What to Do
Discover bushwalks in rolling ranges, spectacular waterfalls, coffee plantations, tropical fruit farms, fascinating rural history, stunning National Parks, World Heritage-listed rainforests and markedly cooler temperatures. The Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands region is as diverse as it is beautiful, offering something for everyone.
Whether you’re interested in culture or history, keen on nature, have a taste for adventure or you’re just looking to chill out and watch the world go by, the Tablelands has a wealth of options. Here in the ‘fruit bowl of the northern tropics’, our gourmet produce grows exceptionally well. Take yourself on a tasting tour!
Take in the spectacular natural wonders of the region by exploring the picturesque waterfall circuits and lakes, explore the unusual volcanic features of the region: the twin emerald lakes of Barrine and Eacham, Undara National Park, and the Mt Hypipamee Crater.
Delight in the wildlife that’s so easy to meet – take a tour or take yourself to a platypus viewing platform at Peterson Creek at Yungaburra. The best viewing times are at sunrise and sunset. Meet the rock wallabies at Granite Gorge, or see a sleepy python or a tree kangaroo while bushwalking, or even cruising on Lake Barrine. Lake Tinaroo is a fisherman’s paradise with the biggest barramundi in the world just waiting to be caught.
Read on to discover more about the superb natural features and the many attractions of the Tablelands. In the air, on the water, or just on land, the choices here are inspiring. If you’d like help with all the choices, pick up a copy of our free regional guide, Discover magazine, from anywhere in the region, or ask one of the local volunteers at a Visitor Information Centre. Enjoy!