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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia
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icon10 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


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
  • Cool off in pristine natural pools, waterfalls and natural water slide
  • Get great photo ops of the Crater and Lake Eacham, both formed by volcanic activity
  • Includes morning and afternoon tea, expert guide, entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Indulge on a picnic lunch of sandwiches and fruit platter

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Visit three waterfalls with plenty of time to swim in the natural pools on this active tour.
Your day trip to the Atherton Tablelands, part of the World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics of Queensland, starts with hotel pickups in Cairns by coach for the drive to the Tablelands, located about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Cairns. After about an hour of driving, make a stop at the Cathedral Fig Tree, a large 500-year-old strangler fig tree with long aerial roots.

Drive onward into a pristine rainforest, where you’ll stop at Lake Eacham. Go for a swim in the volcanic lake, created more than 12,000 years ago, and watch for turtles in the clear water while your guide prepares a hearty morning tea.

After your snack break, head to Mt Hypipamee National Park to check out Dinner Falls, where you can go swimming again, and then take a 0.5-mile (800-meter) walk to a viewpoint to admire the crater. You’ll spot a jewel-toned lake as you look down at the crater rim, a dizzying 450 feet (138 meters) below you.

When you're ready for lunch, we serve a picnic style meal with fresh bread, salad items for sandwiches and a meat and fruit platter. We do cater for food allergies so let us know in advance.

Then head to Millaa Millaa Falls to take a swim in its natural tropical pool.

Your last destination, and the highlight of your tour, is Josephine Falls, which you’ll reach by taking a short walk with your guide. If you’re feeling adventurous, go down the ‘waterslide’ that drops you into a deep pool, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. You’ll also refuel here with afternoon snacks provided by your guide.

Your day trip ends with the drive back to Cairns for hotel drop-off.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary; yours may vary based on the road and/or weather conditions on the day of your tour.
Pass By:  
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Admission Ticket Free
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Atherton Tablelands
Admission Ticket Included
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Barefoot Tours
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mt. Hypipamee National Park
Admission Ticket Included
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Josephine Falls
Admission Ticket Free
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Millaa Millaa Falls
Admission Ticket Free
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Cathedral Fig Tree
Admission Ticket Free
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Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
Admission Ticket Included

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Fun for all
, Feb 2020
Terry, our guide, was funny, informative and attentive. Atherton was beautiful, waterfalls were amazing.
atherton tablelands waterfalls
gina b
, Nov 2019
Execlent Gabes was so helpful and fun to be with. the waterfalls were beautful too see and the swimming was great
Great Day - it has everything
, Jun 2019
Great value, host, itinerary, food. What more do you want? We saw and got to swim in four of the most awesome pools anywhere. All on the company of the amazing guide Daryl who looked after and kept us entertained from the second you got on the bus to to moment he dropped you off it was close to 12 hours, massive value.
Had a great day with Damo our guide...
Graham S
, Dec 2017
Had a great day with Damo our guide the perfect host. Saw some amazing scenery and enjoyed swimming in 4 beautiful locations. Highly recommended.
We spent an amazing day touring the...
, Dec 2017
We spent an amazing day touring the Tablelands. Our guide was a true Aussie who likes to have fun. It was a young crowd except for us, but we enjoyed talking to all of the young people as the day went on. Throughout the day we saw three fabulous waterfalls, a crater lake and several lookouts. A day well spent.
This was one of the best tours I've...
Kerrie-Anne W
, Nov 2017
This was one of the best tours I've been on. Everything was amazing to see and our tour guide Roh was excellent. It is a tour I will be recommending to others.
This tour was so much fun from the...
Grace A
, Jul 2017
This tour was so much fun from the minute I stepped on the coach, great views, fantastic waterfalls and chances to swim in them. Sliding down the natural rock slide at Josephine falls was my highlight!
Great day out. Great guide, really nice...
, Feb 2017
Great day out. Great guide, really nice scenery and waterfalls. Highly recommend.
Very good value for money, really...
Keith K
, Jan 2017
Very good value for money, really fun and the views of the waterfalls are fabulous. Definitely well worth the money
Great time, Matty the guide was a real...
Thomas K
, Jan 2017
Great time, Matty the guide was a real laugh - bring your sense of humour.

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