Tropical North Queensland is undeniably one of the most exciting and diverse region’s to visit in Australia and the Atherton Tablelands sits at the very heart of it. The region spreads westwards and southwards from the coastal escarpment behind Cairns and incorporates parts of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to the east, the Einasleigh Uplands to the south, the Gulf Plains to the west and the Cape York Peninsula bioregion to the north.
The Atherton Tablelands’ fertile plain forms part of the Great Dividing Range and its rich soil can be attributed to the volcanic origins of this stunning part of the country. Lush rolling hills, vast green fields, abundant wildlife, rugged bushland, tropical waterfalls, impressive lakes, rich history, gourmet food and friendly hospitality sum up an Atherton Tablelands experience.
To really experience the destination, you will need more than 1 day.
Places to visit
The delightful mountain village of Kuranda attracts visitors from all over the world who enjoy its superb wildlife attractions, walking trails, river cruises, souvenir shopping and artists' galleries. Kuranda is world famous for its markets. The Village in the Rainforest has two market locations, the Original Markets and the Heritage Markets, both of which are open every day of the year.
Located 417m above sea level, Mareeba is a region of breathtaking landscapes, rugged gorges, savannah grasslands, crisp blue skies and clear nights perfect for stargazing. Mareeba is the largest town on the Atherton Tablelands, once serving as a railway and communications centre. Today, the Mareeba District is an important primary producer and is considered the heart of Australia’s thriving tropical fruits and coffee industry.
Mount Molloy to Mount Carbine
Mount Molloy is just 40 klms north of Mareeba and is a historic mining and timber town. Further north is Julatten, a well-known to bird-watchers, mammal and reptile enthusiasts, photographers and artists. Maryfarms is just 8klms south of Mount Carbine and is ideally located for travellers wishing to explore Palmer River Gold Fields, Lakeland Downs, the Annam Gorge, Black Mountain and Mount Mulligan coal fields.
Chillagoe & Dimbulah
Chillagoe is a genuine Outback town with fascinating attractions and abundant wildlife and is easily accessed by conventional vehicles via the Burke Development Road from Mareeba. Dimbulah, a rural town, is on the railway line to Chillagoe. 45 klms from Dimbulah is Mount Mulligan.
At the very heart of the Atherton Tablelands is Lake Tinaroo. With over 200 klms of shoreline, it offers fishing, sailing and water sports enthusiasts plenty of room to spread out. Kairi is a small town close to Lake Tinaroo and the township of Tinaroo. Kairi has a number of heritage listed sites including Kairi Maize Silos
Tolga & Walkamin
A thriving community today, Tolga began life as a simple staging post. Discover the past at the Tolga Museum which houses memorabilia of WWII and the local timber and agriculture industries. Walkamin is home to award winning Mt Uncle Distillery
Atherton is well known to the locals as a highland getaway destination and famous for its rich soils which grow superb produce and flowers. Atherton is centrally located and an ideal base to truly discover the Atherton Tablelands.
Herberton & Irvinebank
Herberton is a pretty little town set in rugged hills on the western edge of the Atherton Tablelands. It seems to stretch out along the hills and meander across the ridges. Herberton-Petford road leads to heritage-listed Irvinebank where you can visit the renowned Loudon House Museum.
Yungaburra is a picturesque village established in 1890 and home of the high profile landmark, the amazing Curtain Fig Tree. With 18 heritage-listed buildings, it is the largest National Trust village in Queensland and with its lovely streetscapes, it is easy to see way. Enjoy the popular Yungaburra Arts & Crafts Markets held on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Malanda & Lakes District
The pretty town of Malanda is the heart of the Atherton Tablelands rainforest region and is great for bird watching, bushwalking and taking a cooling dip in the Malanda Falls. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairying industry, the village has many resident artists whose works can be viewed on the art trail of the vibrant mosaics depicting the town's history. Discover the crater lakes of Lake Barrine & Lake Eacham
Millaa Millaa is home to the famous waterfall circuit which includes the most photographed waterfalls, Millaa Millaa Falls. The township of beautiful Millaa Millaa, 'the village in the mist' is nestled in emerald hills surrounded by dairy farms and the most expansive views of the area.
Ravenshoe, Mt Garnet & Innot Hot Springs
Queensland's highest town, Ravenshoe is 920 metres above sea level and is home Misty Mountains walking tracks network and a great location for wildlife watching. West to Mt Garnet, where you will experience real bush style hospitality and at Innot Hot Springs is a great base for gem fossicking, fishing and bird watching.