available, offering a chance to see nocturnal creatures such as platypuses and Lumholtz tree kangaroos.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Temperatures can reach over 30°C (86°F) in summer months, so be sure to pack water and sunscreen, as well as insect repellent and comfortable shoes.
  • Visitor Information Centers in Atherton, Yunaburra, and Malanda all offer maps, restrooms, charging stations, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Some natural attractions including the Babinda Boulders, the Curtain Fig Tree, and Josephine Falls are wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
The town of Atherton is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Cairns, about 1.5 hours away by car. Buses run to all the main towns from Cairns, but the best way to explore the region’s many attractions is to use your own transportation or join a guided tour.
 
When to Get There
The most popular time to visit the Atherton Tablelands is during the dry season (April to October), when the weather is cooler and less humid. However, the region’s waterfalls can be even more impressive during the wet season (November to March). Wildlife is most active during the early morning or late evening. 

Atherton Tablelands for Foodies
The fertile lands of the Atherton Tablelands naturally lend themselves to agriculture, so this region is home to a number of farms, orchards, and plantations. Many have opened their doors to visitors, and a food-themed tour of the area might include cheese and chocolate tasting at a dairy farm, a coffee plantation tour, lunch at local pub, or a visit to a macadamia nut farm. Popular stops include Mt. Uncle Distillery, the region’s only gin distillery; De Brueys Tropical Winery, where the wines and liqueurs are made from a variety of tropical fruits; and Emerald Creek Ice-Creamery, where the gelatos and sorbets are all made using local ingredients.
Address: Atherton Tablelands, QLD, Australia
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

Venture into the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands with an expert guide to observe Australian native animals in the wild. From Cairns, travel into the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland to observe kangaroos, lizards and possums by daylight, then continue after sundown to look for nocturnal critters like the elusive platypus and Lumholtz tree kangaroo. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people, which ensures a more personalized experience with your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Day Trip from Cairns

Escape the city for the day to explore the sublime nature and beautiful waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands on a flexible-length, small-group trip. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed area is known for its stunning rainforests, waterfalls and rolling dairy pastures. Visit several falls, including Malanda Falls, Milaa Millaa Falls, Ellinjaa Falls and Zilliee Falls, along with a historic dairy farm and numerous panoramic overlooks. This small-group trip, limited to no more than 10 guests, also includes a guide, morning tea, lunch, all entrance fees and round-trip coach transport from your hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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GREAT BARRIER REEF AND WORLD HERITAGE RAINFOREST 2 DAY PACKAGE

Exclusive to Viator is this unique 2 day tour that will have you telling everyone about the best two days of your life in Australia. This all-inclusive package simply won’t be beaten for service, scenery and most importantly value for money. Cruise in comfort OR sail in style out to the Great Barrier Reef on a 50ft schooner or twin engine cruiser, Travel to several fantastic island and snorkelling destinations on the Great Barrier Reef exclusive to us for the day. Crew members are experienced deckhands providing five-star customer service. Tropical fruit platters wine beer and seafood, are all served on board. Day 2, visit one of the most unique, world heritage listed rainforests in the world, see natural flora and fauna in a temperate rainforest environment, (great in summer), be captivated by the crystal clear waters of ancient crater lakes, visit the world famous Millaa Millaa falls Morning tea and a hearty country lunch are included.  
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

Get a bird’s-eye perspective of Tropical North Queensland on an unforgettable hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Soar over the Atherton Tablelands as golden sunlight breaks across beautiful farmlands, rivers and forests. Choose from a 30- or 60-minute flight and enjoy pickup and drop-off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove hotel. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful way to start your day!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns

Experience the natural wonders of Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands to visit different parts of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest on this outdoorsy day trip from Cairns. With a guide, you’ll take easy walks to three waterfalls—Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls and Dinner Falls—and take a refreshing swim in Lake Eacham. See the Cathedral Fig Tree, take in views of the volcanic crater in Mt Hypipamee National Park, and enjoy lots of time for swimming and photo ops. Morning and afternoon snacks are picnic lunch provided
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

Get your adrenaline pumping on a skydiving adventure from Cairns. Enjoy incredible bird’s-eye views of the World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef as you jump out of a plane on a tandem skydive with an experienced diver. Fall freely from 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) in the air before floating by parachute back down to the ground. First-timers are welcome.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight From Cairns

Treat yourself and your special someone to a hot air balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands at sunrise. Admire the morning light as it illuminates the wilderness and farmland of the Mareeba Valley, and look for wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies as they wake up for the day. Hear informative commentary from your pilot about the region, and keep your camera handy for amazing photo ops from above. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food and Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas

Get a taste of the tropics on this full-day tasting tour of the Atheron Tablelands from Port Douglas, including hotel pick-up. Visit boutique wineries, meet with artisan producers and stroll around coffee and banana plantations, stopping to sample a variety of wines, chocolates, cheeses and beers. After a delicious lunch at the Mount Uncle Distillery, enjoy a tour of Coffee Works, spot platypus in the outback and indulge in homemade ice cream at the Emerald Creek Ice creamery.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Kuranda Rainforest Night Adventure Tour by Hummer

Explore the Kuranda Rainforest at night on this 4-wheel-drive adventure from Cairns and the Northern Beaches. Experience outback traditions as you sip billy-tea by a campfire, and taste kangaroo and crocodile sausages before traversing World Heritage–listed landscapes in a sturdy 4WD Hummer. Cross the Atherton Tablelands to Granite Gorge, look for wild kangaroos and nocturnal birds, and gaze up at the stars, away from city lights. Tour is limited to 20 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Atherton Tablelands Day Trip from Cairns, Including Paronella Park and Millaa Millaa Falls

Explore the wild landscapes of the Atherton Tablelands on this full-day tour from Cairns. Cruise around the Lake Barrine crater lake, spot native wildlife the UNESCO-listed wet tropics rainforest, and tour the magnificent Paronella Park. Along the way, see natural wonders like the Curtain Fig Tree, and take a swim beneath Millaa Millaa Falls. Enjoy your choice between three itinerary options for the day.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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10-Hour Small Group Outback Tasting Adventure from Cairns

Get a taste of the Atherton Tablelands during this 10-hour food tour and tasting experience from Cairns. Learn about how the volcanic soil allows cultivation of diverse range of produce and taste the spoils of this region. All tastings and meals are provided, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3-Day Far North Queensland: Atherton Tablelands, Cooktown, Daintree via 4WD

Check all of the boxes on must-see attractions in Far North Queensland on this 3-day tour from Cairns. With a small group and a naturalist guide, visit the Atherton Tablelands, Cooktown, and Daintree National Park in a 4WD vehicle. Two nights' accommodation, meals per itinerary, and all transportation included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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