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Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Tablelands

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Atherton Tablelands, QLD

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Do it!
Mark_B, Sep 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
What a fantastic day! Great food, gorgeous scenery and a easy way to see a whole area you probably wouldn't have otherwise visited. Brett kept us informed and amused the whole time, and it felt good to support these local businesses and suppliers.
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Try and make time for this trip.
Roz_O, Jul 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
A great guid, plenty of time at each stop, very nice food. Came home with lots of nice fruit and nuts . Brett remembered everyone’s names and introduced all of us to each other . A great day out.
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BEST Tour ever! AMAZING!
Jessica_P, Apr 2021
Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns
Marcio was an amazing tour guide, he never rushed us and was so much fun. Everything was breathtaking. He shared so many stories with us on the history of the places we visited. Such an amazing day, I really recommend anyone to do this. 5 out of 5!
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Great day on hinterland with experiences that would be hard to come by if you were touring in own car
Sharron_B, Jul 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
Loved the experience of trying the local fruit wines and spirits. Enjoyed the local k owl edge of tour guide, Dale.
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Excellent would recommend anyone to go on this tour .
Alan_C, Mar 2021
Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns
I guess the whole tour is something to see. We were picked up on time and the day was very relaxed and not stressful by having to be back on a bus to get to the next point of interest. The waterfalls and swimming are unique and very much worthwhile to see. Josephine falls i think is the standout sliding down the rock face . Our guide James very helpful and informative , not only about the falls but many other subjects . Lunch and morning tea provided ( pack the fork next time James lol.) A great day which my wife and i totally enjoyed
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Foodie Tour to dream about
Jenelle_S, May 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
Small group and excellent guide is a dream combo. The venues we visited were well run and the tour covered the costs of breakfast, lunch and tastings. Highly recommend.
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Rainforest magic
Larelle_C, Nov 2020
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
Paul is a very experienced and knowledgable guide. Equipment is supplied except bring your own water bottle. The pace of the tour is pretty cracking with a lot of walking so you need to stay hydrated and wear the correct footwear to walk on the rainforest trails. Dinner in the "country pub" marvellous.
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Great day out
Pat_C, May 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
Great tour guide/driver. All venues on itinerary were enjoyable and the food was delicious. A good way to see the tablelands.
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Possums and Pladypus
Paradise699811, Nov 2019
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
This was a wonderful journey into the forest by moon light. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Bring bug spray!!
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Amazing tour highly recommended
Sarah_S, Apr 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
It was an amazing trip lots of information from Brett. It had great food and drinks. It’s great how it is spaced out with great venue.
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Awesome day
Sue, Mar 2021
Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns
Amazing scenery, wildlife and swimming. Our tour guide James shared his great knowledge of the area , fantastic day ⭐️
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Fantastic
George_W, Apr 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
We had so much fun trying all the different foods and wines. The guide was so knowledgeable and kept us entertained all day.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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