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Atherton Tablelands
Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Tablelands

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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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
$147.60 per adult
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Not your average wildlife tour
A very different wildlife tour. Small group which is much more friendly and Paul was very knowledgeable about local flora and fauna. We managed to see platypus. Tree kangaroos, rat kangaroos, pademelons, bandicoots along with lots of species of possum, lizards and plants. Dinner at the old country pub was excellent. A great tour.
Lorraine_H, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Absolutely brilliant!
MareeC, Dec 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
Absolutely brilliant day, lots to explore, informative and friendly driver (Brett), lots of food n wine. Thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend. Many thanks for a great day.
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Great experience!
Michelle_T, Dec 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
Brett was an awesome tour guide with a wealth of knowledge about the region. This tour is perfect if you want to get to know about the community around the Port Douglas area and experience it’s diversity!
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Perfect day out!
Robert_P, Nov 2021
Luxury Daintree/Cape Tribulation & Atherton Tablelands Tours from Port Douglas
Perfect tour, perfect host, great stories and information. Absolutely beautiful sights! Amazing day! Thanks Adam!
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Great experience
John_P, Oct 2021
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would not hesitate recommending to anyone. We saw several of the rare native wildlife animals including the elusive tree kangaroo.
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Paul’s knowledge of the...
Sue_J, Oct 2021
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
Paul’s knowledge of the area and where to find platypus, tree kangaroos and other wildlife made the tour everything we hoped for.
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Was a great tour would do...
Kim_C, Nov 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
Was a great tour would do again. Fun and excellent tour guide and stops to see. recommend for a must do
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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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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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Fabulous food! Fun! Great day!
Belinda_W, Nov 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
This was a great day! Andrea and Chris were awesome! They ensured everyone got included and the day ran smoothly. They were both fun and informative. The stops were well thought out and the food and beverages along the way were delicious and plentiful. So much fun! So glad we did it because we would have never found these places by ourselves! Had the best time! Thank you and we will be recommending to everyone heading to Port Douglas!
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The best way to experience the beautiful Tablelands
Janet_S, Oct 2021
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
Dale our guide was so knowledgeable and a lot of thought has gone into designing this trip which is well worth it, a really excellent day. The Tablelands are glorious, the hospitality, food, funny stories made the experience one to remember and the small group ensures you get everything you want to out of your day.
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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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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.

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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