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Atherton Tablelands Tour

An Atherton Tablelands tour combines two of Tropical North Queensland’s favorite things, the rainforest and the waterfalls. What can you expect? An amazing day spent traversing some of the most beautiful locations across Tropical North Queensland, with plenty of opportunities for photos, swimming and exploring.

This Atherton Tablelands tour commences on Cairns’ coastal lowlands, travelling south from the city to visit the Babinda Boulders. The Babinda Boulders has cultural significance for the region’s Indigenous people and is ‘home’ to a tragic Aboriginal love story.

Rainforest Waterfalls & Rock Slides

Next stop is Josephine Falls, which has a huge natural rock slide. This is a favourite swimming spot for locals and your first chance for a dip; we’ll even bring along some inflatables, to ramp up the fun factor. Fabulous photo opportunity, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife.

Travelling up the Palmerston Highway we leave the lowlands behind and make our way to the Atherton Tablelands. Tour across this volcanic landscape which is a patchwork of farms, country towns, crater lakes, national parks and wild rainforest.

Millaa Millaa Falls is the next stop and it’s an impressive one. This 18m single drop waterfall is framed either side by rich rainforest and tree ferns. It stakes its claim as being one of the most photographed in the country and was chosen by Qantas and Herbal Essences (hair shampoo) to feature in television commercials. Get snap happy at this postcard perfect waterfall with a hair flick or two.

Lunch on this Atherton Tablelands tour is taken at the Malanda Pub. She’s big, she’s old and she’s full of character. A delicious pub lunch will power you up for the next stop of the day, a visit to Mount Hypipamee.

Crater Lakes & Rainforest Giants

Walk through the rainforest on easy pathways to gaze down at ‘The Crater’. 61m in diameter with a viewing platform 58m above the water, this is a remnant from the Tablelands volcanic past. Continue along to see the pretty little Dinner Falls. Top tip, lots of wildlife here including Brush Turkeys and the Boyd’s Forest Dragon.

No Atherton Tablelands tour is complete without a stop at the Curtain Fig Tree. As high as a three-storey building, the Curtain Fig Tree is hundreds of years old and shows what can happen in nature, if we leave it be. Another great photo opportunity and believe me, you will be impressed!

Next up, we try our luck at Platypus spotting in Yungaburra. Never heard of a Platypus? Just one of the crazy critters that evolved in Australia. Has a duck-like bill and an otter-like body. Really hard to see in the wild, as they are quite shy. Never heard of Yungaburra? Well you have now!

The last swim of the day on this Atherton Tablelands tour is at Lake Eacham, which is 65m deep, volcanically formed and surrounded by beautiful rainforest. Home to many freshwater turtles and fish, the water is a comfortable 23 degrees Celsius all year round.

What Will I See?

Pristine rainforest and lots of waterfalls. Highlights include the Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls (natural rock slide), Crawfords Lookout, Millaa Millaa Falls, Malanda Pub (biggest timber Pub in Australia), Mount Hypipamee (Dinner Falls and the Crater), Curtain Fig Tree (really BIG tree), Lake Eacham.

What Should I Bring?

A sense of adventure! This tour takes you from the coastal lowlands to the rainforest highlands with chances for swimming, that means you might get cold and you should bring a hoodie or warm jacket. Don’t forget your camera, hat, swimmers, sunblock, towel and a happy heart.

What Does It Include?

Quality coach transfers, local guide, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fruit throughout the day. Plenty of games and puzzles to keep you entertained on the bus. Swimming opportunities at amazingly beautiful locations, bush walking and more.

What Else Can I Do?

Lots! Extend your adventure itinerary to include a half day or full day white water rafting experience, head north to explore the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, or check out the half day rainforest tubing tours. If you want it, we’ve got you covered.

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