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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Immerse yourself in Northern Queensland’s waterfalls, rainforests, and other natural wonders on this full-day tour from Cairns. Admire the untouched scenery and stop to swim in the famous Millaa Millaa, and Josephine Falls. In between, visit Babinda Boulders and Mount Hypipamee, watch for wildlife such as tree-kangaroos and platypus, and admire a tropical sunset at Lake Eacham. National Park admission, lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day Atherton Tablelands and waterfalls trip from Cairns
  • Experience North Queensland's tropical rainforests, falls, and beauty spots
  • Swim in the crystal cascades of the Josephine and Millaa Millaa Falls
  • See the Babinda Boulders, Hypipamee Crater, and watch the sunset at Lake Eacham
  • Look for wildlife like cassowary, platypus, and tree-kangaroos
  • Includes pub lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and refreshments
  • National Park entrance fees, air-conditioned bus transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Depart your central Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel by air-conditioned bus and venture into rural North Queensland. Composed of highlands, tropical rainforests, and waterfalls, this pristine region is renowned for its beauty and ancient culture.

Visit the Babinda Boulders, a tropical creek lined with huge boulders, and hear about the aboriginal legends that surround this magical-looking place. Then head to your first swim spot, Josephine Falls, and slide down the natural rock slide.

Continue to the Atherton Tablelands and swim in the Millaa Millaa Falls. Bordered by protected rainforest, this 59-foot (18-meter) single-drop waterfall has featured in several TV ads.

After a country-style lunch at Australia’s largest timber pub, continue to Mt. Hypipamee Crater, a pipe-shaped, 278-foot (85-meter) deep crater. Take a bushland walk to admire the crater lake, watch for wildlife like possum and emu-like cassowarys, and stop to bathe in the idyllic Dinner Falls.

After visiting a creek to search for platypus, enjoy another swim and a sunset stop at Lake Eacham, famous for its turtles.

Finally, return to Cairns, perhaps playing the provided games on your bus before your trip ends at the original starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Waterfall Wanderers
A full day tour for the young and the young at heart! Swim and explore the numerous stunning waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands including morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
Duration: 11 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Babinda Boulders
Our first stop for the day is Babinda Boulders, this is a very well-known location as it is a significant place for the local indigenous people. During the 45 minutes here we will show you around the amazing site and tell you the history and legends of the boulders - there are a few spooky stories! This is considered one of Cairns' must visit spots especially during times of heavy rain the strength of the water passing through the boulders has to be seen to be believed!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Josephine Falls
Next stop (and our first swimming spot!) is Josephine Falls! A short walk on an even pathway will bring you through the rainforest to the crystal clear waters and natural rock slide of the falls! Slip and slide down, cool off in the blue water or take advantage of the stunning scenery and take a few photos.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Millaa Millaa Falls
Next we will head up the Palmerston Highway onto the Atherton Tablelands to the most photographed waterfall in Australia! Millaa Millaa Falls are known worldwide for it's inclusion in the Herbal Essences and Qantas adverts. Here is the place to try the iconic hair flick or get a natural massage from the water cascading over the falls. World Famous and a must see on the Tablelands!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Malanda
A well earned rest is coming up next, with lunch at Queensland's largest timber pub, Malanda Pub. Lunch is included but you can also purchase additional drinks if you like and take a break from the swimming.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mt. Hypipamee National Park
After lunch, we'll head over to beautiful Dinner falls and the incredible Mount Hypipamee Crater. Dinner Falls is home to some wonderful wildlife and it is not unusual for us to see Lumholz's Tree Kangaroos and Cassowaries in this National Park.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
Our last swim for the day is at Lake Eacham. Lake Eacham is a beautiful volcanic Crater Lake-heated from within and maintaining a steady 27 degrees water temperature all year round! Deep blue waters will certainly tempt you in for one last swim. Spot turtles in the shallows or just lay back and enjoy the last golden sunlight of the day. Your Guide will also serve afternoon tea here before starting the trip back down the Gillies Range to Cairns.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age 4
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Sam and Jim also take pictures so that you have memories of the day." See review
  • "was a great day ,, BUT make sure you take water and some food." See review

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Wonderful Atherton Waterfalls & Rainforest Tour
Angela_T
, May 2021
Carlos our guide and driver was fantastic, very informative and had everyone safety in mind at all times. All the beautiful places we visited were all very worthwhile and enjoyable.
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Wonder Waterfalls
Fiona_B
, May 2021
Great day. James the bus driver/tour guide was the best ever. Waterfalls were amazing, husband had fun sliding down rocks and swimming under the waterfall.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Great to hear you and your husband enjoyed your tour with James so much! We hope the rest of your holiday is just as good :)
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Waterfall wanderers at its best
Fiona
, May 2021
Fantastic tour. Jim was a fantastic driver/guide. The waterfalls were fantastic, lunch was great local pub food. Wish I hadn’t eaten breakfast before the first stop, those pies at the bakery looked scrumptious. The tour was a perfect balance of exploring and swimming.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback Fiona! Great to hear you had such a good day with Jim and enjoyed the tour so much. We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments :)
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As stated on the tin and gun too
SteveV
, May 2021
We decided on this tour since it had been a record wet April, so the water was running! Not wrong - the falls and rapids were roaring - very impressive. Jim, our driver and guide was energetic and full of fun for the whole day, and very informative. We actually did see a platypus in the wild too. Sing song on the way back. All good fun and good value.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
You sure did get to see the waterfalls in all their glory following our recent heavy rains. Great to hear you enjoyed your tour with Jim and spotted an elusive platypus! Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback :)
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Excellent day trip.
carole_B
, May 2021
The day trip was excellent Mimi bus arrived on time and the driver/guide Dam was great. Very interesting and knowledge as well as ring very friendly a d funny. Enjoyed the whole experience
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Great to hear you enjoyed your Waterfalls tour so much, thanks for sharing your wonderful feedback :)
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What a great experience!
IvethAndrea_S
, May 2021
I had an amazing day! Andy took us to different beautiful waterfalls and explained us everything about the places. It was a fun and beautiful day, which was a great opportunity for me to visit new places and meet nice people. Our Tourist guide was THE BEST and the price 💰 really worthy and affordable. I recommend it 1000000%.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Wow, 1000000% is quite the recommendation, thank you! :) Great to hear how much you enjoyed your trip with Andy and met some nice people along the way.
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Good value for the money.
Raelene_H
, Apr 2021
I enjoyed the trip and the company, but unfortunately due to bad weather could not complete the schedule. There was only a few peope, which suits me fine, and an interesting guide. I have one suggestion though, the printing on the windows of the bus needs to be higher as it spoils the fantastic views. Especially as I am short.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your Waterfalls trip even in the inclement weather, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback.
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Absolutely Fantastic
Lisa_J
, Apr 2021
We had a great day out swimming in lakes and rivers. Visiting waterfalls and platypus spotting. Beautiful scenery and the whole time being entertained by tour guides Sam and Jim. This tour was amazing. You see so many sights within the day that is so worth the early rise. Our tour guide was great, we had music and singing, jokes that had us laughing for ages. Sam and Jim also take pictures so that you have memories of the day. We stopped off at a bakery in the morning, lunch at the pub which was pre-ordered and a cuppa in the afternoon after a wonderful swim in Lake Eacham.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
What wonderful feedback! Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your entertaining tour with Jim and Sam! :)
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Exceptional dayout
Brenda_D
, Apr 2021
What an amazing day! The tablelands are spectacular and Andy our tour guide was fabulous. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback and recommendation, great to hear you enjoyed your day with Andy so much! :)
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Loved it!
Caitlyn_S
, Mar 2021
Fantastic day trip! The waterfalls were amazing to swim at, even though the water was cold! The lunch was very good too. Definitely recommended.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thanks for your recommendation and great feedback, glad to hear you enjoyed the tour so much! :)
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