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Immerse yourself in nature & wildlife. Top off your trip and discover the Atherton Tablelands.

Immerse yourself in Nature’s playground.

You can spend your days enjoying scenic country drives, wildlife spotting, local food tasting and unearthing the fascinating geological history and unique experiences that only the Atherton Tablelands can offer.

It’s the perfect destination to top off your trip.

The place for Adventure seekers.

Discover hidden falls, swim in enchanting volcanic crater lakes, paddle board over the rainforest fringed pristine waters at Lake Barrine, or take on the 50km of purpose built mountain bike trails running through picturesque open forest.

If it’s adventure you seek, there’s no place better than the Atherton Tablelands.

Itineraries We’ve developed tailored itineraries to suit every need – from adventure seekers to nature lovers, we’ve got you covered.

Plan your trip to #TouchTheTop, explore some of the highlights of the Atherton Tablelands in a two day itinerary.

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Calling all history enthusiasts and culture chasers, we’ve got a two-day itinerary featuring museums, galleries and some tasty treats along the way.

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Check out these articles about others’ experiences during their time in the Tablelands 

Two Day Atherton Tablelands Itinerary

See the highlights of the Atherton Tablelands with our specialised two-day itinerary jam packed with fun for the whole family.

Featuring sights such as:

  • Lake Barrine
  • Avenue of Honour
  • Curtain Fig Tree
  • Tolga Bat Hospital
  • Waterfall circuit

Discover the Atherton Tablelands one stop at a time.

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A local’s guide to the best of the Tablelands

Jenny Todd, Volunteer, Atherton Visitor Information Centre shows some visitors her favourite parts of the Tablelands on a picture-perfect day.

We start out first thing in the morning with a drive along Topaz Rd. The views of the rolling green hills and the distant blue ranges are spectacular. With a quick diversion up Old Boonjie Rd, we see glimpses of the ocean and Innisfail and don’t mind the detour! After a quick leg stretch, we’re back the car again for the next destinationCrater Lakes National Park…….read more.

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A Newbie’s Guide to the Top Ten Sights of the Atherton Tablelands

As newbies to the Atherton Tablelands, Steve and Chloe Titman have spent the past 12 months exploring their new backyard.

Being rookies to the region we’ve had a year-long adventure discovering picture-perfect waterfalls, cooling off in crystal clear creeks, swimming in crater lakes (there’s several!) and connecting with nature on tranquil rainforest walks. If you hadn’t guessed we’re more than pleased to have made the move to FNQ! In no particular order, here’s our Tablelands top ten… 

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Top 5 must dos Explore Nature

Ancient rainforest, waterfalls, crystal clear crater lakes, rugged outback, food, history, wildlife and more – a visit to the stunning Atherton Tablelands promises to be one of great contrast, beauty and exploration. Immerse yourself in nature’s playground in the Atherton Tablelands.

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Visit Queensland’s highest town Ravenshoe. The highest point of the Misty Mountains walking tracks network, and a great location for wildlife watching.

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Curtin Fig Tree

See Yungaburra’s high-profile landmark, the amazing Curtin Fig tree for yourself. Only minutes from the village the tree is thought to be nearly 50 metres tall.

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Mt Hypipamee Crater

Meander along an 800 metre return forest track to see the amazing Mt Hypipamee Crater. Situated in a volcanic pipe the viewing platform extends 58 metres above the water level and is definitely not to be missed.

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Spot Wildlife

The Atherton Tablelands boasts a huge variety of wildlife from platypus that can be viewed easily in Yungaburra through to the tree kangaroo. Unknown to most, the Atherton Tablelands is a mecca for bird watching with some extremely rare only to be seen here species.

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Herberton Walking Trails

Varying from 1km easy to 12km moderate to difficult, the Herberton Walking Trails showcase the local heritage buildings, river and hills that surround this charming village.

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Top 5 must dos Adventures

Swim in enchanting volcanic crater lakes, mountain bike over 50km of purpose built trails, kayak, or paddle board over rainforest fringed waters at Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. Or discover hidden waterfalls as part of the Misty Mountain wilderness tracks. Put adventure on the top of your list and head to the Atherton Tablelands.

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Walking Trails

The Waterfall circuit begins at Theresa Creek Road just east of Millaa Millaa and encompasses Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls and Ellinjaa Falls. If you’re looking for a challenge, Ravenshoe boasts a variety of trails.

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The cool, elevated plateau of the Atherton Tablelands makes for some of the best mountain bike and road cycling adventures in Queensland. Single tracks and challenging downhills, there’s something for all riding levels.

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Explore – Crater lakes

It’s all about the outdoors here and the Atherton Tablelands is a genuine playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore Crater Lakes National Park where the volcanic features of the park date back 2 million years.

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Explore some of the rich history that the Atherton Tablelands has on offer. From the Hou Wang Chinese Temple through to the Herberton mining museum and historic village.

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Water Sports

For the water enthusiast the Atherton Tablelands boasts some of the best swimming and kayaking in the far north. Kayak and paddle board over the pristine waters of Lake Eacham or go for a fish at Lake Tinaroo. Looking for a natural hot spring? Discover Innot Hot Springs where you can create your own tub in a creek bed.

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Stay & Play

The Atherton Tablelands boasts an abundance of unique Australian hospitality across the region and after spending a night, you won’t want to come back down to earth. The Atherton Tablelands features a variety of accommodation options to suit all people and budgets, from boutique accommodation to hotels and camping.

Whatever type of adventure you’re looking for, there’s a place to stay surrounded by wilderness that provides an opportunity to truly slow down and reconnect with nature and wildlife. Staying here is paradise.

Known as the heart and centre of Tropical North Queensland’s food bowl, the Atherton Tablelands is also the home to the largest tea plantation in the country. It’s also one of the largest coffee growing regions in Australia and you’ll be able to find an espresso here that would rival the best Melbourne café!

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Touch the top in the Atherton Tablelands

• Milla Milla •

Misty Milla Milla made moody Monday moments.

Spent the last day during my far north QLD trip last month chasing waterfalls with the special xannaa.

Who would of have thought moments like these are actually privileges and not our freedom right.

Let’s sit tight and hold out for a little longer, we got this fam!

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We absolutely loved camping on Lake Tinaroo ✨Spending sunset with the ducks and bush stone curlews 🤎

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L A K E E A C H A M 💙//
Day 8 roadtrip: started with a refreshing swim at Lake Eacham. It is a crater lake with the most amazing clear blue water 💙.
You could easily spend a whole day here and it’s less than 1.5hr drive from Cairns Airport #holidayherethisyear

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~ C R A T E R L A K E S ~ First time photographing in fresh water today and wow it’s so beautiful! We paid a visit to the Crater Lakes National Park which is a series of lakes sat in the top of old volcanoes near Cairns, Queensland at 730m altitude. At lake Barrine there is an abundance of fish, eels, water lilies, freshwater turtles and if you’re lucky a water dragon. ...

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Getting here

Getting here is an easy 90-minute drive from Cairns. With multiple ways to enter the Atherton Tablelands from the east, south, and west. There are many easy roads and beautiful drives to bring you into the region.

Whatever your adventure, finding your way around has never been easier. With unforgettable self-drive routes, horse riding, and cycling trails that will showcase stunning waterfalls, amazing trails, and some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery.

Download our brochure for more information. Prefer the old-fashioned way? Talk to a real local – call 1300 366 361.

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