For visitors, the Atherton Tablelands present opportunities for bush walking, bird watching, wildlife interpretation, marsupial spotting, world-class mountain bike trails, hot air ballooning and water sports as diverse as fishing, sailing and skiing. To get the most out of your visit, head into one of our Visitor Information Centres and have a chat to their staff of friendly, knowledgeable volunteers.
The rural landscape of the Atherton Tableland is green throughout most of the year, with a temperature which rarely exceeds 30 degrees C. Everything, including the people, thrives on this cool tropical plateau some 600-1100 metres above sea level where temperatures and humidity are lower than on the coastal plain. Winter (April-September) day time temperatures range from a comfortable 20°C to 25°C while summer (October-March) day time temperatures range from 25°C to 31°C.
For more information:
If you find sick, injured or orphaned wildlife, please contact Tablelands Wildlife Rescue on their 24 hour emergency helpline on 4091 7767.
For more information including response guide and first aid tips, visit www.tablelandswildliferescue.com
Cassowary sightings call – 0427 838 008
Crocodile sightings call – 1300 130 372
- Observe and follow all signage placed at the trails at all times.
- Stay on the trail. Do not go off trail even to pass or create new trails.
Narrow trails mean less environmental impact.
- Horses and other vehicles are not permitted on the mountain biking networks
- Wear appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your abilities.
- Be aware of road crossings and give way to vehicles.
- Leave no trace! Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Mobile reception may not be available in some areas.
Be aware of your locations as your travel the trails.
Mountain Bike Riders
- Slow down when approaching other track users. Alert others when approaching.
- Maintain at least 50 m between riders.
- Avoid skidding and sliding—this may result in collision with other trail users and damage to the trail surface.
- Beware of swift flowing water when crossing creeks and other water streams.
- Pass other trail users with care and travel in single file on busy trails.
- Ride your mountain bike at a controlled speed, especially approaching blind corners.
- Keep to the right when passing other users.
- Other trail users may not be familiar with the mountain bike trails. Talk to them about their use, directions and safety.
What to do if you encounter a horse:
- On trails where horse riding is permitted, equestrians have the right of way over other users on all trails. This is an international standard. Walkers have next priority and then cyclists.
- Cyclists should yield to horses by stopping and asking permission of the horse rider to pass.
- Cyclists must allow horse riders time to position their horses for safety.
- Cyclists should not ring bells as they may startle a horse – voice contact is preferable. A frightened horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and other park users.
- It is advisable not to pass within a metre of a horse as they may kick if startled and have considerable reach.
- Slow down at intersections where you are likely to meet other users.